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How to Satisfy a Craving Without Breaking the Caloric Bank

If I’m doing anything during this pandemic, it’s mostly staying responsible enough to shower daily, put pants on, and not fall off the wagon by eating like a fool. So, when my husband asked for Nachos for dinner, my gut said “heck yes! All of those chips!” But my brain said “seriously?! That’s a gateway to bad food decisions.”

Now, I’m not saying having a “fun” meal isn’t warranted every now and again. However, remember to weigh your options, think of the potential setbacks and then decide “Is this really worth it to me right now?” I asked my husband, Kent those very questions. His response simply was “Yeah…..(looking off in the distance, giving it some real thought) I want nachos….. with chips.” HAHA! He knows me so well.

It’s important to recognize how altering the portions of some foods can make it more calorically efficient without having to sacrifice flavor or satisfaction. Think of what component of the meal you’re really looking forward to and work around that. Both my husband and I wanted chips, but I didn’t want to make tortilla chips the base of my meal. I opened my freezer and found some cauliflower rice. If you’re not familiar, cauliflower rice is a good base to use for a lot of meals because it takes on the flavor of the specific seasonings you’re using. And because it’s not a high-calorie food, you can eat a decent amount of it without feeling guilty.

Once I determined the base of my meal, the rest was easy. Below are the steps of my process as well as a full ingredients list. I could have added more ingredients to this dish, but I didn’t want to buy a bunch of extras that I wouldn’t use beyond this dish. I also hadn’t eaten many veggies before this meal, so added in a serving of broccoli for good measure. Feel free to get more creative though!

Ingredients: This makes 2 servings of “nacho” dip w/chips

– 16oz Lean ground turkey (you could also use ground beef or ground chicken.)

  • 1 packet taco Seasoning
  • 1 12oz bag of cauliflower rice
  • 56g Tortilla Chips
  • 30ml Salsa
  • 28g Shredded cheese
  • 80g Avocado

Steps:

  1. Brown ground turkey in a skillet
  2. Drain any excess grease, return to pan
  3. Add taco seasoning packet and 3/4 cup water to the skillet
  4. Mix seasoning with meat and simmer for 5 minutes
  5. While meat is simmering, thaw cauliflower rice in the microwave for 5 minutes
  6. Dice up avocado chunks
  7. Measure out the desired amount of cauliflower rice, ground meat, cheese, salsa, and avocado
  8. Mix all ingredients together
  9. Measure out the desired amount of tortilla chips
  10. Dip, eat, enjoy!

1 serving of my “Nacho” dip w/chips

  • 25 grams of protein
  • 34 grams of carbohydrates
  • 24 grams of fat
  • 452 calories

1 serving of my husband’s traditional nachos with cheese

  • 38 grams of protein
  • 100 grams of carbohydrates
  • 59 grams of fat
  • 1,083 calories

Satisfying cravings without eating too many calories can be a challenge. But with a well thought out plan that makes sense, you can make it happen. Gove this a try and let me know how it goes!


 

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