After seeing this week’s guest post hit our inbox, I am thinking that we might have to change this blogger’s title to Master of the Paleo Cheese. I mean, first she gave us Twice Baked Macaroni, which quickly became a favorite in our household, and now – ULTIMATE. PALEO. NACHOS.
Stacy of Paleo Gone Sassy has a true talent for taking old favorites and making them perfectly Paleo and all sorts of insanely delicious! And this recipe below for Ultimate Paleo Nachos is sure to show you why we are kind of majorly obsessed with the recipes that Stacy creates.
Enjoy this Paleo nacho remake and be sure to check out Stacy’s blog for even more awesome recipes here!
Thanks to Matt and Stacy for having me on as a guest blog and sharing another recipe filled with cashew cheese! I love creating dishes and knowing they are fueling my body with nutrients.
Cashew cheese is dairy free and made from Nutritional Yeast – which is not what you use in baked goods because it is deactivated yeast. It is yellow in color and sold as flakes or powder.
This ultimate nachos dish has been served at numerous parties, tailgates, potlucks and picnics. When we are invited to a gathering, I always offer to bring a dish to pass because this allows me to know I will have one item I can eat. Needless to say, my Ultimate Paleo Nachos gets requested a lot! I joke because I think sometimes friends get a craving for my nachos, so we get invited over for appetizers and drinks!
When preparing any meal, I love being in control of the recipe. This recipe has been divided out into two parts. First is the queso, which will give you the creamy ‘cheese’ taste. Then I added in additional ingredients to make it an ultimate nacho dish. When making it “ultimate,” feel free to add in one, a few or all ingredients. However, I recommend you stick to only one protein (chorizo, grass-fed beef, chicken or bacon).
This dish can be served over sliced vegetables, Inka Plantain Chips, baked cassava tortillas (to make a tortilla chip), Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips or Sweet Potato Chips, or on top of leafy greens to make a salad. In our house Jackson’s Honest chips are a treat- for those who are unfamiliar with the brand, they are non-gmo potatoes cooked in coconut oil. You can also use this cheese sauce as a topping on top of tacos or a salad.
For soaking the cashews, there are two options. Our preferred way is to let the cashews soak at room temperature for 4-6 hours. I find this helps create a very creamy dish. However, I know sometimes plans happen in the moment and there is no time to soak the cashews. For these events, I place a cup of cashews in boiling water and let them set for 10 minutes. Either soaking option will turn out great, but we prefer the longer soaking over boiling.
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked– see above)
- 1/2 cup water from the soaking cashews
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 teaspoons taco seasoning, pending taste preference
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ cup sliced black olives
- ½ cup fresh diced plum tomatoes
- ½ lb cooked chorizo or grass fed beef
- 1 finely chopped jalapeno
- ¼ cup sautéed onions (caramelized)
- 1/3 cup cooked diced bacon
- ½ lb cooked shredded chicken (great to make a meal with)
- Hot sauce to taste
- Cilantro to garnish
- Place cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, water, salt, taco seasoning and turmeric into the blender. If the blender has a hard time blending, add one tablespoon of water at a time, giving it a chance to blend together.
- Allow this to blend until all mixed together and it is smooth and creamy.
- Move mixture into a bowl and stir in add-ins.
- Serve over chips or vegetables or in a bowl as a queso dip.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/profile.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Stacy resides in Southwest Michigan with her husband and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, whom she rescued from a puppy mill. She has gone from a fast food junkie to being passionate about cooking and fueling her body with all-natural nutrients. She enjoys creating new recipes for her blog Paleo Gone Sassy. Stacy has lost over 65 lbs with adopting a Paleo lifestyle and exercise. One word she uses to describe her progress is dedication. It takes dedication to stay on track and be motivated! In the event you see Stacy on the street and are hungry, she always carries healthy food on her to avoid temptations and is willing to share! Connect with Stacy: Blog | Facebook | Instagram[/author_info] [/author]