Aaah, nachos. Besides reminding me of the movie Napoleon Dynamite (for some reason) , the taste of that "cheeze" and bland corn chip crunch hearkens back to cold nights wearing my Letterman's jacket watching high school football games. Bowling alleys and skating rinks come to mind as well.
As nasty as commercial nachos always end up being, there has always been some appeal to me that always ends with regret. Not anymore.
I went ahead and replaced the generic yellow corn chips with Trader Joe's or (Garden of Eatin' )Blue Corn Chips. For some reason, Blue Corn Chips are actually allowed on the Body Ecology Diet. If I were going completely grain-free on these, I would probably try substituting Trader Joe's Roasted Plantain Chips (all the salty, crunchy goodness without the grains!) . Trader Joe's has a myriad of healthy tortilla chip options, including Veggie Flaxseed Tortilla Chips and Hempseed Tortilla Chips! But I really like the blue corn chips.
Instead of the part-plastic cheeze ooze, there are many options. You could, of course, just choose your favorite real cheese (I love raw cheddar) and just shred it on top. I also think raw creme fraiche alone can do the job, accompanied with perhaps a little bit of fresh (or canned) salsa.
But for my fellow Nativity-fasters, I offer you a Traditional food-inspired recipe for Vegan Nachos that are delicious and will have you never looking back to those days of football games and skating rinks (as if you needed another reason!)
You'll need to procure the following products that may or may not be homemade staples in your kitchen:
*Corn tortilla chips ( you can thriftily make these by frying regular corn tortillas--think Winco, they sell like a million for $1.29-- until crisp in coconut oil)
*Refried black beans (I happen to cook like a gallon of dried black beans in my slow cooker and freeze them. I then re-fry them in coconut oil and season with taco seasonings later)
*Tomato salsa of choice (again can be easily made like so: whirl a couple tomatoes, an onion, a jalapeno, and salt in the food processor for an ultra simple salsa)
*Guacamole (quite simply: 1 mashed avocado, juice of 1 lemon, sea salt to taste. done.)
*2 chopped scallions
*Cortido (Latin American Sauerkraut. Optional but incredibly worth every minute it takes you to make this)
Layer the above ingredients in the order listed. Purposefully omit forks from your table setting. Purposefully include an extra napkin.
Delicious. Filling. Satisfying. pH balanced. No, really.
Disclaimer: By the way, if you're wondering what's up with that orange stuff adjacent the blue chips in the photo above, it's a butternut squash "cheese sauce" I threw together a while ago. I used the photo for purposes of highlighting the blue chips. Unfortunately for the above recipe, my memory card was full and I was unable to patiently clear my card before consuming my supper, thus no picture of the nachos of which I write.
I'm working on refining the exact recipe for the squash nachos and will keep you posted.