Tuesday, November 10, 2015

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Nachos!

Today we made nachos, and it has been a long time coming. They were just like the real thing. Sometimes when I go to 7-11, I get  a hankering for those cheapo nachos. It's funny because I rarely bought them before. I figured out how to make an easy cheese sauce (so easy!) and wanted to share.

Gluten free Tortilla Chips (I use Que Pasa from Freddy's)
daiya cheese
brown rice flour blend (1 cup brown rice to 2/3 cup potato starch to 1/3 cup tapioca starch. Also great for making gravy!)
rice milk
plum vinegar (optional)

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Take 1/2 bag of the daiya cheddar cheese. Put in a saucepan. Turn on medium low. Sprinkle with 2 TBS of the GF flour mixture. Add rice milk a little at a time. Stir regularly and wait. It will thicken and you will need to add a little more. When the cheese is melted shake a couple of shakes of plum vinegar (it adds cheese flavor which saves you from having to add a ton of Daiya cheese). But you could also just add more cheese if you don't have plum vinegar (from Whole Foods). Add rice milk until it is thickened to a nice cheese sauce. Remove from heat. I like to make taco meat(see spices below), and pile it with warmed refried beans (the traditional ones that are Safeway brand are allergy friendly) in the middle of a plate, then I pile the tortilla chips on top. Next I pour the cheese over top and then throw on black olives, tomatoes, green onions, pico de gallo salsa and cilantro. Oh, man! It was amazing!   It's times like these that I don't miss the real thing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Taco seasoning is often filled with gluten or soy. To make your own here is a great recipe. To save time you can take the spices and put them by serving in snack size ziplocs. It doesn't take much longer to make up five of them, than it does one. Then when you want to make tacos, burritos or nachos really fast for dinner it's a snap. You can even make a double batch of taco meat and freeze it so that you have a really fast dinner ready to go.

I am posting this at Allergy-free Wednesdays here. Check out all of the fun ideas!

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