If you’re like many new year’s resolutioners, you’re kicking off 2017 with plenty of enthusiasm for healthy eating. If you’re also like most new year’s resolutioners, you love nachos.
Well, worry not and carry on because squash + nachos = squachos and this is your step-by-step guide to making one of the newest, coolest, healthy food trends.
START WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH
You are only going to use the neck of the butternut squash to make the squachos, so be sure to grab the one with the longest neck! Roast the base and use as a delicious side dish or salad topper!
2) PEEL + SLICE
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off the entire neck of the squash and trim off the top with a sharp knife. Now, there’s a few ways to slice the squash:
- adjust a mandoline to slice the squash into 1/4-inch disks and carefully slice until you get to the base of the squash
- take a very sharp knife and slice the squash into ¼’’ disks
- use the slicing side of a box grater
3) ROAST UNTIL CRISPY
However you slice your squachos, you’re almost at the finish line!
Next, line a large baking sheet (or 2 or 3) with parchment paper and place the squachos 3-4 per row, making sure they don’t overlap (no one likes a steamed squash “chip” instead of a crispy one).
Spray squash “chips” with cooking spray or drizzle them with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper (chili powder and cumin sound good too, get creative!)
Roast in a hot oven, about 425 degrees, for about 10-12 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven, carefully flip each squash “chip” over, and then roast another 6-8 minutes until brown and crispy on edges.
4) LAYER ON THE TOPPINGS
Let your squash “chips” cool for a few minutes, then they are ready to be treated like their distant cousin, the tortilla chip.
Top with your favorite nacho toppings, broil to melt the cheese, and watch your taste buds and waistline be equal amounts of happy.
5) TRY THESE CRAVE-WORTHY FLAVOR COMBOS
Blue Cheese + Caramelized Onion + Cranberry Salsa (get the recipe here)
Ground Turkey or Ground Lamb + Olives + Lettuce + Feta Cheese + Tzatziki (get the recipe here)
GET MORE SQUACHOS IDEAS HERE (including a creamy squash-based cheese sauce)
By: Jeanette Donnarumma