Southwestern Chicken & Brown Rice Nachos

This is more a dinner idea rather than an actual recipe, but it was too easy and too tasty not to share with you! I love simple dinner ideas and I love baked nachos. I almost always make nachos with ground beef, but lately I’ve been using ground chicken more. I didn’t have any tomatoes, so I thought, how can I dress up this dinner to make it a little more filling, but still nutritious? Add brown rice, black beans, and corn!

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And it was delicious! An even healthier option would be to leave the tortilla chips¬†out of this and simply put all the ingredients in a bowl. I almost did that…but the nacho idea won out tonight. ūüėČ

Southwestern Chicken & Brown Rice Nachos

Ingredients:

  • Ground chicken (local, free-range is ideal – I buy mine from Seven Sons)
  • Homemade taco seasoning
  • Brown rice, cooked
  • Organic black beans, drained
  • Frozen corn, thawed and warmed
  • Cheese, freshly shredded
  • Organic tortilla chips
  • Organic guacamole or sour cream for serving, optional

Cook ground chicken in a skillet with a little olive oil. When fully cooked, mix in taco seasoning. Place tortilla chips on large baking pan. Sprinkle chicken on top. Then add cooked brown rice, black beans, corn, and cheese. Put in oven at 400 degrees until cheese is melted. Serve with guacamole or sour cream. Yum!!

Note: I purposely didn’t include amounts because it will vary so much based on how many people you’re serving. Nachos are one of the¬†very¬†few meals that I don’t like to have leftovers!!

I just recently bought myself a new kitchen gadget: an Aroma¬†NutriWare rice cooker! This has been on my wish list for over a year now and I decided to use some of my ‘birthday money’ to buy myself one. I ended up going with this one:

It’s more expensive than many of the¬†other rice cookers I was originally looking at, but while reading reviews, it dawned on me that most rice cookers use¬†non-stick¬†and plastic materials…something I’m trying to avoid as I go forward. Whenever I buy something new, I try to stick with either glass or stainless steel. So, instead of regretting the purchase after a few months, I figured this would be better in the long run. I’ve only used it twice so far to cook brown rice, but I love that I can walk away while it’s cooking! With summer approaching, I knew that cooking brown rice for 45 minutes right before we eat dinner would be out of the question. This will hopefully make it a little easier for me. It also has a saute then simmer feature, as well as a steamer basket. I’m looking forward to playing around with this quite a bit and coming up with some quick and easy dinner ideas!

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Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.