A Healthy Spicy Snack to Satisfy Your Cravings

If you’re looking for a healthy, spicy snack to satisfy your cravings then you should give these a try. Cruncha-Ma-Me are all natural, freeze dried veggie snacks made with edamame (soybeans) and come in a variety of flavors.

edamame snack

A sweet friend of mine who’s always sharing her gluten free goods and knows I’m always looking for spicy foods got me the jalapeno flavor. The heat is mild but will leave your lips tingling for a good while. It’s a very tasty treat that delivers a nice kick and will keep you from reaching for those sugary snacks that you know you shouldn’t be having!

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Cruncha-Ma-Me have 3g of fiber and 8g of protein and at only 90 calories they’re perfect for satisfying those cravings without the guilt that snacking usually brings. They also contain no dairy and come from non-GMO soybeans. How’s that for super-healthy snack? Just eat them right out of the bag or toss them into your salad for an extra crunch!

Have you tried any of the other flavors? If so, let me know in comments!

 

{Recipe} An Easy Movie Night Snack

Sunday nights are my movie nights; a time to relax and get ready for the rest of the work week. This weekend has been especially hectic with the 4th of July long holiday weekend festivities here in the states and tonight I would rather just kick back, and relax. It’s a movie night for sure with my quick and easy go-to spicy Cajun popcorn.

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No prepping, not much thinking, just pop your regular popcorn and kick it up with a little seasoning. I picked up great Cajun spices during my visits to New Orleans but I’m sure that whatever you have in your cupboard will do! So while I wait another year for the next season of Games of Thrones, I’ll be catching up on whatever is on tonight until The Newsroom season 2 comes back next week! Great TV goes well with great snacks so get out your spices, popcorn and an icy cold beer!

Spicy Cajun Popcorn
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Recipe type: Snacks
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg popcorn or ½ cup kernels
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. Prepare popcorn according to package directions
  2. Add popcorn to large bowl and sprinkle seasoning

 

You can also try other seasonings like garlic powder, or melt a tbsp of butter with you favorite hot pepper flakes and pour over your popcorn!

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New York Style Jalapeno Pretzels

One thing I can’t resist when I go to the mall are those soft, buttery, pretzels from Auntie Anne’s. You know the ones, the smell hits you way before the pretzels come into view. They’re not the healthiest and covered in butter but they’re my little indulgence to get me through the next couple of hours of shopping. My favorite are the jalapeno pretzels so naturally I had to try my own version!

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These are more “New York style” pretzels rather than the chain’s version and much healthier too. No greasy, oily film covering them. I like the mall pretzels but something about making your own feels so much better eating!

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These pretzels are soft and chewy and have just enough heat to keeps things interesting. They’re best when they’re fresh out of the oven and even better with spicy mustard!

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You’re probably thinking “oh, I have no time for this”, but really, you do! With just a few simple ingredients to mix, a little time for the dough to rise and another few minutes for baking and voila, a New York style pretzel you didn’t have to travel all the way to city to get! That simple.

Jalapeno Soft Pretzel
makes 6-8 pretzels

adapted from Martha Stewart

1 tsp of dry active yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp butter, salted
1 jalapeno, stem removed & chopped
2 tbsp baking soda
sea salt

1. Mix the first three ingredients and add warm water until mixture dissolves. Set aside until yeast mixture gets foamy.

2. In separate bowl mix flour and nutmeg then mix butter in with fork until mixture appears like crumble. Use fingers to mix if that’s easier.

3. Slowly add yeast mixture into flour and stir. Add chopped jalapeno peppers and mix with hands until you form a dough. Knead the dough until smooth and not sticky. Cover with plastic and let the dough rise for an hour, or overnight in the refrigerator.

4. Cut dough into 6- 8 pieces and roll out each into a long log. Shape each into your desired shape and place on a oiled baking sheet. Let the dough rise again for another 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 45o. Add baking soda to a pot of water over high heat and let boil. Boil each pretzel, a couple at a time and set a rack to drain.

6. Sprinkle pretzels with sea salt and place back on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until brown.

Roasted Shishito Peppers With Habanero Infused Olive Oil

I love a good roasted chile pepper, especially one you can just pop in your mouth for a quick and easy snack! These Japanese Shishito peppers aren’t spicy but sometimes you bite into one that really surprises you. You might get a few out of a bunch that are spicy hot but that’s the interesting part, the flavors balance out and deliver a kick when you least expect it!

The Shishito pepper is bright green and is easily recognized by it’s wrinkled finger-like shape.

Roasted they’re great as an appetizer, just sprinkle a little sea salt! I drizzled a habanero infused olive oil just for more heat but not too much so as to not mask the flavor of the peppers. Pair it with an ice cold Pilsner or Lager for a game day snack.

You can also chop these up and toss with a salad, top a pizza, add to your omelet, so many options!

Roasted Shishito Peppers

Dozen Shishito peppers
Habanero infused olive oil
Sea salt

Drizzle the peppers with olive oil and toss around. Place peppers on aluminum foil or a cookie sheet and broil for a couple minutes each side. Make sure you keep an eye on them since they roast fairly quickly. Sprinkle a dash or two of sea salt and eat right away.

Thin Healthy Pizza to Enjoy Over and Over Again

Who said pizza can’t be healthy? It’s one thing if you’re ordering it with extra cheese and loading it with various meats but if you’re making it at home you get to control the ingredients and can enjoy the flavors while still watching your waistline. Pizza is my all time favorite fast food, actually it’s my only favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger but only if it’s homemade and comes off the grill. Pizza on the other hand is something I’ll never get tired of eating and love that there are more gourmet pizza restaurants sprouting up around the city. Nothing like hot saucy pizza coming out of a brick oven with fresh, quality ingredients. I wish I could have it several times a week but I can really do without all the calories and well you know, gourmet doesn’t come cheap! So every once in a while I make these thin pizzas on flour tortillas or wraps for a perfect low calorie alternative.

I made a salami, cheese and jalapeno mini pie and a prosciutto, baby arugula and shaved parmesan pie. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and won’t have you feeling extra full and heavy afterwards.

Add a thin layer of sauce on tortilla and just top with ingredients. The less meat and cheese you use the better the other flavors will come through. It’s true especially with the prosciutto and arugula pizza, the mild sweetness of the prosciutto  and the peppery arugula are delicious and the citrus infused chile olive oil bring it all together.

These would also be great for entertaining as well and you won’t be slaving in the kitchen! Just cut the pizzas into quarters for sharing and pair with some wine, maybe a Syrah or a Chianti?

Prosciutto & Baby Arugula Tortilla Pizza
Pizza Sauce, see recipe below
Parmasean Cheese, shaved
Baby Arugula
Prosciutto, thinly sliced
Citrus habanero infused olive oil
Flour tortilla

Salami, Cheese and Jalapeno Tortilla Pizza
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella, shredded
Hard Salami, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped
crushed red pepper flakes

Pizza Sauce
Tomato sauce
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
Oregano, dried
Basil, dried
red pepper flakes

Season the tomato sauce with all the ingredients to taste. Make as much as you need based on the number of pizzas you want to make. For the two pizzas above all you’ll need is about 1/2 cup of sauce.

Easy Sunday Morning Pick Me Up

Sometimes a bowl of fruit is all you can get yourself to make on a Sunday morning. There are days when you just don’t want to fuss with much but need the energy to get you going. On those days a bowl of mangoes sprinkled with a little chile pepper spice is enough to fill you up and make you snap out of that sleepy mode. I’ve been using this lime infused chile pepper (tajin) like a mad woman. Sprinkling it on eggs, corn on the cob, cocktails and popsicles! Try it on a bowl of juicy, ripe mango for a nice surprise and Happy Sunday!!