Deconstructed nachos


Deconstructed nachos recipe by Lee Holmes.
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Nachos are the perfect fun food for get togethers with friends, however, the store bought variety can be very unhealthy and packed full of nasties. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative try this recipe by Integrative Nutritionist, Chef and Author Lee Holmes. It’s gluten free, dairy free and wheat and yeast free and best of all it’s quick and easy to make.

Serves 5-6

Mexican Mince 


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

750g  beef mince

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

½ tsp paprika

1 jar tomato passata



1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

2. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent about 3 minutes.

3. Place mince into pan and break up clumps and cook, stirring, with a wooden spoon, for 8 minutes or until browned.

4. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

5. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Reduce heat to medium.

7. Simmer, stirring, for 25 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.

8. Transfer to a serving dish.




1 avocado, peeled and stone removed

1 heaped teaspoon cumin powder

Juice of 1 large lime

1 teaspoon lime zest

1 garlic clove

big pinch of Celtic sea salt

1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil


1. Blend all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor until smooth.

2. With the motor still running, add the olive oil very slowly in a thin stream until the desired creaminess is reached.


Tomatoes and cucumber with coriander


4 tomatoes, diced

1 large cucumber, diced

handful coriander chopped


1. Place into a bowl to serve


Nachos chips


150 gms 1 1/2 cup) almond meal

2 organic eggs

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt


1. To make the chips, preheat the oven to 180°C  (350°F/Gas 4).

2. Place all the chip ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon to form a dough.

3. Place the dough on a clean work surface between two pieces of baking paper. Roll the dough out until it is 2 mm (1/16 inch) thick.

4. Remove the top piece of baking paper and transfer the dough and bottom piece of baking paper to a baking tray. Using a sharp knife, deeply score the dough every 3 cm (11/4 inch), then do the same in the opposite direction  so you form squares.

5. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

6. Allow to cool before breaking them apart.

7. To assemble the nachos, place the nachos chips on a chopping board, and top with the remaining ingredients.


Any leftover chips will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Serve with Cashew Cream or sour cream


Cashew Sour Cream

Makes 1 cup


155 g (51/2 oz/1 cup) raw, unsalted cashews

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon extra

1 1/2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes

1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt


1. Soak the cashews for 2 hours in filtered water. Rinse and drain.

2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor with 125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) of filtered water and blend until smooth.

3. You may need to add a little more filtered water to reach your desired consistency.

This will keep for 2–3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

About the Author

From posting recipes and sharing her story to help others, Lee Holmes is today a best-selling author and the founder of website

She has an Advanced Certificate in Nutrition, is a Certified Health Coach (Institute of Integrative Nutrition), Hatha Yoga Teacher and Whole Foods Chef; and her books, the highly successful Supercharged Food series, have been created for anyone looking to overhaul their diet.

Today Lee appears regularly on Australian television and in publications both here and abroad, including as the resident Healthy Food Expert for and her blog becoming one of the leading health and lifestyle blogs in Australia (and winner of the 2013 BUPA Health Influencer Awards), focused simply on making realistic and small changes every day.

Lee is an expert on The Love Destination Expert Series airing on The Love Destination.