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I just made vegetarian nachos and they were fabulous! I used a vegetarian "ground beef" product, black beans, and diced tomatoes and onions, threw in a bunch of seasoning, sauteed it all together, mixed in jalapeno slices, and poured it over broken taco shells.

Normally, I'd slather nachos in sour cream, but this time I just left it off. I might experiment with something like that later. I also could have used black olives, but this time, again, I didn't. The point of the experiment was really to test the waters with the fake hamburger, so I wanted to keep the condiments to a minimum. I'm happy to note that it passed with flying colors, so my recipe book gets to expand by one. (Plus, now that I know about the taco shells, I can always stick to beans and veggies. Not refried beans, though. They kind of gross me out.)

I read all the labels. I didn't spot any meat, egg, or dairy ingredients, so I'm pretty sure everything was vegetarian. I used regular brand-name taco shells, but the ingredients passed muster. I guess technically I should try to buy products made by corporations that don't also have meat or dairy companies, but I'm not going to worry too much about that right now. It's enough for me, for now, to just get a handle on what I'm putting into my stomach. Which in this case was a fabulous plate full of yum.

Date: 2011-03-06 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktsparrow.livejournal.com
Yum! Did you use quorn ground beef? They're my favorite. Oh, but maybe they have some egg whites?

Date: 2011-03-06 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Yeah, apparently Quorn has egg in it, according to the Vegan Society website (which I've been using to check ingredients). This one was from a company called "Lightlife." Lightlife Smart Ground. I have no idea if they're a local company or a small company or a big company. It was tasty, though!

Date: 2011-03-06 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vegan-vulcan.livejournal.com
Lightlife is pretty awesome. I dunno about ethics, just taste--for nexties check out their "mexican" flavor if you can, it's really good! I suspect they're huge because they're in every standard grocery store I've been in for a looooong time. I like the lightlife bacon, too, though I prefer straight-up tempeh bacon. Also the Tofutti sour cream is not really particularly "healthy" but it's super-delicious!

Congrats on the tasty nachos! They sound great! The vegan queso from Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe would make a nice edition. They're a great little company, btw, super-nice folks and great selection. cosmosveganshoppe.com

Date: 2011-03-06 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Oh, maybe I'll make bacon my next challenge! =D

Thanks for the tips!

Date: 2011-03-07 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vegan-vulcan.livejournal.com
Any time! Your nachos have been haunting my dreams since I read this!

Date: 2011-03-06 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j-cheney.livejournal.com
I'm not a vegetarian (one of my neices is), but I'm always impressed with how easy it is to turn a recipe 'safe'. Nachos, FTW!


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