Baked Spinach Chips is a healthy snack made with fresh spinach! This baked recipe is so easy to make! It’s a healthy alternative to potato chips!
You are probably familiar with kale chips but are you friends with spinach chips? If not, I hope this post will change that. With a overabundance (understatement) of fresh spinach I was trying to come up with unique ways on how to use these beautiful leaves. Then I thought… kale is kinda like spinach in texture.. I wonder if I can make spinach chips?
Healthy Spinach Chips
Let me tell you, you can! And honestly, I think these are better than kale chips. The chips just melt in your mouth. I am totally guilty of just wanting to eat a few, then I come back and get a entire bowl’s worth. But it’s spinach so it’s a guilt free snack! I love guilt free snacking, don’t you?
Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese! This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own.
We just planted our tomato plants last weekend and already I’m dreaming up tomato recipes to make in a few months. Remember I said we were going to plant less tomatoes to make the garden easier on us this year (hi baby! arriving soon!)? Well we didn’t. We’re going to have a whole lot of tomato plants, so I got to thinking about my Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce and how I could use that method to create a slow cooker tomato recipe.
For this delicious dip recipe, we’re throwing fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt and pepper in the slow cooker and then adding in cheddar cheese to make it extra creamy. This is the perfect summer dip recipe because it’s easy to make, uses fresh vegetables and tastes delicious dipping tortilla chips into!
What I really love about this recipe is that it tastes so fresh because you’re using real fresh ingredients. Summer time is the perfect time to pick garden ripe tomatoes, the sweetest peppers and a few jalapeno peppers to slice and garnish on top. Besides the cheese, I can grab all these ingredients straight from the garden and throw them right into the slow cooker!
CRUNCHY homemade Everything Bagel Chips! This recipe is easy to make and only requires 3 ingredients! These DIY NYC bagel chips are perfect for snacks and appetizers! Save money and start making your own crispy baked Bagel Chips! This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.
When you think of New York – what do you think of? You probably think of Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the great Borough of Brooklyn (hi!) and the subway. You probably think of food too! New York is the center of great food and one of the most popular foods here are bagels! Oh bagels! You beautiful, delicious things.
Bagels are great. I could live on them. They come in all flavors, you can toast them, you can eat them on the go, you could eat them for breakfast, lunch, or at 3AM in the morning in bed because you’re hungry. I’m spoiled because I get to live in the city with the best bagels in the World. There’s something about the water in NYC that creates the perfect bagel, and whatever it is, I thank it because, goodness, NYC bagels are delicious.
I’ve been wanting to share some of my favorite NYC recipes with you guys so I decided to start at the top. Ok, we’re not making bagels here, but we’re using bagels to create bagel bite chips which are my favorite snack. If you’ve bought bagel chips in the store you know they are pretty expensive for a small bag, but did you know you can make your own for just a few dollars? They’re so easy to make, extremely crunchy and full of flavor! Whenever I make these they last about 2 days in the house and I have to wrestle Matthew for the last chips.
RAINBOW Crunch Granola Bars made with chocolate chips! This homemade no bake recipe makes crunchy granola bars made with oatmeal and rainbow cereal! Kids love making them alongside Mom for breakfast and lunch treats!
We live in a granola bar loving household. If you open up the cabinet you’ll see boxes of them, all bought in bulk, because it’s a bad day if you run out of granola bars. One thing I don’t like though is the prices of granola bars. For a pack of 8, it’s usually $5, and those granola bars are tiny.
Loving to make my own food if at all possible, and love to save money, I decided to start making my own granola bars. It’s easy, and I bet you have all the ingredients already in your pantry! Plus you can easily customize them to include ingredients that you like. You get to pick the cereal, if you want chocolate chips or not (of course), throw in the option of dried berries or nuts or whatever else you want.
These Rainbow Crunch Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are delicious. So delicious that after I made a batch earlier this week I’m already being asked to make another. We eat these bars for quick breakfast on the go, but also afternoon snacks. They’re a good snack that fills you up between lunch and dinner.
For my bars I used Berry Colossal Crunch cereal to add crunch, but also to add color. The bright colored pieces of cereal give these granola bars a rainbow effect which is perfect for kids, but is also great for adults who have a inner kid in them and always picks the rainbow cereal at the kitchen table.
I love lollipops. Not just any lollipops though. I’m talking about the ones that are bursting with flavor and take at least 30 minutes to finish. Lollipops are one of my go to snacks during the afternoon to prevent me from snacking away when I’m between lunch and dinner. The taste makes me happy while keeping me preoccupied so I don’t reach for a brownie instead.
My favorite brand of lollipops is Linda’s Lollies. They are the best! When you compare Linda’s Lollies to another brand you can immediately taste the difference. These lollipops don’t taste artificial at all. They come in amazing flavors with each actually tasting like their name. A lollipop that tastes like a blueberry muffin? It exists. A lollipop that tastes like maple pancakes? It exists. A lollipop that tastes like sherbet ice cream? It exists. Every time I try a new flavor I’m amazed by how they do it. How do they possibly get a lollipop to taste just like a Cinnamon Bun? I have no idea, but it makes me very happy. I recommend getting the assorted box to try all the flavors.
They have the usual flavors like cherry, strawberry, blueberry, watermelon, but they also have unique (all yummy) flavors like:
Root Beer Float
Mint Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Marshmallow Sundae
Blueberry Muffin is my favorite! Tastes just like muffins!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Emerald®. This is my honest opinion that I’m obsessed with their Dill Pickle Cashews!
Based on my multiple pickle recipes (hello, hello again) I guess you can say I love pickles. We grow cucumbers in the garden specifically for pickles. I never leave any pickle untouched when they come on the side of a sandwich lunch. I love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. So when I heard that Emerald® came out with Dill Pickle Cashews, I was like YES YES YES YES!
Chipotle Lentil Dip recipe that’s smoky and full of flavor. Use it to dip chips, crackers or vegetables in! Or use it as a spread on a sandwich! Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Do you snack when you get home from work (or school)? Or do you have the willpower to wait until dinner? I often get scolded because even if dinner is only 30 minutes away, I usually spoil my appetite just a touch with a snack. Usually it’s a piece of string cheese, a big handful of almonds, a banana or crackers. One of my favorite snacks is candied jalapenos on a small slice of cheddar on top of a cracker, but sadly I’m all out of candied jalapenos (weep, weep). So while I was looking for something to become best friends with my beloved salted crackers I came up with this simple Chipotle Lentil Dip.
This is a type of dip that keeps giving. You get one taste in your first bite but then it develops into a new taste as you continue. First you’ll taste the smokiness, then a slight sweetness and finally a hint of heat due to those chipotle peppers. Some people fear spicy foods so this isn’t a heat overload. It’s not going to burn your mouth, or even make you wince. It’s a good middle in the road dip that spicy food lovers and haters can both enjoy. But if you are a heat seeker, add in 2 chipotle peppers and you’ll get double the kick. With some major football games coming up be sure you make enough if you have guests coming over or are going to a friends house. This dip is completely veggie friendly and is a good alternative to snack on instead of those greasy finger goods we all eat while watching the big games.
Avocados filled with Corn Salad make the perfect party appetizer! These are easy to make! I love this Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer recipe!
Avocado, you beautiful thing. Want to know a surprising fact? I had my first avocado in my 20’s. As a kid we would never have them in the house and I never tasted guacamole. Then I slowly started to eat them as a sliced topping on my favorite tortilla soup. Now today, I’m licking clean (TMI?) the guacamole bowl. So yeah, I love you avocado, I’m sorry it took me so long to realize this.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I’m starting to think about parties. I love a good potluck where all your friends gather together and bring all types of food to enjoy. So I got to thinking about avocados…what could I do besides the usual guacamole? And what I could do fun with them? Then one afternoon it hit me, Avocado Sailboats! And even better they’re filled with my favorite Mexican Corn Salad.
The Best Avocado Appetizer!
These are simple to make. You can easily make a few dozen of these Avocado Sailboats in less than 15 minutes. I love that they’re full of fresh ingredients unlike some other fried finger foods that might make its way to the table. I hope you give these a try!
You’ll need 12 avocados which will make 24 sailboats. If you want to scale it up or down, then do the math accordingly. Or you can just follow the recipe exactly and if you have leftover salsa eat it with a spoon, it’s that good.
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EASY MEXICAN Cheddar Cheese Dip made with 1 bag of shredded cheese, milk and other simple ingredients. This delicious dip can be served with tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables or on top of nachos! It’s always the hit of the party!
You either love it or you love it. Have you ever met a person who doesn’t love it? Once I met a person who doesn’t like pizza and I ran away from them.
Cheese dip is one of those things that I love, no matter what time of the year or where I’m at. You’ll find cheese dips at pot lucks, friends dinner parties or fancy art openings. No matter what the event, you’ll find me at the snacks table swimming in that cheese sauce (not literally, the bowl isn’t big enough).
Recently my husband asked if I could stop including cheese in some of our dinners. I looked at him and said “What type of monster are you?”. To satisfy him I added some broccoli along with the cheese. See, I can compromise.
With a craving for a cheesy snack during a movie night I threw this together in minutes and served it with various foods to dip. You have your typical tortilla chips and crackers but you also have your vegetables for those wanting a fresh option.
Because nothing says delicious more than a piece of cauliflower smothered in cheese, right?
OREO Cookies, Chocolate Pudding, Reddi-Wip and Sprinkles? Come on, who doesn’t want that? Make these easy pudding cups that your kids are going to LOVE!
In this quick and on the go recipe, I’m going to show you how to make a delicious treat in less than a minute that will satisfy your sweet tooth and make you everyone’s favorite person.
The ingredients are easy and will have you whispering “yum”.
Go-Paks! – These are a favorite for road trips and to keep at work. For this recipe I’d recommend something sweet like Golden OREOs, Chocolate OREOs, Nutter Butter Bites, Chips Ahoy! or Teddy Grahams. I love their Ritz bits but I’d save those for snacking.
Snack Pack® Pudding Cups – For this recipe I used chocolate or vanilla.
The body uses protein for energy, to keep us up and running every single day. That makes protein real important y’all. I was feeling down with super low energy at the beginning of the Summer because of a diet change and that resulted in low protein. I started to skim the labels on my food and realized I was only getting 20% of my daily needed intake of protein. It was time for me to take a trip to the grocery store and walk the aisles to figure out what protein was right for me.
The best sources of protein are meat products (beef, chicken, fish), dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese), eggs, tofu, lentils and beans and soy. Did you know that after water protein is the most plentiful substance in the body? Our muscles, organs, and immune systems are made up of mostly protein. Even more important is if you’re a vegetarian you need to pair your meals wisely and eat protein filled snacks to get your daily intake.
So let’s walk into my kitchen and look at some of my favorite store bought food items, filled with protein. These are my go to breakfast and afternoon snack foods to keep my energy going for the day.
THE BEST PARTY SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so easy to make. Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip! This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips – perfect for a Super Bowl party dip!
We grew many onions this year. Do you remember when we planted them all? Well it’s time to pick them now! We have 4 big creates that are full of onions. We let them dry in the sun for a few days and then ran up to the roof when we heard thunder and thankfully got them inside before it started to rain. Close one! Now they’re living inside and we’re storing them in pantyhose (great tip) and baskets.
HOMEMADE Soft Pretzels Recipe! You won’t believe how easy it is to make buttery soft pretzels at home! This recipe shows you how to make them with step by step instructions.
As a kid one of my favorite treats was soft pretzels. We didn’t make them from scratch in my house, instead Mom always had a frozen box in the freezer. These were easy, take them out and throw them in microwave for 1 minute and then cover in their little salt packets. Boom, a soft pretzel was made.
Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels
Well these homemade soft pretzels take a little longer than 1 minute to make but I promise you they’re easy to make!
Many years later, I still have that craving for a soft pretzel. Often in NYC I walk by a soft pretzel vendor and suddenly crave a pretzel for the rest of the day. At a baseball game? Yes, very nice gentleman carrying a tray of soft pretzels on his head, throw me one for $8.00, it’s the price you pay for love.
NO CANNING 24 Hour Refrigerator Hamburger Pickles! This easy recipe doesn’t require vinegar and tastes just like the best dill pickles! This is one of my favorite homemade recipes to use for our garden cucumbers! I love how crunchy the pickles are!
It’s the beginning of August which means it’s pickle time. The cucumber plants are thriving and we’re picking kirby cucumbers by the basket. Between this and my Half Sour Pickle recipe, I’m all set with pickles for the rest of my life.
This pickle recipe is easy and tastes just like the best Dill Hamburger pickles you can buy in the store. You don’t need canning experience because these are no boil needed. You throw them in the refrigerator and they’re ready to crunch in 24 hours.
Also this recipe doesn’t use vinegar because you all know my hatred for vinegar, so for all of you who have gotten to this recipe because you typed into Google “I hate vinegar, please give me pickles”, I got you covered. I love these pickles, they’re win win all around.
Step on up.. Step on up.. you’re invited to Movie Night!
Grab your ticket..
Grab your popcorn!
Now take a seat and enjoy the movie!
A few nights ago we threw a ultimate movie night that was full of the necessities: popcorn, pizza, candy, comfy pillows and a good movie.
In this post I’m going to show you how to make a easy and ultra yummy Cheddar M&M’s® Popcorn. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet – I love that combination, don’t you? You’ll only need 2 main ingredients and some spices.
And for our movie? We’re going epic here. We were going to pick Harry Potter or The Notebook but we decided on Braveheart. I chose this movie because Matthew references it sometimes and I’ve never seen it. The good thing is that I watch Game of Thrones so I knew I could handle some scenes. 😉
For our movie night we had a small concession stand in the room. You could stop on by, grab your candy, your popcorn and a drink.
What’s your favorite movie candy? Mine is Peanut M&M’s®. YUM.
There was also plenty of popcorn popping that up. Reach into the bowl and throw it in your own personal bag. I went back to this bowl around 7 times. Ok 8.
By the way, have you seen Braveheart? Do you like it?
There was pizza for the main course. No pizza was left standing!
The hit of the night was the Cheddar M&M’s® Popcorn. Everyone loved the salty and sweet combo. Sometimes you just want candy…sometimes you want something more.. this is the perfect match for all movie watchers!
I made this by using Butter flavored Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn along with my own seasonings and spices to give it that cheddar taste we all love.
Each kernel was popping with flavor. Popping.. get it? Hahaha!
Don’t you love how you always start out with a small napkin of popcorn then suddenly you finished 4 cups of it and have popcorn all over your face? It happens to us all!
Next time you’re looking for a new popcorn recipe to try for movie night, won’t you give this a shot?
DELICIOUS Nutella Banana Bread recipe. This easy to make bread has chocolate chips inside of it!
This Nutella Banana Bread you guys.
This This Nutella Banana Bread you guys. SWOON!
It’s delicious. It’s moist. It’s chocolatey. It smells the best. I’m in love. Do you know how good it is? My banana hating husband (GASP) runs to the kitchen when I make it to steal the first piece. I hit his hands though. The first piece is always mine.
Step by step instructions on how to dehydrate cherry tomatoes!
In my fun week of acting like a mad scientist in the kitchen (hello dried cantaloupe chips!), throwing vegetables and fruits in the food dehydrator asking the question “How will this taste dried” I had to try tomatoes. With the amount of tomatoes we were harvesting and by the amount of sauces I already have made, I was dying to do something else with them. How about dehydrated tomatoes to snack on?
With a new shiny dehydrator sitting in my kitchen, I have been asking myself the question of “Can *enter vegetable or fruit* be dehydrated?”. You name it, I’ve probably thought of it. Expect lots of dehydrating recipes and experiments in the next few weeks! I can’t be stopped!
We had a few cantaloupes sitting out that we grew this Summer. They’ve just been sitting there, begging for attention. I couldn’t decide what to do with them, besides roasting them for my Roasted Cantaloupe Salad. But then a thought came to myself, “Self, why don’t you dehydrate these babies?”.
This pesto is delicious and tastes ultra fresh. If you have a bunch of soybeans and don’t know what to do with them then it’s even better as this pesto freezes amazing for months so that means you can have some of your Summer harvest in Winter – one of my favorite ways to enjoy dinner!
The main ingredients in this pesto are soybeans, almonds and garlic. Many pesto recipes call for pine nuts but have you seen the price of them? Yikes! No thanks! I stick with almonds that are just a few dollars and last me multiple batches of pesto. The recipe only calls for 1/4 cup almonds so a $4 container of them can make quite a bunch of pesto!
This Homemade Salted Edamame recipe tastes just like your favorite Japanese restaurant. This healthy recipe takes 15 minutes and requires 2 ingredients. Make it as a side dish or a snack!
Who’s ready to pop a few soybeans right in their mouth?
Ok, me too! Grab a few soybeans and let’s get snacking!
I love edamame. I went through this phase where every time I ordered sushi I also ordered a big bowl of edamame to go with it. Then I got to thinking, why don’t we grow our own soybeans? So we bought some seeds, planted them in our containers and BOOM! SOYBEANS! Ok maybe it wasn’t that instant, but it was pretty much that easy. Since the beginning we’ve had lots of luck growing soybeans in containers. This year they have grown to new heights and soon they will be all picked to be frozen and enjoyed for many happy edamame snacking sessions.
What’s edamame best with? Just a little bit of salt. That’s it. Beans and salt. Just a few ingredients makes one of the most delicious and healthy snacks you can eat.
Is it easy to make edamame? Yes! All you do is boil the soybeans for a few minutes, drain and you’re set.
Sprinkle a little sea salt on top and hello gorgeous! I’m going to eat you!
Then start nibbling away. They’re healthy and addictive. That’s a pretty happy match, don’t you think?