By Phyllis Bowie
Plant Based Nacho Salad
I love when my vegan God-sister comes to visit. Because it gives me an opportunity to explore plant based recipes. I create this soy chorizo nacho salad. My favorite brand of soy chorizo is by Trader Joe's, spicy, great texture and delish. In a large skillet I sautéed chopped red onions in EVOO added the chorizo and browned until caramelized. I then added 2 cans of diced organic tomatoes, chopped jalapeños, cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cumin and let simmer for 15 minutes. I also, heated a can of Wolfgang Puck's organic black beans. Plated - on a bed of chopped romaine, I spooned on the warm chorizo, drained and spooned on black beans and topped with a mix of avocado, grape tomatoes, jalapeños, lime juice and cilantro. I added 2 types of tortilla chips around the edge of the platter. Doritos Blaze Video
I used regular no salt tortilla chips and for a big taste of real hotness, I added Blaze flavored Dorito's. So hot and crunchy and delish! I usually do not eat or use Dorito's, simply because I will sit and eat the whole bag and the high soduim puffs me up like a blowfish. Well, I was inspired by my YouTube favorite Jazzy Monet & Weetie. I saw them eating nachos with Flaming Hot Cheetos, checkout their YouTubeVideo. I really enjoyed plating these nachos, because I added in separate ramekins - sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions and sliced jalapeños. This was great because I am not vegan so I was able to add lots of cheese and sour cream to my individual plate. WATCH VIDEO
Nacho Salad with Blaze very hot Dorito's
I also created the amazing Watermelon Margaritas. I used 2 parts jalapeno infused tequila, 1 part Cointreau, 1 large lime freshly juiced, cold pressed watermelon juice and garnished with slice of lime and watermelon wedge. We toasted to love and life and upon the first sip we both said Oh, now this is really good....and dangerous.
I was able to wake up early enough to go to my neighborhood Fillmore Farmer's Market and most of the veggies and fruit came from the local farmer's. So everything was truly farm to table - fresh, fresh. For dessert I added a platter of fruit, grapes, peaches, strawberries, watermelon, honeydew melon and mango!
Farmer's Market Fruit Plate
After too many margaritas and solving all the nations problems, we watched Queen Sugar and all was good in our little world!