Vegan Loaded Nachos

Hi Friends! I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus as my year has been busy so far, but I have some new recipes to share. Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to say that I have happily been volunteering quite a bit at a local no-kill animal shelter. If you have the time, consider finding a no-kill shelter near you where you can volunteer. It’s been really rewarding interacting with the animals and giving them a chance to get outside and play while they wait to be adopted. The hardest part is not taking them all home with you! This guy in particular was nearly impossible not to take home, but I can’t really have a dog right now. Luckily he got adopted by a nice family. So many of the pups are just so loving and sweet!

Kincaid

On to the recipe…I guess this isn’t as much of a recipe as a recreation of vegan nachos that I used to get at Rutherford Pancake House in Rutherford, NJ. When I lived in North Jersey this was my favorite brunch spot and we almost always got the nachos. Now that I live too far away, I make my own vegan nachos at home. These are perfect for sharing at a party or enjoying while binge watching Netflix. And when football season comes around again, you won’t have to feel left out at football parties! These are really dangerously yummy. If you have a favorite vegan nacho topping, let me know in the comments! I would love to get some new ideas to try.

As messy as nachos are, it's hard to make them look pretty when you pile on the chili, guacamole, vegan sour cream and more, but they are so yummy it doesn't matter! They will disappear quickly!

As messy as nachos are, it’s hard to make them look pretty when you pile on the chili, guacamole, vegan sour cream and more, but they are so yummy it doesn’t matter! They will disappear quickly!

Ingredients:

Tortilla chips
Daiya vegan cheese
1 can of vegan chili (I used Amy’s brand)
Guacamole
Salsa
Tofutti Vegan Sour Cream
Lettuce

Other Optional Toppings:

Corn
Tomatoes
Jalapeños
Refried Beans
Black Beans or Kidney Beans
Sautéed or Grilled Pepper and Onions
Veggie Bacon
Chopped Cilantro
Scallions
Lime Juice
Black Olives

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Fill a glass baking dish 2/3 full with tortilla chips. Sprinkle on a little Daiya cheese. Add the can of vegan chili on top. If you have leftover homemade chili, this is a great way to use it up.
  • Bake the nachos in the oven for about 15 minutes so the chili is hot and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the nachos from the oven and top with guacamole, salsa, vegan sour cream, lettuce and any other toppings you like.
  • Dig in and enjoy!

Rutherford Pancake House and Holiday Menu Time!

I already blogged about The Rutherford Pancake House once, but it seems there’s always more to love. I went for brunch on Sunday, as I often do. This week, the special was Vegan Stuffed French Toast with a layer of vegan cream cheese in the middle and fresh strawberries on top. I couldn’t resist! I love that they always try out new vegan dishes to keep it interesting.

We also got their vegan loaded nachos which were amazing. I really want to try making them at home. They’re topped with chili, daiya cheese, lettuce, tomato, and jalapenos with salsa and vegan sour cream on the side.

And of course, no brunch is complete without a latte or some sort of coffee. This one was pretty perfect. I just would like to applaud Rutherford Pancake House for their creativity. It keeps us coming back.

The holidays are fast approaching. No matter what holiday you celebrate or even if you don’t celebrate anything,  tis the season for gatherings of families and friends. As you plan your menus, I’ll be posting some recipe ideas for you to try out and hopefully add to your holiday menus! If you have a favorite or traditional dish you’d like me to try to veganize, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best!

The Rutherford Pancake House

Ah, vegan brunch…one of my favorite things! Breakfasts at restaurants tend to be heavy on eggs, cheese, sausage, and bacon, but I’m seeing more and more places offer vegan brunch options. One of my favorites is the Rutherford Pancake House.

It’s not a diner, but has that casual vibe. It’s not totally vegan, so they do have the usual breakfast fare, but there are lots of vegan options as well. My favorites so far are the vegan pancakes and the Vegan Roman Tofu Scramble.

Each week they also offer a special flavor of vegan pancake such as Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Apple, Lemon Chiffon, Cranberry Orange, Oreo, Tiramisu, or Chocolate Avalanche. They have vegan pizza, quesadillas, nachos, sliders, among other tasty options. You can get soy milk for your coffee and vegan butter if you ask, and they have gluten free options as well.

Right now they are only open for brunch until 3pm, but they will soon be expanding their menu and staying open for dinner as well. They have a count down going on their Facebook page and in their front window. 17 days! I for one can’t wait. New York has a lot of vegan options, but on this side of the river the choices are a bit scarce.

Rutherford Pancake House is the perfect place to go with a  group of vegans and non-vegans because everyone will find something they’ll enjoy. The owners and staff are very friendly, and the food has been good every time I’ve eaten there.