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Autumn bites!

Tuesday, April 2016

When the leaves start to change colour and the sky loses its summer brightness – we tend to turn towards the comfort foods.If you’re reaching for the snacks this season, try some of these healthier versions to keep you feeling warm, toasty and sated!

 

Apple Chips
There’s nothing sweeter than a crisp juicy autumn apple! Make use of the season’s bounty by making some moreish apple chips – they take a little bit of time, but are well worth the effort.

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  1. Slice apples thinly (as thin as you can – thick slices won’t crisp up like a nice chrunchy chip)
  2. Lay yours slices out in a single layer on a lined baking tray and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  3. Bake at 100°C for approximately 2 hours or until the edges has curled up and they’re looking nice and crisp, turning the slices over at the half way point.


 

Ricotta Stuffed Chocolate Dates
Dates are a delicious treat – chewy, sweet and caramel-like. They’re perfect plain (a great staple to have in the pantry for when you go looking for something sweet!) however when you need something a little more ‘fancy’, get out the good crockery and serve them stuffedwith creamy ricotta and drizzled with some good quality chocolate!

Ingredients

  • Approximately 200g dates (medjool are perfect because of their size and they’re easy to split)
  • 100g of ricotta
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 block of good quality dark chocolate (go for quality over quantity!)
  1. Slice the dates lengthways and remove the pip (if there’s one). 
  2. Scrape the insides of the vanilla pod and mix the seeds into the ricotta.
  3. Using a spoon, fill the dates with the ricotta mix.
  4. Melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.When your chocolate is a pouring consistency, drizzle over your prepared dates.
  5. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets, serve and enjoy!

 

Popcorn – 2 ways!
Studies have shown that the serotonin found in corn kernels can actually have relaxing,mood-lifting effects – no wonder why we can’t get enough of it! Avoid the versions doused with butter ‘flavouring’ and other artificial ingredients and create your own delicious version at home!
We couldn’t decide which of our favourite recipes to share, so here are TWO of versions we love -

Rosemary, Black Pepper, & Parmesan Popcorn 

Ingredients:

  • Popped popcorn from kernels (here’s a foolproof method if you’re new to popping it at home!)
  • 2 Tbl olive oil
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove minced garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coarsely ground black pepper
  1. Combine the oil, garlic, and rosemary.
  2. Sprinkle the popcorn (while it’s still hot is best) with the grated parmesan and give it a good mix. Drizzle with the rosemary, olive oil and season generously with pepper and a touch of salt if needed.

Smoked paprika & spice popcorn

Ingredients:

  • Popped popcorn from kernels (here’s a foolproof method if you’re new to popping it at home! )
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp toasted cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp toasted fennel seeds, ground
  • Salt to taste
  1. Combine the spices, sprinkle over your popcorn and give it a good stir or shake to distribute evenly.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and mix well.

 

Cauliflower popcorn

Something magical happens to the simple cauliflower when it’s roasted like this! Get some extra vegetables into your diet with this tasty snack – serve either by itself, or if you’re entertaining you may like to pair it with a healthy tzatziki or garlic dip!
This recipe is for one serve as we’ve found it doesn’t retain its roasted crunch overnight – feel free to double or triple if you plan on sharing.

Ingredients

  • 200 g cauliflower florets (small popcorn size pieces)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 35 g grated cheese (we love parmesan or try a low fat tasty cheese)
  1. Drizzle the cauliflower pieces with oil. Sprinkle with turmeric and paprika and mix well.
  2. Lay the cauliflower in a single layer on a lined baking tray and place in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes – turning the pieces over at the half way point – or until golden brown and crispy.
  3. While still warm - transfer the pieces into a bowl, sprinkle with cheese and serve!


Have you got any tasty autumn snack ideas you’d like to share with us?

 


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Autumn bites!