Healthy vegetarian nachos recipe

Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food shares a mouthwatering vegetarian recipe from her new book

Nachos are the ultimate chopping-board meal. Scatter chips in a basket, then decorate your board with small bowls of diced tomatoes and cucumber, Cashew Sour Cream and Creamy Avocado Dressing, ready for a free-for-all.

To veganise: Substitute the egg with 3 tablespoons ground or whole chia or flaxseeds soaked in 125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) of water for 15 minutes.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 tomatoes, diced

1 cucumber, diced

Coriander sprigs, to serve

Cashew sour cream

1 cup unsalted cashews

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon extra

1 1/2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes

1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Creamy avocado dressing

1 avocado, peeled and stone removed

1 heaped teaspoon cumin powder

juice of 1 large lime

1 teaspoon lime zest

big pinch of Celtic sea salt

1 tablespoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

Nachos chips

100 g (1 cup) almond meal

1 large organic egg

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Method

1. To make the chips, preheat the oven to 180°C .

2. Place all the chip ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon to form a dough.

3. Place the dough on a clean work surface between two pieces of baking paper. Roll the dough out until it is 2 mm thick.

4. Remove the top piece of baking paper and transfer the dough and bottom piece of baking paper to a baking tray. Using a sharp knife, deeply score the dough every 3 cm (11/4 inch), then do the same in the opposite direction so you form squares.

5. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Allow to cool before breaking them apart.

6. To make the cashew sour cream, place all ingredients in a food processor with 125 ml (1/2 cup) filtered water and blend until smooth. For the avocado dressing, blend all ingredients except the olive oil with 2 tablespoons of filtered water in a food processor until smooth. With the motor still running, add the olive oil very slowly in a thin stream until the desired creaminess is reached.

7. To assemble the nachos, place the chips on a chopping board and top with the remaining ingredients.

Any leftover chips will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Leftover cashew sour cream can be kept for 2-3 days in the fridge, and avocado dressing can be kept for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Recommended reading - Sleeping well

Community

4 steps to a better night’s sleep

We all know how frustrating a sleepless night can be. Enjoy some rest with these simple steps.

Read more
Community

4 tools to track your sleep

How well are you really sleeping? Find out with one of these handy sleep monitors.

Read more
Experts

5 expert tips for better sleep

Sleep expert John Toomey shares how to get a restful night’s sleep – every night.

Read more
Lifestyle

5 reasons to work on your sleep

From weight management to happiness - here’s a handful of reasons you should work on your sleep.

Read more
Experts

5 ways to sleep better tonight

Dying for slumbering solutions? Follow these specialist tips for obtaining elusive better sleep.

Read more
Lifestyle

6 steps to better sleep

43% of Gen Y are concerned with a lack of sleep. Here’s 6 easy ways to improve your slumber.

Read more
Guides

6 ways to sleep better tonight

Get a good night’s rest with these tips.

Read more
Advice

10 best mental health apps

Top apps for managing anxiety, boosting your mood and checking in with your mental wellbeing.

Read more
In Brief

Australians spend more time in front of screens than sleeping

Medibank study finds we average 9 hours a day staring at screens: how’s it impacting our health?

Read more
In Brief

Bad night’s sleep? Take two power naps

Send this study your boss's way. Two half-hour naps a day may improve workplace productivity.

Read more
In Brief

Cleaning your brain while you sleep

Sweep away your mental mess with some quality shut-eye.

Read more
Experts

How tryptophan helps you sleep better

This nutrient can lull you into a deeper, more restful sleep.

Read more
Community

Natural light and sleep

What role does light – natural and artificial – play in our natural sleeping patterns?

Read more
In Brief

Later school starts could help sleepy teenagers

Sleep scientists suggest the importance of later starts to allow for teenager’s changing body clocks

Read more
Experts

Sleep better: 6 ways to improve your slumber

From heart disease to diabetes; Dr Cheng explains how sleep deprivation affects you.

Read more
Experts

Sleep is the best medicine

Getting enough sleep? This World Sleep Day make a commitment to your wellbeing with deeper slumber.

Read more
Guides

Sleep more, play better

How sleeping can improve your sports and exercise performance.

Read more
Community

Sleep outs inspired by nature

These beautiful travel accommodation ideas take their lead from the great outdoors.

Read more
Community

Sleep trivia

Nine facts you might not know about sleep.

Read more
Experts

Sleep well, be well

Of all the things to sacrifice in the interest of saving time, don’t let sleep become one of them.

Read more
Community

Support for sleeping on your side

The Side Sleeper Pro pillow encourages natural alignment of your neck and back while you snooze.

Read more
Advice

The 7 best sleep apps

Tired of counting sheep and losing sleep? Here’s 7 apps to find that deep rest you’re dreaming of.

Read more
In Brief

The cost of sleep troubles

Need another reason to sleep? Sleep deprivation is costing Australia $5.1 billion annually.

Read more
Community

The history of sleep

We love getting eight hours - but it hasn't always been that way. Take a look at slumber traditions.

Read more
Experts

The restorative power of sleep

Key ways to improve the quality of slumber: from weight management to the perfect sleep environment.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.