Category: Snacks

Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus – Takes only seconds to make this healthy, nutritious treat!

Was there life before hummus?

I don’t know about you, but I barely remember life before hummus.  I’m not even sure when this delicious, nutritious food came on the scene but I’m glad it did.  It is so popular it shows up on restaurant offerings as well as almost every pot luck and party.  It comes in a variety of flavors and is very versatile.  In addition to being served as a dip with pita chips or veggies it can be used as a spread on wraps and sandwiches too!

So what exactly is thing called “Hummus”?  It is made from garbanzo beans.  Yep, garbanzo beans blended with some seasonings.  That’s it.  It is that simple.  So why would anyone want to make their own hummus when you can just buy it already made in almost any grocery store?  That is a great question and my answer is…because it is so easy and you can whip it up on a moments notice using ingredients you have on hand (providing of course you have them on hand).  Another reason is that you can control what you put in it and adjust the seasonings to your preference.  And…not to mention…it is fun and impressive to say you made it yourself.  Right?  Sometimes it is just fun to say you made something yourself.

I hope you will give this recipe a try.  The recipe is more of a guideline than anything.  Feel free to add more jalapeños if you like it hotter.  You may want to add some lemon or lime juice and a sprinkle of oregano would taste great too.  Have fun with it and make it your own.  Oh, and please let me know how it works out for you.  I love to hear from you!

Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus - serve with tortilla chips!

 Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus - serve with tortilla chips!

Ingredients

  • I 15oz. can garbanzo beans (aka chick peas)
  • 2 cubes crushed garlic or 2 fresh garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon jalapeño slices from a jar
  • 1 teaspoon juice from the jar
  • 2 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and whirl until smooth! That's it!
  2. May be served immediately or refrigerated for up to a week.
  3. It is great served with tortilla chips!
  4. May also be served with fresh veggies or your favorite crispy chip or cracker.
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Suzi’s – make it in seconds…tastes like you slaved all day…Secret Salsa Hack!

I’m not kidding when I say this is the easiest and best salsa ever!  It’s almost embarrassing to share the recipe but share I must.  I just can’t keep things like this to myself. AND I want you to get all the credit when you serve it!  It’s your recipe now…

Suzi’s – make it in seconds…tastes like you slaved all day…Secret Salsa Hack!

You can serve this salsa immediately or make ahead a few hours or even the day before to allow flavors to blend. Store covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. can Herdez brand Salsa Casera, come in mild, medium or hot (choice is yours)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 green onions chopped or 2 tablespoons or so of diced red onion

Instructions

  1. Open can
  2. Pour into a serving dish
  3. Add cilantro and green onion
  4. Stir and serve!
  5. Or...
  6. If you prefer you may put all ingredients in a blender or food processor
  7. The choice is yours!
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Cranberry Bleu Pecan Cheese Ball – faux pas and all!

 

 

Soooooo Easy…only 4 ingredients and it is awesome!

One night this flavor combination just popped in my head so I quickly wrote it down…a few weeks later I had the opportunity to try it out and serve it at a luncheon.  It was a hit!  I originally served it as a spread with crackers and also with celery sticks for a gluten-free option.  I’ve made it several times since and it is always well received.  I hope you’ll give try it out and taste for yourself.  Enjoy!

Cranberry Bleu Pecan Cheese Ball ~ AKA CBP Cheese Ball

Cranberry Bleu Pecan Cheese Ball ~ AKA CBP Cheese Ball

Quick and easy cheese ball or spread! Only 4 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional 3/4 cup chopped pecans for rolling

Instructions

  1. Place cream cheese in microwave safe bowl
  2. Heat in microwave on 50% power for 1 minute to soften
  3. Add cranberries, bleu cheese, and pecans
  4. Use electric mixer to mix together
  5. Form into a ball and roll in chopped pecans or you can serve it as a spread
  6. You may serve immediately or even better make ahead and refrigerate for flavors to blend
  7. Before serving, remove from fridge 30 minutes or so to soften
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Easy Toffee Pretzel Bark – A fabulous gourmet snack!

 

Toffee Pretzel Bark

Toffee Pretzel Bark

This makes a great party snack. Serve in baskets or put in small treat bags tied with ribbons. You can also use colored candy melts to coordinate with the occasion. I sometimes use colored sprinkles in place of the toffee.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 1 1/2 white chocolate candy melts (approximately 10 oz.)
  • 2/3 cup toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Line a 1/2 sheet baking pan (13" x 18") with parchment
  2. Spread pretzels evenly over the parchment, they will overlap slightly
  3. Heat white chocolate candy melts in microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, heat for an additional 30 seconds, stir until smooth
  4. With a large spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the pretzels
  5. Sprinkle toffee bits evenly over the chocolate
  6. Allow to cool
  7. Break apart and serve or store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag
  8. Enjoy!
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