Quick Fix Vegan Nachos

Today I had a sandwich thin with 1 tbsp and PB and an apple sliced up on top for breakfast

Then midmorning I had a protein shake with 1 scoop of spirutein + 8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 4 oz water and crushed iced. I blended at my desk with my blender bottle (love this thing!). I also had a chocolate chip zee bar without the chocolate icing. These turned out really good and more like chocolate chip blondie bars but with 10g of protein!

lunch was my zaater-rific quinoa salad (recipe coming soon) over mixed greens and a banana

For my afternoon snack I had 5 dried figs. Luckily they were in my desk drawer because I was really hungry. I need to replenish my snack stash. I now 1 tea bag and a couple packets of stevia…hardly snacks

I hadn’t really planned dinner so I came home and immediately decided I must have nachos! Someone at work was talking about them and then Clean Eating Chelsey was talking about Mexican food and I realized I just HAD to have nachos. In comes the dilemma…I decided to stop using store bought dairy free cheeses parading as vegan cheeses… well and vegan cheese because they are too expensive and full of way too many ingredients. I swear I had recently seen a recipe for baked vegan nachos. At the time this didn’t appeal to me but now I wanted those vegan nachos sooo bad and could not find what I was looking for. I didn’t have time to soak cashews for 2+ hours. I had just gotten back from jogging with my dog. This was a quick fix nacho craving situation. So I made up my own cheese sauce and prayed for delicious results. If you saw my mexican soca pizza attempt you could probably guess I was both skeptical and nervous… but behold …DELICIOUS RESULTS

Quick Fix Nacho Cheez Sauce

1/4c roasted cashews –nachos are a craving food and no one has time to soak cashews for 2 hours when a craving strikes

1 small pepper – I happened to have an orange one which yielded a wonder faux cheese color

1/3c vegetable broth – I did not use low sodium. enter mini rant: why is low sodium broth more expensive than regular!

1 tbsp miso -I used white

2 tbsp lemon juice –yes I used it from a bottle so sue me

1 tbsp cornstarch or thickening agent of your choice

1/3-2/3c nutritional yeast –I used 1/3c then needed more cheesiness and accidentally grabbed the 1/4c measuring cup. This made the perfect amount of cheesiness for me but yields an awkward recipe for user. Use your best judgement also known as your tastebuds

dash liquid smoke

salt and pepper to taste

put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth

For the nachos i tore 2 corn tortillas in pieces and placed them under the broiler for a couple minutes each side. I sauteed up 1 portabello mushroom cap with a drizzle of soy sauce, some paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic and herb seasoning. Once browned and softened I added some leftover brown lentils I had in the fridge. I layered that on top of the tortillas, then the cheez sauce, the diced jalapeno, and tomatoes. Under the broiler for a couple of minutes. I added green onions, salsa verde, franks red hot, and more cheez and then I preceded to devour the whole plate. I did use a knife and fork. Not because I’m civilized but because there really wasn’t any other option and tool make it easier to shovel things into your pie hole faster 🙂 These nachos were not only everything I hoped they would be but they were everything I had hoped the socca pizza would be too. I have tons of cheez leftover and rather than gorge myself on faux cheese I decided to share the wealth and make this tomorrow night for dinner. Boyfriend loves Mexican even more than I do and I really just want to excuse to make these nachos again.

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Sunshine: the cure for getting out of a funk

I know I went on a big rant about being a better blogger then I went MIA. Truthfully I’ve been in a funk. I don’t know why. This has been going on for about a month now. Ever since we got Zooey and I got sick the first time. I got out of my routine and wasn’t working out consistently (except for walking Zooey about 3 miles per day). When I’m not working out I get weird. I get crabby. I definitely get depressed. It’s just not good all around. Things have been better since yesterday. I woke up and even though I lost an hour of sleep I felt great. I wasn’t grumpy. It took me a while to get motivated but the sun definitely helped. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things and feel normal again. I’ve also made a big decision. I’m going for it! I’m going vegan for real… with a couple of exceptions. This is the beauty of not labeling yourself. I’m not going to call myself vegan because I’m making my own version of vegan that I can live with. FLEXIBILITY.

That means I’m not giving up fish. I know that fish and shellfish are animals you don’t have to lecture me. I only eat certified sustainable seafood that is caught in the wild. Click the link for a great resource.

I will probably not give up honey either. You may not agree or think it makes sense but these are my thoughts on honey: I don’t know much about honey production so I want to do more research but I don’t think that honey production does much harm to the bees. Bees of all kinds are definitely in danger and their numbers are seriously dwindling. Because human are selfish I figure they are more like the work towards helping bees if it benefits them. By this I mean monetarily because sometimes even though people are told things about how the environment is in danger they don’t see how grave the situation is (like global water supply, global climate change, etc.) So in my twisted logic me consuming honey might actually in some small way help the honey bee population. I have to point out that I don’t actually use honey very often but it’s the principle fact that I don’t see any need to give it up that I even mentioned it. Lastly chocolate. I will not give up chocolate and will not spend over $5 on a bag of vegan chocolate chips. Sorry these are my rules.

This weekend I did make homemade vegan sausage and I must say I was extremely excited and impressed with myself. Boyfriend and I had friends over for dinner. One is a true vegan, her husband is mostly vegan by default, and a definite not vegan who loves meat. I made the italian sausage the night before because it takes 40 minutes to cook. I sliced it up and sauteed it with an onion, spinach, mushrooms, white beans, and tomatoes and served it over linguini. It was a HIT! My friend who loves meat ate the most out of anyway. I may have converted him.

Back to feel human again and the return of hot sauce!

Last night’s dinner went really well. I made white wine poached chicken. It was good but lately the texture of chicken has been really gross to me which is why I have really made the jump to eat even more vegetarian. I forced myself the whole thing because I am in serious need of protein after the past week not to mention I lost almost 3 pounds without even trying or working out last week. I made plain white right (the frozen steam in a bag kind) and added some sautéed mushrooms and green onions. It was very good. The boyfriend even liked it which is surprising because I thought he would complain it was bland. He didn’t even break out the hot sauce! We had roasted carrot sticks on the side which he did dip in ketchup because he said they were like carrot fries. I did not dip mine in ketchup because I loathe ketchup. If you asked me to name the number one food I would never eat it would probably be ketchup (tied with pickles and olives) I don’t know why but I am extremely repulsed by it. Anyway all is well with my stomach so far. I expected to wake up in the middle of the night feeling like death but thankfully my stomach has been lulled into submission.

This morning I stuck to plain toast topped with banana slices and then later at work I ate greek yogurt with frozen blueberries. I haven’t been eating yogurt since I’ve been trying to eat mostly vegan and I forgot how much I love it.

Lunch consisted of a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, and avocado with a scoop of hummus

Snack today were 2 rice cakes with peanut butter and raisins and 8 oz of pomegranate kefir.

I am feeling really good today. I mean REALLY good. Maybe it’s just because I was feeling really bad all of last week. Is it just me or is it a strange coincidence that Tina over at carrotsncake has a Colitis flair up during the exact same time I was having my problems which seem to match up to the symptoms of a Colitis flair up. WEIRD!

I wish I would have taken a picture of dinner but I was starving and demolished it before my brain could think about blogging (this happens too often). I made The Quarter Pounder Beet Burgers with steamed asparagus. I have been dying to try this recipe for the past week. Can I just say I LOVE Isa Chandra! I did put half a slice of real cheese on the burger and ate it on a refined white Kaiser roll. I’m not actually sure if the actual burger tasted amazing because I was so eager to eat hot sauce again I doused it in Sriacha. My mouth was burning and I loved every minute of it. Hoooray for healthy tummies!

Digestive Woes

So I planned on doing this great cleanse this past week and feeling wonderful and doing yoga every day. Let me tell you life never works out the way plan… especially if you are me. Ever since Tuesday I have been having some major stomach problems. My stomach had not been feeling so great to begin with which is what prompted the cleanse. The only day I actually stuck to my plan was Monday. Tuesday morning I woke up with some serious problems and they continued until Saturday morning. Let me tell you it has been a rough couple of days. Things finally got under control once I bit the bullet and started eating the BRATTY diet.

BANANAS

RICE

APPLESAUCE

TEA

TOAST

YOGURT

 

I’ve also been eating potatoes, plain pasta, and sauerkraut (a natural probiotic). I NEVER I repeat NEVER eat white pasta, white rice (except sushi), white bread. I guess because I’m so used to whole grain version I just prefer them now. I have not been happy the past couple of days. I do not like bland food. I drown practically everything in hot sauce. Eating a diet of everything white and bland is no fun but after this week I’m afraid to eat real food again. From what I’ve read I have to slowly introduce my regular foods back into my system. Tonight I’m making chicken and rice. I’d prefer not to eat the chicken but its supposed to be a good safe protein for someone with digestive problems. Hopefully the fact that I rarely eat chicken won’t matter :/ I’m going to try adding some mushrooms to the rice and some carrots on the side. Wish me luck. I found some great recipes that I really want to be able to make this week so I’m hoping that I am able to get back to my normal life. I’m making a doctors appointment this week because I honestly think there is something really wrong with me. This was definitely not a stomach bug or food poisoning. Updates to come shortly