Q. How do you convince your flexitarian fiance to go to the gym with you?

A. Bribe him with vegeterian nachos and beer.

I am most definitely a gym person, but I can totally see how getting dressed to go to the gym and then sweating with strangers is not for everyone — including my fiance. I recently got an excellent deal on a gym membership that allows enough guest visits per month that fiance can come with me twice a week.

I know that it really isn’t his scene, but he came along for me, so I made these nachos for him. They are the easiest things ever to put together. I browned a bag of MorningStar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles and seasoned it with chili powder and garlic powder. If you’re unfamiliar, the “crumbles” are made of veggie and soy proteins and meant to mimic ground beef.

Sounds nasty, huh? But as someone who genuinely enjoys meat, let me just say, these are delicious. I would not say they are necessarily healthier than a very lean ground meat, but they are low in calories and perfect if you are cooking for someone who’d prefer his food didn’t have a face.

Once the crumbles were cooked, I added one can each of black beans and pinto beans (rinsed and drained) and left them in the skillet until the whole mixture was heated through. I shredded some Cabot reduced fat jalapeno cheese (and was perhaps a little heavy handed with it), then topped with salsa. The Blue Moon sampler pack of autumn brews found its way into our grocery cart this week, so we enjoyed the pumpkin-infused Harvest Moon with dinner.

I don’t really consider this cooking — it was more like heating — but I am sharing it because when I weighed 300 pounds, I never would have guessed that beer and nachos could comprise a healthy dinner. True, we could’ve used some greens, but I can honestly say that this dinner involved zero guilt and was very filling.