Wednesday, January 25, 2012

5 Minute Meatless Nachos

Nachos are my favorite after school snack and I made this nacho snack in less than 5 minutes.

The filling is made with TVP, textured vegetable protein, which is a soy based meat substitute.  When your shopping, make sure you read the labels because some brands add wheat.  I use Bob's Red Mill TVP.  It says it's gluten free right on the front of the package.

TVP doesn't taste like much but when you re-hydrate it in water with taco seasonings, it sucks up all that taco-y goodness.  I use my home made taco seasoning mix but you can use store bought if you prefer, remember to check the labels to make sure it's GF.

The filling also works well in taco salad and for a quick lunch. Fill a bowl with lots of salad veggies, top with TVP taco filling, shredded cheese, crushed corn chips, taco sauce and a dollop of Greek yogurt.  Yum!

5 Minute Meatless Nachos
And toppings of your choice:
  • Salsa
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • diced tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers
  • sliced black olives, jalapenos
  • shredded lettuce
Combine the water, the TVP and the taco seasoning in a microwaveable bowl. It bubbles up, so I use a 2 cup bowl so I won't make a mess in the microwave.  Cover (I use a microwaveable plate to cover the bowl) and cook on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring half way through and adding a little more water if it looks dry.  Stir again and let rest, covered, for 1 minute or until all the water is absorbed.

Arrange a hand full of tortilla chips on a microwaveable plate.  Top with the TVP and 2 or 3 tablespoons of the cheese dip.  Microwave on high for 15-20 seconds, until the cheese is warm and melty.

Top the nachos with your favorite toppings.  I love salsa and a big dollop of Greek yogurt.  Enjoy the nacho goodness!

Serves: 1-2, depending on how many chips you use and how hungry you are!

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