A Ghost from My Past


As I  was quietly  enjoying my Mother’s Day, a ghost from my past sneaked up behind me and bit me square in the fanny. What could it possibly be? A craving for nachos. What the hell….where was this coming from? I decided it didn’t really matter where it was coming from, it was here and I had to decide what to do about it.

Now, I tell my clients all the time not to ignore their cravings but to handle them wisely when they arise. So, I handled it. I went into the kitchen and I made myself some nachos (and yes, I saved the leftovers for later). I’ve decided to put the “recipe” on my website so that if  the same  ghost from my past sneaks up on you, you can banish it without any guilt, just like I did!

Guiltless Ghost Banishing Nachos

This recipe will make enough to banish the nacho craving ghosts of you and three of your closest friends, so get the girls together and make a night of it! Who knows, you could even wear sombreros and watch The Three Amigos (if that stupid movie  doesn’t scare the ghosts away, I don’t know what will!)   🙂

  • 1.25 lbs. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1/8-1/2 tsp. garlic powder, to taste
  • 1/8-1/2 tsp. cumin powder, to taste
  • 1/8-1/2 tsp chili powder, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp.  chipotle chili powder, to taste
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 4  green onions, washed and chopped
  • 1 (16 oz.) can of chili beans
  • 1 (16 oz.) can of fat free re-fried beans
  • 1 (8 oz.) can of sliced olives
  • 1 cup 2% reduced fat fiesta blend shredded cheese
  • Baked tortilla  chips
  • 1 dollop of light sour cream, if desired

In a skillet, cook the ground turkey, the garlic powder and the onion until the turkey is browned and the onions turn clear. In an separate skillet,  stir together the re-fried beans and the chili beans and warm through. On a microwave safe  platter, arrange the chips and sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Place the platter  in the microwave and set for 30 seconds-1 minute at a time until cheese is melted completely. Remove the platter from the microwave and layer  the remaining ingredients on top of the chips (I layered them as follows: beans, ground turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, olives and  sour cream. Then I sprinkled the green onions on top). There you have it, Guiltless Ghost Banishing Nachos! (Btw, These are  SO good you’ll want to print this recipe out and keep it close by!)

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