עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: Baked Nachos with Picadillo Edition

Maybe it’s the holidays. Maybe it’s the weather – there is over 2 feet of snow outside. Maybe it’s all the diet commercials on TV (I can be oppositional that way). I don’t know what it is but lately, I’ve been HUNGRY and craving foods that are definitely NOT diet-friendly. Now that doesn’t mean I’ve been indulging in them; אין פאַקט, I probably burned calories from all the fantasizing and salivating 🙂

But I’ve been watching a lot of TV food shows and I’ve really been craving the kinds of comfort foods I used to love back in the P.V. (pre-Vegan) טעג. פֿאַר מיר, that means savory, fried, and greasy appetizers. פֿאַר מיר, that also meant wearing size 24 הויזן.

Me in size 24 הויזן

So I have 2 very important reasons why I WILL NOT eat those foods: (1) I am NOT giving up being a size 8 for anything but a size 6…איך האָפֿן… און (2) I am NOT EVER going to knowingly eat anything that involved pain, suffering, exploitation or murder of a living being.

Me at size 8 הויזן

I do want to create Vegan versions of all my favorite appetizers – that’s the easy part. פֿאַר מיר, the hard part is still portion control. Even though Vegan food is healthier and has less calories per serving (יוזשאַוואַלי) and even though it only takes half a serving of Vegan food to make me feel as full as non-Vegan food (Vegan food is just more filling whether it be soy, legumes, פיברע, גרינז, עטק), I still have to be careful about how much I eat. I still have to be aware of when I feel satisfied and stop before I feel full (or too full), no matter how good the food is and how much is left on my plate. I have gotten better at that and so I can indulge in some of my favorite non-diet friendly foods sometimes without ruining my progress.

For the past few days, I had been craving nachos. A big plate of tortilla chips with ground “רינדערנס,” olives and ooey-gooey cheeze with salsa and sour cream on the side. צומ גליק, I had everything I needed to make it in the house. געזונט, almost everything…I would have loved some guacamole. Maybe next time.

First I made my own Vegan version of picadillo using Gimme Lean “רינדערנס,” אַניאַנז, קנאָבל, גלאָק פּעפּערז, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, corn and spices. Then I layered the chips, האַש, black olives and Daiya cheese – both mozzarella and cheddar – into a casserole dish and baked it. Vegan sour cream and salsa on the side and we were in nacho heaven.

ינגרידיאַנץ

For the picadillo:
קוקינג שפּריץ
1 Tbs. מאַסלינע ייל
1/2 ציבעלע, פיינלי געהאַקט
1/2 גלאָק פעפער, פיינלי געהאַקט
2 קנאָבל קלאָוועס, מינסט
1 chipotle pepper, chopped (canned with adobo sauce)
1 tube Gimme Lean, “רינדערנס” flavored
1 tsp. קומין
1 tsp. ציבעלע פּודער
1 tsp. אָרעגאַנאָ
1 tsp. טשילע פּודער
1 tsp. פּאַפּריקאַ
1/2 tsp. שוואַרץ פעפער
1/2 cup frozen corn
1-8אַז. can tomato sauce
1-2 Tbs. אַדאָבאָ סאָוס (from the can of chipotle peppers)

For the nachos:
Blue corn tortilla chips
1 גלעזל דאַייאַ קעז, יעדער טאַם (I used a combo of mozzarella and cheddar)
8 אַז. pitted black olives, סלייסט
Salsa, וועגאַן זויער קרעם, guacamole (אַפּשאַנאַל)

אינסטרוקציעס

פּרעהעאַט די ויוון צו 450 דיגריז. ערשטער, prepare the picadillo. אין אַ סקילאַט, add some cooking spray and saute the onion, קנאָבל, bell pepper and chipotle pepper until softened, וועגן 5 מינוט. Turn off the skillet, move the veggies to a bowl and allow to cool.

אין אַ גרויס שיסל, add the Gimme Lean (it’s easiest to handle if your hands are wet) and break it up a bit. Add the cooled onion, קנאָבל, bell pepper and chipotle pepper to the bowl. לייג די בשמים (no salt is necessary because there is salt in the chips, the cheese and the olives) and mix thoroughly with your hands.

Uncooked Gimme Lean with sauteed veggies

Return the skillet to medium heat. לייגן 1 Tbs. פון מאַסלינע בוימל. Add the Gimme Lean mixture to the skillet and break it up with a wooden spoon. Add the tomato sauce, 1-2 Tbs. of adobo sauce (depending how spicy you like it) and the frozen corn. Mix well and let cook until the picadillo is browned, וועגן 10 מינוט.

Cooked Gimme Lean Picadillo

When the picadillo is ready, spray a casserole dish lightly with cooking spray. שיכטע דער שיסל מיט טאָרטיללאַ טשיפּס. Then spoon half the picadillo onto the chips. On top of the picadillo, add half the Daiya and then half the black olives.

Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients to create a second layer.

באַקן פֿאַר וועגן 20 minutes until the Daiya is melted and gooey.

Serve while hot with salsa, וועגאַן זויער קרעם, guacamole or whatever you like.

This makes a delicious appetizer if you have company or it can be a meal by itself.

Eat it before you make that New Year’s resolution to lose weight 🙂

האַנאָע האָבן!

(באזוכט 721 מאל, 1 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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7 רעספּאָנסעס צו עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: Baked Nachos with Picadillo Edition

  1. Molly דעצעמבער 29, 2010 בייַ 5:35 PM #

    וואַו, you’re already doing so much better than I am! Haha… way to go! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס דעצעמבער 29, 2010 בייַ 5:55 בין #

    The new edition comes out Jan. 5th in paperback so I might get it. As it stands, I already avoid refined products – no white rice, flour or sugar. I never add sugar or any sweeteners to anything because I hate sweet things. I avoid almost all processed foods except for the occasional Gimme Lean, Boca burger or Tofurkey sausages, עטק.

    I don’t buy anything that has artifical colors or flavors, MSG, הפקס, עטק. I never buy bottled dressing because I would rather make my own. So that’s not too much of an issue with me.

    I did see that he wants you to avoid wheat which is a great idea but tough. I have been switching out my whole wheat pastry flour for chickpea flour, we’ve been buying spelt buns, עטק. but wheat is in everything! But so many people say they feel better without wheat, that I am seriously considering lowering my intake of it and other gluten foods.

  3. Molly דעצעמבער 28, 2010 בייַ 5:38 PM #

    “Eat to Live” is what introduced me to the volumetrics concept. It’s a great book, with a couple of caveats. I really like *most* of Dr. Fuhrman’s teachings, except that he can get really overzealous sometimes about not eating grains/starches, avoiding processed foods, and not using any sweeteners. I think that, assuming you don’t have any food addiction issues, these items can be used within reason, as part of a balanced overall plan.

    Other things I learned were about leaving out the oil in recipes… sautéeing in water or vegetable broth instead, using different salad dressings that don’t contain oil. That saved me lots of calories, and especially was valuable for me because oil doesn’t contain any nutrients. I’d rather eat something that has vitamins/minerals with those calories instead. 🙂

    “Eat to Live” און “Eat for Heatlh” are both great books, if you can get past Dr. Fuhrman’s super-cheesy “Nutritarian” slogan. He’s pretty egotistical, but his science is solid, and he’s a great doctor. (Maybe that’s why he’s so egotistical! Haha 🙂 )

  4. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס דעצעמבער 28, 2010 בייַ 6:16 בין #

    Barbie – דאַנקען איר אַזוי פיל. I’m going to get that book. I’m at the point where I need to lose that last 25 לבס. and I’m kind of stuck. Part of it has been my being sick but a large part of it has been lack of motivation. Maybe a new book will relight the fire in me. Thanks 🙂

  5. Barbie דעצעמבער 28, 2010 בייַ 6:10 בין #

    Have you read the book “Eat to Live”? I think you’d like it, and I also think it would help you continue on your weight loss. I lost a couple lbs after going vegan, but after reading this book I started losing a lot faster. He recommends a vegan diet (although he calls it vegetarian), with lots of salads and raw veggies. The raw veggies have the added benefit of wonderful energy, I’ve found.

    סייַ ווי סייַ, what you were saying about being able to eat larger quantities of veggies (as opposed to bread, פלייש, עטק) made me think of the book.

  6. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס דעצעמבער 28, 2010 בייַ 2:55 בין #

    Molly – thank you so much for the sweet words 🙂

    I have not done any research in Volumetrics. It’s just knowing that a pound of lettuce vs. a pound of bread has an enormous caloric difference and so you can eat more veggies for the same calories (or points in Weight Watchers although now they have changed their plan so that most fruits and veggies are free).

    Whenever I make any recipe, I automatically double the veggies. I find that most recipes add veggies like a garnish and I make it the main event.

    פּלוס, eating whole grains and avoiding refined foods makes you fuller.

    I eat lots of salad almost everyday too 🙂 I grew up always having a salad with dinner so I have always done that. My husband and I share a “family-size” salad no matter what I make. And I still have the old mindset that I must have a vegetable side dish, regardless of the fact that my entree is veggies too. I’m really engrossed by the whole cognitive mindset and how that works.

    I would love any info. Talk to you soon.

  7. Molly דעצעמבער 27, 2010 בייַ 3:50 PM #

    וואַו, Rhea – seeing your before-and-after photos is astounding! What an amazing transformation. I already knew that you are pretty, but my goodness… that size-8 photo shows how VERY pretty you are! 🙂 Congratulations on your incredible weight loss.

    In your journey along the way, have you done any research into Volumetrics? That’s the whole notion of why some foods make us feel full longer than others. Sounds like you’re already using it, whether you know it or not. It’s one reason why I like to eat huge salads every day (and cause I love salad 😉 ), and it’s usually a way to get in extra nutrition. Big salads and soups full of vegetables = lots of vitamins and keeps you full longer, plus it’s low-calorie. You may already be well-versed in this and I’m preaching to the choir. 🙂 But if not, email me! I can send you some good info.


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