Friday, October 7, 2011

Triple protein vegan nachos

Breakfast: A vegan apple and cinnamon muffin with chai tea

Lunch: Roasted red pepper and ginger soup. Thankfully it was the final batch!

Dinner: Triple protein vegan nachos with home-made pico de gallo and guacamole

The funny thing about going vegan is that you don't think of the things you can't eat until they come up in conversation and then you go "oh NO!". I've found a way to tackle this though; consider it a challenge, not a fact.

When the subject of nachos came up, I realised that rather than complaining about 'missing out' on cheese, we could in fact take this chance to make nachos a great, nutritional meal, rather than something that leaves you bloated and gassy and wishing you'd eaten less. Well, to be fair, there are 2 different kinds of beans in this, so the gassy part is maintained, but at least there are three great protein sources too!

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
1 cup dehydrated TVP
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup kidney beans, drained
1 cup black beans, drained
2 large tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
balsamic vinegar
hot sauce
tortilla chips to serve

Put the TVP in a bowl and add in just under 1 cup of water
Leave for 5 minutes to rehydrate
Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil til the onions are browning
Add in the kidney beans and the black beans and stir well
Add in the tomatoes and crush into the mix with a wooden spoon
Add in the tomato puree and a little balsamic vinegar for colour and flavour
Cook for ten minutes to allow to reduce then toss in the TVP
Stir to combine, then add in hot sauce to your taste (lots, if you're me!)
Add more balsamic vinegar if necessary
Allow to reduce to the consistency you like, the serve on top of tortilla chips

You can add vegan cheese to this if you like (or even normal cheese if you're not vegan) but I find that with the home-made pico de gallo and guacamole from this recipe there is enough creaminess to the overall dish.

These are not only filling and satisfying but they're incredibly moreish, so try not to make too much or you run the risk of overeating horrendously.

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