Friday night topic: Your snack concoctions


— 5:49 PM on February 18, 2011

I'm a pretty typical guy, I think, in that I don't exactly like to cook elaborate meals (not that there's anything wrong with that), but I do like to put together a tasty snack or lunch item every now and then—something that requires at least a little bit of preparation, not just busting open a plastic wrapper. Working from home presents me with lots of opportunities to experiment, and my emphasis on eating lower-carb foods has necessarily sparked some innovations, as well. Some of my favorites include:

  • Ultra-thin-crust pizzas. Brush a tortilla with melted butter on the bottom side so it will become crisp in the oven. Put it on a cookie sheet. Coat the top side with pizza sauce or ranch dressing, and then add shredded mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, pizza seasoning, garlic salt, powdered parmesan, or whatever else floats your boat. Cook for 9-12 minutes at 425° F. I'm constantly trying new combos, like chicken-pepperoni-ranch, based on whatever's in the fridge.

  • Chili cheese nachos. So simple, but perhaps the perfect snack food. Tortilla chips, a can of Hormel chili, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and Tapatio hot sauce. Drown chips in cheese and chili, add hot sauce, and nuke. Melty goodness.

  • Blueberry ice cream. Fill a small bowl or a shallow mug with frozen, wild Maine blueberries (only these will do; others are awful and bitter). Dump in a packet or two of sweetener (I use Splenda) and mix it around. Then, pour half and half over the berries. Mix and crush berries with spoon until the mixture reaches a soft-serve-like consistency. Enjoy.

I could go on, but then you'd all realize I eat way too much cheese.

Do you have any favorite snacks you like to whip up when the urge strikes? Discuss.

   
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