Cheeseburger Egg Rolls #SundaySupper

I have this thing … a skill … if you can call it that … where I know things about TV shows I don’t watch and have never seen.

I watch boatloads of TV and read lots of magazines and consider myself well informed of pop culture.  I also watch Jeopardy! every night because I’m secretly eighty in my soul and it keeps my brain going.  I can rattle off answers to a lot of categories and questions.  Answers that I cannot explain the presence of, not even a little.

Like when I know the basics of Breaking Bad or The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Law and Order.  I’m not saying I can give you a synopsis of each episode, but when it comes to common facts like those that tend to be in Jeopardy questions, the answers fall out of me as though I am at least a casual viewer.

Mom has a similar skill.  She knows what is going to happen in pretty much every single movie or TV show we watch.  I have been watching season 4 of Orange is the New Black without her.  She’s not that into it, but she sometimes pops in an out when it’s on and knows the general premise and main characters.

The other night she provided two spoilers about what was going to happen.  One happened immediately and though the other hasn’t yet, I have no doubt she’d right.  It’s funny that I’m the writer in the family but unless the twist is super obvious, typically I’m clueless.  Maybe Mom’s so good because she reads so much of my writing.

The other thing I know about are restaurants and restaurant dishes I haven’t tried.  For this Sunday Supper of Cowboy Cooking, I wanted to make something creative yet comforting.  I had a bit of recipe block until I remembered the Cheeseburger Egg Rolls from The Peterboro in Detroit I have heard so much about.

I can’t say how much alike my dish and the restaurant dish are, but I can say that these are super tasty and would be really fun for an appetizer at a party.  The center is all of our favorite cheeseburger ingredients: ground beef (duh!), onion, ketchup, mustard, and cheese, plus and egg to keep things together.

I made little logs and baked them off.  They were delicious right out of the oven, but are much prettier all wrapped up in their egg roll wrappers and baked again.  That’s right, these are baked, not fried.  Though the bottom doesn’t crisp as much as the top, these are still a huge winner and Dad in particular liked the contrast in textures.

I’m baking a batch of these and testing my skills while watching Jeopardy.

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 16 Egg Rolls

Ingredients

1 1/3 pounds Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 large eggs, divided
1 Vidalia onion, diced
16 egg roll wrappers
8 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
Ketchup and mustard for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, ketchup, mustard, onion, and one egg. Mix until just combined. Form into 16 small logs, roughly the same size. I used 1 egg roll wrapper to get a general idea of what size they should be.
  3. Place on prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until just cooked through. Allow to cool on the pan and leave the oven on.
  4. When beef is mostly cool, beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and begin assembling. Take one egg roll wrapper, top it with one piece of the beef and some cheese. Use your finger to brush the edges of the wrapper with the beaten egg. Roll up, tucking the sides in as you go. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and continue until they are all wrapped.
  5. Bake an additional approximately 20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer, individually wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Reheat in the microwave or oven.
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Rotisserie Chicken Nachos #SundaySupper

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Have you watched 13 Reasons Why?  I just finished it Friday night and I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.  If you’re just here for the recipe, scroll down.  It’s tasty, gluten free, and crazy easy to make.  Otherwise, let’s dive right in.

First of all, 13 Reasons Why is good.  It’s just good TV – great actors, high production value, a story that keeps you interested.  It has all the ingredients a good TV show should have and even better you can watch all 13 episodes now.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

It’s received a lot of criticism for glamourizing suicide, but I don’t get that.  As someone who relates to Hannah, the main character, perhaps a little more than I would like, I feel like I can be confident when I say it does not glamourize suicide.

While I relate to her loneliness and unanswered cries for help, friendship, someone to give a shit, I don’t relate to the far more violent, impossible to deal with events that eventually lead her to end her life.  I won’t go into detail in case you haven’t watched yet, but I would not want to be in her shoes, yet I am sure there are some young girls out there who are.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Instead of being criticized as promoting suicide, the series should be lauded for trying to open people’s eyes.  If you relate to Hannah, you hope desperately that it will make someone open their eyes and see you.  If you don’t relate to her, then you should know that there are other people who you affect in ways you might not realize.  Ways that are changing their lives for the worse, perhaps.  And you can change that.

The show isn’t going to cause a wave of suicide.  The scene when she finally kills herself made me cringe and cry, not smile and aspire to be like her.  Instead, it should cause a wave of kindness and understanding that stops suicides.  I think that’s what the creators of the show and Jay Asher, who wrote the book that I read about ten years ago, were intending.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

To help people.  To stop suicides.  To promote kindness.  To cause someone to act to help another human being instead of to hurt them.  To understand that we all have issues and quirks, that we’re all weird.  There’s no such thing as normal.  And who would want to be something as mundane as normal anyway?  We all want to be loved and listened to.  We don’t want to be treated like trash.  We just want a chance to be happy and live our best lives.

Most of all, we don’t want to end up like Hannah for a variety of reasons.  I like to think that the show might save some lives and really make a difference.  Maybe there should be more shows like it to demonstrate through fiction what the real world can sometimes be like.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

It’s hard to transition into a recipe from here, but here’s what I’ll say about Rotisserie Chicken Nachos: they are super easy to make, gluten free, and delicious.  And food, whether savory like this or sweet like some of my favorite recipes, can bring people together and heal.  Share these nachos with someone who’s suffering.  Bring them a cake.  Bake them some cookies.  A little kindness can often go a long way.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

20 – 30 large corn tortilla chips (I used Simply Tostitos)
Meat from ½ large rotisserie chicken shredded into bite sized pieces
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
½ red onion, diced
Cilantro and parsley leaves
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
Sour cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place corn chips on a sheet pan or DIY foil pan for no clean up. Top with chicken and cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes until hot and bubbling.
  3. Top with onion, cilantro and parsley, and avocado. Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream.
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The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese

It’s no secret school was not a great time for me, but there were moments of greatness.  Moments when everything seemed just fine, better even.  Moments I don’t want to forget in a sea on ones I wish would vanish.

With mean kids and lackluster, unmotivated teachers, fifth grade was a particularly bad year that made a friend leave the school.  But there was a bright spot in one particular thing: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

While perhaps their star has faded quite a bit, they are actually pretty hard to find in my area with only two out of the way locations, back then, they were king.

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese

Mom and one of the other parents at the school would head to one not too far from campus and pick up I don’t know how many dozens.  It must have been about 12.  They had buy one get one free cards and I have no doubt enjoyed a doughnut hot off the line.

I don’t remember if it was a special occasion or maybe just a Friday when this happened, but here they would come.  Delivering doughnuts not only to my homeroom, but all four fifth grade homerooms.

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese

The doughnuts were delicious.  We were all OBSESSED with Krispy Kremes.

Even better was the gratitude from my classmates.  I turned from Loser Laura to the cool kid in a flash, being sent home with thank you notes from all four classrooms and being asked when Mom would bring more.

It was nice to be popular, even if it was fleeting.  Even more than that, it was nice for all of us to take a few moments to celebrate even a small victory, like making it through the week, with a sweet treat.

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese

Like I said, it’s become rather difficult to find Krispy Kreme’s near me, so I had to buy alternate doughnuts for this Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese, but you will find this to be totally and completely delicious nonetheless.

I mean what’s not to love about a soft glazed doughnut coated in butter, surrounding sharp cheddar cheese, ham, and a poached egg?  Nothing, right?

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese

There’s nothing light about this dish, but we all need a splurge now and again.  It would also be super fun to cut up and serve at a party as appetizers.

Here’s to doughnuts – they make everything better!

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Doughnut Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

4 glazed doughnuts, cut in half horizontally
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
8 thin slices deli ham (I used Hormel Natural Choice Honey Ham)
4 eggs, poached or fried
½ stick unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot add about 1 tablespoon of butter.
  2. Butter either the cut side or glazed side of 4 doughnut halves and place in the hot skillet. It works either way – I tried both. You can either have the cut side out or the glazed side – it’s up to you.
  3. Top the halves in the skillet with a generous amount of cheese, 2 slices of ham, and more cheese. Place the other half of the doughnut on top. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, flip, and cook on the other side an additional 2-3 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Top with a lid if the cheese is not melting fast enough.
  4. Top with an egg and serve immediately.
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Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

I have climbed a ladder once in my life.

A real, genuine ladder.  Not a step stool.  A ladder.

It was in my tenth grade acting class when we took a tour of the auditorium.  It was easily my favorite class at a time when going to school was pure torture.  I liked the teacher, the class was fun, and it brought me out of my shell more than a little.

I would have enjoyed the tour more today as I love going to the theatre and would have loved even more to see the inner workings of it.  And while I did have a good time exploring with the class, it wasn’t easy.

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

After ascending a spiral staircase, it was time to climb that ladder to get to the catwalk.  Guys, if you’ve never walked up or down a spiral staircase, a real deal spiral staircase, not the kind in mansions for looks, you do not understand the kind of torture device it is.

Maybe it’s because both of my parents have vertigo, but I hung on with both hands (both hands!) and barely made it up or down.  My brain could not understand how to use this thing.  I don’t think I’ve been on a spiral staircase since and am always looking to avoid it when house hunting.

Once I was off the taunting staircase, the ladder stood in front of me.  I’d never climbed a ladder before and didn’t know how.  I mean, obviously I understood the general idea behind climbing a ladder, but I didn’t know how to implement it with it cylindrical rungs and slippery metal.

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

I started to climb and stopped, halting progress for everyone.  Those behind me tried not to appear impatient.  Those in front of me talked and wondered what the problem was.  “Laura,” I heard them all say.

Despite that fact that none of us were really friends in the overcrowded class that brought together students from all grades, social standings, and walks of life, a couple girls leaned over to offer words of encouragement and instructions on how to climb.

I made it up.  And down, though I don’t remember down much.  And for the rest of the day, my legs shook like Jell-O.  But I did it!

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

I also made this Waffle Breakfast Sandwich, but it’s so much easier to make than climbing a ladder.  Two waffles (which, let’s be honest, I cooked in the microwave even though it says not to.  Sorry not sorry!), a microwave egg or egg substitute omelet, and gooey, melty cheese.

Bam!  Breakfast is served.  Dad loves this for breakfast made with egg substitute.  You could totally jazz it up with bacon, ham, sausage, or even a handful of spinach, but it’s a really hearty meal as it.

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

2 waffles, homemade or store bought, I used Eggo waffles
3 large eggs, beaten or ½ cup egg substitute
1 slice Colby Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat the waffles according to manufacturers’ instructions, or go rogue like I did and use the microwave.
  2. Place the eggs or egg substitute in a microwave safe bowl, giving them enough room to puff. I use a regular soup bowl. Cook in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes. Check for doneness and continue microwaving in 30 second increments until almost fully cooked. Top with cheese and microwave an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Place the “omelet” on one of the waffles, top with the other and serve immediately!
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Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas #SundaySupper

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have said yes.  No.  maybe.  Should have stood up for myself.  Defended myself.  Said all things I would only think of later that would have been so incredibly clever in the moment.  Said something.  Anything.  Opened my mouth to speak.

Should have said hello.  Good bye.  Should have been there.  Sometimes being there is enough.  Should have been selfless.  Put others first.  Given the hug.  Shaken the hand.  Said sorry.  Not said sorry.  I didn’t mean it, and we apologize way too much.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have been brave.  Braver.  Shouldn’t have feared, worried.  Should have gone to the concert.  The restaurant.  The mall.  The event.  Should have stayed home and watched a movie.  Should have watched the weather report.  Left earlier.  Later.  Just a moment may have been the difference.

Should have danced.  Sang.  Sang louder.  Quieter.  Been a wallflower.  Not looked like such a loser.  Not been so excited.  But who doesn’t want to be excited???  Worn the dress because who cares if I was way overdressed?  Not worn the dress because people are mean.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have bought the dress.  The skirt.  Because dad liked it and dad never picks out my clothes.  Kept the skirt I never wore.  Not kept the top, but I couldn’t get rid of it because my grandpa picked it out, and he never picked anything out.  Bought the necklace.  I mean it had fish in it.

Should have eaten the cake.  The steak.  The fries.  Not eaten the cake.  The steak.  The fries.  Been adventurous.  It’s just food.  You might like it.  You might not, though.  It’s raw.  It might make you sick.  It’s cooked.  It might make you sick.  But then again, it might not.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Should have gone to college.  Been normal.  What’s that?  Made friends.  Gone to parties.  Gotten drunk.  Tried pot???  Gotten a normal job.  Been … unhappy.  It seems that’s what’s normal sometimes.  Followed the path society wanted for me, but why?  To make everyone else happy.  Then again, this isn’t what happy looks like.  Is it?

Though this may be what my brain goes through on a virtual daily basis, especially when it’s winter (thanks mother nature!), at the end of the day, and sometimes even during it, I know I have made mistakes, but I am me, and that’s okay.  Tell me I am not alone!

These Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas are way better than okay.  While they may not be super glam, they are a filling, super easy to prepare weeknight dinner that is gooey, cheesy perfection.

Rotisserie chicken saves the day and cuts down on prep and cooking time.  Some high-quality store bought tortillas, preshredded cheese, and leftover roasted vegetables round out this meal that we could all make with our eyes closed, and some nights that is just the thing we need.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings, depending on how hungry you are

Ingredients

4 8 inch tortillas
½ rotisserie chicken, shredded
8 ounces shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
Roasted or sautéed vegetables (I used onions and cauliflower, but anything, even a handful of fresh spinach would work)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place two tortillas on aluminum foil or a baking sheet. Foil means easy clean up! Top tortillas with a handful of cheese, evenly distributed. Add chicken and vegetables and top with additional cheese. Place a tortilla on top of each quesadilla.
  2. Bake for about 10 minutes until top tortilla is slightly crispy and cheese is gooey and melty. It should be very hot.
  3. Serve immediately. Quesadillas may also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm in the microwave about 1 ½ minutes until very hot.
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Pork Recipes

Red Meat Recipes

Seafood Recipes

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Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

The song “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” makes me cry.  It’s a good song, maybe even a great one.  It is a bit sad, and I relate to the sadness in different ways than Mike Posner intended, but the beautiful thing about music is that we can all find meaning in it.

More than the sadness of the song, is the memory behind it.  When Mom and I went to see Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas this summer, Mike Posner opened for them.  We missed most of his set, but arrived just in time to see his two biggest songs: “Cooler than Me” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”  Since it was a hometown crowd for him, it was really something to see.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” is such a great song live, with the band and their tremendous talent shining.  It filled me with emotion and passion, the crowd waving their hands and singing along, the music booming through my body.  I wish I had seen the rest of his set, but those songs were the kickoff to a fabulous night.

Was it the best concert I’ve ever seen?  No, but it was a stellar night.  One I spent with my favorite person on earth, doing one of my favorite things, listening to music live.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

While 2016 was not my favorite year, not even close, since it was filled with so much professional disappointment, in so many ways it was a wonderful year.  One in which I had so much fun and pushed myself to be a better person.  I have grown and changed and I can see that in myself.

That song will probably always make me cry, but I welcome those tears.  They will remind me of everything 2016 was and wasn’t and make me keep fighting for the future and more great memories.

When trying to make things happen and have fun and do all the things I want to do with life, it is sometimes a struggle to make dinner, but I still do it nearly every single night.  Easy recipes like these Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches are the perfect way to do so.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

These start with pita pockets.  I used some leftovers from a dinner out, but your favorite from a restaurant will be perfect.  Then there is some rotisserie chicken, cheese, lettuce, and cranberry jam for something different, and dinner is served.  It doesn’t get easier than that!

May 2017 be full of great memories, dreams come true, and lots of homemade meals shared with the ones we love.

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches

Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

4 pita pockets
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
4 slices cheese – cheddar or Colby Jack work great
2 cups spring mix lettuce
¼ cup cranberry jam

Instructions

  1. Carefully open the pita pockets, trying not to tear them. Spread a thin layer of jam on the top side of the pita. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom, top with a handful of lettuce, and a bunch of shredded chicken. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  2. Sandwich may also be warmed briefly in the microwave before adding the lettuce for a melty sandwich.
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The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

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The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

My parents and I are always cheering on our favorite basketball teams, especially this time of year as college teams are just about to start their tournament and professional teams are ramping up for the playoffs.

We often have two TVs going to catch as much of the action as possible and we always pick our favorite teams even if local ones are out of the running. It’s so fun to cheer on teams and players, and it’s even more fun when I pick the winners 😉

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But it’s no fun to watch sports events of any kind without a great snack. I always have a stash of Cheez-It products in the pantry to turn to when I need a crunchy TV watching snack. I love their new, first-ever crunchy puff Crunch’d in both Cheddar Cheese and Hot and Spicy. They, as all Cheez-It products, are made with 100% real cheese.

Cheez-It Crunch'd and Cheez-It Grooves

My favorite snack, though, are Cheez-It Grooves. The Sharp White Cheddar are my go to snack, but the Zesty Cheddar Ranch are pretty awesome too. They are part cracker, part chip, all thin-crispy awesomeness! I seriously stocked up on both Crunch’d and Grooves on my last trip to Walmart. I don’t want to run out in the middle of a game!

While I certainly don’t complain about snacking on Cheez-It products plain, I wanted to make something fun and delicious with them. Enter the Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese.

The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese
The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

Crispy, buttery bread with ooey-gooey, melty cheese running down my hand while I eat and the added cheesiness and crunch of Cheez-It products, make this grilled cheese something I will make over and over (and over) again! Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. It is the ultimate comfort food. Feel free to double or triple this crowd pleasing recipe!

The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

While you enjoy this grilled cheese, be sure to check out Cheez-It’s Most Valuable Cheese contest! You can vote on your favorite Cheez-It products out of six of their most popular recipes and play games for a chance to win $10,000 through April.

You saw how I got creative in the kitchen with Cheez-It products, so what would you like to make with them? Leave a comment and tell me!

The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

The Ultimate Cheez-It Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

4 slices bakery quality Italian or French bread

4 slices processed American cheese

4 slices processed Cheddar cheese

1 handful Cheez-It Crunch’d Cheddar Cheese

1 handful Cheez-It Grooves Sharp White Cheddar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Butter two slices of bread.

Once the skillet is hot, place each slice of bread, butter side down, in the skillet. Cover each with two slices of American cheese. Add some Cheez-It Grooves and Crunch’d on top of the cheese. You can make one sandwich with Crunch’d and one wit Grooves or mix and match – it’s up to you.

Top with two slices Cheddar cheese. Butter the two remaining pieces of bread and place them on the cheese, butter side up. Carefully turn the sandwiches over and cook until golden brown on both sides and the cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

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Vegetarian “Cheeseburger” Nachos #BeyondMeat

Vegetarian "Cheeseburger" Nachos

Ground beef is an easy, go-to dinner staple. As a kid it was on the table several nights a week. Between burgers, nachos, tacos, meatloaf, and pasta, most of my favorite meals consisted of ground beef.

However, it’s not the healthiest ingredient. It is high in fat and calories; beyond that, I feel like it’s recalled all the time, so it’s kind of scary to eat. I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid danger on the dinner table at all costs.

That doesn’t mean I don’t crave the taste and texture of ground beef on a regular basis. Now instead of depriving myself, I can turn to BeyondMeat’s Beefy Crumbles!

BeyondMeat’s mission is to improve human health, positively impact climate change, conserve natural resources, and respect animal welfare with mass market products that replace animal protein with plant protein. Sounds like a plan to me!

Bill Gates and the Twitter founders are investors in BeyondMeat, so you know BeyondMeat is an up and coming company ready to hit the big time! Plus BeyondMeat has been featured on the Today show (which is how I start every morning) and in the New York Times.

Beefy Crumbles are the only gluten-free and soy-free ground beef substitute on the market. It is awesome that these are friendly to so many special diets. They are made with non-GMO pea protein. They also pack in all the protein of ground beef without any cholesterol or saturated or trans fat. In fact, they only have half of the fat of ground beef.  Check out their store locator to find out where you can pick up a bag!

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Nachos

Beefy Crumbles totally satisfy that ground beef craving with their meaty texture and taste. Especially in my Vegetarian “Cheeseburger” Nachos. Why not combine two of the world’s most awesome foods in one great snack or meal??? This easy to make dish is sure to please kids and adults alike, keep everyone coming back to the table for seconds, and keep everyone in the dark on the fact they aren’t even eating meat!

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Nachos

Feel free to customize your nachos with whatever topping you like on your burger. I kept it classic with cheese, tomato, pickle, ketchup, and mustard. Lettuce, onion, avocado, and even veggie bacon would be welcome additions as well. It’s your creation!

BeyondMeat has also been kind enough to provide a giveaway! Everyone who enters will receive a coupon for a free BeyondMeat product, five people will receive a gift bag with BeyondMeat t-shirts, hats, and coupons, and one lucky person will receive a $100 gift card to the BeyondMeat retail partner of their choosing. Use the widget below to enter!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BeyondMeat, but all opinions, as always, are mine!

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Nachos

Vegetarian “Cheeseburger” Nachos

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups BeyondMeat Beefy Crumbles

Corn tortilla chips

Sliced or grated Colby Jack cheese

3 tomatoes, cut into wedges

2 pickles, sliced

Ketchup

Mustard

Instructions

Preheat a medium skillet over medium heat. When warm, add the oil and then the Crumbles. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through.

Place the corn tortilla chips on a large, microwave-safe plate or serving platter. Top with the heated Crumbles. Place cheese in an even layer over Crumbles. Microwave the plate for about 1 minute until the cheese is fully melted.

Arrange tomatoes around the plate. Top with pickles. Drizzle ketchup and mustard over nachos. Top with any additional or alternate toppings you desire. Serve immediately.

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