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Healthy Wheat-Cracker "Nachos"

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on time 18 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield Serves 4
Each serving is about 11 crackers, a healthy alternative to fried chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat wheat crackers (such as Triscuit)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium mild green salsa
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1 cup chopped peeled avocado

Nutrition Information

  • calories 471
  • fat 20.9 g
  • satfat 7.3 g
  • monofat 7.7 g
  • polyfat 3.9 g
  • protein 18 g
  • carbohydrate 56.8 g
  • fiber 12.2 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 3.5 mg
  • sodium 736 mg
  • calcium 242 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Arrange corn in a single layer on a heavy-duty baking sheet; broil 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once.

  3. Arrange crackers in a single layer on a baking sheet; top evenly with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crackers are lightly toasted. Divide crackers evenly among 4 plates. Combine salsa, cream cheese, and beans in a food processor. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to salsa mixture; pulse until mixture is chunky and well blended.

  4. Arrange 1/2 cup lettuce over each serving, and top each with about 6 tablespoons bean mixture, 1/4 cup corn, 1/4 cup tomato, and 1/4 cup avocado. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.