I have joined the Foodblog Swap organised by a group of Dutch and Belgian foodblfoggers for the first time. They do a kind of lottery and everybody who joins the Foodblog Swap cooks and blogs about a recipe of one of the other joining foodblogs. I got to cook from The Answer is Food. I have gone through the entire blog and found loads of recipes I would love to make. I especially like all the Asian recipes such as the Miso Soup for example. These recipes bring back great and tasty memories. But I kept going because I wanted to find something that would definitely appeal to my kids in particular so it would fit nicely on my blog which is all about teaching them to eat new and healthy things.
So I went on and when I came across this beautiful nacho bake, I could immediately picture the twinkle in my kid’s eyes when they would see this appearing on the dinner table. Can you imagine? Crisps on our dinner?
Ok, the nachos themselves are not really healthy, but everything else is and it is als for the sake of variety, it is something new! So I did make it and the kids did love it, they didn’t understand what was happening, crisps on our dinner, mummy? What is the occasion?? But they didn’t say too much, just in case I would change my mind still I think…
We all loved it, not just the kids, me and my husband really liked it as well. It is something I wouldn’t usually think of making and it will definitely be made again and again. I can see me altering the recipe in different ways as well, swap the sweetcorn for red kidney beans is a first idea that comes up, swapping the nacho for a homemade tortilla would make it healthier and I am sure there will be many more variations possible. I also look forward to making this dish in summer with bigger, sweeter and juicier summer tomatoes.
I already altered the recipe slightly as I used vegetarian mince (micro protein from Quorn) instead of the minced meat in the original recipe. We are not vegetarians, but often leave meat for the weekend and have fish on Fridays. The micro protein is a good meat substitute and I usually season it in the same way as I would season minced meat. It is still different, but not totally different, better for our health and so much better for the environment as well.
Enjoy! Thank you Maaike from The Answer is Food!
Vegetarian nacho bake
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- 1 shallot
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 bell peppers
- 7 tomatoes
- 250 gram micro protein (Quorn minced 'beef')
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 and 1/2 tbs paprika
- 1 tsp ground coreander
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 150 gram sweetcorn
- 200 gram plain nachos
- 100 gram grated cheddar
- Cut the shallot and the bell peppers in pieces.
- Boil water and put the washed tomatoes in in, cover to keep the warmth in. After 10 minutes, you should be able to peel the tomatoes easily. Peel them and cut into chunks.
- Warm up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a big frying pan. If you have one that can go in the oven, use that one, it save you some washing up afterwards.
- Fry the shallot and the garlic together briefly, then add the the bell peppers. Keep stirring and frying until the peppers start to soften.
- Switch the oven on, on 180 ºCelsius.
- Now add the micro protein, stir well and add all the spices.
- Cook the sweetcorn in the microwave during 3 minutes.
- Add the tomato chunks and the sweetcorn to the pan, stir well and move the pan to the oven. Cover with a lid or some foil and leave for about 20 minutes so the tomatoes can soften.
- After 20 minutes, take the pan out of the oven and decorate with the nachos. Our result looks a bit like a fish with spiky fish skin I think...
- Spread the grated cheddar over the nachos and place in the oven again for another 5 minuten or until the cheese has melted.
- Serve on it's own, with some salad, or possibly with some guacamole.
from More Than Just Carrots