Friday, January 4, 2013

How to Make Awesome Nachos (Pregnant Person Approved)

Nachos have become my go-to food these days. Since I'm growing a baby, I must keep them somewhat healthy. Vegan cheese and sour cream doesn't add all that much nutritional value, so you can play around with adding nutrients through your nacho chip of choice, protein option, guacamole, and salsa. You can also add extras as I often do. Here are some vegan nacho options I've tried over the months and what exactly is in this drool-worthy picture.

Choose one (or more!) of each.

First start with chips...

-Whole grain
-Blue corn

Then sprinkle on some protein...

-Cooke quinoa
-Veggie Refried Beans

Next is your sauce...

-Pasta Sauce
-Pizza Sauce
-Fresh tomatoes and onions chopped

Now your cheese...

-Vegan Cheddar Shreds (like Daiya or Galaxy)
-Vegan Mozzarella Shreds (like Daiya or Galaxy)
-Shred some of Daiya's wedges in Havarti, Jack, or Cheddar flavor
-Or one of the MANY vegan cheeses out there now

Heat for a moment or so in a microwave oven OR bake in an oven in a baking pan (usually 350 degrees for 15 minutes will do the trick, but keep an eye on it, ovens vary).

Next dollop stuff on top...

-Vegan sour cream (I LOVE the sour cream by Follow Your Heart brand)

Now Enjoy! And make your friends jealous because your vegan nachos taste a million times better than their crap nachos ever will (and a million times healthier too!).

If you are wondering what is in the sinful nachos I enjoyed last night (pictured above), here is my secret ingredient list...

-Whole grain tortilla chips
-Cooked and seasoned quinoa
-Daiya cheddar & mozzarella shreds
-Sour cream (Follow Your Heart brand)

Simple and so delicious! And for now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off. Hope everyone has an opportunity to get some nachos in today.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Just In Case You Were Wondering...

Hello Everyone! Just in case you were wondering why I haven't posted anything in a while, it is because me and Mr. Dirty Vegan are expecting our first baby! And we have been busy, busy, busy! Trust me, you don't want any of the recipes of some of the weird vegan concoctions I've been putting together...

However, now that my weird food aversions (who has an aversion to Tofurky "sausage"??!? This girl! Well not anymore, I can finally eat them again) are starting to subside, I can post the yummy things that I have been eating. You don't have to be pregnant to eat like me, just don't feel guilty about it afterwards and you're golden. When I post my prego recipes, I will give you a few options to cut back the calories since not all of my readers are required to eat an additional 300- 400 calories daily (or more, who's watching?).

Keep an eye out for my upcoming posts. They will include tips, tricks, and pictures (hello to the most illegal looking food out there!). I have been enjoying veggie nachos loaded with things like beans, salsa, hummus, guacamole, vegan "sour cream", and LOTS of Daiya cheese. I have also discovered new vegan food finds that are so Dirty you wouldn't believe them. So I will be sharing that stuff too. And I will throw in a few belly shots so you can scope out the adorable bump I've been sporting these days. And for now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off. Hope you have a sun-shining-like-vegan-cupcakes-and-babies-day!