Haystacks – Chili Salad

HaystacksA while ago I made a big pot of chili. Now, I could eat bowls of chili for days, but sometimes a little change is nice. My mom used to make haystacks because it was a quick and easy meal. The best chili is simmered for hours, but the chili on top of the haystacks can be made in half an hour. Just throw your chili ingredients into the pot and bring to a simmer. Or better yet, use leftover chili. Use your favorite traditional recipe or try this vegan chili recipe.
There isn’t really a recipe for haystacks, more like instructions.
Ingredients:
Chili
tortilla chips
lettuce, chopped or shredded
cheese (Daiya cheddar shreds, at our house)
sour cream (Tofutti for us)
avocado
salsa
olives
Instructions:
Cover a plate with tortilla chips (I like to crumble mine), cover with cheese. Spoon hot chili over the chips, cover with lettuce, salsa, sour cream, avocado, olives, any other toppings you like. It is up to you how closely your haystack resembles a salad or nachos.

This is an easy idea to adapt to any special diet. Use vegan chili, and dairy-free cheese and sour cream for a filling vegan dinner. Use dairy products and meaty chili for the omnivores or any combination that works for you.

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New Years Nibbles

Any reason to have finger food!  I have had a super-bowl party by myself, just to make finger-food.  Going to parties is particularly difficult for those of us with allergies.  Never go to a party hungry because there may not be anything you can eat.  So, I like to have a reason to make a party food spread at home.  Ah, the feeling of knowing that I can eat anything on the table I want!

Party Menu

  1. Chicken fingers
  2. Ranch dip
  3. hummus
  4. pitas
  5. cucumbers and carrots
  6. assorted  olives
  7. queso dip
  8. tortilla chips

I totally cheated with the chicken fingers and bought them from our neighborhood grocery store.  The Ranch Dip I have posted before, but the hummus and cheese sauce recipes I need to write down.  I make both of these things all the time.  They are easy and kid-friendly.