Rosemary Roasted Almonds

  2 cups whole almonds 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt dash of ground red pepper Preheat oven to 325°. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or foil. Set aside. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl…

Kale Chips & Guacamole

bunch of kale 1 tablespoon olive oil dash of sea salt Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Wash and thoroughly dry kale. Break into chip-sized pieces of desired size. Toss the kale with the olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl then lay flat on the prepared baking sheets so that the leaves aren’t overlapping….

Sweet Potato & Beet Chips

2 large sweet potatoes 4 large beets 1/4 cup EVOO 1 tablespoon sea salt Wash and dry veggies. Use a mandolin to cut very thin, round pieces of sweet potatoes and collect in a large serving bowl. Do the same for the beets. Place in a separate bowl as beets will stain. Pour olive oil…

Deconstructed Do-Si-Dos

adapted from recipe by darebee.com Also known as “No-Bake Breakfast Bars,” these delicious bars were quite the hit at a recent recipe swap I attended. The name comes from one of my best friends, Liz, who said they tasted just like the famous Do-Si-Do Girl Scout Cookies. Here’s the recipe along with the nutritional info:…

Garlic Parmesan Squash Chips

adapted from recipe by diethood.com 4 yellow squash (small to medium), sliced into ¼-inch to ½-inch rounds 3 tablespoons olive oil fresh ground pepper, to taste 1 cup panko crumbs 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon garlic powder cooking spray (I use Organic Olive Oil by Pam) Preheat oven to…

Homemade Cheese Its [Nips]

adapted from recipe by inkatrinaskitchen.com 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup flour 2 tablespoons ice water Coarse salt for sprinkling  Combine cheese, butter, shortening, and salt in the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The mixture will be crumbly. Slowly…

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bon Bons

adapted from recipe from bakerbynature.com 40 Mini-pretzels (be sure to use whole, unbroken ones) 40 Kraft caramels, unwrapped 10 ounces, semi-sweet chocolate [I used chips since they are melt easily] 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon coconut oil 40 whole pecan halves, toasted Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet…

Soft Pretzels…mmmmmmmmmm

I am hands down a soft pretzel addict, so stumbling across this recipe and creating these little pieces of heaven just made my LIFE! adapted from recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (lukewarm, no need to take temperature) 1 packet active instant yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar 3-4 cups all-purpose…

No More Cheese Nips?!

The recipes for tonight’s dinner have already been posted, so I asked Loman to post our first true entry. Here it is: When B first told me her plans for eating for the year, I was apprehensive.  The first thing I thought was, “no more Cheese Nips!”  For anyone who knows me, that is my…

Energy Bites

adapted from recipe by Kelly Shaw Ingredients 1/2 cup freshly ground peanut butter 1/3 cup local honey 1 teaspoon vanilla pure extract 1 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed [we use Bob’s Red Mill] 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips [we use Enjoy Life semi-sweet chips from Whole Foods] Directions In a mixing bowl, stir…

Crunchy Granola Bars

adapted from recipe by delectablymine.blogspot.com Ingredients 7 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups whole almonds, pecans, walnuts or peanuts 1 cup [local] honey 1 cup raw turbinado sugar [or packed brown sugar] 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional, but oh so yummy!) Directions…