Posts from the ‘Snacks’ Category

Stuffed Avacado

It’s only been about the last month that I’ve begun enjoying avacados on a regular basis… never really knew what to do with them…but a post I saw online with an avacado stuffed with tuna made me think maybe I should give them a chance. I didn’t have tuna or any other fish in the house so I pulled out some cottage cheese and found some bacon cheese dip mix… heaven!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 avacado
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp powdered bacon,cheese,chive dip mix (I used Epicure brand)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. super easy – just cut your avacado in half, remove the pit
  2. mix cottage cheese with dip mix in small bowl
  3. either remove avacado meat from skin with large spoon and chop and add to cottage cheese or just fill the hole from the pit with cottage cheese and scoop out filling and meat as you eat it!

recipe by: R2bcluvs2cook

this was super easy and super filling… great for breakfast or snack!

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White Bean Dip with Pita Chips

This is a super simple recipe (and tasty) that is great for dipping veggies or on pita/cracker bread; it comes from the Everyday Italian recipe book by Giada DeLaurentis (pg 19).

  • 4 pita breads, split horizontally in half
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can canellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 garlic clove

(summarized instructions below)

  1. heat oven to 400F – cut each pita into 8 wedges and put on baking sheet – brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  2. bake for 8 min then turn over and bake another 8 min or until crisp
  3. meanwhile, in food processor, combine rest of ingredients and blend until creamy
  4. transfer to bowl/plate with pitas and serve

I liked this – I enjoy it more than hummus personally.

Nutella and Strawberries on Bread

YUM!!!! I had a slice of wheat bread with the little grains in it and nutella spread on top with strawberries sliced for breakfast..oh my gosh…it was sooooo good.

I have been wanting more all day – but I’m gonna force myself to wait for breakfast tomorrow to have another delight!

I will definitely have to find some inspiration for a dessert with this combo now…. maybe a chocolate cheese cake with strawberry sauce on top… or chocolate mousse with sliced strawberries! Oh man those sure sound good….

Radish Dip

You know what, I’ve only ever eaten a slice or two of radish and didn’t really know what to think of them. I saw that a the store had bunches of them on sale and decided to give them a try….so here I am trying to figure out something to do with these radishes…. I looked and looked and the only recipes I can find are related to salads, but I did find a couple of recipes for a dip that I’m testing. It sounds easy enough and uses cream cheese – what doesn’t taste good with cream cheese right? I decided to do a combo recipe based on the 2 that I found –> here are the links: Recipe 1, Recipe 2.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • about 5 med-lg radishes shredded and liquid squeezed out
  • 2-3 chives, finely chopped (green and white parts)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Make sure to squeeze out liquid from shredded radishes and place in food processor
  2. add soft cream cheese and blend together until smooth
  3. put into a bowl and mix in finely chopped onions, salt and pepper
  4. cover bowl and chill at least 1 hour to let flavors develop
  5. Serve with tortilla chips, melba toast, or your favorite cracker

WOW – this was really easy and tastes really good! 🙂  Definitely a keeper.

Spicy Mango Jalapeno Salsa

I bought some mangoes at the grocery today…an awesome deal of 10 mangoes for $2.00! Obviously they need to be eaten fairly quickly as they are somewhat ripe at this point….but I ate one at lunch and they are delicious! I decided to make a chutney or salsa but didn’t really know what to add but I knew I wanted to use mangoes and jalapeños…so I found this recipe online at RecipeZaar…the result was pretty good but I think it needs more jalapeno (but start with the suggested and then add more if needed) or maybe some chopped sweet red onion!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed mangoes
  • 1 diced jalapeno (seeded)
  • 1 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoons sugar (depending on how sweet the mango is)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients.

I ate this salsa with whole wheat tortillas but I think it would be good with grilled or seared scallops too!

Hot Zucchini Squares

I really like zucchini but it can sometimes be hard to find recipes for using the yummy squash! I found a recipe in community-based cookbook called “Mix It Up With Marca” put out by Marca College in Saskatchewan. I tried the recipe and it is really good. It is meant to be used as an appetizer or for finger foods at a dinner party.

Hot Zucchini Squares

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. mix zucchini, onion, parsley, salt, garlic, oregano, cheese in a bowl
  2. add beaten eggs and mix well
  3. in a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, seasoned salt and pepper
  4. mix dry ingredients into zucchini mixture and add the butter and oil
  5. pour into 9×13 dish and bake at 350F for 25 minutes
  6. cut into squares and serve warm (freezes well)

NOTES: This was really tasty…but I think it was way too much oil and salt. I didn’t add the butter and I drained the oil off the top of the dish straight from the oven (the zucchini mix stayed snuggly in the pan when tipped on it’s side to drain) – so If I make this again, I’ll use less oil and omit the butter and regular salt.

Quick Snack Ideas

I like to snack and it can be a problem if I have too much junk food around so I’ve come to love more delicious and nutritious snacks over time…

Cottage Cheese with Pineapple

I really like Island Farms Cottage Cheese, but I know it’s not available everywhere… so find your favorite (or most tolerable) cottage cheese and add some drained pineapple chunks and enjoy! I admit cottage cheese has never been something I enjoyed much because of the salty flavor, so I choose the 1% and it’s amazing how less salty it tastes…also, cottage cheese is really filling and great for people on a diet because it’s low in fat and has lots of protein.

Apple with Cheddar

Now this snack idea sounded totally disgusting to me until my husband forced me to try it….it is delicious! The combination of the sweet and salty are really yummy. I’ve always had it with a red apple (Red Delicious, Macintosh, etc) and a sharp cheddar… or even a smoky cheddar… anyway, just take an apple and a couple slices or a few small blocks of cut-up cheddar and enjoy!

Apple with Nutella

Nutella is something I’ve enjoyed since childhood when mom would smuggle some to me in the US from Germany… yum! I’m so glad it’s at the stores locally now! So, you can enjoy a tasty apple with 1 tbsp nutella on a spoon for a yummy, easy, and somewhat lowfat snack!

Yogurt with Cottage Cheese

Some people might think this is nasty but I enjoy it pretty often… combine a few spoons of cottage cheese with some yogurt in a bowl and enjoy. Yum!