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APPLES + PEANUT BUTTER + GRANOLA

APPLES+ PEANUT BUTTER + GRANOLA // shutterbean

My brain wants there to be three extra slices of apple off to the side of the frame here.  Then I could make these slices of apple with peanut butter and granola into little sandwiches. Wouldn’t that be nice? I wouldn’t even mind the peanut butter that oozed out of the sides. Make sure you pop the seeds out of the apple…or even core it of you feel so inclined. It turns them into little apple doughnuts…sorta.

In this little snack of mine, I used one of my favorite granola recipes for the top. It adds just enough crunch to balance it all out.  This is one of those good breakfast/after-school/OMG when is  itgoing to be time to GO HOME from work already?!!! situations.

Homemade Pizza Bagels

Make Your Own PIZZA BAGELS!! // shutterbean

My niece was visiting this summer from Massachusetts (Hi Cam!) and we were having a conversation about what she likes to eat and  I was surprised to find out that pizza bagels were high up her list. Pizza Bagels! I totally forgot about pizza bagels. How could I forget about pizza bagels??!

Make Your Own PIZZA BAGELS!! // shutterbean

In the attempt to create an easy/make ahead meal that’s great for school lunches, I bring you PIZZA BAGELS. Much like my freezer burritos and breakfast burritos recipes, these pizza bagels are great to have in your weeknight arsenal. They’re a freezer staple! They’re also good for those nights when Casey and I want to eat food Cooper doesn’t like. I’ll just throw a few of these pizza bagels in the oven and he’s easily taken care of.

Make Your Own PIZZA BAGELS!! // shutterbean

Don’t feel like making a whole pizza?  Don’t feel like cooking…really? Just take out a few pizza bagels from the freezer, heat up your oven and 14 minutes later dinner is served. It’s all so simple. Crunchy, doughy, bite-sized goodness.

I split this batch into two different types of pizza bagels because I’m not a huge fan of pepperoni like Cooper is. I do love a good Greek Pizza so we both have our favorites.

Pizza bagels are now filed under:  WEEKLY MEAL PREP IDEAS and Lunchbox Favorites, and good for Football Season Bites!

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SAVORY SNACK MIX

Savory Snack Mix // shutterbean

Why buy a own pre-made snack mix when you can make your own???  When I’m making a batch of snack mix, I always start with pretzels, a cheddar cracker component, and a combination of nuts. Sometimes I thrown in a few peanut butter chips or chocolate chips to shock the taste buds.  I added roasted peanuts and smoked almonds to this mix and it was perfection!  The different crunches from the pretzels, crackers and nuts will amaze. Mix it all up in a gigantic jar and you’re prepared for snack o’clock!

Sour Cream & Onion Popcorn

Sour Cream + Onion Popcorn // shutterbean

As someone who is immersed in the food world, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the state of being jaded/unimpressed with food. I know, it’s crazy, right? Perhaps it comes from finding a good recipe, taking pictures WHILE making recipe, writing about the recipe, posting the recipe online with the hopes of inspiring people to make it and then moving onto the next recipe. This. Over and over again. I’ll have you know that it’s absolutely liberating to make a recipe without documenting it and sometimes I fantasize about what life must be like if that were my reality.  Either way, I love this space and I hope it’s obvious that I love what I do here or else I wouldn’t keep doing it!

Sour Cream + Onion Popcorn // shutterbean

With that said, I look through A LOT of cookbooks for inspiration on a daily basis and so I feel like I’ve already seen renditions of recipes online…. so I keep flipping. But when I was looking through Seriously Delish (such an appropriate title) by my friend Jessica, I was like WHOA. YES. I WANT THAT. GIMME. Just wait until you see Celebrations (for times when calories don’t count!) section. Holy mother of GOD. There are combinations that make my mind race like Cinnamon Sugar Bacon, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies, Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Coffee & Doughnuts ICE CREAM.  And suddenly I feel inspired by food again. One of the recipes that stood out to me was this “Sour Cream & Onion” Popcorn recipe. I’ve been wanting to make a homemade cheese powder for a popcorn and Jessica figured it out for us. Thanks, boo!

Sour Cream + Onion Popcorn // shutterbean

How did it go? Well…. I started out taking a small bowl of popcorn away from the kitchen to munch on while I worked…and then two trips later I was like OMG THIS IS TOO DANG GOOD and I WANT A PERFECT BITE/HANDFUL TO FINISH and then I kept going. I proceeded to bring the gigantic bowl out to Casey who quickly finished the rest.  So, I’d say it went pretty well!  I can see this being a hit during football season. Just make sure you put a roll of paper towels near the bowl. It’s a good kind of messy.

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Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders

Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders // shutterbean

It dawned on me that I’ve never really had a lot of sandwich recipes around here. Well, I’ve made my share of panini  and am still obsessed with my panini press but I haven’t been so good about getting in to the slider game. What up with that??

Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders // shutterbean

The first recipe (of many) I wanted to make from my friend Stephanie’s new cookbook- Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook was this fried chicken slider number because HELLO, SLIDERS.  There was something so appealing about having something relatively indulgent in bite size form. I also liked that the recipe made six total, so that means our family of three could have two a piece (with picky eater alterations on two) and be satisfied.  This recipe really is EASY GOURMET!  The fried chicken was flavorful and crisp and I added the sweetness of honey, the sharp bite of brown mustard, creamy aged cheddar, tangy dill pickle slices, peppery arugula and a juicy heirloom tomato slice to each sandwich. Talk about balance!

Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders // shutterbean

Picture perfect emoji, angel emoji, fire emoji, happy face emoji, lady in red dress dancing emoji, explosion emoji and cut!

Easy Gourmet is one of my favorite cookbooks this year. Check it out and you’ll see why.

Way to go Stephanie!!

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SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER + PRETZELS

Sunflower Seed Butter + Pretzels // shutterbean

Let’s talk a little bit about resisting temptation, shall we?

Have you ever had the peanut-butter stuffed pretzels from Trader Joe’s? I’m quite fond of them. I won’t even allow myself to try the chocolate covered version because I know I won’t be able to STOP. I’ve had a bag of the salted peanut butter filled pretzels in my pantry for a few months. It tempts me EVERY TIME I open the pantry. I swear it’s just waiting for my moment of weakness. It’s saying “Tracy, have a bourbon drink! You’re gonna love us with some!” Those pretzels know that bourbon makes a good catalyst.

My biggest challenge is having a full bag of something/ANYTHING around.  Let’s be real….I will eat more of whatever it is than I should. I will portion some out and then go back for “just one more,” until it’s done.  With that said, I’ve found that if I put a snack on a plate and portion it out, then put everything away before I start eating, I’m in much better shape. I’ve also found that I really love sunflower seed butter but can’t eat a ton of it like I can with peanut butter. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s super rich? Anyways. I sandwiched sunflower seed butter between two pretzels, made three sandwiches and ate three and that was that!

This is how I counteract eating a bag of peanut butter filled pretzels.

Triple Berry Terrine

Triple Berry Terrine // shutterbean

Hello, September. I’m glad you’re here because you prove that I somehow made it through August.  Thank heavens for that. But! I’m not ready to quit Summer. I still have a few more things I want to accomplish…like EATING ALL THE BERRIES before berry season is kaput. I can see the prices of berries creeping up which means…HURRY UP AND EAT THEM.

Triple Berry Terrine // shutterbean

I’ve been getting good use out of my bread pans this summer…but not because I’ve been making my favorite banana bread. Nope. I’ve been using them to make some ice cream concoctions like this one and this one here.  Pumpkin bread is on the horizon and maybe something with cranberries  or pears  but for now I’m still in Summer mode and here’s this cute little terrine situation.

Triple Berry Terrine // shutterbean

A pomegranate juice gelatin mixture marries three different berries. There’s a slight tang with lemon but it’s basically ALL BERRY suspended in gelatin. There’s something so satisfying about cutting into gelatin. I secretly have day dreams of cutting into a 10lb. gummy bear one day… This is just practice. Add a little whipped cream to the top of this terrine for a little decadence. Or maybe add some Prosecco to the gelatin mixture?

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APPLES + LIME JUICE

Apples + Lime Juice // shutterbean

I think I may have said this once or twice before but fresh cut apples with lime juice squeezed on top is my favorite snack ever. If you haven’t tried it before, DO IT.  Chili powder is a great addition to this wonderful combo….but I like it just with just these two things.