Category Archives: snacks

Baked Garlic Cilantro Fries

Source: The Talking Kitchen, Lauren

A different (healthy) spin on your usual french fry.

Ingredients:
*2-3 servings

5-6 Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut into thin fries
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 – 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 – 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
Pepper, to taste
1/4 c. loosely packed Cilantro Leaves, finely chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F, and get a baking sheet with rack ready (If no rack, just line with foil/parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil).
2. Cut the potatoes into fries and place in a bowl of cold water to soak for a few minutes.
3. Drain the water and dry the fries with paper towel. Once dry, toss the fries with the olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
4. Lay on a baking sheet in a single layer, preferably one that has a cooking rack so the fries can have the air circulating all around them (and no need to flip.)
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven and how crispy you like your fries. If using a baking sheet without a rack, halfway through the cooking time, flip the fries.
6. Once done, toss fries with cilantro in a bowl.

Enjoy by the handful!

 

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Microwave Gourmet Popcorn

Source: Squawkfox, Kerry

Okay, first of all, I love popcorn! And I love how quick microwave popcorn is, but I’m not a fan of the artificial ingredients and the cost. Popcorn should be simple and inexpensive. This recipe is much healthier and cost effective, $3.50 for about 25 servings (bowls). Plus you can top it any way you like!

Directions:
1. Get a brown paper bag, your classic paper lunch bag.
2. Add a 1/2 cup scoop of bulk popcorn kernels to your brown paper bag.
*I found when using a 1/2 cup of kernels the popcorn ends up bursting through the bottom of the bag before the popcorn finished popping. Try 1/3 or 1/4 cup.
3. Fold the bag over twice. Don’t use staples to secure the bag — this might spark in your microwave.
4. Stick the popcorn bag into your microwave. I just used the popcorn setting on my microwave.  The original recipe suggests 3 minutes on high. Stop the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second, or it may burn.
5. Pour the popcorn into a bowl and add your favourite toppings!

Topping Ideas:
-Classic: Butter and Salt
-Mexican: Chili Powder, dash of Hot Sauce and Salt
-Hold The Kiss: Onion Powder and Garlic Powder
-Cheesey: Parmesan Cheese and a dash of salt
-Sweet: dash of Cinnamon, sprinkle of Sugar and drizzle of Honey