Loaded Vegan Nachos with Cheese Sauce. Full of healthy fats and fibre, clean iron and protein minus the cholesterol and unhealthy fats. #vegan #plantbased #nachos #vegancheese #recipe #superbowl
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Loaded Nachos and Cheese

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If you thought going plant based meant you were never going to dig your way through a plate of nachos with creamy, delicious cheese sauce...think again!

Yes, this recipe is still made with tortilla chips (tough to be perfect all the time;-) but it's also full of healthy fats and fibre from the avocado, iron and protein from the cashews and black beans and doesn't have the cholesterol that dairy cheese does.

A fun, easy snack (which can sometimes be dinner) that tastes delicious...

Enjoy!

Ingredients

serves 2 - 4

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 avocados, pitted and peeled
  • juice from 1 lime, divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, divided
  • fresh ground sea salt and pepper
  • 1 small red bell pepper (approx 1/2 cup), chopped
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup medium or mild salsa
  • tortilla or bean chips
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • large handfull of cilantro, chopped
  • extra salsa and a chopped jalapeno peppers for serving (optional)


Tips & Nutrition

You can easily double or triple this recipe for a big group or party.

I personally like to use bean chips (Beanitos brand) instead of corn chips but you can use whatever you like. 

If you have time, you can make traditional guacamole - try Flavio's Guacamole - but this "quick" one works great for nachos. 

Any extra cheese sauce can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can make a double batch and use it for tacos, fajitas or just as a dip. 

Method

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Place the cashews in a medium size bowl and cover with the boiling water. Let soak for 20 minutes while you make the "quick guacamole".

To make the "quick guacamole" use a large fork to mash the avocado with juice from 1/2 a lime, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cumin and sea salt and pepper until well combined. Set aside

In the jar of a high speed blender or food processor add the red bell pepper, nutritional yeast, juice from 1/2 a lime, turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin, paprika and 1 Tbsp of water. 

Drain the cashews and add them to the jar. Blend at high speed until the sauce is creamy. Pour the sauce into a medium size pot and stir in 1/4 cup of salsa. Heat the combined sauce on the stove on low heat until it is hot. 

Arrange your chips on a large serving platter and add toppings in your desired order. I like cheese sauce first, black beans, quick guacamole, green onion and cilantro. Option to also top with salsa and chopped jalapeños - or serve on the side. 

Enjoy immediately - like there was ever a question ;-)

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