Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

Make-Your-Own Vegan Nachos

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

Hooray for the weekend! I’m totally exhausted. Are you? Everything this last week has felt soooooo slooooooow, which is really the theme of this winter. I keep saying that I think the universe is poking me (and doctors have literally been poking me), or at least reminding me not so gently, “you are not in control!”. I love to be in control, and I love efficiency, so this tries my usually very plentiful patience.

I want to thank you all for being so kind to me this week, leaving the sweetest words of encouragement and virtual hugs after my health scare. You guys gave me a big boost in spirit when I needed it most and I’m grateful for your support. I won’t get results back for a few days and because of the type of thyroid cyst I have, it’s likely they will be indeterminate (not enough cells to test), but things are looking up. Now if only the lump would completely go away so I can stop obsessing over my “puffy” neck. If you happen to know of natural remedies, please share! I’m reading about iodine and selenium as potentially helpful, but the information is sparse.

Meals lately have been especially easy. I’m giving myself a little pat on the back that we’ve only eaten out once (Whole Foods hot bar, bound to happen), which is really only because we set stricter budget goals last month for our different spending categories. Home renovations and medical bill categories are blown out of the water at this point due to the unexpected, really not fun happenings, but I’ll be damned if we can’t reign in our grocery and eating out bills. I remember when Aaron and I first moved in together and we spent like $60 a week on groceries. How did we even do that?! (Actually, I remember: pasta, bean burritos, and Aaron’s employer bought his lunches.)

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

In addition to not eating out, I also wanted an excuse to make vegan queso again. We snacked on that dip all last week and still didn’t tire of it, which inspired me to turn queso into a meal and a recipe this blog has sadly been missing: vegan nachos! Loaded with my favorite toppings and checking all of the crunchy, creamy, spicy, and salty flavor boxes. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to snack on plain jalapeño peppers when I was assembling these. Waaaay too spicy for me! And yet, I did it a second time not much later. I don’t know…they just looked so good. I scared Aaron with a coughing fit (twice). I should stick to the black olives.

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

Who’s down for a make-your-own-nachos party? You can have my jalapeños.

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

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Make-Your-Own Vegan Nachos

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

Make-Your-Own Vegan Nachos

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: Customizable


Prep Time: 15 mins

Loaded vegan nachos with easy homemade queso and all of your favorite toppings! Who's down for a make-your-own-nachos party?!

Easy Loaded Vegan Nachos | picklesnhoney.com

Make-Your-Own Vegan Nachos

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Ingredients

For the nachos:

  • tortilla chips
  • cooked beans, warmed
  • prepared vegan queso, warmed

Choose your favorite toppings:

  • chopped avocado or guacamole
  • diced red onion
  • sliced fresh or pickled jalapeños
  • sliced black olives
  • chunky salsa and/or chopped tomatoes
  • sliced fresh radishes
  • sliced scallions
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime wedges
  • hot sauce

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: Customizable

Prep Time: 15 mins

Loaded vegan nachos with easy homemade queso and all of your favorite toppings! Who's down for a make-your-own-nachos party?!

Instructions

  • Arrange the tortilla chips on a large serving platter and add desired toppings! Devour immediately.

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  1. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 3rd grade and actually have 3 cysts as well. They didn’t find the cysts until high school and the first endocrinologist told me I had thyroid cancer and needed to either have my thyroid killed with radiation or completely removed and I would be on medication the rest of my life. That wasn’t an option for me and so I made a huge lifestyle change, read everything I could on alternative treatments, had acupuncture done regularly, went to Chinese medicine doctors, etc.

    The cysts aren’t growing therefore are not of concern but for a long time I experienced a puffy neck and jawline where it looked like I had gained weight in just my face and neck. I have not taken medication in 10 years. I felt the most relief from symptoms when I started a raw diet. Since, I just eat vegan and try to eat as clean as possible but till this day I do raw cleanses when I feel off and know it’s from my thyroid. Read A LOT, listen to your body before your doctor (seriously) and you’ll be fine. I go to an endocrinologist for a check up at least once a year. I didn’t go for 3 years and when I saw him last summer my doctor lectured me sternly about how ridiculous it was that I refused to be on medication. He said diet can’t give you the hormones you need blah blah blah.. He ran a full series of tests and when he called me with the results his message was, “Your results came back in a very normal range. I don’t know what to say other than whatever you are doing it’s working and don’t stop doing it.”

    If you ever have questions let me know 🙂 Sorry for the lengthy comment. There is so much misinformation out that and your thyroid is NOTHING to mess with. It is so insanely crucial for your body and mental health! If you do not have an amazing endocrinologist, find one. Don’t settle until you find a great one, someone who fully comprehends that even if your test results are “within normal range” you can still experience terrifying symptoms.

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you for sharing your story, Christina! There’s so much great advice in your comment. I especially like what you said about listening to your body before your doctor. I feel like I have a solid team of doctors now who are technically very good, but didn’t offer any preventative measures. I’ve reached out to a clinical nutritionist to see if he might be able to help, so hopefully there are lifestyle tweaks I can make. I’m trying to re-frame this as an opportunity to re-balance–which is something that’s been missing for a while!

  2. Kait says

    1) DROOOOOOLS.
    2) We only spend $80 a week on groceries for both of us. But we also love eating out because its our thing (seriously- people are like, “what do you do together?” answer: eat fancy ass meals.). I won’t even tell you what LUNCH came to today. I had some tequila though so I just laughed it off because omg (bren actually went, “you do remember this was lunch, right?!). OOPS.
    3) DROOOOOLS.
    4) Be careful with iodine. I can’t remember why but that’s my first/gut response for some reason.
    5) DROOOLS.
    6) My wit is gone but I felt the need to make this an even number…and not end on the drooling. 😉

  3. Caitlin says

    i don’t know how some couples can spend so little on food. i easily spend twice what you and aaron used to spend, and probably more. but, the way i look at it is that it’s our preventative health care. dayv’s co-workers talk about spending less than $50 a week on groceries for their family. wtf??

    and these nachos look soooo good. i love that there’s tons of black olives, too.

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