Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Loaded Nacho Salad {AIP & Whole30}

So the other day I got a hankering for what the hubster and I call nachos. Pre-paleo, would would line baking dishes with corn chips, then layer on seasoned ground beef, crisp iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes and bell peppers, spread on salsa, guacamole and sour cream and then sprinkle on grated cheddar cheese. We'd throw the whole thing in the oven until the cheese was ooey-gooey melty, and then we'd dig in. It was divine!

The hubster still eats his nachos like that, and though mine have been paleo-adapted, they are still utterly delicious!

Then I got this crazy idea to give AIP a try {by the way, I'm loving it!}. This is a major game changer when it comes to loaded nachos though - no nightshades! This means no chopped tomatoes and no salsa, plus I needed a nightshade-free guacamole... and spice mix! Yikes!

I searched high and low online... and found nothing. I hit the kitchen anyway, determined to have my nachos all while remaining AIP Whole30 compliant... and I succeeded!

You'll need to follow the links in the ingredient list below to check out each corresponding recipe needed to make these scrumptious nachos. Made this way, they are gluten free, dairy free, legume free, nut free, seed free, nightshade free, soy free, coconut free, grain free... did I forget anything? 

Oh, and you could totally leave out the ground meat if you were making this for a vegetarian or vegan friend - the cheese is vegan!

This is one of those fun, hands-on meals that are great to do with friends or little ones: everyone gets to assemble their own plate and add exactly what they want to the mix! Have fun!

Loaded Nacho Salad (AIP, Whole30)
serves about 2

Ingredients for meat:
Ingredients for nachos:
  1. Add ground beef and diced onion to a frying pan over medium heat. Cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and bone broth, stir to combine and reduce to low allowing the bone broth to evaporate.
  3. Assemble your nachos as desired using the meat, lettuce, olives, onion, cheese and guacamole. Serve with plantain chips and enjoy!

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