THE BEST HOMEMADE NACHOS

by Holly on May 20, 2013

in life,recipes,seriousness,vegetarian,weekend

Once a month, the manfriend and I embark on a little thing we like to call, “No-Screen Sunday.”

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That means for an entire 24 hours, we aren’t allowed to look at, touch or most importantly, engage with any type of screen. No phones, no TV, no computer, no pieces of technology that are known to cause computer glazing effects. These include, but are not limited to, eye strain, brain fog, fatigue or holding your pee too long because you MUST get to the next level of Fruit Ninja.

Maybe the concept of being ripped away from your beloved Instagram sounds excruciatingly painful to you, and if so, I feel you. Because that’s how it all seemed to me at first. But when we conjured up the idea over a breakfast of banana pancakes on a Saturday morning, I knew No-Screen Sunday would be good and perhaps cause me to, you know…read an actual book.

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Because as it turns out, there are about one million things to do that don’t involve technology. Cooking. Going on a walk. Working out. Brunching (a.k.a. Bloody Mary-ing). Reading. Sitting by the lake + watching the waves. Bike riding. Meeting up with friends for Sunday Funday. Napping. Art museum-ing. Cat cuddling. Calling your parents. Dance party-ing. Calculating how many years you’ll be working until retirement (<- that happened on Sunday). Conversing. Taking a bath. Giving yourself a proper manicure. Planning your dream vacation. Meditating. Shopping. Frisbee-ing. Back massaging. Organizing your closet. Baking. Board gaming (Boggle or Yahtzee, anyone?). Farmer’s market-ing. Hiking. Driving with your windows down + your 1999 “Live” Usher album up.

And best of all, NACHO-ING.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that our new monthly tradition is fast becoming one of my favorites. It’s the perfect reason to eat one of the world’s most perfect foods and then wash it down with one of the world’s most hipster beverages, cans of PBR beer. It’s the good stuff.

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For example, this past Sunday, we slept in, had a leisurely brunch at Mermaid Cafe + ate a delicious egg sandwich topped with coconut curry aioli, continued the conversation over a refill of coffee, showered, went for a long bike ride along the lake, grocery shopped, made nachos (and scarfed them down in 10 minutes), napped, laid on the couch / read / cat cuddled, walked to the lake, ate ice cream on the couch + went to bed. It was the loveliest day.

Made even lovelier without the cloying noise of technology distracting us away from the stuff that really matters. Trust me on this one, life is just as good (if not better) when it’s just you, your manfriend + homemade nachos. No-Screen Sunday, thank you for the reminder.

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The Best Homemade Nachos
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 to 10 minutes

1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 scallions, sliced
1-2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 T olive oil
1 (15-oz) can black beans (do not drain liquid)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 t cumin
1/4 t oregano
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt + pepper, to taste
1/2 cup jalapenos, sliced (fresh or canned)
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup olives, chopped
sour cream, salsa and/or guacamole, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cover a baking sheet with a generous layer of tortilla chips. Top with shredded cheese, scallions and tomato. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and slightly golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute can black beans in olive oil, garlic, cumin, oregano and salt + pepper until liquid slightly evaporates and mixture thickens slightly, about 5 to 10 minutes. Once nachos are ready from the oven, top with black beans, jalapenos, avocado, olives (only on half, so the manfriend can eat them) and any other toppings of your choice. Easy, customizable, delicious.

Serves two very hungry people

(as evidenced below)

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{ 17 comments }

Danielle May 21, 2013 at 1:02 am

It’s kind of annoying when people say “NOM”. And now, I also think it’s appropriate. Love the idea of (a) No-Screen Sunday!

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 21, 2013 at 4:24 am

I could never get my husband on board, but I love the idea of a No-Screen Sunday. I often practice No-Screen hangouts (no looking at your cell phone when you’re with a group of friends). Also, why have I never thought to have nachos for dinner before? They look delicious!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance May 21, 2013 at 4:27 am

No screen Sunday is a great idea. Funny how “hard” it is to do, right?! :) But so refreshing, too!

Clair May 21, 2013 at 7:45 am

This is such a good idea. We have a bad habit of parking ourselves in front of the tv with dinner EVERY NIGHT. Last summer we decided to ban that, and spent so many nice evenings eating by the windows with the breeze coming in. Somewhere along the way we got back into our old routine, but as the summer approaches again, I find myself wanting to head back to the kitchen…good associations, I guess. Maybe we’ll try this too! And the nachos, of course. =)

Jess @ The Dreaming Foodie May 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

The nachos look soo good! They would make such a good weekend snack-y food. And, youe no-screen Sunday sounds absolutely perfect. Love that idea!

Gretchen May 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

I loved this post! I sometimes find myself making some quite similar oven nachos…mmm. Also, whoever this “manfriend” is sounds like such a good fit for you.

Evan May 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

This all I really want in life

Also LOVING the gif. You are way overqualified for this food blogging ish now.

Michelle Collins May 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I loooove making homemade nachos. These look great! And I love the idea of “No-Screen Sunday.”

emily (a nutritionist eats) May 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Every time I see your posts, I’m so jealous of your design skills!!! You are so talented. I had a similar day to No-Screen Sunday (but I did spend a little time online) BUT it was a day of no lists, no work, no plans, just WHATEVER we felt like doing at that moment. And we’ve been trying to schedule another one ever since…

Christa @ Edible Balance May 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

No screen Sunday… I love this! I think I need a few of those for sure. I just came back from the Blend Retreat and it was widely accepted to have our nose in our phones taking pictures, tweeting, Instagram-ing, etc, and now it’s extremely difficult to pry myself away! Pure addiction.

The nachos look spectacular… I need these right. now!

Hillary May 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I love everything about this. I recently realized how much time I spend in front of a screen every day/week/month, and it made me sick. Giving this a try, nachos and all!

Claire @ Health Nut Claire May 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

Alas!! The nacho recipe! I’m diggin’ the “No-Screen Sunday” idea. Must try it out when I make these nachos. :D

courtney May 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

epic.epic.epic. !!! “Driving with your windows down + your 1999 “Live” Usher album up.”

why not??

joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 22, 2013 at 11:34 am

I love that you made nacho-ing a verb. Because it totally is. Love this idea of no-screen day though, seriously.

Mary May 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

1. Thanks for all the ideas for a Sunday Funday.
2. Thanks for the idea for a No-Screen Sunday. The husband and I are going to try to do it on a weeknight, so almost the same thing right? Even a little bit of time away from computer zone is better than no time.

Megan (Braise The Roof) May 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Man, that does sound like a pretty perfect day! I turned the TV off last night and sat and read a magazine on my balcony last night with a glass of wine and I was practically euphoric! (PS, SO glad it’s almost summertime) Mmm, nachos. Good call. Very, very good call.

Lisa May 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Those nachos DO look awesome! Now I want nachos….

I use colby jack cheese (shredded), black olives, pickled jalapenos from my garden, sometimes shredded leftover chicken and herbs from my garden.

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