Are you ready for a festive taste bud sensation? The rainbow of veggies on this plate makes me smile, and it seems to taste better too! The picture above is a nacho salad, which I LOVE the most. The kale is divine with the ingredients inside, especially with the Chipotle. I don't know if it's just me, but I think kale is amazing with any Mexican dish. The picture below is my unique version of scrumptious nachos. Some people, like my mom, like just the tortilla chips slathered with nacho cheese and all of the good stuff. I, for instance, like the salad with more vegetables. Many of you probably know that I enjoy indulging in a delicious salad each day. To me, a salad seems appetizing and it's nourishing, and I feel like a million bucks! When I was younger, I used to dislike the plain and ordinary salad with iceberg lettuce and ranch. Thankfully, I discovered a new world of exotic flavors that I never used before, or mixed together. I decided to never make a salad that's ok tasting, but instead make the best and the tastiest salad suitable for a king.
There is also something I want to mention about the Beantio chips. I emailed the Beantio company and asked them what extraction method they used for their safflower and sunflower oils. They told me that the oils are physically expeller pressed (no chemicals!) They also said the oils are non-GMO, "high oleic" oils, and not hydrogenated. The Beantio chips have a verified non-GMO label on their bag too; that's a big bonus right there. I usually don't eat very much packaged foods, but if I do, I stick with foods that have whole ingredients in them. It's a good rule of thumb to look for healthy whole ingredients and aim for foods that have 6 ingredients or less. There is some exceptions like the "Go Macro Bars", they are are kind-of expensive so I don't buy them very much--occasionally I do. Some other less expensive ones that taste great are the "Kit Bars".
Did I forget to mention that this salad is Vegan and Corn Free? Without those things in this salad, it equals good digestion and a smiling face. I am not against any animal products, because I believe you should eat everything in moderation. I rarely eat any meat though, I seem to be healthier without it. Everyone has a different biochemistry and should eat what feels best to them--vegan, vegetarian, raw, paleo, etc. I don't have a lot of grains in my diet, but when I do have grains, I feel better eating mostly alkaline grain based foods (quinoa, buckwheat, and brown rice.) I also like sticking to healthy foods with a lower sugar content like coconut nectar and stevia. Eat what feels best to you and your body will love you for it.
Nacho Dip (Raw)
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/8-1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (soaked for an hour or two)
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp shredded jalapeno pepper
- Chipotle spice for garnishing (optional)
1. In a food processor, blend the sun-dried tomatoes and then add the other ingredients (except the Chipotle) and blend well.
2. Garnish the dip by sprinkling the Chipotle spice on top for more flavor.
Sour Cream (Raw)
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/8 cup sesame butter
- 1/2 tsp himalayan salt
- 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 tbsp lemon juice
- 3-4 tbsps water
In a food processor, blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
For the fiesta Salad:
- nacho dip (raw)
- sour cream (raw)
- black beans
- corn free tortilla chips (I used Beanitos and Beanfields)
- green onions
- red onions
- avocados (chopped, mashed, or both)
- lime juice (optional)
- walnuts (optional)
- sprinkle on Chipotle spice (optional)
For the Nachos: