Vegan Mofo 2013: 1 Welcome & Teese Nacho Salad

Published September 1, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


Hey everyone! I decided to take up the Vegan Mofo challenge again this year. Thankfully they moved it to September this year, so I won’t be packing up the apartment while trying to simultaneously blog as I run out of food. Last year was my 1st year participating, which was kind of ironic because I was too intimidated to do it the previous two years. So I picked the year we were also packing/donating/selling/gifting people with all of our earthly possessions in our preparation for the big 4,000 mile move from South Florida to Seattle instead! I managed to get 14 posts up last year in spite of the chaos, so I’m hoping to beat that record since our lease isn’t up until November 2nd!

The move to Seattle has been absolutely fantastic and we’ve made a lot of beautiful friends out here, most of whom I was able to celebrate my 35th birthday with this week! Some of them were vegans I knew from twitter over the years, and I’ve made lots more vegan and non-vegan friends as well. There are so many great places to get vegan food out here that I’ve been slacking a bit in the cooking/blogging department, but I’m hoping to get kickstarted again with this year’s mofo.

Here we are, loving every minute of our new Seattle life.

Here we are, loving every minute of our new Seattle life.

Another great thing that happened this year was attending Vida Vegan Con 2013 in Portland where I got to meet SO MANY lovely internet vegan friends in person for the first time. And that right there is the perfect segue into the little dish you see above. I got this Teese nacho cheese sauce in my immense bag of swag from the conference and threw this quick meal together in a flash one night.

The enormous haul from VVC 2013

The enormous haul from VVC 2013

My theme for the rest of Mofo is going to be favorite recipes. Should be a focus on making variations on some of my own favorite recipes, as well as some of my faves from other bloggers and cookbooks.

Can’t wait to read all of your contributions! 🙂


Teese Nacho Salad

1 package of Teese nacho sauce

1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 c. of corn, fresh or frozen rinsed with hot water in a sieve

1 recipe for TVP crumble (below)

1/2 tsp. cumin
salt & pepper to taste
cayenne pepper, optional

greens of your choice, I used kale (of course)
tortilla chips


1. Heat cheese sauce over medium heat. Stir in remaining ingredients and let them heat through.

2. Serve over greens of your choice and tortilla chips!

TVP crumble

1 c. filtered water
1 tbsp. tamari/braggs/red sodium soy sauce/shoyu
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. vegan Worcestershire, optional
1 tsp. chili powder

1 c. TVP


1. Boil water and seasonings in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.

2. Stir in TVP until well combined. Cover and set aside.

6 comments on “Vegan Mofo 2013: 1 Welcome & Teese Nacho Salad

  • Happy MoFo and (belated) birthday! I may have to pick your brain sometime (somehow) about how you went about your move. We would love to get out of the south (Atlanta, Georgia) but moving across country seems a bit scary. I am sick of the hot weather and mosquitos here and the pacific northwest doesn’t seem to have much of that.

    • Come over! 🙂 It was fairly simple. We didn’t have jobs lined up, though we applied remotely for a year, so we realized you really have to already be here to get work. I had the promise of a phone interview when I got here, and thank goodness it worked out. Thomas worked at the art supply store for about 3 months until he found something in his field.

      As far as the move itself… we split a station wagon, equipped with a roof bag and the bikes on a rack and drove! I had UPSed 8 boxes of lighter things like clothes and coats, etc. ahead of us.

      Everything else we sold, donated, gifted, or left with friends and family. When we got here we craiglisted and IKEAd a few pieces of furniture.

        • I stayed with a friend for the 1st few days and then got the apartment here. My dad had to be on the lease since I didn’t have verifiable income at first. I had some $ saved and jacked up my credit cards until I got working.

          Back in 2010 I did the same thing and moved to Brooklyn and racked up crazy debt (which I still have) and had to move back home after 3 months, but this time I was determined to make it work. And the job market was much kinder too.

          So yah. You don’t want to know what my credit card debt is. But where there’s a will, there’s a way?

  • YUM! I just moved (last year I was packing during MoFo preparing for a November move to Co Springs – this year MoFo launched the weekend we moved four miles away to a place we bought). I found my Teese while packing – now I know what to make with it! 🙂

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