I should note before I go on, that this is recipe is not just for lazy students – it’s a festive and delicious grownup lunch, too. I just feel like I have to explain where this recipe comes from, and the truth is that it comes from necessity. As every student knows, Sunday is perhaps the furthest thing possible from a day of rest. It’s actually the day you recover from the fact that you put off your homework all week and have to get it all done before class begins tomorrow. And of course when you’re doing all that cramming, you just get hungrier and hungrier and so you’re put in a difficult position: extreme hunger, and no time to cook.
I’ve weighed the benefits of many snacks, but few things cut it just right. Ice cream is cold, creamy and delicious but takes too much self control not eat the whole pint. Seaweed has almost no calories, but there’s only so much seaweed a person can eat. Ramen is quick and filling but… ew. I needed to find something delicious, something quick, something filling and most importantly something that would wake me up. And I found that in the Baked Potato Nacho. It takes no more than 30 seconds to melt Cheddar on a half a spud, top it with Crema Mexicana (I know, classy, right?) and sliced Jalapeños, which are spicy enough to remind you not to fall asleep.* Best of all there is no whole pack to eat, because you’d have to consciously go make another one, and you’d be too smart to go do that! And the sky is the limit in terms of what you can put on them – tomatoes, olives, salsa, tabasco sauce, chipotle mayo or ground beef if you have time on your hands. Next time you’re desperate for a quick lunch check these out – they’re ever so… wait for it… appeeling! (Sorry).
*30 seconds if you already have a baked potato. If you don’t, you will have to wait for one.
How about you – what are (or were) your favorite study snacks? Let me know in the comments below!
Baked Potato Nachos
- 1 baked potato*/**
- 2-3 oz Cheddar cheese, grated or broken into small pieces
- 2 dollops of crema Mexicana*** or sour cream
- 8-10 slices hot pickled jalapeños
- Cut your potato in half, and sprinkle cheddar evenly over the top.
- Microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Top with crema/sour cream, and evenly distribute the jalapeños
- You’re done. If that felt too easy, that’s because it was.