This is my first confession to you in the new year.
I am a snacker. I love to snack, all the time.
One of the hardest parts about doing this new eating healthy thing is the snacks. It is hard to find healthy, filling snacks. Luckily for me, popcorn is pretty healthy so I can snack on this. The other problem with healthy snacks is that they are little. I can only have a few cups of popped popcorn. But popcorn for me is like Pringles, “once you pop, the fun don’t stop.” For a while I was trying to eat Ritz crackers, but I could only eat 5 of them for a snack. Sheesh, who only wants to eat 5 crackers. So I have had to come up with some other solutions, and some where I can eat more and actual feel like I had a substantial snack.
Some good healthy snacks:
Blueberry Yogurt Bites (blueberries covered in yogurt and frozen)
Ranch Oyster Crackers (oyster crackers baked with ranch seasoning)
Vegetables and fruit
So far I have done pretty good, but I have to admit that I have a ways to go because I usually have a rumbly stomach pretty soon after one of these snacks.
Does anyone have any suggestions for good, filling, healthy, nut-free snacks? Please, share your wisdom.
I love to cook and I love trying new recipes, but you see I have this problem…
I tend to not read the recipe the entire way through and miss important information, especially with timing. This seems to be a relatively new problem. I do not remember having this problem before. But in the past two months it has appeared 4 times.
Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels
Problem: I did not realize that the dough would need to rise at two different points in the recipe, a total of 2.5 hours that I did not take into account when determining my starting time.
Result: Trying to finish making pretzels at 11:30 at night. I ended up falling asleep on the couch and Adam finished making them all. And then we were really too tired to even enjoy them.
Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
Problem: This recipe made two pot pies. We ate the first one, no problems. The second one we froze to eat on another night. That night I only read the first set of instructions when determining when to put it in the oven, “preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook for 30-40 minutes.” I was thinking that would be the perfect amount of time. Later, when actually making dinner, Adam read the instructions again and there was a second step that I had not read down far enough to see: “then decrease the heat to 350 degrees and cook for 80 more minutes.” We did not have that kind of time.
Result: Ordered a pizza and made it another day.
Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
Problem: I had picked this recipe to make at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. So, 7pm the day before (Thanksgiving dinner to be ready at 2pm) I read through the whole recipe for the first time and it says, “set bread out to dry for 24 hours.” Well, that’s not going to happen.
Result: Put the bread in the oven to dry it out.
Recipe: Homemade Doughnuts
Problem: Now, knowing I had this problem, I was determined not to let it happen again. So I read through the recipe until I saw refrigerate for 8-10 hours. And I thought, “A-ha! I’m going to get this recipe right!” So I made the dough the day before and let it refrigerate overnight. I even caught the next part that said to give it 2 hours to come to room temperature. I thought for sure I had finally achieved my goal. I still hadn’t read the entire recipe, and this time I had caught everything. Can you see where this is going? Then, right when I thought we were ready to fry the doughnuts, I read the next step, “Put the doughnuts on a baking sheet, cover with a tea towel, and let rise for 2 hours.” Gah! It had happened again! Fooled by double rising!
Result: Adam and I had another exciting night of cooking into 11:30pm and then enjoying our doughnuts, which were delicious. I’m sure they would have been more delicious if it hadn’t been midnight.
When will I ever learn?
listening…for the click to let me know that the quesadilla maker is preheated for my chicken and cheese quesadilla
eating…grapes, but I wish it were oreos
drinking…water because we’re out of sugar to make kool-aid
wearing…purple shirt, gray pants, and my house slippers
weather…overcast and warm
wanting…to make some plans
needing…to go to the library
thinking…that I’d like to finish this book so I can start on the next one
enjoying…sitting on the couch and relaxing during my one hour lunch break
I have to admit, I’ve had trouble coming up with something to write about recently (and I’ve been too busy to really think about it), so I am referencing the “I’m Stuck” list tonight. Here’s a fun one for you.
10 Reasons I Couldn’t Live Without Popcorn
(mmm, doesn’t that just make you hungry!)
1. I eat it almost every night for a snack
2. I feel totally safe eating it. Who would put nuts in popcorn?
3. It’s salty
4. But it can be sweet
5. It can taste like just about anything you put on it (my favorites include: cinnamon sugar, cheese, and birthday cake)
6. It’s healthy? Okay, healthier than cookies
7. It’s crunchy
8. It’s my favorite snack
9. It’s quick to make, so it satisfies my hunger sooner
10. I do not know what else would taste so good with movies
In summation. I could not live without popcorn because it is the perfect and my most favorite snack.
I could use some right now…
Wendy’s has nothing on us:
Mmm homemade bacon cheese pretzel burger
And homemade (kinda dark and smushy) french fries
Ever since getting married I have found that I really love to cook. I love to try new recipes and cook for friends. I have even started to read a lot of food writing, which I like a whole lot more than I thought I would. I really enjoy reading books about food. I wish we had the money for me to try new recipes every night and try unique dishes. I found this one recipe in a book that I really wanted to try, but it called for a special kind of cheese, which our grocery store sells in a 2×2 inch block and it costs $10.99. Yeah, that pretty much ensured that I would not get to try that recipe. Maybe one day. So, if you ever don’t know what to give me, a cook book, or a book about food is always a safe bet.