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Mock Nachos May Fill You Up, Not Out

Lisa Messinger on

Mock crab has plenty of takers who want to save money, but what if saving calories is your goal? Perhaps you could create your own mock-ups of favorite foods. I've done it with nachos, and such action can expand your culinary skills without expanding your waistline.

The key with any mock maneuver is to recreate the parts, even when the ingredients are different than the original. In regard to nifty nachos, that means a foundation to replace the chips and tempters to stand in for the cheese and toppings.

Following are a few of my favorites and make terrific autumn appetizers and snacks. All ingredients are to taste and arranged on baking sheets before broiling.

ONIONS ARE AWESOME

Divide red and white onions into pieces that resemble a base of chips. Top with minced scallions, chives, red chili pepper flakes, curry powder and chopped black and green pitted olives.

THE GIFT OF WHOLE GRAINS

Use multigrain baked chips as the foundation. Top with minced cooked chicken sausage, Mexican seasoning blend, chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, spicy mustard and a drizzle of maple syrup.

HOW SWEET IT IS

Bake sweet potatoes and, when cool, slit and scoop out filling, leaving about one quarter inch on the skin. (Reserve the filling to make an additional dish like mashed sweet potatoes.) Cut the sweet potato skins into sixths and top with ground cinnamon, freshly ground black pepper, golden raisins and chopped pecans.

LEAF OF FAITH

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