One of my favorite festive recipes for Cinco de Mayo is a wide platter of brightly colored nachos. Melty orange vegan cheese, diced buttery avocado, perky black beans, spicy jalapeno circles, some creamy cashew sour cream and more. My vegan version is dairy-free and lower in saturated fat than the traditional version. Plus, lighten up on the “cheese” and add in more of the good stuff like beans and veggies to boost the nutrition in this tasty party snack. Get my tips on how to veganize your nacho recipe…
How to Veganize Nachos.
Beans. Instead of refried beans which can contain lard or butter – go with water or veggie broth cooked black beans.
Chips. Most chips are vegan – but to boost nutrition try baked chips or whole grain chips that are studded with healthy ingredients like flax, quinoa and more.
Sour Cream. Traditional sour cream is loaded with fat from dairy – which is often saturated. Try making your own vegan sour cream out of tofu or soaked cashews – or a mix of both. You will still get the richness you crave but without all the saturated fat. Plus cashews and tofu carry plenty of healthy nutrients with them!
Taco Crumbles. You can find plenty of brands of “taco crumbles” or vegan “ground beef” nowadays. If you have never tried them – you may be surprised at how tender, flavorful and satisfying these veggie versions are. Brands include Wildwood, Boca and Yves. You can even make your own “taco crumble” using crumbled tempeh or TVP – and your own blend of spices and veggies.
Cheese. The most important part of this dish? The cheese! Well I have three options for you..
1) Teese. Teese makes an amazingly easy nacho cheese product that is totally vegan and flavor-packed. This stuff isn’t exactly health food – but it really mimics that “low brow orange cheese” flavor and texture very well. It melts in seconds – heat in the microwave or oven.
2) Daiya. Daiya cheese shreds are probably the most similar to real dairy cheese. They come shredded bits and melt into stringy, melty goodness over top oven-baked chips. Daiya comes in a variety of flavors, but the pepperjack flavor is my favorite for nachos.
3) Make Your Own! You can make your own delicious cheese topping from cashews. Rich and velvety. Get the recipe for Fake-Out Cheese Sauce.
There are a few other brands of vegan cheese, but these are my three favorites for nachos.
Get more vegan nacho pics and details (including my cashew sour cream recipe) over on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Read more from Kathy on her blog, Healthy. Happy. Life!
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