I love food. I get excited when it's meal time and my favourite nights out involve dining at new restaurants (or re-visiting old favourites). Since moving to a whole foods, plant based diet (no animal products and a reduction in processed items), I've had to become more creative in the kitchen. Before I started this lifestyle change (a few months ago), I was a cheese guzzling vegetarian who slathered everything in ooey gooey and nachos were my guiltiest culinary delight. And then I discovered nutritional yeast and it was love at first
sight taste. Dairy free, delicious and healthy, what could be better?
My favourite vegetable (fruit?) is avocado- I can't get enough of the creamy texture and fresh flavour and of course nachos aren't complete without guacamole, especially when it's as easy to make as Alton Brown's recipe (I substituted lemon for lime and have made different versions with seeded jalapenos, green onions and black beans). I don't let the guacamole sit for an hour before serving as suggested in the recipe (because I'm an instant gratification kind of gal and let's be honest, who can stare at guacamole for 60 minutes without digging in!)
And now for the nacho 'cheese' sauce, follow this protein rich recipe and you can't go wrong (just keep stirring, the consistency will thicken up as it heats).
And for the pièce de résistance I smothered blue corn chips (I like Que Pasa brand the best) in nutritional yeast sauce, topped with green peppers, jalapenos, black olives & red onions with homemade guacamole for dipping. I can honestly say that my man and I both loved this nutritious vegan alternative and I can't wait to serve it at my upcoming Mexican themed dinner party!
|Skirt (cost 99 cents), Top & Belt- Thrifted; Shoes- Consigned; Jewellery- Sears|
And if nachos aren't your thing (gasp!), here are some outfit photos to keep you interested (and no those aren't bedroom eyes and pouty lips; that's my grumpy, just woke up look!)
One more thing about my newfound obsession with nutritional yeast, it makes a great popcorn topping! My favourite movie snack recipe includes chili powder, cumin & nutritional yeast (and I use Earth Balance vegan spread instead of butter). Nutritional yeast has a nutty flavour and I much prefer its natural taste to the processed vegan 'cheeses' (my man described Daiya as melted cardboard- yuck!)
Are you a nacho nut like me?