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Healthy Crunchy: Three Guilt-Free Snacks You Can Make at Home

Healthy Crunchy: Three Guilt-Free Snacks You Can Make at Home
When I snack, I try to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, but sometimes I want something with crunch, not the moist crunch of a carrot but the carb-filled crunch of a potato chip. When I get really desperate for a treat, I leave the pre-packaged snacks–with their fat, chemicals, and processed ingredients–on the grocery store shelves and make my own healthy snacks using natural ingredients that I usually have in my pantry. My taste in snacks runs from the very simple (baked tortilla chips) to the unusual (roasted okra). But my very favorite, the one crunchy snack that almost everyone loves, is also the easiest to make: microwave potato chips. I’ve been making these for years, and I even bought this totally unnecessary gadget, which I used exactly once. (You’re supposed to stand the potato slices in this piece of slotted, circular plastic from which, once they are cooked, it will take a bipartisan act of congress to get them unstuck. Microwave Potato Chips Ingredients Instructions Related:  Chips, salty snacksfood recipes

Easy No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes Cheesecake is my ultimate favorite dessert. It's been my weakness since I was a kid. I like any kind of cheesecake be it gourmet, homemade or even from a DIY box kit. These Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes will be the hit of your next gathering or even just an every day family dessert. Prepping and making the cheesecake into cupcakes is simple, as easy as if you were making the actual cheesecake itself, instead of into cupcakes form. Supplies: 1 boxed Cheesecake kit {plus ingredients called for}2 six ct muffin pans or 1 twelve ct muffin pan12 cupcake liners of your choice. 1. I couldn't begin to put reasoning behind it, but I swear these Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes are way better than if I were to make a whole cake and slice it into pieces.

Tostones (Fried Plantains) This is a quick and easy post of one of my favorite side items. Plantains are an awesome vegetable because there are countless different ways to prepare a plantain, fried, boiled or mashed they are always delicious. One of the most common ways of preparing a green plantain is to make Tostones. As a kid I loved these things. I would probably eat more of them then I would my actual meal. The name for Tostones comes from the word “tostado” which means to toasted. Lets make tostones shall we? First peel your plantain. Cut your plantain diagonally into 1 inch slices. Fry the plantain slices over medium heat, until golden in color and soften. They should look a little something like this. If you don’t have a tostonera which is a press for making tostones, take a paper bag and place a plantain slice on it. Fold the bag over on the plantain slice and using a can, saucer or what ever you have on hand, press down on the plantain slice. TA-DA! I like mine with a bit of ketchup on the side. Yum!

springy, fluffy marshmallows The first time I made marshmallows, well, I don’t think saying “it was a mess” adequately describes it. Oh, the marshmallows were successful; they even looked and tasted like marshmallows, but yours truly? I ended up in a tangled web of marshmallow strings. It all went south when I couldn’t resist the urge to scrape down the paddle and bowl (anyone else an obsessive bowl scraper? Needless to say, it’s taken me some time to tackle marshmallows again. But then I had to go make homemade graham crackers a couple weeks ago and you can’t make graham crackers without making s’mores (you just cant; it’s a summer sacrilege) and there was I was, overdue to face down my marshmallow demons. Springy, Fluffy Marshmallows Adapted from Gourmet, December 1998 These homemade marshmallows are not only easy to make, they set as perfectly as promised: puffed and lightweight, bouncing off one another as I tossed them in the container. Makes about 96 1-inch cubed marshmallows

Easy Homemade Pizza Rolls (DF) |  Better Batter Gluten Free Flour Tony’s or Totino’s Pizza rolls are a guilty pleasure for most people – especially college students and parents of hungry toddlers. This gluten free, dairy free version can be made in bulk ahead of time and frozen. You’ll find they taste every bit as good as the real thing. Ingredients 2 pounds finely minced pepperoni (we recommend chopping in a food processor) 1 medium green pepper, finely minced 3/4 cup fresh sliced mushrooms, finely minced 1/2 c green onions, finely minced 2 (14 ounce) jars pizza sauce 1 recipe Vegan Wonton Wrappers ,enough to make 32 2″ egg roll wraps oil (for frying) Instructions Combine above ingredients except wrappers (and oil). Place egg roll wrappers on the table in front of you. Fold the wrapper in half, lengthwise, so that you have formed a filled rectangle. Pizza rolls may be frozen at this point. To cook, fry in 1” of 375º oil for 1-2 minutes til golden brown. Serve with addition pizza sauce for dipping, if desired.

Fruit & Nut Grain-Free Bars | Honey Pacifica Kitchen Notes Back-to-school is almost here, and that means it’s time to find some wholesome lunchbox ideas that are as easy to make as they are tasty. Of course, we adults need healthy options too! And the good news is, these protein-rich bars are a hit with kids and adults alike! Inspired by my affinity for KIND Fruit & Nut Bars, this honey-sweetened, grain-free version is far less expensive to make than purchasing its namesake. And even better, you can customize the recipe to make a wide variety of flavor-combinations based on your own personal taste preferences (and your kids too)! Fruit & Nut Grain-Free Bars Servings: 8 bars Active time: 15 minutes Total time: 35 minutes Ingredients 1/3 cup pure honey (I prefer sage due to its mild flavor)2 tablespoons coconut flour1 tablespoon *all-natural almond butter1/8 teaspoon sea salt1 1/3 cups chopped whole *nuts 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (not finely shredded coconut) Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Salted Fudge Brownies  I love a good brownie. To me, they offer one of the best returns on a time and effort investment in the baking world. There is usually no butter to soften, no sink full of dirty bowls, no long hours to wait for them to be ready to eat. You decide you want brownies? You can be eating them in under an hour with very little mess. This particular brownie is for all of you fudgy brownie fans. So, does this recipe fulfill my brownie checklist? Ingredients 3/4 cup unsalted butter 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 2 cups granulated sugar 3 large eggs 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter and chocolate on low heat on the stovetop in a saucepan or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until edges are set and center is a bit soft. Cool at room temperature for an hour. Brownies can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for a month. Notes

Frittelle Di Semolino Dolce - Sweet Fried Semolina Snack - Home - Sweetbites Blog Today, I started to clean my home office and came across a box and inside I stumbled unto my old recipe notebook that I started when I was twelve years old during one of my visits to my paternal grandparent’s home. When we moved to the states, my sister and I would travel during the summer months to visit them in Venezuela. And during one of those visits, I decided that I would start writing my Nonna’s recipes, so I could bring them back and make them. As I opened the old falling apart yellow notebook, memories rushed back at me of the numerous times that I would sit by her red kitchen table, and she will be at the stove, calling out the ingredients as I would write them down, making sure I was keeping meticulous notes (and apparently doodles of flowers and boxes on the margins) about the tips and tricks that she would remark as she would cook along. Even after she lived in Venezuela for over 40 years, she stayed true to her Piemontese roots. For the cooked semolina For the breading

Mayonnaise - Recipes How To Make Healthy Popcorn Whether you are curling up in front of the television to watch your favorite show or gearing up for a movie night, popcorn may be your go-to snack. Microwave popcorn options are convenient but controversial due to the amount of fat they contain. Yet, an ounce of plain, unpopped popcorn kernels only contains 1 g of fat. Preheat a stovetop burner on medium-high heat. Pour 1/3 cup popcorn kernels into a medium-to-large pot. Place the pot on the stovetop and cover with the lid. Grab each handle of the pot if they are heat-resistant and won't get hot during cooking. Shake the pot lightly back and forth several times to move the kernels around. Listen as it pops and shake the pot three times every 10 seconds. Remove the lid when you no longer hear the popcorn popping. Pour the popped popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle lightly with salt. Toss the popcorn lightly in the bowl to distribute the seasonings and serve.

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies If you know me, you know that I absolutely, positively love cheesecake. Cheesecake anything. Cheesecake everything. I have sampled countless different varieties of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, and I always come back to the Oreo cheesecake. Truth be told, I was pretty darn tempted to totally ditch the actual cookies and just eat the cookie dough straight up out of the bowl. If you love cheesecake and/or Oreos, you will totally adore these cookies! One year ago: Irish Soda Bread SconesThree years ago: Golden Brioche Loaf Yield: About 1 dozen cookiesPrep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 12 to 15 minutesTotal Time: 35 minutes Ingredients:½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup mini chocolate chips 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbsDirections:1.

Kaffekokarkokboken - Chilirostade pekannötter Chilirostade pekannötter Söndagen och måndagen spenderades på Radisson Blu här i Göteborg. Vi var inbjudna till bloggforum och två dagars mingel, föreläsningar, provsmakningar, god mat, skön säng (jag vill sova i hotellsäng varendaste natt), kul sällskap och en massa annat festligt väntade. Bland annat gick jag i chiliskola med Santa Maria och kvällens recept är en kaffekokarlagad variant på en av sakerna vi fick smaka där - nämligen chilirostade pekannötter. Och såhär gör du i kaffekokaren/hårtorken... Tid 1,5 h Ingredienser 1 kaffekokarplatta pekannötter 1 dl vatten 2 msk socker (eller motsvarande dos sötningsmedel som vi använde, LCHF du vet) Några nypor chiliflingsalt (funkar så klart med vanligt salt men tyckte det var lämpligt iom chilitemat) Chipotle chili Gör såhär Häll vatten i bryggaren och salt samt socker i kannan. Lägg de nychillade pekannötterna på den heta kaffekokarplattan och rosta de i 40 minuter kanske. Först ska de suga åt sig den kaffekokarkokta salt/sockervätskan... Trackback

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