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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

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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. 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? I cringe when things go to waste).

Fruit & Nut Grain-Free Bars 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! 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

Perfecting the Pairing: Customizable Bread Bowl Breakfast Perfect Pairing: Refrigerator leftovers Recently I had a wonderful winter retreat with some of my very best girlfriends at my family’s lake house. There was a lot of chatting, sipping wine, and relaxing. We each took charge of a couple of meals and ate really well over the weekend. I wanted to do something fun and different for one of the breakfasts and came across an idea for eggs in a bread bowl. Baked Potato Bar Take a look at that photo above. Does that not scream comforting, hearty, & delicious?!? Perfect on a cold, snowy day. It made a tasty one-dish meal, but it also has possibilities for expanding into a versatile, fun, build-your-own baked potato bar. This meal is fun for a regular family dinner, but it's also an easy, fun way to feed a crowd. One of things I like about a build-your-own entree is that I don't have to worry about accommodating individual tastes, allergies, picky eaters, vegetarians, etc.

Crispy Mushroom Chip {Paleo, Grain-Free, Addictive} Want a Paleo chip? Something grain-free, legume-free, crispy & salty? In her new cookbook Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, Michelle Tam describes these Crispy Mushroom Chips this way: “Even the pickiest fungi-hater will fall madly in love with these crispity-crunchity oven-baked mushroom chips. To mere mortals like you and me, they’re irresistible — like potato chips on flavor-enhancing steroids.” The Definitive Guide To Reheating Food There's nothing better than opening your fridge and remembering that you have spaghetti left over from the night before. It's like winning the jackpot, but better because you get to eat it immediately and there's no greater score, if you ask us. Leftovers can make a quick lunch or give you an excuse to skip cooking dinner. All in all, they're great. That is, until you have to reheat them. So often does an awesome dinner reheat into a sad, sad lunch.

Oven-Fried Onion Rings Onion rings, anyone? And what about some oven-fried ones? Oh, you need to know some more about them to be able to decide. Alrighty, I’ll be glad to tell you. These onion rings are crunchy, flavorful and very delicious. The tempting potato chips coating, full of spicy flavor, is a nice contrast to the tender and sweet onions.

Caramelized Kohlrabi Chips : eat in my kitchen After I stared at this stunning vegetable, a glowing purple kohlrabi, for about five minutes, I could see them right in front of my eyes: sweet, caramelized kohlrabi chips! Thin and sticky with crispy edges! Normally I buy green kohlrabi as that’s what I find at the market most of the time and to be honest, there isn’t really a difference in taste, but the deep colour, somewhere between red, blue and the faded green of the leaves makes me grab this one whenever I see it. As soon as it’s cut and sliced there isn’t much left of its outstanding beauty but that doesn’t matter, the taste makes up for it.

50 Amazingly Helpful Time-Tested Tips for the Kitchen You know all of those helpful kitchen-related suggestions that old-timers are so willing to share with the younger generations? These little tips and tricks might be called “kitchen hacks” these days, but they’re still the same good old nuggets of wisdom that they always were. As with any old wives’ tale, hack, or tip, your mileage may vary. Some of these gems have been around for several lifetimes - and according to most grandmas, they really work. 1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon.