Easy Guacamole Dip in Cucumber Boats

Easy guacamole dip in cucumber boats is a low-carb snack that’s rich in nutrition and healthy fats…oh, and it tastes great!

Easy Guacamole Dip in Cucumber Boats

Easy Guacamole Dip in Cucumber Boats

Course Snack
Servings 2
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • ¾ tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped cilantro or ⅓ tsp dried cilantro
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, split lengthwise with seed removed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Mix avocado, lime juice, onion, cilantro and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on cucumber and fill “boat” with guacamole.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Hack: Place any leftover guacamole in a sealable bag. Roll to press out as much air as possible and seal tightly. Store in refrigerator for up to two days.
  • Hack: Fresh herbs can easily be frozen. Lay flat in a single layer and freeze. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and seal tightly. Store in the freezer for up to 12 months. Alternately, herbs can be chopped and placed in ice cubes trays. Cover in oil and freeze for future use.
Keyword appetizer, avocado, buffet food, cucumber, cucumber boats, dip, homemade quacamole, hors d'oeuvres, Mexican, picnic food, quacamole

Ever wonder how to tell if an avocado is ripe?  How long it will be good after you buy it?  Check out these tips to find out!

Suggestion: Serve this with or mix it with Simple Pico de Gallo (Easy Fresh Salsa) for an extra special treat!

Homemade Balsamic Reduction Glaze 

Balsamic reduction glaze can take a recipe up to the next level but it can be expensive!  Why dish out the $$$ when you can make your own in less than 30 minutes?

Balsamic Reduction Glaze 

Balsamic Reduction Glaze 

Course Salad Dressing
Servings 1 tbsp
Calories 42 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups good quality balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat balsamic vinegar in a small pot or saucepan over medium heat.
  • If adding sugar, combine both into the pot and heat together.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to medium-low heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally,  until the vinegar thickens and is reduced by half (about 20 minutes*). It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before serving (about 15 minutes).
  • *If simmering with sugar, it will take about 8-10 minutes to reduce.
  • Hack: Store your balsamic glaze in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
Keyword balsamic, balsamic glaze, balsamic reduction, homemade balsamic glaze, homemade balsamic reduction, vegetable glaze, vinegar

Click here to find out the health benefits of balsamic vinegar and what makes it stand apart from the others!

Try this balsamic reduction glaze on pan-roasted Brussels sprouts or Caprese salad!

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams are a traditional candy made of coconut, powdered sugar and potato dipped in dark chocolate. They taste just like a Mounds Bar…I promise!

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Course Snack
Servings 18
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • cup cold mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 oz dark chocolate candy coating (or candy melts), coarsely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Combine the sugar, shredded coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla, and salt using a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  • Spray 18 ice cube trays** with cooking spray and divide the dough equally between them (about 1 ½ tbsp each). Place another ice cube tray on top of cups and press down firmly to pack dough down.
  • Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until solid. Remove candy pieces from trays.
  • Place chocolate coating in a dry, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second blasts, stirring in between each blast, just until melted.
  • Use tongs to dip and coat candy pieces. Place pieces on parchment paper or rack, leaving enough space between them that they don’t touch. Allow chocolate coating to harden.
  • **I use “poppable” ice cube trays with silicone bottoms!
  • Hack: Store leftover candy in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword buffet, candy, chocolate, coconut, homemade candy, Maine Needhams, Maine potato candy, Mounds Bar copycat, Needhams, picnic food, Potato candy

 

Who would put potatoes in candy, anyway?  Click here for a history of this delicious confection!

Need a stand mixer to make these tasty treats?  Check out my review for the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer!

Cooking For One Person — Hacks, Tips and Tricks

Cooking for one can be tricky. I’ve put together a list of hacks, tips and tricks to help with the question of what to do with leftover ingredients!

Cooking For One Person -- Hacks, Tips and Tricks
Cooking For One Person — Hacks, Tips and Tricks

When I post recipes, I’ll often post hacks at the end of it to give some helpful information in regard to storing leftover ingredients. I hope this has been beneficial but I also thought it might be great to have all those ideas in one place. Yep, right here.

Print ‘em out and stick ‘em right on your fridge for the next time you need to buy that whole knob of ginger for a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon…

Ready? Let’s GO!

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Anchovies can be covered in oil and sealed in a sealable sandwich bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Alternately, they can be spread out in a single layer and frozen (still in the sandwich bag, if desired). I suggest you double bag the fillets before storing them.

Bacon: Separate uncooked bacon slices and roll into individual pinwheels. Place on cookie sheet in the freezer to freeze bacon slices. Place in a sealable freezer bag or container. The frozen slices can then be used in the portions desired.

Bananas: If your bananas have reached maximum ripeness, remove peels and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once solid, place in sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed banana. Try them in this delicious smoothie!

Berries: If you purchase fresh berries, the leftovers can be stored in the freezer. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until solid. Place in a sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed berries.

Broccoli: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for pre-cut broccoli florets to avoid having to buy an entire head. Frozen broccoli florets would also work in a cooked recipe.

Butternut Squash: Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store, making your life just a little bit easier. Frozen butternut squash can also be used in most recipes.

Burgers: Shape ground meat into 4 oz patties. Place burgers on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until frozen. Put individually into sealable sandwich bags and then into a sealable freezer bag or freezer container. The rolls can also be frozen in the same manner.

Eggs, Cooked: Make more than one egg and store them for later use. For the best quality, I suggest cooking scrambled eggs in an egg ring as this provides for uniform cooking and reheating. Cook just until set. These eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

To freeze eggs, place on cookie sheet and place in freezer until firm. Seal in freezer bag or container and store in freezer.

To reheat, thaw in refrigerator overnight and microwave at 20 second intervals, just until heated through.

Eggs, Hard Boiled: Hard-boiled eggs keep in the refrigerator for one week so consider making a few extra while you’ve got the water boiling! They make a great snack alone, pickled, deviled or in egg salad.

English Muffin: Slice English muffins in half horizontally and return to original packing. Place in sealed freezer bag and place in freezer for up to 3 months.

Fruit/Berry: Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and berries that can be found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. If the pieces are too large for your purpose, simply let a few thaw so you can mash them or puree the desired amount in a blender.

Ginger: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Guacamole: Place any leftover guacamole in a sealable bag. Roll to press out as much air as possible and seal tightly. Store in refrigerator for up to two days.

Herbs: Fresh herbs can easily be frozen. Lay flat in a single layer and freeze. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and seal tightly. Store in the freezer for up to 12 months.

Alternately, herbs can be chopped and placed in ice cubes trays. Cover with oil and freeze for future use.

Pine Nuts: Pine nuts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 months or in the freezer for 6 months.

Rice: Place leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving-size containers and freeze for future use.

Romaine Lettuce: To keep romaine lettuce fresh longer, separate leaves and wash. Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels. Place lettuce leaves in a sealable plastic bag or container with paper towels between each layer to absorb moisture. Store in refrigerator and replace paper towels if they become soggy.

Salad Bar: Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.

Seafood: Although seafood purchased from the seafood counter is often priced by weight, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for only what you need, such as 6 shrimp or half a fillet of haddock.

Alternately, many of these items can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand. Thaw desired amounts before cooking.

Seafood can be thawed overnight in refrigerator. It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealable bag and submerging in a bath of cold water for about an hour.

I do not recommend freezing seafood that is purchased from the seafood counter. Many seafood items are flash frozen after being caught to retain their freshness. Refreezing will compromise the quality.

Sesame Oil: Once opened, sesame oil can be stored in a cool, dark place (kitchen cupboard away from the stove) for up to six months. It can be stored in the fridge for a year or more.

Yogurt: Use any leftover Greek yogurt to make this versatile Dill Greek Yogurt Dip!

Just one more tip: Click here to check out my favorite bags and containers to freeze all the above-mentioned goodies!

That’s All For Now!

So, I think that’s enough for one day, don’t you? That’s a whole lot of information and I hope it comes in handy!

Did I miss anything? Do you have any handy-dandy hacks, tips and tricks to share with the class? Please leave a comment below to let us know what it is!

All my best

Cynthia
cynthia@cynthiaeats.com

 

 

Sausage Lentil Stew with Oranges

Spicy Spanish chorizo teams up with hearty lentils and the sweetness of orange to create a unique and tasty sausage lentil stew with oranges!

Sausage Lentil Stew with Oranges

Sausage Lentil Stew with Oranges

Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz Spanish chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (2 tsp)
  • cups brown lentils, washed and drained
  • 1 cup dry red wine such as Pinot Noir
  • cups vegetable broth
  • 5 small oranges
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp dried dill

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Saute onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn heat to high. Add lentils and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are soft, 40 - 45 minutes. Add more broth if necessary to maintain a stew-like consistancy.
  • Squeeze juice from two of the oranges and set aside. Remove peel and pith from the remaining oranges and slice fruit into ¼” rounds.
  • Add chorizo to lentils and stir in orange juice. Season with salt, pepper and dill. Remove from heat and gently stir in orange rounds.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigeragtor for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized sealable freezer bags or containers for up to 3 months.
Keyword chorizo sausage, lentil, low calorie, oranges, spanish sausage, stew

Did you know?  Lentils are a member of the legume family.  Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and packed with nutrition!!

Suggestion:  Garlic herb focaccia bread goes nicely with this recipe!

Healthy Vegetable Lasagna with Bechamel

Healthy Vegetable Lasagna is a hearty dish with a sauce so delicious, you want to eat it all by itself.  Make a double batch to drizzle over veggies or pasta!

Healthy Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Bechamel

Healthy Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Bechamel

Course Main Course
Servings 6
Calories 480 kcal

Ingredients
  

Butternut Bechamel Sauce:

  • 3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (2 lbs)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  • 4 cloves freshly minced garlic (4 tsp)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup Gruyere cheese, shredded (2 ounces)
  • ½ cup fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes (2 ounces)

Filling:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 5 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced, (1 pound)
  • 5 cups Swiss chard, leaves thinly sliced, stems chopped and kept separate (1 bunch)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted and chopped*

Lasagna:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes (4 ounces)
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine squash, 1 cup broth, milk and garlic in a medium saucepan, heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place squash mixture in a blender. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg and blend until smooth. Add Gruyere cheese and 2 ounces of mozzarella.  Blend until cheese is well incorporated. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add onion, mushroom and chopped Swiss chard stems. Turn heat up to medium-high and cook until browned and liquid evaporates (7-10 minutes).
  • Add chard leaves and 1 tbsp vegetable broth. Cover and cook 2-3 minutes or until chard wilts. Place vegetable mixture into a cheesecloth-lined colander and allow to drain for 10 minutes. Place mixture into a bowl and toss in pine nuts.
  • In a seperate bowl, mix ricotta and egg until well incorporated.
  • Coat 11 x 7-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Spread ½ cup bechamel sauce on the bottom of the pan. Lay two lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
  • Spread ¾ cup bechamel sauce on top of lasagna noodles. Top with ½ of the vegetable mixture (about ¾ cup),
  • Add a layer of ½ cup ricotta and ⅓ cup mozzarella cubes. Top with 2 lasagna noodles.
  • Repeat the above step for the second layer.
  • Put remaining sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top of the lasagna. Spray aluminum foil with cooking spray and lay over top of the pan.
  • Cook, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes, until lasagna is bubbly and internal temperature is 160°. Put lasagna under the broiler to further brown top, if desired.
  • Allow lasagna to rest a minimum of 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • *Roast pine nuts in saute pan in a single layer until lightly browned.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the redrigerator for up to 5 days
  • Hack: Place individual portions of cut, cooled lasagna into individual containers (or one container, separating portions with parchment paper) and store in the freezer for a quick grab-and-go lunch!
  • Hack: Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store. Frozen butternut squash can also be used.
  • Hack: Pine nuts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 months or in the freezer for 6 months.
  • Hack: Make a double recipe of Bechamel sauce. Freeze extra portion in 1 cup portions to serve over pasta or vegetables!  If the sauce separates after thawing, give it a whirl in the blender before heating.
  • Hack:  Bechamel sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Cover surface with plastic wrap to avoid forming a skin.
  • Hack:  Uncooked winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark environment (less than 50℉) for up to 2 months so stock up when it’s on sale!  Cook, mash and freeze unseasoned winter squash for up to 12 months as a quick and easy addition to many recipes.
Keyword bechamel, butternut squash, lasagna, mushroom, pasta, swiss chard, vegetable lasagna, vegetarian

Did you know?  Winter squash provides numerous health benefits that may help reduce the risk of many diseases!

Suggestion: Use leftover bechamel sauce to make creamy chicken and peas!

Suggestion:  Use leftover pine nuts to make this Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts, Scallion Pesto or Baked Rice Pilaf!

Fast and Easy Salsa Verde Eggs

Salsa verde eggs are a quick and easy meal that’s spicy and satisfying. It’s a healthy, simple and low-calorie treat for any time of day!

Salsa Verde Eggs

Salsa Verde Eggs

Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup fresh salsa
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Coat small saute pan with cooking spray.
  • Add salsa to pan and over medium heat until simmering. Push salsa to the sides of the pan, making a “well” for the egg.
  • Crack the egg into well. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes to the desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle with mozzarella and cover until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Keyword breakfast, breakfast ideas, cooking for one, eggs, fast and easy, healthy, keto, low calorie, low carb, meal for one, one pan meal, one skillet meal, quick and easy, salsa

Did you know?  Despite the negative press that eggs have received in the past, they can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet!

Suggestion:  Serve this over a slice of simple white toast!

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I don’t see plastics going away anytime soon but I DO think that we all, as individuals, need to do our part to make the world just a little less toxic.  While we don’t all have the funds to buy an electric car or convert our homes to solar power, each one of us can look around and see what can be changed in our own homes to make a difference.

I recently ran across an interesting website called MightyNest and I thought you might be interested.

So What’s The Story?

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When I first took a look at Mightynest.com, I was impressed by their story and their commitment to helping us (just regular folk) live cleaner, healthier lives. They’ve done the research so you don’t have to! They only offer items of the highest value and integrity.

This website has it all —  Kitchen items, cleaning supplies, bath and body, wellness, even a kids and pets section. As you can guess, I zeroed in on the kitchen section where they offer food storage, serveware, cooking implements and cookware.  The prices are very reasonable and members get up to a 30% discount on listed prices!

There are also different buying options:

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My MightyFix

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I was excited to get some new products but I wasn’t sure where to start.  I looked over the options, did some research and decided to try the MightyFix monthly subscription box.  For $11 a month, I would receive a box with one (or several related) items to get me started on refitting my kitchen with new, eco-friendly items.  While this first box would be a surprise, I did fill out a profile to indicate what categories of items I was specifically interested in receiving. Because I don’t have a dishwasher.  Or a cat.

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I placed my order on the 31st.  The automated response let me know that I would be billed on the 2nd, which is what happened.  The box actually shipped on the 7th and arrived on the 14th. I didn’t care for the lag time but, as Andy Warhol said, “Waiting for something makes it more exciting!”

The Big Reveal

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When the package finally arrived the first thing I noticed was heavy paper packaging, unwaxed, not corrugated, perfect for recycling.  It was a great first impression.

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Since my granddaughter Lily was with me that day, she insisted that she do the honors of unveiling my big surprise. Why not?

 

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The Big Reveal
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Reusable Produce Bags

When she pulled out My MightyFix, I was excited to see that it was a set of 5 reusable produce bags.  They were also packaged in the same heavy, untreated paper so that was a plus.

 

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The bags themselves are generous in size (12’x14”) and made from a quality, heavy-duty mesh with a drawstring closure.

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The informational card inclosed pointed out that I would be replacing the use of 400 or more plastic produce bags a year.  My first thought was that number may have been exaggerated but when I did the math, 400 bags come out to 7-8 bags a week. That’s a reasonable number.

The price listed on the website is $12.99 so I definitely saved a little bit of money since the My MightyFix box only cost $11.  There was no shipping charge so I saved even more. (Shipping it as a single purchase would have cost $5.95, although shipping is free with purchases over $50).

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And now…a confession.  When I was looking at their website that first day, I was so excited by what I saw that I had to order a couple of additional items.

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The first was this set of two avocado huggers.  Once again, they came packaged in untreated card stock.  They’re made from top-grade FDA food-grade silicone, are 100% BPA and Phthalate Free and dishwasher safe.

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I initially wondered why they came in a two-pack…like, why would I cut a new avocado in half if I already had half an avocado hugging some silicone in my fridge?

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When Lily opened the box, I found the answer:  One is for a Hass (California) avocado and the other one is larger to fit a Florida avocado.  I guess that means I’m going to have to try the Florida avocados!

 

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The second item I ordered were these food huggers which, as you can see, preserve food without using disposable wraps or bags.  They can also be used to seal the tops of bowls, glasses or jars.

They’re made from heavy-duty food grade FDA silicone, are BPA- and phthalate-free and dishwasher safe.

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And, if you’re a 3-year-old pretending to be a pirate, they make a great eye patch.

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They come in a 5-pack of various sizes and they nestle together for easy storage, although I don’t see that I’ll be storing them anywhere but in the fridge, preserving my food!

My one regret is that I don’t have a size small enough to fit over the opening of my toothpaste tube.  I dropped the cap today in my morning fog and it ended up in the…well, let’s just say it’s gone, shall we?

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I wish I had gotten a deal like this!! This is a LIMITED TIME offer and I don’t know how long it’s going to be around. So what are you waiting for?

Please let me know in the comments below what you got and how you liked it!

All my best,

Cynthia
cynthia@cynthiaeats.com

 

 

 

 

 

Fast and Easy Classic No Bake Cookies

One pan, simple ingredients, no oven necessary. These classic no bake cookies are a fast and easy treat that’s on everyone’s favorites list!

Classic No Bake Cookies

Course Dessert
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 90 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
  • Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword buffet, chocolate oatmeal, dessert, fast and easy, no bake cookies, one pan recipe, picnic food, quick and easy

Did you know?   Oats are a great addition to your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

How about an oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie?  Yup, you heard that right.  Breakfast cookie.

Heavenly Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Bacon wrapped crackers are sprinkled with brown sugar or parmesan cheese, covered in bacon and baked until crunchy. A warning: These are addictive!

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Course Snack
Servings 2
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Keebler Club crackers
  • 4 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 8 tsp brown sugar OR grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put a wire rack on top of parchment paper.
  • Arrange crackers on the rack in a single layer and place one teaspoon brown sugar OR Parmesan cheese on the cracker (or do 4 brown sugar and 4 Parmesan cheese).
  • Carefully wrap ½ slice of bacon lengthwise on the cracker over sugar/Parmesan, tucking ends under cracker.
    Bacon Wrapped Crackers
  • Bake in the oven for 2 hours or until bacon is well done. Serve warm.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • Hack #2: Separate any remaining uncooked bacon slices and roll them into individual pinwheels. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to freeze. Place in a sealable freezer bag or container. The frozen slices can then be thawed in the portions desired.
Keyword bacon, bacon crackers, buffet, club crackers, football snacks, hors d'oeuvres, Keebler Crackers, saltine crackers, snack

Have you ever wondered where the phrase  “bringing home the bacon” comes from?  Click here to find out and read some other interesting facts about bacon!

If you find it hard to resist things that are wrapped in bacon, try brown sugar bacon-wrapped chicken or bacon-wrapped hot dogs!

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