Snacks

Jala-jala-jalpeno!

Posted on February 2, 2018. Filed under: Snacks, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Growing up I didn’t eat much spicy food, mom doesn’t like it so she never made it. So, because of that, I was a little afraid of things considered spicy. The first thing I ever liked that was spicy was the Hot BBQ sauce from Bdubs when I was working there. That started a love affair with spicy food.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m adding pickled jalapenos to the pizzas I get at work. There’s something about the heat of the spice and the bite of the vinegar that I just love.

Sunday I thought, why am I not pickling jalapenos at home? I’ve pickled cucumbers and onions, peppers couldn’t be much harder, and I was right. It took me all of 20 minutes to get them in the jar, and I know they’re going to be good.

Pickled Jalapenos

Here’s what to get from the store:

Whole Jalapenos
Garlic
White Vinegar
Kosher Salt

Pickled Jalapenos
(From All Recipes)

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pregano
1 clove garlic, diced
10 jalapenos, sliced

  1. Combine water, vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, garlic, and oregano in a saucepan over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stir in jalapeno peppers and remove from heat. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Pack peppers into jars using tongs, cover with vinegar mixture, cover, and refrigerate until needed.

Weirdly enough, even though I’ve been up since 5:40 AM, I’m wide wake and it’s 9 pm. I’m going to be a zombie tomorrow.

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When I dip you dip we dip

Posted on January 23, 2018. Filed under: Appitizers, Snacks | Tags: , , , |

You know, when you used to be big, it’s hard to explain to people who meet you when you’re thin how it feels. Recently I’ve been feeling very narcissistic, any why not, I look AWESOME. (You should see how many pictures I have on my phone of me flexing my abs in the mirror.) But, it’s more than the fact that my legs are almost all muscles, that I can see my abs forming, that there’s definition in my arms and shoulders. It’s how I feel when I wake up and see all that. I actually feel pretty hot, and that wasn’t always the case. There are very few people who actually know me from before, and I’m pretty sure they’re all family; so everyone I meet now just knows me as fit, confident Rachel. Sometimes, the old Rachel is still in there, but most of the time I can tell her to shut up.

I’ve been feeling amazing the past few months and I have to say, it’s great. It takes a lot of work to get to this point, not just physically, but mentally also. It makes me wonder about the people who have always been fit and attractive, if they’ve felt this way their whole lives. It’s a great feeling, it really is.

Yesterday, I was on Pinterest out of boredom and saw this recipe for buffalo chicken dip on celery. I didn’t want chicken, but I did want tuna. Tuna is the only meat I eat out of a can. I was afraid of it for a while, but tuna noodle casserole changed my mind. While I don’t eat that a lot anymore, I do still like things like tuna salad. Why not make some spicy salad?

This recipe is super easy, takes no heat, and is full of protein. (No mayo FTW)

Buffalo Tuna Dip

Here’s what to get from the store:

Canned tuna in water
Greek yogurt
Scallions
Buffalo Sauce
Lemon Juice
Celery
Cucumber
Bleu Cheese Crumbles

Buffalo Tuna Dip

2 cans of tuna in water
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 scallions, diced
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp (or to taste) buffalo sauce
Handful of Bleu Cheese
Salt, pepper
Celery stalks,cucumber, for serving

  1. In a bowl, mix everything together. Taste to adjust seasonings.
  2. Put in celery stalks or serve on the side for dipping.

The sun has been gone for a few days, which this time of year is normal, but we’ve had more sun this winter. The vitamin D I’ve been taking has been helping a lot, I still have the energy I’ve had with the sunny days. And, weirdly enough, my hair is stronger. I’ve also been keeping my nails painted and that has been keeping stronger. For the first time since I started food service, my nails are actually strong. Everything about me is much stronger and I have to say, I love the results

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Eeggggcelent

Posted on January 4, 2018. Filed under: Side Dishes, Snacks, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Food puns are so much fun.

Months ago, I bought an egg white salad from Trader Joe’s, it was good, but I thought it could be a lot better. I like my egg salads to have a little bit of heat.

This recipe is very easy, good for you, and full of protein. (No mayo!)

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Here’s what to get from the store:

Eggs (hard boiled or not)
Avocado
Greek yogurt
Scallions

Protein Pack Egg Salad

6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 avocado
1 cup  Greek Yogurt
Splash of lemon juice
Salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne

  1. Mix everything together, taste to adjust seasonings. Serve with a side of black beans.

Hopefully in the next few coming weeks I’ll be able to post some more complicated recipes, but I’m glad to just be posting again.

The problem with being a workaholic (which I very much am), is that you need to be doing things at all times, I have to adjust to doing less now. It’s going to be hard, but very important.

My goal this winter is to not let my winter depression get me down. Granted, now the problem is that it’s super cold and I don’t want to leave my apartment. But, I’ve been taking vitamin D every day since about October and that has been helping (and my hair is even thicker and more healthy? I didn’t think that could happen). It has also been a lot more sunny so far, so that has also been helping.

I know people say every year this is their year, and I’m not saying that, but I do have a good feeling about this year. I know there’s going to be some ups along with the downs, and the key is to take the downs in stride and not let them get you down. And, if that means you need outside help, that’s fine.

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Crunchy!

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Appitizers, Snacks, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Let’s talk snacks. Pretty much all of my posts are either healthy meals or desserts. I never really write anything about snacks. Which is weird, because I LOVE snacks. Like a lot. Especially if they’re crunchy. Even better if you can dip them in something. My favorite? Tortilla chips and queso dip. Or Unos croutons in bleu cheese (judge me, but it’s sooo gooood).

But, when I cut out processed carbs (save a mocha with whipped cream, and yesterday’s rhubarb loaf, I haven’t had any) I had to figure out what to eat for a post show/work snack, or even a during work/show snack. I bought some flavored cashews and almonds, but I wanted more. Then I remembered, I had chickpeas. You know what chickpeas makes? Hummus.

Hummus is such an easy dip to make I’m almost embarrassed to say I had been buying it. But why buy it? It only has a few ingredients, and they’re all pretty easy to find. I say pretty easy because in Chicago, Tahini sauce is pretty common, thanks to the diverse population.

This recipe is very easy, as I said. You can serve it with pita chips, or as I’ve been doing some crunchy veggies.

Sriracha Lime Hummus

Here’s what to get from the store:

Chickpeas
Tahini Sauce
Garlic
Lime Juice
Sriracha

Sriracha Lime Hummus

1 can of chickpeas
1 tbsp tahini
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp Sriracha
Salt, pepper, paprika

  1. Put everything  (including the liquid from the chickpeas) in your food processor and blend until it’s your desired consistency. Taste to adjust seasonings. Serve with your favorite veggies.

I’m very proud of myself. I generally have very good self control, except of course when it comes to my favorite snacks. That being said, I’ve now been grocery shopping twice and haven’t even looked at the chips. I did have a dream that I was eating Oreos, but I don’t really crave the bad stuff. Tonight some friends and I are going to Kuma’s Korner for burgers, that’s going to be interesting. Mainly because I haven’t had anything really fatty in a while. Last night I ate a lot of the loaf batter (because, you have to) and my stomach kind of hurt after. So we’ll see how my stomach will deal with cheese burgers.

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What an Eggcelland Eggsperience

Posted on June 15, 2016. Filed under: Snacks, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Serina’s going to kill me for that. She hates puns.

I’ve been racking my brain of what to cook this week. I have no nights free, so whatever I made had to be a little faster than when I make dinner. I really wanted some swordfish, but you can’t get that around here. All I knew is that I had to cook something.

This morning I had a doctor’s appointment and for some reason, I didn’t make my smoothie before hand and I was STARVING after. I only had about an hour and a half before I had to be at work, and for some reason eggs and avocado popped into my head.

Eggs are a great food, they have a lot of vitamins that humans need and there are so many ways to cook them, so you never have to get bored with the same old thing. I also love avocados because they’re a healthy fat which promotes healthy cholesterol and even weight loss. I try to have a half of an avocado a day.

This recipe is incredibly easy and you can throw whatever spices you want on it. I was a little concerned about the warm avocado, but it actually doesn’t taste any different than an uncooked one.

Egg Baked in an Avocado with Sriracha

Here’s what to get from the store:

Avocado
Egg

Egg baked in Avocado

1/2 avocado
1 egg
Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Tumeric
Sriracha

  1. Crack your egg into the hole from the avocado pit. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and tumeric. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until egg is set. About 5 minutes before the egg is done, add some sriracha.

Moving is getting closer, I get to look at apartments this Friday. I’m excited and a little freaked out, this is probably the biggest move I’ve made in a while. Sure, college was a little freaky, moving to Valpo was a little bit of a risk, but Chicago is a big city. I don’t really think I could fail, I work to hard for that, but I’m always a little worried about bills. I’m already thinking about getting another job when I move up. Cause I’m crazy. I can’t wait to be up where most of my friends are.

 

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Snacking, snacking…snacking

Posted on March 13, 2015. Filed under: Snacks | Tags: |

There are two things that seem to be the hardest thing when you change your eating habits; giving up drinks that aren’t water, and what you snack on. Trust me, I get it. For me, giving up pop was actually pretty easy, I just didn’t want to spend on the money on it and I’m not a huge fan of carbonation. Snacking on the other hand was REALLY hard. I love all things crunchy and salty. Chex mix? Oh yea. Chips and queso dip? You know it. I started to try to fix it a little over a year ago where I would switch other salty snacks for stove popped popcorn. That really helped. That, and I just stopped going to that part of the grocery store (except for the occasional triscuit).

I’ve seen ton of recipes for oven roasted, crispy chickpeas online. Chickpeas are my favorite bean, so I thought, why not? That would be a very healthy snack. Not only was the result very tasty, I ate an entire can’s worth of chickpeas in one setting. I got my basis for these beans from Chow.com but the seasonings are all mine. This is something you can do if you don’t have a ton of time, and they last in a bag at room temperature for about a week (unless you eat them all like I did)

Here’s what to get from the store: (Assuming you have the spices)

Chickpeas

Crispy Oven Roasted Chicpeas

1 can chickpeas, drained
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder

  1. Toss the chickpeas with the olive oil and seasonings until coated. Spread on a baking sheet with foil and cook in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Healthy food doesn’t have to taste boring; it’s all about the seasonings you add. Even the little changes you make day to day will have a giant impact on the rest of your life.

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