Recipe Club: Vegan Quinoa Nachos
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Quinoa Nachos
Wow your Superbowl guests with these mile-high nachos, which use quinoa in place of beans for a delicious appetizer. Vegan chef Ayinde Howell debuted these addicting chips at his New York City pop-up restaurant, Wildflower, to rave reviews. He shares his recipe (and more) with VN readers for the perfect vegan Superbowl party.
Serves 8
What You Need:

For the quinoa mixture:
1/4 cup safflower or vegetable oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons dry sage
1 tablespoon dry thyme
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 teaspoon dry red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire
Salt, to taste

For the cheese sauce:
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups soymilk
2-1/2 cups Daiya cheddar cheese shreds
1/2 cup nutritional yeast

For the nachos:
1 bag tortilla chips
Quiona mixture
Cheese sauce
2 to 3 scallions, chopped
1 4-ounce can black olives, sliced
1 jar chunky salsa
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What You Do:

1. For the quinoa mixture, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add onion, garlic, sage, thyme, oregano, pepper flakes, chili powder, and cumin and mix well. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Add quinoa, soy sauce, and Worcestershire and mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add salt to taste.

3. For the cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt margarine. Add flour and whisk together. Reduce heat to medium and brown mixture for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in soymilk. Once soymilk comes to a boil, stir in cheese and nutritional yeast and stir constantly. Once cheese is melted, remove from heat and set aside.

4. To assemble the nachos, make a bed of torilla chips, cover with warm quinoa filling, and top with cheese sauce, scallions, olives, and salsa. Serve hot.

Photo by Kate Echle
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