Skinny Sexy Snacks!
I'm always looking for a snack bar that's delicious! This one is, but also has a delicious reason to be...It saves lives! Here's their mantra...I love it! "It's simple: for every bar you buy, we give a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. We eat together." Does anything else need to be said? Oh and they ARE delicious!
So, I have this fabulous neighbor Lainie, who is taking Yoga teacher training! Every tuesday night I go over to her house where she and several other teacher trainee's (is there such a word?) meet and we practice their homework which is an absolute blast! We always have healthy appetizers yummy wine and some pretty incredible conversation.
Last week I was in the mood for something light, so I brought this plate of luscious, California strawberries (they were huge, sweet and perfect!) and a fruit dip. You can buy this premade but why bother when it's so easy to make. Just mix a cup of vanilla yogurt, 1/2 a cup of mascarpone, several tablespoons of cream or half and half , 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract and honey to taste. That's it! Simple and delicious!
I love homemade guacamole! I think that it's such an easy treat to make and so good for you too! Everyone makes theirs a little bit differently and I love tasting them all ! Even the ones with bacon , sage and blue cheese!
This batch I made for my husband who's currently suffering from a nasty winters end cold. Full of chopped garlic , poblano pepper and lots of onion , I don't think that you could ask for a healthier , brighter snack to lift sagging sun deprived spirits !
I served it to him in bed with melty vegan cheese quesadillas cut into triangles and he declared it perfect! I think the kiss helped too! ( at least I hope so!) If he hadn't such a nasty cold, they would have been goat cheese quesadillas...too much dairy, too much kleenex !
The key to a great guacamole ? The avocados of course! They should be giving to the touch , but not too soft. For a good sized batch you should use about 4 of them.
Scoop them into a bowl and mix them until creamy with 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic, the juices of half a lemon and half an orange , 1/2 a diced onion, sea salt to taste, cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon of cumin and two tablespoons of chopped green chiles! I also add diced cucumber , simply because I can!
To serve, take a few corn tortillas, warm them in a pan and add some shredded vegan cheese. Let it melt and fold each tortilla in half. Crisp on both sides and cut each one in half. Serve them with salsa and the guacamole which you've sprinkled with salted pepitas. ( pumpkin seeds!)
Ps. If you've got some dip left over, put it into an airtight bowl along with two of the avocado pits.This keeps the guacamole from getting brown! Quite a nifty trick!
Sometimes the hardest part of this new lifestyle is in the evening after dinner when you're just really wanting something yummy and rich! My own personal white knight came to my rescue when he decided to make some popcorn. "Make sure you put some parmesan on mine" said the devil on my shoulder. "No way" said he....and this is what he came out with. He'd air popped some corn and drizzled some earth balance "butter" on it and then tossed it with just a bit of truffle salt. Knowing that I'd wanted a bit of cheesy flavor, but not willing to give in to my worst cravings instead he crumbled some of our kale chips that were dehydrated with a tasty mixture of nutritional yeast, lemon juice and garlic and tossed them into my popcorn. I'm here to tell you that he is a genius and I didn't miss the parmesan at all. The kale was a perfect addition and I still possess all of my virtue. (Well , most of it:)