Cheeseburger Egg Rolls #SundaySupper

I have this thing … a skill … if you can call it that … where I know things about TV shows I don’t watch and have never seen.

I watch boatloads of TV and read lots of magazines and consider myself well informed of pop culture.  I also watch Jeopardy! every night because I’m secretly eighty in my soul and it keeps my brain going.  I can rattle off answers to a lot of categories and questions.  Answers that I cannot explain the presence of, not even a little.

Like when I know the basics of Breaking Bad or The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Law and Order.  I’m not saying I can give you a synopsis of each episode, but when it comes to common facts like those that tend to be in Jeopardy questions, the answers fall out of me as though I am at least a casual viewer.

Mom has a similar skill.  She knows what is going to happen in pretty much every single movie or TV show we watch.  I have been watching season 4 of Orange is the New Black without her.  She’s not that into it, but she sometimes pops in an out when it’s on and knows the general premise and main characters.

The other night she provided two spoilers about what was going to happen.  One happened immediately and though the other hasn’t yet, I have no doubt she’d right.  It’s funny that I’m the writer in the family but unless the twist is super obvious, typically I’m clueless.  Maybe Mom’s so good because she reads so much of my writing.

The other thing I know about are restaurants and restaurant dishes I haven’t tried.  For this Sunday Supper of Cowboy Cooking, I wanted to make something creative yet comforting.  I had a bit of recipe block until I remembered the Cheeseburger Egg Rolls from The Peterboro in Detroit I have heard so much about.

I can’t say how much alike my dish and the restaurant dish are, but I can say that these are super tasty and would be really fun for an appetizer at a party.  The center is all of our favorite cheeseburger ingredients: ground beef (duh!), onion, ketchup, mustard, and cheese, plus and egg to keep things together.

I made little logs and baked them off.  They were delicious right out of the oven, but are much prettier all wrapped up in their egg roll wrappers and baked again.  That’s right, these are baked, not fried.  Though the bottom doesn’t crisp as much as the top, these are still a huge winner and Dad in particular liked the contrast in textures.

I’m baking a batch of these and testing my skills while watching Jeopardy.

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 16 Egg Rolls

Ingredients

1 1/3 pounds Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 large eggs, divided
1 Vidalia onion, diced
16 egg roll wrappers
8 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
Ketchup and mustard for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, ketchup, mustard, onion, and one egg. Mix until just combined. Form into 16 small logs, roughly the same size. I used 1 egg roll wrapper to get a general idea of what size they should be.
  3. Place on prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until just cooked through. Allow to cool on the pan and leave the oven on.
  4. When beef is mostly cool, beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and begin assembling. Take one egg roll wrapper, top it with one piece of the beef and some cheese. Use your finger to brush the edges of the wrapper with the beaten egg. Roll up, tucking the sides in as you go. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and continue until they are all wrapped.
  5. Bake an additional approximately 20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer, individually wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Reheat in the microwave or oven.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Cindy of Cindy’s Recipes and Writing for hosting!

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

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Mocha Bliss Balls

Mocha Bliss Balls

I had a very good and very bad day awhile ago.  I don’t want to get into specifics, but it left me feeling very off.  While when I was a kid I probably would have simply fallen asleep, now I knew this wasn’t going to happen.

I still sleep well most of the time (knock on wood), but when things get on my mind, I am out too late, or consume caffeine or alcohol too late, sleep just doesn’t want to happen.

Mocha Bliss Balls

And I need my sleep.  I need it every night.  Seven or eight hours.  Or you don’t want to be around me.  Really.  Trust me.  Ask Mom.  I need sleep.  On this night in particular, I needed some to reset my mind and body, to give me some peace.

I tossed and turned for a few hours, before giving up and turning on the TV.  I finished Storks which I liked, particularly given the circumstances.  And then I headed to Netflix and Gilmore Girls.

I never watched Gilmore Girls when it originally aired and Mom and I just recently started it and are not quite half way through season 1.

Mocha Bliss Balls

I really like Gilmore Girls.  It’s a good show with relatable characters with normal problems.  It’s both a break from the high tension shows so common these days and a bit boring because of the expectations those shows have created.

I turned it on because I thought it would help me go to sleep.

I promise.  I really like it.

And it did make me go to sleep.

I’ve watched episodes since and haven’t nodded off.  But right then, it was what I needed and solved my problem.

Mocha Bliss Balls

Forget Ambien, I’ll take Gilmore Girls.

And in the morning, I’ll chow down on some of these Mocha Bliss Balls for a healthy jolt of energy and nutrition.  They are easy, and dare I say fun, to make, gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, and totally addictive with the chew of the dates and the crunch of the chia seeds.  I even think Lorelai and Rory would like them 🙂

Mocha Bliss Balls

Ingredients

½ cup dates, packed
½ cup hot coffee
¾ cup almond meal
¼ cup coconut flour
4 tablespoons carob or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
Additional hemp and chia seeds and carob or cocoa powder for rolling

Instructions

  1. Soak the dates in the hot coffee.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the almond meal, coconut flour, carob or cocoa powder, hemp and chia seeds, and ground turmeric.
  3. Mash up the dates with your hands and place them into the bowl with the dry ingredients, squeezing out most of the excess liquid. Add the coconut oil and mix with a spoon, or your hands – they are really the best tool. Until a sticky paste forms. If it is not quite coming together, add some of the date soaking liquid. If you don’t use it all, drink it. It’s delicious!
  4. Form the mixture into about golf ball sized balls and roll in your choice of topping. Balls may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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Rotisserie Chicken Nachos #SundaySupper

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Have you watched 13 Reasons Why?  I just finished it Friday night and I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.  If you’re just here for the recipe, scroll down.  It’s tasty, gluten free, and crazy easy to make.  Otherwise, let’s dive right in.

First of all, 13 Reasons Why is good.  It’s just good TV – great actors, high production value, a story that keeps you interested.  It has all the ingredients a good TV show should have and even better you can watch all 13 episodes now.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

It’s received a lot of criticism for glamourizing suicide, but I don’t get that.  As someone who relates to Hannah, the main character, perhaps a little more than I would like, I feel like I can be confident when I say it does not glamourize suicide.

While I relate to her loneliness and unanswered cries for help, friendship, someone to give a shit, I don’t relate to the far more violent, impossible to deal with events that eventually lead her to end her life.  I won’t go into detail in case you haven’t watched yet, but I would not want to be in her shoes, yet I am sure there are some young girls out there who are.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Instead of being criticized as promoting suicide, the series should be lauded for trying to open people’s eyes.  If you relate to Hannah, you hope desperately that it will make someone open their eyes and see you.  If you don’t relate to her, then you should know that there are other people who you affect in ways you might not realize.  Ways that are changing their lives for the worse, perhaps.  And you can change that.

The show isn’t going to cause a wave of suicide.  The scene when she finally kills herself made me cringe and cry, not smile and aspire to be like her.  Instead, it should cause a wave of kindness and understanding that stops suicides.  I think that’s what the creators of the show and Jay Asher, who wrote the book that I read about ten years ago, were intending.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

To help people.  To stop suicides.  To promote kindness.  To cause someone to act to help another human being instead of to hurt them.  To understand that we all have issues and quirks, that we’re all weird.  There’s no such thing as normal.  And who would want to be something as mundane as normal anyway?  We all want to be loved and listened to.  We don’t want to be treated like trash.  We just want a chance to be happy and live our best lives.

Most of all, we don’t want to end up like Hannah for a variety of reasons.  I like to think that the show might save some lives and really make a difference.  Maybe there should be more shows like it to demonstrate through fiction what the real world can sometimes be like.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

It’s hard to transition into a recipe from here, but here’s what I’ll say about Rotisserie Chicken Nachos: they are super easy to make, gluten free, and delicious.  And food, whether savory like this or sweet like some of my favorite recipes, can bring people together and heal.  Share these nachos with someone who’s suffering.  Bring them a cake.  Bake them some cookies.  A little kindness can often go a long way.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

20 – 30 large corn tortilla chips (I used Simply Tostitos)
Meat from ½ large rotisserie chicken shredded into bite sized pieces
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
½ red onion, diced
Cilantro and parsley leaves
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
Sour cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place corn chips on a sheet pan or DIY foil pan for no clean up. Top with chicken and cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes until hot and bubbling.
  3. Top with onion, cilantro and parsley, and avocado. Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch for hosting!

Sunday Supper Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Peeps Pancake Smores

Peeps Pancake Smores

The thermostat is a hot topic in our house … literally.

Since I can remember I have been hot.  Temperature hot.

In school while most of the girls would walk around with long sleeved shirts and sweaters and beg to wear pants under their uniform skirt, I happily perused the hallways in my short-sleeved shirt and often wished they’d turn the heat down.

Peeps Pancake Smores

Things haven’t changed much.  I hate the forced heat of winter and love the air conditioning.  On these cool spring days there’s nothing better than having the windows open and having it just a little too cool in the house.  I sleep with the ceiling fan and a table fan blowing on me.

So what is the ideal temperature for me?  You ask.

Peeps Pancake Smores

Well, I never turn the heat higher than 68 during the day and at night it dips to 59.  I like the air also on 68 or 69.  And right now, having the windows open and the thermostat reading about 65 is sheer perfection.

In short, if you come to visit me, pack a jacket.  People who have spent time in this house can attest to that.

It is a mystery why I am always hot, except when I go outside in the winter, then I am cold and feel I will never be warm again.  But life is full of mysteries and this one isn’t so bad … unless you’re Mom or Dad.

Peeps Pancake Smores

Luckily, I keep everyone happy with tasty treats like Peeps Pancake Smores.  Easter to me means having Peeps around.  And creating a super simple masterpiece like these Smores is kind of the best thing ever.

Whether you use homemade or store bought pancakes, this is totally irresistible with a smooth chocolate (or carob – you know the drill) spread and a towering jiggly stack of Peeps.  Easter just got a whole lot sweeter.

Peeps Pancake Smores

Peeps Pancake Smores

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 1-2 servings

Ingredients

2 pancakes, homemade or store bought
3 tablespoons dark chocolate or carob chips
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
4 Peeps bunnies

Instructions

  1. Get your pancakes ready to go. Not gonna lie – I used Eggos and they worked great!
  2. Place the chocolate or carob chips in a bowl with the shortening. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Divide the mixture among the two pancakes and spread into an even layer.
  3. Place 2 Peeps on each pancake and microwave about 30 seconds until the Peeps are super puffy and melty. Bunnies work best here because they are flat. Smash the pancakes together and serve immediately.
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Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

I’m not much of a lunch person.  Bring on breakfast and dinner, but as for snack and lunch, I’d rather pass.

However, I typically need a little something midday to keep me going and power me through workouts, writing, baking, and blogging.  It’s just, I’m not sitting down to a giant salad with chicken and quinoa without feeling like I ate a house and wanting to skip dinner.

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Before you say how unhealthy this is, fasting is actually very good for your body.  There’s all this science behind it on how it helps give your system a break and reset you.  Sounds good to me.

I typically only fast all the way from breakfast to dinner a couple days a week, sometimes with a coffee in the middle because coffee is my new thing.

On the days I don’t, I reach for a healthy, satisfying “lunch.”  Usually fruit, vegetables, or a Larabar.  Just enough to keep me going until dinner, my favorite meal.

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

One of my favorite lunches is these Frozen Paleo Banana Bites.  They are easy to make, full of great nutrition, and super satisfying.  Kind of like eating dessert without … you know … eating dessert.

With bananas full of potassium and resistant starch, coconut oil with healthy fats, and powerhouse toppings, these vegan, gluten free, Whole30 bites are sure to become your go to snack, lunch, or dessert.

The snap of the coating is so satisfying and reminiscent of a candy bar.  The toppings add crunch and even Mom admitted the creamy banana was pretty awesome.  With these for lunch, I am more than ready to tackle everything life throws my way.

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

2 bananas, cut into 1 inch slices and frozen
¼ cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons carob or cocoa powder
Toppings like chia seeds, hemp seeds, and nuts

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave until liquified. Stir in the carob or cocoa powder. Dip a banana slice and dip it immediately into the toppings of your choice. Place on a plate to set. Repeat until all the bananas are dipped.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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Tropical Fruit Salsa #SundaySupper

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Mom always says everything looks worse when you’re tired.  While I have learned that Mom is pretty much always right, I had an epiphany about this the other night, when I was very, very tired.  By the way, I don’t mean that in a snarky way … Mom really is almost always right.  Seriously, it’s kind of freaky.

Back to the epiphany.  I began thinking about her statement and I have my own spin on it.  Maybe we just see the truth, a harsh reality when we’re tired.  We see things with eyes that don’t have the energy to rose color our surroundings.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

There’s nothing wrong with trying to put a positive spin on things, see the good in the bad, find the hope in the dark, but maybe sometimes we need a wakeup call, and that is what being tired, really, really tired brings.

It shows us our faults and those of our surroundings.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  We can all use to take a harsh look in the mirror sometimes.  That glimpse of reality, even if it is short lived, can stick with us, and teach us how to make things better.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

We can’t change what is wrong if we never see it in the first place.  Or worse, if we don’t see it until it is too late.

So the other day and night I was wiped out after the Bon Jovi concert (more on that next week – it was worth every lost moment of sleep), I learned a little more about me than I had known before and found some of the drive to fix things the next day.

And also to make this Tropical Fruit Salsa.  Full of fresh, vibrant colors and flavors, don’t you just want to dive right in to this healthy, vegan, gluten free, Whole30 dip, snack, salad, side?  I love mixing fruit and vegetables, sweet and spicy, and this salsa has some of my favorites.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Tomatoes.  Pineapple.  Onion.  Cucumber.  Jalapeno.  Mango.  Serve this with fish, beef, pork, chips, or just a fork.  And then solve the problems of your world.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Tropical Fruit Salsa #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

2 1 inch thick slices of pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 mango, cut off the seed, peeled, and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
1 red onion, diced
1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together pineapple, mango, tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and cucumber. Add the lemon juice, pepper, and salt, if using. Stir to combine. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Rini from Healing Tomato for hosting!

Sunday Supper Recipes Using Fresh Tomatoes

Chicken Recipes

Main Courses

Pizza, Pies, and Pastas

Side Dishes

Snacks

Soups and Salads

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Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

My Whole30 is over, but not really.  I never thought I’d say this, but I think it changed my life.

I was hesitant about this whole Whole30 fad.  All those restrictions.  Life is too short.  But in a push to take back control of my life and my body, I gave it a go and fell in love.

Yes, it’s restrictive, but it also opened me up to new meals, ideas, and foods I used to love but thought weren’t healthy.  It showed me how important protein is and how fun it is to cook new and exciting meals.

Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

I didn’t get bored, well, except now, as I take reintroduction very slowly and am nearing a Whole60.  With Thrive Market and Barefoot Provisions having tons of Whole30 approved products, my pantry is stocked, and that is the only way to survive on this program.  By the way that isn’t a paid advertisement, but I totally wish it was.

I feel better.  So does Mom.  I actually think Mom got even more out of this than me.  And she was way more hesitant than me.

Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

When it came to reintroduction, legumes and dairy couldn’t have gone better, but things were more problematic with grains of all kinds.

Mom had been struggling with debilitating back pain that just went away during the Whole30 without either of us really noticing.  A few rice cakes for breakfast and it was back with a vengeance.  Gluten bothered her stomach and all the grains left both of us feeling bloated and not our Whole30 best.

Because flukes happen, we’re going to give it another go after having been back on the full plan for almost a week.

People don’t realize how powerful food is.  It heals and hurts so much more than we know and by doing a Whole30 it shines a light on that.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back to eating how I was before and that’s okay with me.

Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

Partly because real food is tasty.  Just look at these Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls.  Bob’s Red Mill sent me some Hemp Hearts awhile back and though I was suspicious at first, I have really grown to love them.

Here the hemp hearts partner with chia seeds, warm spices, sweet dates, rich carob powder, and the new love of my life: coconut oil for a decadent treat that is packed with nutrition.  These Bliss Balls are healthy, gluten free, and vegan.  Forget brownies (well, maybe not forever) and pass the Bliss Balls.

Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

Hemp and Chia Bliss Balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 balls

Ingredients

¾ cup almond meal
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup dates, softened in hot water
2 tablespoons carob powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3-5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Additional cinnamon, carob, hemp hearts, and chia seeds for rolling

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the almond, meal, coconut flour, carob powder, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, hemp hearts, and chia seeds. Stir to combine. Add the dates, draining off most of the water, and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  2. Combine the mixture, using your hands to break down the dates and form everything into a Play-Doh like concoction. If the mixture is too dry, add more coconut oil until it comes together.
  3. Form the mixture into about ping pong sized balls. Roll each ball in your desired toppings. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. These are amazing cold!
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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Since I was a little kid eating scrambled eggs with cheese for dinner, I have loved traditional breakfast foods at not so traditional times.

Really, is there anything better than taking say Eggo Homestyle Waffles and Buttermilk Pancakes and making avocado toast?  I didn’t think so.

Getting ready to make avocado toast

Eggo Pancakes and Waffles now have a new formulation that is free from artificials with colors and flavors coming from natural sources, which I love because real food is awesome.  And the last week of February check out the Target Circular when Eggo products will be $1.99!  As if we needed another reason to shop at Target 🙂

Avocado Toast Toppings

Avocado Pancake

Adding the toppings

Once you stock up on Eggo products, feel free to let your creativity shine through, making different, fun things for breakfast, lunch, snack time, and even dinner.

You’ll definitely want to start with my Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast.  As if avocado toast couldn’t get any better, I went and put it on Eggo Waffles and Pancakes.  While this is an awesome snack, it can also make a fun dinner that is ready in a flash.

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

I topped my Waffles and Pancakes with avocado (of course), radish, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, and pecans.  I loved this combination because it’s sweet and savory with lots of texture.  But the point of this dish is to use up all those leftover fruits and vegetables hanging out in the refrigerator and some of the nuts and dried fruit lingering in the pantry.

shopping at Target

Play around with flavor and texture pairings until you find the perfect Eggo avocado toast for you.  The best thing about this dish is that it can totally suit your tastes.  Oh, and that it takes practically no time to prepare and takes Eggo Waffles and Pancakes to the next level.  Plus, this is fancy enough to serve for a party.  Talk about a conversation starter!

Be sure to pick up some Eggo products and have some fun in the kitchen!

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

2 Eggo Homestyle Waffles
2 Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes
2 large Haas avocadoes, sliced
2 radishes, sliced
4 strawberries, sliced
4 Brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced
¼ cup dried tart cherries
¼ cup pecans, chopped
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the waffles and pancakes according to package instructions. Once hot, top with avocado slices, covering almost the entire pancake or waffle. Arrange radish, strawberry, and Brussels sprout slices on top.
  2. Sprinkle with cherries and pecans, and season with black pepper. Serve immediately.
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Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

The only thing that makes winter bearable are all the award shows that are on.  The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, and Screen Actors Guild shows are all past us, but we still have the Grammys and Oscars to look forward to!

The Grammys are actually this weekend. I never miss the show and have so many fond memories of the great performances.  It’s like watching the best concert of the year right from my home.  And with James Cordon hosting this year, I know it’s going to be better than ever.  I mean have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke?  OMG!  It’s the best.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

I have my favorites – Adele! Mike Posner! Lucas Graham! – that I will be cheering for all night long.  Luckily I have this handy ballot from SkinnyPop so I can keep track of all the awards I get right and many I will no doubt get wrong too.  Save the ballot and print it to play along while you watch the Grammys.

SkinnyPop Grammys Printable

I am not a huge snack person, but when I watch award shows and am in amped up party mode, seriously, award shows do something crazy to me, I enjoy a couple healthy snacks that I can feel good about eating and won’t leave me feeling stuffed and unable to sleep later.  I leave that to the songs stuck in my head.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Snacks that are easy to prepare are paramount too.  I put together a vibrant spread full of colors and flavors that tons of nutrition.  I always have tons of fruit on hand, so it plays a prime role in my spread along with SkinnyPop Naturally Sweet popcorn which is always in my pantry, some crunchy walnuts and chewy, tart dried cherries.  Dried fruit is so underrated.

Of course you can mix up your snack platter with whatever fruit, nuts, and dried fruit you have on hand.  Whatever you choose, get excited for the Grammys with this fun ballot and your tasty, healthy snacks!

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark #SundaySupper

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

I like to challenge myself.  I mean clearly since I’ve chosen to be a writer and try to break into Hollywood.  Now that’s a challenge.

But sometimes I like challenges that I feel like I am much more able to accomplish.  Things that are under my control.  It keeps my brain and my body going to be challenged and it’s a very rewarding feeling to complete a challenge no matter how big or small.

Potato Chips and Pretzels

Like upping the speed or resistance on the elliptical or trying a new workout DVD.  Sure, there are moments when I think I won’t be able to finish, but then I do, and I feel ah-mazing!  I pushed through something I thought I might not be able to, and that shows me how strong I really am.

Then there are the batters I whip up by hand.  Unless I absolutely positively have to bring out the hand or stand mixer, it is by sheer force of will that I beat butter and sugar into shape.  I even whipped cream by hand recently.  There were definitely a few moments when it seemed unlikely the soupy cream would turn into fluffy, luscious whipped cream but it did and it was amazing.  What’s next?  Egg whites???

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

I have even challenged myself to write a screenplay in 30 days and done it.  I probably couldn’t write a novel in the same time span, but a screenplay is a bit easier for me to write.  Now selling it in 30 days, that is another story.

Do you like to challenge yourself?  How do you challenge yourself?

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

It is definitely a challenge not to eat all of this Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark because it is crazy addictively good.  And it’s so easy to make and gluten free since I used gluten free pretzels which are definitely as good as the real thing.

The goo of the toffee.  The crunch of the pretzels and potato chips.  The snap of the chocolate.  The pop of color from the sprinkles.  This is the ultimate snack or dessert.  It is perfect to whip up as a last minute gift or party treat because it makes a bunch.  This is one challenge you have to take on!

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups pretzels (gluten free, if necessary)
3 cups plain potato chips
1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff)
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces white chocolate chips
12 ounces dark chocolate or carob chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, divided
Brightly colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread pretzels and chips on foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugars, syrup, and butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring. Immediately and carefully pour over pretzels and chips on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. After the tray comes out of the oven, allow to cool briefly while you melt the chocolate. Place white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Set aside while you repeat the process with the dark chocolate or carob chips and the remaining tablespoon of shortening.
  4. Swirl both white and carob/dark chocolate on the pretzel and potato chip base, ensuring to leave streaks of both chocolates. Sprinkle with sprinkles of your choice and allow to set for at least two hours at room temperature. Break into pieces and serve. Toffee bark may be stored in an air tight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

Recipe adapted from The Cookies and Cups Cookbook via Brown Eyed Baker

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes! Thanks to Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting!

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