Happy New Year everyone! Please don’t give me that strange look; I know, the first month of the year is on its way out and it feels like 2017 has been here forever. Although late, I really wanted my best wishes to be with you through the remainder of the year and bring to you all that you rightly deserve.
2016 was certainly one roller coaster year for me and I’m glad its finally behind my back. It was a year of highs and lows, churns and changes, learning and realization, accomplishments and pride, and of course hurdles and heart aches. But, it is all in the game. Life is always a mixed bag and I’m ready to take on the new year with confidence, hope and faith.
I usually set some goals for myself every year and try my best to work towards meeting them. This year I’m not going for any big ones but really want to focus on a few simple yet key things. I want to learn to take things easy, not get worked up when things go wrong, celebrate small successes and take time to engage myself in activities that’ll charge me up mentally and physically. Well, at a second glance they don’t really seem simple, but I must work on them.
Do you believe in setting New Year goals and resolutions? How did you do on your goals from last year? Do you have any interesting ones this year? I’m very curious to know. Can you share them with me, please?
I’m sharing with you an easy peasy recipe for Veggie Nachos. This is such a party pleaser and is loaded with vegetables, very cheesy and bursts with flavors. The best part is you can whip this up in just about fifteen minutes and feed a big crowd effortlessly. Make sure to include this in your super bowl party menu and blow your guests away!
Prep Time : 5-7 mins
Cook Time : 8 – 10 mins
Total Time: 15 -20 mins
Serves : 4-6
1/2 bag (about 6 oz.) tortilla chips
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup diced yellow onions
1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
1/4 cup diced green bell peppers
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 black or pinto beans (rinsed)
1/4 cup black olives (sliced)
1 jalapeno (sliced)
1/2 tbsp taco seasoning
Preheat oven to 400 deg centigrade.
Lightly grease a sheet pan. Spread a layer of chips and add half of the veggies, jalapeno, black bean and olives. Sprinkle half of the taco seasoning and add half of both cheeses. Repeat the layers once more. Retain some fresh veggies for garnish.
Place the sheet pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until the cheese melts and the chips get crisped up turning slightly brown.
Top with remaining veggies and sprinkle chopped cilantro.
Serve immediately. This Nachos does not really need a dip and can be eaten as is. If you want to take it to the next level, serve them with salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Classic lime margarita pairs fantastically well with Nachos. Enjoy!
- Sliced ripe avocados make a great addition to this recipe
- If you want to make the process even quicker, set your oven on low broil and broil for 3-4 minutes instead of baking.