Summer Vegetable Nachos

This easy and healthy summer dish is a family pleaser
that utilizes any seasonal produce you have on hand
or that looks irresistible at the farmers market!
 

Peaceful Pines Farm
Stephanie Teran
Plympton, MA

Easy • Main Dish • 6 Servings
15 Minutes (prep time)
20 Minutes (cooking time)

Ingredients
1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips
1 whole medium or half of a large zucchini -cut into one inch pieces
1 whole medium or half of a large yellow summer squash -cut into one inch pieces
1 head of kale -washed well and chopped into bite size pieces
1 large heirloom tomato -cut into one inch pieces
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -sliced in half
1 bell pepper -sliced and cut into one inch pieces
2-3 ears of fresh corn -the kernels shaved off the cob and saved in a bowl
2 avocados -sliced how you like
2 cloves of garlic -minced


1 can refried beans
1 can olives
1/3 a bundle of cilantro -chopped
4 scallions -chopped
1/4 lb Monterey Jack cheese -grated
Sour cream
One tbsp olive oil
One tbsp cumin oil
One taco seasoning packet
Flaky sea salt such as Celtic Sea Salt
Freshly ground pepper  

Directions
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet for easy clean up.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Lay chips in an even layer on cookie sheet.
Slice and prepare all the produce and set aside.
Grate the cheese and set aside.
On another cookie sheet, toss the kale with cumin oil and 1/2 tbsp of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees until the kale is crisp and slightly darkened. Remove from oven and set aside.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add remaining olive oil, bell peppers, and both squashes. Cook until slightly tender and then add garlic. Cook until the garlic is fragrant. Add corn and cherry tomatoes only. Sprinkle as much of the taco seasoning packet as you like.
Add about 1tbsp of water to create a thick sauce over the vegetables. Sauté until vegetables are tender but not mushy. Remove from heat.
Toss kale over the chips. Toss sautéed vegetables over the chips. Cover with shredded cheese and dollop the refried beans randomly over the chips.
Bake until cheese is melted and beans are heated thought -about eight to ten minutes. Remove from oven. Toss with scallions, cilantro, fresh tomato slices, avocados, and dollop with sour cream.
You could also add sprinkled Cojita cheese if you are feeling fancy! Enjoy!
(Note: You can get creative and substitute any produce you have on hand!)

Story
This is a new dish I came up with on a busy night when I had my four hungry kids asking for a fast meal and lots of seasonal produce from the Farmers Market and garden that needed to be used (this summer humidity turns things fast!).

Local Farms & Sources
I bought most of my produce from Plato’s Harvest and harvested the other vegetables from my garden.