Carbs & Rec: Nacho Momma’s Preferred Source of Energy

September 16th, 2014 11:04 am by Kelly Garbato

Ron: What are you doing, Andy?
Andy: I’m getting healthier snacks for the shoe shine stand.
Chris is a food genius.
Did you know that the food you eat becomes energy? Yeah.
Boom! That’s spaghetti.
Nachos.
A cookie.
April: That’s my husband.
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Did you know that the food you eat becomes energy? IT’S TRUE! Tasty, tasty energy. And at the rate I’m packing it in, I should have scaled Everest several pizzas ago.

Another fun fact: this is one of my favorite Parks & Rec clips. I mean Andy, right. He is so cute, y’all! I’d just never want to date him, because I’ve seen how he lives, and it is not pretty.

So anyway, I just knew that this clip had to have a meal all to itself this Carbs & Rec. But what to choose?!? Spaghetti, cookies, and nachos are all equally yum. (Okay, so maybe I’m partial to cookies, being part Cookie Monster and all. I promise not to play favorites!)

In the end I went with nachos, because they’ve got the coolest Dwyer moves.

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BOOM! Nachos.

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As I went hunting through my ginormous stack of cookbooks, I was surprised to see a ton of nacho recipes not involving tortilla chips. Like, I thought tortillas were the defining characteristic of nachos! But no! Quite a few of them use different potato bases: tater tots, waffle fries, you name it.

I discovered so many drool-worthy recipes that it was hard to choose just one – the Totchos from Bake and Destroy, Mucho Macho Nachos from Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food, Skillet Nachos from Betty Goes Vegan – but in the end it was the Irish Nachos (also via Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food) that called my name the loudest. Complete with karate kicks and set to the tune of Eye of the Tiger, natch.

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Don’t worry, Andy. There is (vegan) butter in the cheesy sauce. I got your back, bro.
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According to Celine and Joni (can I call you ladies that?), this dish is traditionally made with waffle fries – but they replaced the fries with tots for a more family-friendly recipe. I was able to find frozen waffle fries in the store, so I went old school: waffle fries layered with a smoky cheese sauce, followed by Tofutti sour cream, chives, tomatoes, bacon bits, and – because I didn’t have (read: don’t like) jalapenos – a light dusting a fried Tofurky Italian sausage crumbles. Just spicy enough for me!

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Can I let you on in a little secret? Energetic was the last thing I felt after splitting a plate of these with Shane. Ready for a nice, long coma is more like it. Chris Traeger, you are liar sir! I said good day!

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6 Responses to “Carbs & Rec: Nacho Momma’s Preferred Source of Energy”

  1. Sal Says:

    holy moly this looks amazing. I already ate dinner and I’d still trough this!!

    I just started watching Parks & Rec, 3 episodes in and I’m already a fan! hehe

  2. Susan Says:

    I’ve had those nachos (but with tater tots) and, while delicious, they certainly do put you into a state of food coma!

  3. Jojo Says:

    Boom! We both know Andy would approve of waffle fry nachos!

  4. Kate Says:

    I’m totally tempted by this, but i’m trying to behave for MoFo, dammit! Maybe i’ll have an all-salad day or something so that I can justify having this, because it looks SO SO TASTY.

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  6. Kelly Garbato Says:

    @ Sal – It only gets better from there!

    @ Kate – That’s funny, I’m always at my worst, healthy food-wise, when it comes to mofo. :)

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