Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veggie Nachos. Sneaky Sneaky

Inevitably the kids gets hungry 10-15 minutes before dinner.  Don't you love when that happens??  It's always nice to have a recipe that is super quick and will subdue the hungry troops when dinner is taking longer than expected.  

Even with appetizers I like them to be nutritionally well rounded.  Canned vegetables are great to keep on hand to add to your dishes.  The one thing that bugs me about canned vegetables is the amount of space they take up.  My pantry is pretty small and with a family of 5 it's normally pretty packed.  

Trying to keep lots of cans in my pantry is like trying to keep a toddler still.  It's difficult.  That's the nice thing about Libby's new line of Vegetable Pouches.  They are a time saving solution for healthier meals.  Libby's is introducing 5 vegetables, sliced carrots, sweet peas, cut green eans, mixed vegetables and sweet corn.  They are all shelf-stable and microwaveable.  They don't take up as mich space as cans.  1 can takes up as much room as 2 or 3 pouches.  This new line is great for some other reasons too.

  1. The packaging is microwavable and cooks in less than 1 minute {Gotta love quick foods!} 
  2. It's flexible and has no sharp edges  {Great when you have a young child who wants to help}
  3. They won't dent {Which means you'll never have an issue opening them}
  4. They stand up {No rolling away}
  5. Environmentally friendly:  Uses 75% less energy to produce ouch packaging.  Waste is easily compressed, which reduced home disposal and landfills {Love saving Mother Earth}
  6. Easy-to-open, easy-to-carry {great when you're juggling a baby and dinner}
  7. Packaging made with BPA non-intent materials
They will be rolling out in select Walmarts this fall and will be available nationwide in January.  

Libby's challenged me to create a dish that takes less than 10 minutes using their new Vegetable Pouches.  I received free samples of Libby's new Vegetable Pouches and by posting this recipe I am eligible to win prizes associated with this contest.  I was not compensated for my time.   

So back to my hungry kids.  One of their favorite appetizers is nachos.  These nachos are packed with vitamins and minerals.

Veggie Packed Nachos
1 cup of cheese sauce/1 cup of shredded reduced fat cheese
1 cup of salsa
1 package of Libby's Vegetable Pouch Sweet Corn
1 package of Libby's Vegetable Pouch Cut Green Beans
1 package of Libby's Vegetable Pouch Sweet Peas
Tortilla chips (store bought or homemade)
Fat Free Sour Cream (optional)
Sliced Jalapenos (optional)

  1. In a microwavable bowl put the cheese sauce or cheese and the salsa.  Microwave on high 2-4 minutes, stirring every 20-60 seconds until the cheese melts.
  2. Heat the Libby's Vegetable Pouches Sweet Corn, Cut Green Beans and Sweet Peas according to the package directions, drain and add to the cheese, salsa mixture.
  3. Stir to coat the vegetables with the cheese sauce.
  4. Place a layer of tortilla chips on a plate, pour half the cheese sauce over chips, place another layer of chips, then the rest of the cheese sauce.  Top with sour cream and jalapenos if you want.
In under 10 minutes you have a healthy appetizer that will make the whole family happy.

Do you have any 10 minute recipes that your family loves?

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