Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Almonds

I've been trying to eat less processed stuff and more organically lately. While I wouldn't say my diet has gone totally paleo, I'm definitely focusing more on fruits and veggies, proteins and fiber, as opposed to, say, snarfling down an entire box of Nut Thins in one sitting. I like to snack, and while carrots and celery sticks are good snacky things, every once in a while I want something salty and crunchy. I had a bag of plain almonds in my pantry, so I decided to jazz them up a little. The result is pretty fantastic.

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Almonds

2 Cups plain almonds
1 Tbs. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Roast the almonds in a pan until they're nice and brown. Add the butter and vanilla so all your almonds are coated.

Blend the cinnamon, curry and salt together in a small bowl, and then mix them into the almonds. Spread the almonds out on a cookie sheet to cool, then snack away!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Curried Chicken Spread

I'm a big fan of the Work Smarter Not Harder school of cooking, and if I can make something interesting with just five ingredients, I am on that like white on rice. I had a Fourth of July cookout last week, and needed something to scoop with my pretzels. Normally I eat my sister in law's cheese ball, but she wasn't attending, so I was left to my own devices. This is a super-easy throw-together spread that you can bang out using stuff that's probably already in your kitchen.

Curried Chicken Spread

Ingredients:

1 8 oz package cream cheese
3 6 oz cans white chunk chicken
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbs curry
1/4 tsp salt

Soften the cream cheese in a bowl in the microwave. Mix everything else into it. Seriously, that's it.

Then dig in, with pretzels, veggies, crackers or whatever.

Or just eat it with a spoon.

Rudi's Has GF Tortillas!

Rudi's Bakery, which makes some pretty awesome gluten-free breads, has introduced a line of GF tortillas. The tortillas, available in Spinach, Fiesta, and Plain, made their debut in May, but I haven't found any yet in my area. However, there's a pretty excellent review, complete with lovely photos, over at Celiacs in the House. Go check it out, and if you find Rudi's Tortillas anywhere, be sure to post in the Comments where you tracked them down!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sweet BrocCauli Salad

I'm gonna throw out a disclaimer here, which is that I don't really love broccoli, and I generally avoid cauliflower unless it's mixed in with something else. However, I discovered that my local grocery store has a broccoli and cauliflower salad with a sweet dressing that is just so darn good, I had to figure out a way to replicate it. I whipped up a batch to take to a cookout this afternoon, and the results are fantastic. This makes a fairly large salad, so it's perfect for family gatherings, or if you just want to keep it in your fridge and nom on it until it's gone.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of broccoli, chopped
1 bunch of cauliflower, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 lb cooked bacon, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins

Combine everything in a large bowl, then mix up the dressing:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 red wine vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise

Whisk the dressing together, then pour over the salad. Let it sit in the fridge for a while before serving. Trust me, you'll love it.