Things you should know about me:
I could spend hours perusing recipes to find the perfect one to make for dinner, take to a party, or just to make for myself.
I try not to make the same recipe too many times.
I tend to make food more complicated than it needs to be.
Things you should know about Sam:
He could eat the same thing for lunch and dinner 5 days a week and hardly complain (he used to do this all the time).
He doesn’t want to spend hours picking out a recipe for dinner.
He forgets sometimes how long it takes to cook so that when left alone for dinner he’ll often start eating at 9 or 10 o’clock just because he started the cooking too late.
Our differences make us a good match in the kitchen and sometimes my desire to make things way more complicated than they need to be is tempered by his desire for simplicity.
Like this Labor Day weekend when we were trying to decide what to make for dinner or lunch one day, Sam wanted Nachos. Not the fakey, ooey-gooey, yellow-goop-cheese kind, but the quick and dirty, yet still incredibly satisfying kind. No homemade cheese sauce, no cheese sauce from a jar. Just melted shredded cheese.
Apparently he used to make them for himself for lunch when he was a teenager. My mom also made them for us as a quick dinner that easily satisfied us kiddos and could be thrown together last minute. We loved the ooey gooey cheesy chips served on our own colorful plastic plate. Mom loved that she could make dinner in the microwave (although I suppose you could make it in the oven). This “recipe” is so easy you don’t even need instructions (but I’ll provide some guidelines anyway).
And the great thing about Nachos is, luckily for Sam, if he starts the “cooking” late, he’ll still have dinner within a matter of minutes.
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Beans, taco meat, scallions, or other desired toppings
Lay a handful of chips out on a microwave safe plate. The more you spread them out, the more even cheese coverage you get, which is very important. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar and beans as desired. If using refried beans, you can heat them up separately and then add on top or you can dollop beans on and heat it all together. Microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese is melted and tantalizing. Sprinkle with scallions, top with sour cream or salsa or just enjoy as is in their beautiful simplistic state.