Posts Tagged With: Snack

Boil’em, Mash’em, Stick’em in a Stew

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Boil’em, mash’em, stick’em in a stew, potatoes Plantains!

A staple of the Caribbean diet, plantains are a close cousin to the banana.  They mature in a similar way, the more yellow they get, the sweeter and softer they become.  Green plantains are tough, and are usually boiled and mashed, or fried into chips.  I recently decided to fry up some green plantains, here’s their story. Continue reading

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Accidentally Awesome Pizza

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Last night I made an amazing pizza.  Now pizza that you make yourself always tastes amazing, but this one had something special.  I’ve made hundreds of pizzas, and somehow this one rose above the pack.  With the exception of some photos I didn’t bother documenting it… mainly because I was tired and couldn’t be bothered, I just wanted food.  I remember coming home from work hungry, and thinking that I really want a bbq chicken pizza right now.  I didn’t have any bbq sauce, but we did happen to have some dough leftover from making a pizza two days before.  It was brilliant.  Afterwards I wrote down what I remembered doing, knowing damn well that I didn’t measure anything.  If anything this is for me to remember what made this so special.  Continue reading

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Quick Granola Protein Bars

With all of this cooking, eating, and blogging I’ve been hitting the gym pretty hard lately.  I’ve been upping my protein intake but it’s not always an easy task on the go.  I’m pretty tired of $%^& brick protein bars and granola bars that taste like kids breakfast cereal.  Also, any decent store bought package tends to cost a fortune.  I decided I’d give making a simple granola bar with the addition of some protein a chance.  So far so good.  These are really easy to make and delightfully crunchy. Continue reading

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5 Minute Spicy Hummus

Anytime I have friends around and need a quick snack I’ll throw together this hummus.  It’s fast, easy, and can have quite a kick.  I actually can make this in less 5 minutes, but that’s eyeballing all of the ingredients instead of measuring.  This is not your traditional Mediterranean style hummus.  I am not a fan of tahini, and I prefer to make this without it.  The beauty of hummus is that you can play around with ingredients until you’ve found exactly what you like best.  It’s pretty hard to screw up, and if you do it can probably be fixed. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading

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Pumpkin & Onion “Bhajis”

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With all of this pumpkin that I still have in the fridge I’ve been playing around with random ideas in the kitchen.  One of the more successful things I made was a take on Indian onion bhajis.  The first batch I made without flour, and they were a bit soft for my liking.  This is the second attempt and they came out perfect.  They’re very easy to make, the key is getting as much liquid out of the pumpkin as possible. Continue reading

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Pan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh Pumpkin Seeds (I had about 1/2 of a cup)

Pinch of Garlic Powder

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Pinch of Cumin

Salt to taste

Clean off any pumpkin residue from the seeds and rinse under cold water.  Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat and add the seeds.  Dry roast the seeds until any moisture is gone and then add one Tsp of olive oil.  Stir occasionally for about 15 minutes.  When they start to change color add the cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, and salt.  Stir for another 2 minutes and remove from heat.  Allow to cool on a paper towel.  Amazing snack or topper for soups, salads, etc.

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Chicken and Pumpkin Curry Empanadas

Ever since a trip to Argentina I’ve had a slight obsession with empanadas.  They can be the perfect on-the-go snack when short on time (or late for work), you can fill them with anything you want, and they’re not difficult to make.  With that being said, this is not the easiest empanada recipe I’ve ever done, but it does produce a tasty turnover.  Also, this is originally a vegetarian curry recipe, omit the chicken if you want to keep these bad boys veggie.  With all Indian recipes, I recommend grinding your own spices whenever possible.  Makes 24 empanadas. Continue reading

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