Before I start talking about this wonderful vegan nachos with roasted lentils, let me start with my super exciting yesterday. Back in October of this year I entered a monthly contest by Hour Detroit magazine called Hour Shared Plates. Basically the gist of the contest is each month they have a featured food category from which they pick a winner who is a homecook, showcase their recipe and a picture of their dish. For this particular contest it was centered around breakfast, so I entered with my Sweet Potato Pie Waffles and Pecan Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Needless to say I won LOL. In return I received a gift card to a restaurant, Savor Detroit Cookbook, feature in the December edition of Hour Detroit Magazine and website.
So yesterday I went live on their Facebook Feed to cook my winning dish–you can watch the video here. As you will see I was very nervous at first, but all in all it was a really great experience and opportunity. The drive there was most nerve-racking as I was running late and my husband — nicknamed “Pilot Mike” by his friends — was obnoxiously at the wheel SMH. However once I got there the hostess of the show, Lexi, and her team were wonderful. They made for a comfortable environment, as everyone we very nice and genuine. It was also a a relief to they were very excited to try my dish and had everything set up when I got there. Honestly I thought it would be more complicated to do considering how I would be expected to talk, give instructions and cook all at the same time, but it was pretty easy. I really enjoyed doing the show and received a lot of support from friends and family. If I haven’t mentioned it already, I really appreciate the encouragement from all of you. Now lets discuss these nachos…
Alright, so I received roasted lentils from a company called Simple Supple Foods, a smaller food business located nearby to me in Birmingham, MI. They sent me these lentils to try out and share with my followers. Upon receiving the lentils I was very excited to try them because 1) I love lentils and 2) I have never had them roasted (but rather usually cooked). That said, they sent me three flavors: standard, Mediterranean, and spicy. My intial thoughts are they are flavored well and have a nice crispy texture to them. But let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong when you eat lentils. Lentils are packed full with protein, folate, fiber, iron, phosphorus, b6, manganese, and copper. All things good for our body. These lentils are healthy, and best of locally based for me. I love supporting local businesses because we should always strive to actively boost our local economies when ever possible. I created these nachos with the lentils to replace the meat/protein typically found. I took this further by making this a fully vegan dish by doing an extra step. That step being the vegan nacho cheese sauce, which happens to not be my own, but rather a great recipe by a chef at Serious Eats link here. These lentils can be used as a topping for salads, soups, baked potato, pasta, or add them to your vegan or veggie burger. If you’re on the run and need a quick fix you can also snack on them on the go. Simple Supple Foods has already completely figured it out for you, by placing them in small resealable bags feel from throw them in your lunch box, your car, your desk, wherever. Just a few simple ingredients you can feel good about.
Don’t wait any longer, go ahead and order the lentils here http://www.rostedsnacks.com/buy-now/ . And dont’ forget to comment (hehe).