Roasted Garlic Spread

 

Roasted Garlic Spread
Roasted Garlic Spread

Roasted Garlic Spread

 

1 head garlic

2 tsp olive oil

1 block (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

¼ tsp pepper

1½ tbsp dried chives

 

Preheat the oven to 350℉.

Remove outer skins of garlic, leaving only the skin that covers the cloves.

Cut ¼“ off the top of the garlic bulb so that all the cloves are exposed. Set upright on aluminum foil. Drizzle oil over the bulb, making sure that the tops of all the cloves have been covered. Seal tin foil over the bulb.

Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the bulb is soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Remove the bulb from foil, turn upside down and gently squeeze garlic from the skins into a small bowl.

Mix in cream cheese, salt, pepper and chives.

Allow to rest for at least one hour while flavors blend. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

Serving size: 2 tbsp, 105 calories per serving

Hack: For a more dip-like texture, substitute ½ of the cream cheese for sour cream

 

 

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites are a snack you can feel good about.  Serve ‘em up with some ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce!

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

 

1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

½ cup flour

½ cup water

Dash hot, sriracha or wing sauce

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ cup hot, sriracha or wing sauce

3 tbsp butter, melted

 

Preheat oven to 450℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, water, onion powder and garlic powder. Add a dash of hot sauce.

Add cauliflower to batter and toss to evenly coat. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until just beginning to brown.

In a medium bowl, mix hot sauce and butter. Add cauliflower and toss to coat. Return to baking sheet.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes or to desired brownness.

Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

4 servings, 190 calories per serving (excluding dressing)

Hack: To reheat, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat at 375℉ until heated through, about 10 minutes

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Bacon Wrapped Crackers
(Courtesy of Ray and Irene Horn)

 

8 Keebler Club crackers

4 slices bacon, cut in half

8 teaspoons brown sugar OR grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 250°.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and put wire rack on top of parchment paper.

Arrange crackers on rack and place on 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.

Bake in the oven for 2 hours. Serve warm.

 

2 servings, 170 calories per serving

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 sealable freezer bag or container. The frozen slices can then be thawed in the portions desired.