Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Manly Nachos and a bunch of other stuff

Gosh, I have a ton of stuff to share with you today. 

I've been taking pictures like crazy, and trying to remember to keep track of my new recipes. Here some new ones I've been working on!

These are my 'Manly Vegetarian Nachos". We try really hard to NOT eat much meat. I don't buy anything but organic meat anymore, but I rarely cook it. If I do, its usually because the hubs is really feeling like Fred Flinstone and NEEDS it, lol.

The "meat" in these nachos, is actually tempeh. If you haven't had it, you so totally missing out! It looks terrifying, even more so than tofu, but man is it good. There are tons of different ways to cook it- BBQ, fried, baked, stir-fry, in crumbles (I use it like for spaghetti), etc. 

If you don't know what tempeh is, it's fermented grain. It doesn't have a funky smell, nor a weird flavor. Like tofu, it just takes on whatever flavors you add to it. My FAVORITE way to cook it is to dredge is like fried chicken. Put a little coconut oil in a shallow pan and fry it. Coat it with a stir-fry dressing and put it on top of sticky rice. Oh man...sooooooo good!

If you're wondering-I get organic tempeh from Trader Joe's for less than 2 bucks for 8oz.

Anyways, back to the nachos. 

To make the tempeh:

8 oz package of tempeh (cut in small cubes)
2 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs liquid smoke
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs honey
1 tsp curry powder
salt & pepper to taste

Heat up skillet on medium high with coconut oil and add tempeh.
Add liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.
Reduce heat to medium.
Cook for about 5 minuets.
Add remaining ingredients.
Cook until golden brown and most liquid has been absorbed. 

Use this as your "taco meat".

For my hubby's nachos, I used whole grain chips, hot salsa, the Mexican melting cheese you get at the restaurants, and sour cream. I also chopped up some of my super-awesome-self-grown green onions on top. 

That's pretty much it!

Here are some other goodies I had this week:

Seriously, these were amazing! 
Got these at Marshall's. 

Bacon & Ranch flavors. Nothing funky in them. I don't like peas at all, but I am keeping a bag of these in my purse for a snack on the go. These are SUPER crunchy and WAY better than chips!

These are my gluten free applesauce waffles topped with pumpkin butter (I know, not the real stuff) and real maple syrup.

Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles

1 3/4 cup gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
4 tbs honey or maple syrup
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Gently fold all ingredients together and use your waffle iron according to directions!

I also made this soup last night for the hubs. Pretty much just dry beans, a mixture of frozen veggies, seasonings, and a box of TJ's organic roasted red pepper and tomato soup.

It cooked all night until he had to go to work this morning.

He has about four more meals left!

Cheap and easy meal!

This is now how I wake up each morning. Of course, I've been obsessed with trying new creamers so that changes. I also have been adding a tsp of organic coconut oil to my coffee. So good for you!

You can't really taste it, but it does make your lips super moisturized! 

What's your favorite way to drink your coffee?

Here is what follows my coffee:

Green smoothie!

Kale, cranberries, blackberries, Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 scoop green powder, 8 oz water, 1 tbs flax oil.

Now, this one is pretty I think I'll add half a banana next time to sweeten it up a bit.

On a much more random note:

I really miss my red chandalier. If you don't know what it looks liked:

This pic is super old (obviously cause I don't have that table anymore)...

But that is my wonderful light that I sooo miss. 1 $3 brass chandelier from Goodwill and 1 can of spray paint!

We took it down recently as to not scare potential buyers. Uggh. My house seems so...."neutral" now. I feel like I'm only renting now. 

Guess it's not too bad cause it does help us to not feel to attached to the house anymore.

Well...that's been small re-cap of my last three days.

What have you guys been up to?

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  1. those waffles look amazing!! and so do those nachos! that chandelier was fantastic, I love the red.

    Helene in Between

    1. Thanks so much!!! I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. I need to try using gluten free flours. The waffles look amazing!

  3. Might just have to try the manly nachos, they look great...

  4. Yum, those manly nachos look muy deliciosos! I'm visiting your from Sumo's Sweet Stuff Linky Party. I am your newest follower on GFC and would love if you could come visit me too at Have a great weekend!

  5. I love the nachos, because I love tempeh!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week :)

  6. Oh those peas look so good!! I love the crunch of wasabi peas, but can't stand the burn so these would be perfect for me!! I'm also craving waffles now...

  7. Thanks for linking up! These look super yummy! ^^


  8. I love your baby blue kitchen (I grew up in one). It is so welcoming and comfortable. And I am so jealous of your access to Trader Joe's. I have to order Trader Joe's products through Amazon. The nachos look fantastic! Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

  9. You've been a busy lady! I love the look of your red chandelier. I can see why you miss it so much. I am hosting a giveaway on Dining With Debbie during the month of Merry, Marry Munchies. There are two giveaways, actually: (1) $50 gift certificate to my favorite jeweler, and (2) a signed copy of Kat Robinson's new book, Arkansas Pie: A Slice of the Natural State. I would love for you to enter and win one of these. Be sure to enter through rafflecopter.

  10. The recipe looks really good! And I love the red chandelier! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  11. I love veggie nachos, but everyone else in the house likes them w/meat so I don't make them very often.

    Lots of great things you have in this post. Visiting today from Raising Imperfection.

  12. Great recipes! I am eating nachos right now! LOL
    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  13. Whoo.. that post has a little of everything in it! Those nachos look delicious! I asked hubby if he wanted them...Boo, he said no! Meat only for that man! LOL

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured! Good luck :)


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