Archive for Snacks

Paleo Protein Bites

Monday, January 9th, 2017

These no bake protein bites are great for pre/post workout snacks or anytime you need an easy to grab snack.

The ingredients are paleo friendly but if you are looking for a non paleo option,  just substitute ingredients such as cacao nibs   (use chocolate chips), almond butter ( use any nut butter)  or other ingredients desired.

Makes 12-15 bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup nuts ( walnuts, cashews, almonds, etc)
  • 1 cup dates (or any other dried fruit) 
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs (optional)
  • coconut flakes or cacao powder (optional)

Directions 

Pulse coconut flakes and nuts together in a food processor  Add dates and process until it sticks together. (If your dates are dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain before using)

Transfer to a large bowl.  Add in almond butter, cacao nibs and mix well.

Shape mixture into bite size balls. Roll in coconut flakes or cacao powder.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. They keep for a week in the fridge or may be frozen.

 

 

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Pan-Fried Chickpeas

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A snack that’s quick, delicious and healthier than potato chips.  What could be better?!  These addictive pan-fried chickpeas are crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside and will become one of your favorite go to snacks.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 2 Tablespoons oil ( coconut, vegetable or canola)
  • Seasonings desired such as:
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Curry powder
    • Chili powder
    • Cumin
    • Paprika
    • Herbs

Directions

Drain chickpeas in a colander and rinse well with water.

Lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towel and pat dry with another paper towel on top. 

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Heat oil over medium high heat in a sauté pan.  Add chickpeas and cook for about 7-10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally until all sides are browned.

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Remove from heat and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil.

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While still hot, transfer to a serving bowl and toss with spices desired and serve.

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Pizza Bites

Monday, January 20th, 2014

These addictive pizza bites are perfect for the big game. Not only are they easy to make but great to serve for a crowd.  Adjust the ingredients to the number of guests or your favorite pizza toppings.  The baking time will be same.  

Makes 16-20  (8-10 biscuits in a can)

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuits
  • Pepperoni or salami
  • Marinara or pizza sauce
  • Cheese cut into cubes (mozzarella, monterey jack, etc)
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Flatten out biscuits. Place pepperoni slice, marinara sauce and cheese on top of biscuits.

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Gather up the edges to create a ball.

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Place biscuits seam side down on a baking pan. In a bowl, mix together parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Brush biscuits with egg mixture and sprinkle top with parmesan cheese mixture.

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Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with sauce on the side so guests can add more  as needed.

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Spicy Kale Chips

Friday, April 12th, 2013

 

This is my go to snack when I have a salty/crunchy craving as this is so much healthier than reaching for a bag of regular chips. I have seen Kale chips sold in stores but by making it yourself, it’s less expensive and you can control the amount of salt.

I usually like my chips with a little kick so I add some cayenne or red pepper flakes, but feel free to add other spices or just use salt only.

Some tips:

  •  Dry the leaves thoroughly as the leaves will steam, not crisp if there is moisture
  • Arrange leaves in a single layer on the baking sheet  to get it crispy
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper if you prefer easier cleaning
  • Add salt after baking, as salt can extract moisture from leaves and create steam
  • Buy organic Kale, whenever possible

 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Kale, washed and dried thoroughly
  • 2  Tablespoons Coconut oil, melted (can use extra virgin olive oil)
  • Optional seasonings: cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, etc
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Using your hands, remove leaves from stem and tear into bite size pieces.

Place leaves on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and coat evenly with your fingers.   If you like it spicy, add cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, etc.

Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 12-18 minutes. Start checking after 10 minutes as it tends to burn easily.

Sprinkle with salt as soon as it’s out of the oven and serve.

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container up to 2 days. (Although I never seem to have any leftovers!)

 

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