Are you a snacker? If so, you know: It’s not easy to find a healthy, low-fat and low-carb treat to enjoy. This month, I’ve got a solution! These Low Carb Cheez-It® crackers are an excellent option as a go-to when you need something flavorful that won’t destroy your healthy eating plan. And this is easy - so no need to put off making because you can make these quickly. Summer is almost here...it's time to dial back all our unhealthy eating habits. It can be done without sacrificing tastiness. So, whether you need a snack as you catch up on the week's DVR shows or something to bring to the ballpark (these are great for sharing), give these crackers a try.
Tuscaloosa, you astound me: Thanks for all the compliments about this tomato basil soup – I’m honored. If there’s one thing we know about here, it’s great food, and this soup recipe is excellent, if I do say so myself. It’s fast and easy, too, which helps tremendously when we’re on the go as we so often are here.
Enjoy the rest of this busy month and, as always, bon appétit!
Hooray, it’s finally spring! Now, let’s celebrate with this nifty, tasty orange dream smoothie – the perfect pastel treat to fit into this season, shall we? This smoothie is healthy and delicious (and let’s face it, these terms are not always synonymous).
If you’re looking for a great chili recipe to feed the family on a relaxing (okay, lazy) Sunday evening, I’ve got one that’s a sure fire hit. And no, it’s not freezing outside – thankfully – but it’s certainly still chilly enough that a nice, hearty bowl of chili will hit the spot.
Sunday Night Chili
12 ounces packaged bacon
1 pound lean ground beef
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
**Oh, this recipe is fantastic - and our special thanks to Birmingham Post-Herald Editor Hanson Watkins for sharing!
If you still have pecans left over from the Glenwood pecan sales that happen at Christmas, this is a wonderful way to use those up.
This granola is really delicious – sweet, nutty, crunchy. It has the added value of being high in protein and iron plus you get a serving of surreptitious vegetable (thank you pumpkin). Since it is high protein and lower in carbs, it helps keep blood sugar stable.
Serve on top of vanilla or fruit Greek yogurt or in a bowl topped with the milk of your choice. Almond milk goes well with this granola. This is a very filling mixture, so a little goes a long way.
- 2 cups Pecans (chopped or halves)
- 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds, Raw
- ½ cup Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
- 2/3 cups Canned Pumpkin Puree
- ½ cup Unsweet Applesauce (the little lunch sized container works here)
- 1.5 TB Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 TB blackstrap molasses
- ¼ cup Maple Syrup*
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment or oil two cookie sheets. Parchment works best plus is easy to clean up.
Mix together pumpkin, apple sauce, pumpkin pie spice, sweetener and molasses until well combined. Add nuts and seeds.
Spread the mixture onto cookie sheets. It will be clumpy, but avoid big chunks as they will not dry as well.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, stir and bake for another 15- 20 minutes.
Cool, break into pieces and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer. This mixture can last 4-6 months in the freezer, but it tends to be eaten much quicker. No need to defrost before eating as it will defrost well enough to eat in the time it takes to get it to the table.
Makes 12 – 1/2 cup servings
*Can use Swerve or Splenda to make this a low carb recipe. Doing so reduces the calories to 227 per serving and 4 net carbs.
This recipe is grain free and Paleo friendly as written.
For those of you looking for a way to make a delicious breakfast without having to wake up an hour early, I’ve got a suggestion: This overnight oatmeal is perfection. Prep everything, use the slow cooker and wake up to a hearty breakfast! And, let’s face it, given the chilly temps we’ve “enjoyed” (Ha!) here in Tuscaloosa in recent weeks, a nice, hot breakfast can’t be beat. It’s not sweetened, but obviously it can be – just add as much, or as little sugar as you like.
If you are anything like me, you like to plan out your week so you can be best efficient with your time and money. However, this does not always happen, especially when one needs to make a large meal for many guests. So, this list of ingredients was put together to help you manage your time well over the Thanksgiving week.
Anyone need some new dishes to enjoy at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner? Both of these dishes are perfect for the occasion. The Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash looks gorgeous, but it’s fairly simple to make and it takes just a few ingredients. And the Pear Cake offers a delicious alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving desserts (though certainly include them, too).
Enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays, and bon appétit!
By Tori Linville
So the new of summer has just about worn off and the local fro-yo store has been visited so many times, they know your name. Sound familiar? Don’t panic! We have some game changers for you. All of these easy-to-make summer treats can be made in the comfort of your judgment-free home. Sure enough, these will become your summertime staples in no time.
By Amy Poore
If you’re looking for a cool treat to bring to a weekend gathering this summer, you can’t go wrong with anything chocolate and creamy. This chocolate mousse pie is absolutely delectable and will please everyone at the next backyard party.