Lentils are versatile and a fabulous meat substitute! These legumes are low in fat, packed with fiber, plant-based protein and support healthy gut function. With this super easy and tantalizing recipe, you're getting a healthy and fast dish that can be perfect for movie night, a side dish for Taco Tuesday. This makes for a quick healthy snack or its satiating enough to enjoy as a meal.
Instead of just throwing the toppings on the chips and crunching away, we are going to run them in the oven first so they are warm, comforting and gooey.
You can make your own lentils, but I used these from Fillo's brand and usually purchase them from Whole Foods. They are so easy and taste so yummy.
I use these for everything from a quick side, to throwing them in buddha bowls and now with these nachos!
They are just heat and eat, fast and yummy!
3 cups of Corn tortilla chips
7 oz of lentils, cooked (about 2/3 of the Fillo's pouch)
1 tomato, diced (I used roma tomatoes)
1/3 green bell pepper, diced
1/3 jalapeno, diced
3 bella mushrooms, chopped
1/8 red onion, diced
3/4 cup of vegan shreds (I used a mixture of Violife cheddar and Aldi's mozzarella shreds)
Optional toppings: Vegan sour cream, salsa, green chilli sauce, cilantro, avocado/guacamole
Toppings I used (post-photo above): Aldi organic Chipotle & Lime salsa, cilantro and avocado
Side note: Normally, I would add some type of seasoning, but because the Fillo's lentils are already flavored in addition to the flavors of all the veggies, its unnecessary. If you made your own lentils, you can season them as desired or add a bit of chilli powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper to your self-cooked lentils/nachos.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Dice your veggies
Spread tortilla chips throughout a non-stick baking pan. Carefully layer 1/2 of the cheese shreds on top of the tortilla chips
Add/layer diced/chopped veggies (hold off on adding the lentils at this point)
Add rest of the cheese
Bake nachos for 10 minutes, remove from oven and add lentils. Bake for another 5 minutes
Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Didn't I say it was easy!? Add desired toppings and enjoy!