Frugal Fridays…Snacks To Go

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Hello Dear Friends,

Today’s Frugal Friday tip is all about the “snacks”.

I LOVE snacking!! I love my afternoon and evening snacks. I literally keep things in special jars in the kitchen and in special seasonal decorative jars throughout the house. I also have two baskets of prepared snacks in the fridge for easy peasy access!!

When my children were little, I literally had a little farm table (a poor man’s island!! 😉 ) in the center of our kitchen. On it was a bowl of fruit, raisins, nuts, etc. Our children were allowed to grab anything they liked and sit at the kitchen table to enjoy.  Because all was “readily available” they NEVER overate. I was amazed by this simple idea and its effectiveness!!

Our friends’ children would help themselves as well. I remember a Dear Friend who did not believe in snacking at all. One of her children stayed with us during a family emergency. This little guy would quietly sit in my chair at the kitchen table and sweetly look at me with his big brown eyes. He wouldn’t dare ask. I would always ask him if he was needing something…a snack. He would shyly then ask. I loved taking him to this fun kiddo friendly table and allow him to choose. He would then take his goodies, sit in my chair and sit grinning ear to ear while enjoying his treasure…usually a banana was his choice. Needless to say he NEVER overate and LOVED coming to visit. (I did find out later that my friend was not “pro snacking” and I respected her child rearing choices.) He was charming.  FYI he always ate a good dinner. This was my Sweet Friend’s intention as well as her children not becoming overweight.

This beautiful little guy was adopted from a very poor country and had scavenged for food out of trashcans. So he was very, very young at this time but also needed the reassurance food was always there. I learned so much from this sweet child.

I too had a couple of picky eaters. They both are very healthy and our doctor encouraged us to have lots of healthy snacks. Both couldn’t eat allot at a meal and needed good fuel through out the day. 🙂 So this was our origin of the snack table.

I on the other hand need to watch what I eat. And when hungry, I need prepared snacks for quick and easy access. If I am hungry…I can really grab the “wrong thing”. So I work to plan a little and have healthy items ready…from naturally sweet to savory. I also carry them in my purse and even sometimes carry a small ice chest with some extra goodies for days out and about.  This simple idea helps keep me on the good track health wise. 🙂

And yes health is first and foremost…but there are those moments we enjoy something special!! 😉 So just “plan” for those special days and allow a little extra goodie every now and then. 🙂

OK…now here’s the focus of today’s posting.

IT SAVES MONEY!!! 😉

I laugh as my Sweet Dear Husband in our early poor days always wanted “homemade” food and snacks. Our older children laugh as when they were young…if Mommy didn’t pack snacks, juice, etc, in the diaper bag and they went on a special “Daddy Day”, they would be coming home hungrier than little bears!! 🙂 This became a wonderful habit that not only did our children LOVE…but even my Sweet Husband loved!! He hated to stop for food!!

Even now…though he will stop for a little something without being asked, will always ask first…did you pack something? OK…CUTE!!! I love all the habits my family has now in preparing healthy and cost saving snacks!! Even the adult children do this on their own!!! PTL!!!

I LOVE these recipes for great snack ideas!!

Maybe today this will inspire you to have some yummy snacks ready to go for you and your family!!

k xoxo

Gobble Up Granola Snacks Recipe

Gobble Up Granola Snacks

“This is a quick granola snack recipe that my sister-in-law gave to me one snow day when the kids were home. She told me the kids would eat the batch in a day and she was sure right! I tend to double the recipe so I am not making it every day!”

INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large bowl, stir together the rice cereal, oats, and raisins. Set aside. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine the brown sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat just until boiling, then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the cereal and oat mixture, and mix well.
3. Press into the prepared pan using the back of a large spoon. Allow to cool, then cut into squares.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 9/13/2013

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Baked Kale Chips Recipe

Baked Kale Chips

 

Rated: rating
Submitted By: LucyDelRey
Photo By: suzzsuzz
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6
“Olive oil and seasoned salt are all you need to turn fresh kale leaves into delicious good-for-you baked snacks.”
INGREDIENTS:
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 9/13/2013

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Easy Snack Wraps Recipe

Easy Snack Wraps

Submitted By: sal
Photo By: SunFlower
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 60
“So easy to make, these bite sized wraps filled with turkey, cream cheese and veggies are a great way to fill up an appetizer tray – and your hungry guests’ bellies.”
INGREDIENTS:
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 head lettuce
1 (6 ounce) package sliced deli-style
turkey
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups minced tomato
DIRECTIONS:
1. Spread cream cheese evenly over the tortillas. Top the cream cheese with lettuce leaves. Arrange the turkey slices in even layers on top of the lettuce. Sprinkle the carrots and tomato over the turkey slices. Roll the tortillas into wraps. Cut the wraps diagonally into bite-sized pieces. Secure with toothpicks.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 9/13/2013

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Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts Recipe

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

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Submitted By: Chef John
Photo By: Marianne
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 17 Minutes
Ready In: 27 Minutes
Servings: 16
“Mix walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews with a sweet and salty spice mixture before roasting them to crunchy perfection.”
INGREDIENTS:
Cooking spray
1 cup untoasted walnut halves
1 cup untoasted pecan halves
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted almonds
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black
pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
2. Combine walnut halves, pecan halves, almonds, and cashews in a large bowl. Add salt, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat.
3. Heat sugar, water, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for 1 minute and remove from heat. Slowly pour butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat.
4. Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
5. Bake nuts in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts until the warm syrup coats every nut. Spread into a single layer, return to the oven, and bake until nuts are sticky and roasted, about 6 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 9/13/2013

Recipe credit: Allrecipes.com

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