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Category: Snacks (Page 2 of 2)

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pie

Ok, so I cheated on this one and used Alton Brown’s Refrigerator Pie recipe, found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/refrigerator-pie-recipe/index.html. Instead of his suggestions, I added some blanched asparagus, tomato-basil goat cheese, and crushed red pepper. The result was as good as it sounds!

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Easy Taco Salad

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This makes a great weekend lunch, or a light snack when shared. Unlike traditional taco salad, this recipe does not feel heavy, but fresh and healthy instead. If you use a Goya Sazon seasoning packet, be aware that this does contain a small amount of MSG. Look for MSG free taco seasoning instead if you want to do without.

Ingredients (for two people)

4 taco shells, broken into chips-sized pieces
1/2 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can of sweet whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
a handful of cilantro, chopped
1 packet Goya Sazon seasoning (any kind) or half a packet of taco seasoning
two cups of shredded lettuce
shredded cheese (optional)
a few spoons of your favorite salsa
a squeeze of lime juice

Directions

Break up the taco shells and put in the toaster oven until warm and crispy. Mix the black beans, corn, tomato, cilantro, seasoning, and lime juice in a bowl. Mix in the shredded lettuce and top taco shell pieces with mixture. Top with salsa and cheese, as desired. Enjoy!

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Pink Potato Salad

This is a wonderful pot luck dish and goes great with grilled foods!

Ingredients (for about 10-12 people)

5-6 baking potatoes, boiled and smashed OR
2 packets of Betty Crocker roasted garlic mashed potatoes and 1 more baking potato,
boiled and smashed
1/2 jar of beets
1/2 jar of cubed pickles
1 cup of mayonaise
1/4 cup of yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons of dill, dried or fresh
2 teaspoons of garlic powder, if not using the Betty Crocker mix
Some chopped English cucumber and / or slices of boiled eggs for garnish

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Directions

Boil the potatoes and / or cook the Betty Crocker potato mix according to directions. Smash the potatoes until smooth, with some small chunks of potato remaining. Allow to cool and refrigerate for about an hour.

Take potatoes out of the fridge and mix in beets and pickles until the potatoes turn pink evenly. Mix in the mayo, mustard, dill, and garlic powder, if needed, until all ingredients are well blended together. Chop up some English cucumber or boil a few eggs and slice. Garnish the salad with chopped cucumbers and / or boiled eggs. Serve cold.

Two-minute Sweet Chutney

You’ll never have to buy store-bought sweet chutney again! This is so easy and great with any kind of snack in need of some sweetness. Recipe courtesy of Varsha J Chawla.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of dried mango (amchur) powder
7 teaspoons of sugar (yes, you read that right)
2-3 teaspoons of water
a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
a pinch of salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, until mixture becomes syrupy. Enjoy!

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