Friday night topic: Your snack concoctions

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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    • demani
    • 9 years ago

    Guiltless banana ice cream. This is a healthy one, but shockingly good, and stupidly easy:

    -Cut a few bananas up into chunks and freeze them solid (I usually have a few containers in the freezer ready to go).
    -Put the frozen chunks into a food processer and blend until smooth.

    The result is like banana soft serve ice cream, only it’s just banana. So then you can throw on some chopped nuts and some chocolate syrup and the syrup is the only thing that is less than ideal (sometimes I run some chocolate chips through the nut mill for chocolate shavings). But even with just almonds or walnuts its a really tasty treat, and really can hit that fix for a sundae without blowing your calorie budget (or your monetary one since bananas are so much cheaper than ice cream).

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    i take dashes of paprika, cayene, garlic power, lawry’s seasoned \salt to two cans of chick peas that have been rinsed, and dried on paper towels mixed in with some olive oil. baked until crunchy and crisply on the outside but still soft inside. you cant beat a superfood.

    second favorite snack is tostinos restaurant style whole grain tortillas with chi-chi’s medium salsa. the chips have some fiber in them, but the salsa is next to nothing in calories.

    third is Buffalo chicken quesadillas with guacamole dip. I saute the chicken breast that i cut into cubes until crispy in a little bit of butter. then i throw in El Yucateco chipotle hot sauce. i heat up my whole grain tortillas,throw in the chicken, shredded queso, pepper jack, and mozzarella cheese then panini press it until its nice and crispy. for my guaca dip, i pulverize an avocado, lemon juice. red onion, cilantro and a little dash of that chipotle sauce until its a decent saucy consistency.

    i try to make healthy snacks that dont require repeat visits to the fridge nor a cardiologist, so you feel full, while using as much raw food as possible vs that kraft crap that’s processed to hell and back.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    Vanilla ice cream, vodka and kalhua. I make big batches usually and freeze the leftovers, but i’ll do 1 cup of ice cream, 4-5 shots of vodka and 2-3 of kalhua. Best milkshakes you’ll ever eat.
    Or make some brownies with caramels melted into them.

    • moog
    • 9 years ago

    Flavorful flakes and nuts: Finely diced onions, thai chili peppers (omit if you can’t eat hot) mixed with peanuts, splash of soy sauce, and frank’s red hot sauce. Mix and then add kellog’s special K cereal and mix again. Pretty quick.

    Pita pizza (similar to tortilla pizza, but the pita bread allows more sauce without turning into a soggy mess): Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake pita bread for 5 mins or until bread is crispy/hard. Remove from oven, spread spaghetti sauce/ketchup, small amount of sriracha hot sauce or frank’s red hot. Top with mixed veg., onions, garlic, chopped cilantro/parsley, and shredded cheese. Bake in oven until cheese melts.

    My poutine: Sprinkle fries in bake pan with black pepper and red pepper powder (not hot, just adds color). Bake fries according to directions on package (or bake until oil coating appears and then disappears). Finely dice onions and thai chili peppers. Nuke gravy for a min. or until hot. Fill half the bowl with fries, onions/chili, shredded cheese. Apply gravy (I try to make sure all the cheese is covered with gravy so they will melt in the oven without drying out). Fill remaining bowl again with fries etc. Put the bowl back in the oven on warm setting until cheese melts.

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    My family’s quick version of pizza is to take English muffins, put tomato sauce on top, then add cheese and veggies, and put in the oven until the cheese melts. It’s quick and delicious!

    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    Little bowls of semi-sweet chocolate chips are great for a late-night boost of energy before I finally give in and go to bed.

    • My Johnson
    • 9 years ago

    Pineapple and Cottage Cheese Salad.

    Grab a salad dish and lay down one large iceberg lettuce leaf peeled off the head.
    Scoop of cottage cheese
    Pineapple chunks
    Garnish with paprika or a fruity hot sauce such as West African Voodoo Juice.

    • Wintermane
    • 9 years ago

    Ok a few of my faves…

    Take a chewey cookie and put three rollos on it then add a marshmellow and filaly anouther cookie. Now heat in microwave for just a bit.

    Nake a rue thats flour and butter for those that dont know.. Add in milk then roast chichen flavored ramen noodles tuna and LOTS of curry powder… also add in black pepper. Now add in dry uncooked spagetti or noodles and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes Serve on toast.

    Mix mint chip icecream caramel cookies and some 3 muskateers bars with some ovaltine and milk… mix till thick shake like blob and serve. also works sgreat with gingerbread or cinnimon cookies.

    Take some chopped ham or roast beef add cream cheese and crumbled sour cream and onion pringles.. now use this as a dip for corn chips…

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 9 years ago

    The only stuff I know how to throw together are numbers that cause food to arrive at my door a half hour later.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 9 years ago

      I can make reservations! Well, those and chicken chili…hmmmm, chili.

    • Entroper
    • 9 years ago

    Simple, but effective: Open a pack of saltines, and get a tall glass. A pint glass will do, but a collins glass is better. Crush the saltines into the glass with your hands. When it’s full, cover it and give it a good shake to make the crumbles settle a little. Pour milk over the crackers until the glass is full. Push the crackers down with a spoon so that they all get wet (they tend to float more in a pint glass). Wait several seconds for the bubbles to stop, or they’ll spring right back up. Eat with the spoon. Delicious and filling!

      • demani
      • 9 years ago

      I do that with graham crackers (I like the sweet). But the saltines would be a nice mix of salty too-I’ll have to try that.

        • Entroper
        • 9 years ago

        And I’ll try yours as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had the saltines version today just before starting on wiring my bedroom for a ceiling fan.

    • sluggo
    • 9 years ago

    Philadelphia cream cheese, Pickapeppa sauce, and wheat thins. Substitute Triscuits or other salty, snappy rectangle as deployment platform if you like. Yummy.

    • RobbyBob
    • 9 years ago

    Frank’s Red Hot — I put that s#!% on everything.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      I’d hate to see you serve blueberry cream cake to anyone, then.

        • RobbyBob
        • 9 years ago

        Haha, you’d be surprised how good that might be ๐Ÿ˜›

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 9 years ago

    I like making nacho dip ( with nachos )
    The recipe goes like this:
    -cover the base of a glass dish with a thin layer of cream cheese.
    -fry up some ground beef and drain. Add some Franks hot sauce and a bit of chili powder, and fry a few minutes more to get the spicy flavor into the beef.
    -Add the layer of flavored ground beef to the glass dish on top of the cream cheese.
    -Add a layer of Salsa on top of the ground beef in the glass dish.
    -Add some grated Cheese ( I use mozzarella ) on top of the salsa in the glass dish.
    -Bake in the oven at 350C until cheese is fully melted.

    Get your fav. nacho chips and dip away into the resulting deliciousness!

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    Bagel pizzas are my personal favorite. Not bagel bite frozen jaunts either. Get a real bagel, slice in half, put some pizza sauce on it, shredded mozzarella, and place under the broiler for about 2 minutes. Delish and cheap.

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    Inspired by Fox’s article on his iBook woes, we should have a Friday night topic on how people read their books, if they do at all.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 9 years ago

      I joined a book club recently, and its been surprisingly easy to get back into books. They are a very refreshing form of entertainment (+ stress relief) in this digital world. That being said, the moment the color Kindle comes out I’m jumping on that thing. (don’t know if its been announced but the color e-ink tech is almost ready AFAIK )

        • dashbarron
        • 9 years ago

        I recently had this phenomenon of discovering books again myself and you are right it is refreshing to read a good book – there really is nothing quite like it.

        I have a iPod Touch 4th Gen and I’ve been reading quite a bit of news and such on it. Even with a small screen I still think I could get used to the idea of reading something lengthy on it. – I’m not sure I have the time to make it worth devotingmy money into buying a serious digital reading device at the moment. Maybe someday in the future.

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    When at the computer, I have found over the years the best snack is Teddy Grahams – seriously.

    Using a keyboard I don’t want anything that will leave a residue or require me to use a napkin compulsively. Vegetable and fruits are too moist, and crackers and chips seem to leave a crumbly mess and/or a salty/poweredy residue. Teddy Grahams (coming in three flavors) leave virtually no residue, won’t leave your hands impeded, and are small enough that you can pop in your mouth and keep on clicking.

      • Bensam123
      • 9 years ago

      Interesting…

    • adam1378
    • 9 years ago

    I know I am late to the Friday food party but making easy Chicken Fajitas is fast. Cook some strips of boneless chicken breasts, take whatever salsa you want for flavour and add to pan with chicken, cook in flavor for 5 min. Add light sour cream, cheese, and whatever else for easy fajitas…can do with steak too.

    • StuG
    • 9 years ago

    Take chicken that has been lightly grilled and Sautรฉ it with mushrooms. While that is going on, cook up whatever form of pasta you like (I prefer thick noodles but to each their own). While both of these are going on, steam up some fresh spinach. Once the Spinach is done, take it out and chop it up. Once chopped, mix with Feta cheese (as much cheese as 1/3 the spinach in total). Mix all of them together and you have a great dish.

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    Here’s my recipe: take whatever you were going to eat and add Tropical Pepper Xxxxtra Hot Habenro sauce. It’s not just hot, it also tastes great.

    [url<]http://www.tropicalpepper.com/[/url<]

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    Don’t use “sweeteners” if your job focus is important to you. (Also don’t use it for your children, because it slows learning and can induce retardation in a small percentage of cases.)

    [url<]http://aspartame.mercola.com/sites/aspartame/studies.aspx[/url<]

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t normally bump stuff, but I thought this should really not go unnoticed. It’s not only the possible brain damage, but aspartame-containing “low-calories” sweetened drinks and foods in fact increase hunger so you might actually end up putting on weight in the long term by choosing that “diet soda”.

      • Pan Skrzetuski
      • 9 years ago

      First, splenda is sucralose, not aspartame.

      Second, the site referenced is not terribly scientific. Don’t be overwhelmed by the volume of data–it is not conclusive.

      Anything consumed in excess will harm you, and most of the tests were on non-human subjects. If you read the blurbs under those stories, you will see that author is hardly unbiased either.

      There are four types of reports there:
      1. Too much aspartame is bad. (Of course–too much iron, or calcium, or even water is bad.) Too prove that this is a problem, they need to tell us how much aspartame is in a soda, or whatever, and how much the subjects ingested.

      2. Non-humans can be harmed by aspartame. Not conclusive, unless you have reasonable proof that you know why the aspartame does what it does, and that it would work the same way in the human digestive system. (My first point can be included here too–I weigh many hundreds of times what a rat does.)

      3. Societal use of aspartame has increased as the societal prevalence of certain disorders have increased. I hope I don’t need to point out the problem with this argument.

      4. Certain people are allergic. Yes, certain people are allergic to almost everything.

      I personally prefer to use sugar–I like to eat “natural” things.

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        1. Too much anything is bad, but what you really want to avoid is *permanent* damage. Take vitamin B overdose for example, it causes nausea/vomiting, dizziness, and a headache. Big deal. But if aspartame [u<]damages the brain[/u<], learning, or personality, you want to avoid it. Or at least I want to, for much the same reason why I also avoid smoking and alcohol for example. 2. The only effect it has on the digestive system is increased hunger. No negligible effect, however: some of those studies pointed out the link between people's ever increasing body weight in the US and the first introduction of aspartame in their diet. Kind of a scam when you consider how the substance is mostly marketed with the "diet" word, when it actually makes you more hungry and spoils the whole effort. 3. You seem to confuse cause with effect. Are you seriously positing that aspartame came into use because of some disorders becoming more commonplace? Surely you're not suggesting the opposite of common sense. 4. I don't care, and few people do in life. While I consider allergies to be hygiene's dark side, I don't really think about it much. I prefer sugar too, but mostly because the brain needs a fistful on a daily basis, and because it's actual energy. I would never have graduated back in the day without sugar. Long story short, ever since I learnt about the damage aspartame can "possibly" do, I've been keeping my little sister away from it and I'm getting more expensive soft drink alternatives myself, as a result.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 9 years ago

          RE:
          1. If the damage only occurs in high doses, and those high doses are nearly impossible to ingest by a person without consumption of the pure chemical, then it is effectively something that can be ignored. As well, this chemical (and its metabolites) do not bio-accumulate, so that is not an issue either.

          “”A 12 ounce can of diet soda contains 180 mg of aspartame, and for a 75 kilograms (165 lb) adult, it takes approximately 21 cans of diet soda, per day, to consume the 3,750 mg of aspartame that would surpass the FDA’s 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight ADI of aspartame from diet soda alone.[59] “”
          ” There has been some speculation that aspartame, in conjunction with other amino acids like glutamate, may lead to excitotoxicity, inflicting damage on brain and nerve cells. However, clinical studies have shown no signs of neurotoxic effects,[7] and studies of metabolism suggests it is not possible to ingest enough aspartic acid and glutamate through food and drink to levels that would be expected to be toxic”

          2. Events do not happen in a vacuum, the introduction of aspartame was not the only thing that happened in the 1980’s regarding the health of the general populace. Increasing of “desk” jobs, technology (thus reducing physical travel, therefore physical activity), the 2nd rise of the video game industry, are just a few things that also can correlate with the expanding waist lines of the world/US.

          3. You are suggesting the opposite, which is also “the opposite of common sense”. What Pan suggested was that with these disorders being identified, that people would take shortcuts to try to help themselves. While drinking a diet beverage to them was better than a regular one, it was of course not a real solution; that being REAL diet + REAL exercise.

          4. Allergies are more complex than just “hygiene’s dark side”, but its really not a focus of this whole discussion.

          You are stretching to far with your assumptions. You are conveying that because it is true that it has some negative effects (such as increasing hunger, and dropping metabolism) that that means the other major side effects (that are effectively impossible to induce with a normal diet) are just as likely to happen.

          In the end, it is good information to know that diet foods/drinks can cause your body to react strangely, and then have a net negative effect (ie: not losing weight), and you can use that information to adjust your intake to assist in your lowering of calorie intake.

          For example, if you are ONLY drinking something and do not intend on eating for a while after, then a diet drink would not be a good idea, as your body will crave calories, not get them, and then reduce its metabolism in response.
          For the opposite, if you were to have a meal, then having a diet drink with the meal would be a great way to reduce your total calories, as your body’s hunger response is being satisfied by the calories of the food, and the drink itself is just fluid.

          In addition, if the drink is caffeinated, then you introduce a whole range of other issues unrelated to aspartame, and as you know, Diet Coke/Pepsi is probably one of the most popular “diet” drinks.

      • albundy
      • 9 years ago

      how 1980’s of you. welcome to the next century, where we use more natural sweeteners like stevia.

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        Tell that to most (if not all) diet drinks and foods, particularly the cheaper half of the spectrum. It’s a known fact that quality sweeteners exist separately, but it’s also a known fact that other manufacturers don’t use them.

        • clone
        • 9 years ago

        Stevia isn’t common and to assume that the general population is going to live it’s daily life trying to discern which sweetener is going to make them “slow” as opposed to more hungry is broken logic.

        their is no consumer drive to pressure companies to offer Stevia even if it is safe.

        that leaves diet colas and sweeteners giving me headaches and heart burn…. literally and I can’t drink them because of it.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          Do you get heartburn from coffee or energy drinks too? I’m asking because caffeine is part of cola, and caffeine aggravates stomach acid generation in many people (with reactions ranging from increased to decreased hunger, depending on person), which in turn is a possible cause of heartburn.

            • clone
            • 9 years ago

            I don’t do coffee or tea at all and very rarely if ever energy drinks, haven’t had a gatorade in a cppl years, I drink a Pepsi a week at work because I can’t bring myself to pay the same amount for “just” water and Dasani’s mineral taste is disgusting (like drinking a day old glass of water in a house where they are doing drywall) but I used to have a Pepsi a day habit at work that I’ve been cutting down on.

            I tried a Mountain Dew “energy drink” 3 years ago and almost started barfing from it, was like drinking syrup, I did try a “jolt” variant but couldn’t finish either, all that said I’m not a health nut, more a professional “yo yo dieter” and I eat fast food at least once a week if not 2 X out of convenience.

    • thesmileman
    • 9 years ago

    All I need late at night is some sweet Bawls.

    I prefer my Bawls in the diet version.

    Thank god MicroCenter sell them and they are a half mile from my house.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    I like air-popped popcorn tossed in a paper grocery bag with some (salted!) butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.

    edit: also, Scott, all 3 of those suggestions sound great.

      • Bensam123
      • 9 years ago

      Very interesting, sounds like a poor-mans carmel corn, only easier to make and healthier (relatively speaking).

    • ShadowTiger
    • 9 years ago

    Get some raw chicken breast/tenders (i use frozen and defrost) and throw em in a frying pan with butter or oil. I like to roll them in a mixture of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder, though you could just use McCormick Montreal Chicken, its really awesome.

    Cook the chicken on low heat, turn them over so they get evenly cooked. Cooking on low heat makes it really juicy.

    Cut the chicken into small pieces and throw them into some quesadillas and you get awesome chicken quesadillas.

    Simple to make, tastes awesome, takes about 15 minutes, though cleanup is a bit of a hassle.

    Obviously you can add your own ingredients, i just use Kraft Singles ๐Ÿ™‚

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      You had me until…

      [quote<] i just use Kraft Singles :)[/quote<]

        • ShadowTiger
        • 9 years ago

        I only eat 2 kinds of cheese mozzarella and american… so obviously I don’t really “relate” to other’s cheese preferences

          • thesmileman
          • 9 years ago

          What!!!!!!!! Eating American cheese is like sex with a chubby girl. You know you don’t want it but its better than nothing if the good stuff isn’t available.

          You need some good aged Monterrey Jack for your dillas man. Come on.

            • Meadows
            • 9 years ago

            Dude. Sex with a chubby girl is better. If I had to have someone skinny, I’d contemplate killing myself.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            Skinny or chubby; it feels just as good if they know what they’re doing

            • Meadows
            • 9 years ago

            No, because “look” is part of “feel”.

          • demani
          • 9 years ago

          Nothing else appeals to you? There are some great mild cheeses out there (Gouda, brie, muenster)

      • Convert
      • 9 years ago

      I do the same thing with the chicken tenders, though I just eat them by themselves. I never thought to make quesadillas with the meat though, will have to give that a try.

    • oldDummy
    • 9 years ago

    Cheese is great, agreed.
    I could afford to lose most of my weight…do the math.
    Sweets are my biggest downfall.

    While making oatmeal raisin cookies using the instructions from the top of the oatmeal container, I ran out of raisins. Used a whole carton of blueberrys that were in the fridg. BAM, turned out better than hoped. Crazy good.

      • Rakhmaninov3
      • 9 years ago

      Your screen name is priceless

        • oldDummy
        • 9 years ago

        Wisdom is the knowledge we are all dummies.
        I’m old enough to know it.
        I generate proof at least once a month.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 9 years ago

      My favorite oatmeal cookies are the Choc-oat-chewy chocolate chip cookies from the box top. I’ve made the cranberry and white chocolate ones too, but I like the version with semi-sweet chocolate and pecans better.

      • demani
      • 9 years ago

      Trader Joe’s has a nice dried berry mix: raisins, blueberries, cherries and cranberries. Use that instead of the plain old brown raisins and it just sings.

    • Jambe
    • 9 years ago

    1 lb Land o Lakes white process cheese, in 1cm or smaller cubes
    1-1.5 cups 2% milk
    some peppers, diced – probably a heaping tablespoon’s worth, I use jalapeรฑo and habanero

    Add it all together in a nukebox-safe bowl and hit it in 50-60 second blasts, stirring in between, until it it’s all melted. Dip whatever you want in there and eat it. So terrible for you but so good in the mouth. I usually halve or quarter the recipe since I usually only cook for a few people. But if you have leftovers, just cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge. It’ll solidify, but you just do the nuke process over again.

    I make excellent croissants from scratch. A simple ham and cheese on a fresh roll is great iyam, supposing you need anything at all on it. Gonna try my hand at baguettes soon (afraid am I).

    It’s not a concoction, but I do really enjoy some Trader’s Point Creamery cottage cheese on a glass plate (fie on plastic) with some freshly-ground pepper. So gooooooooood.

    I also dig a classic antipasto. Anything with coppa or prosciutto. Bit of very-slightly-toasted lean bread slathered in olive oil and some paper-thin bits of meat to inhale gluttonously, perhaps a bit of funky drain-your-sinuses cheese on hand… mmhm.

    But mostly my diet is pretty bland and fibery. Dammit. I wish I could eat what I wanted to without getting fat and dying thirty years early.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    You can never have enough cheese! My favorite is thin rye bread squares covered with cheese spread and a slice of cucumber. I die for it! My wife is a health nut so I get to experiment with all kinds of food. Most of the time it is great, so times not so. But I’m still 20 pounds overweight, what the heck?! Yea, the food is that good… Um.

      • demani
      • 9 years ago

      It’s like those tea sandwiches- I think they are usually cucumber and cream cheese of some sort. So tasty (and cucumbers are a great addition to most sandwiches for the crunch and fresh taste).

    • alp300
    • 9 years ago

    Best chip dip EVER:
    – 1 pound of hamburger (cooked)
    – 1 pound of ground sausage (cooked)
    – a can of cream of mushroom soup
    – a 2 pound brick of Velveeta cheese
    – a can of salsa
    – hot sauce and/or red pepper to taste

    Combine all ingredients in a crockpot or kettle on the stove. Heat on low, stirring occasionally, until everything is melted and combined. Eat with tortilla chips.

    Obviously, this is a party-sized recipe…. if it’s just you, seriously downsize it. Or, put your leftovers in the fridge and reheat later. Does very well as a leftover.

    • BenBasson
    • 9 years ago

    Ham and cheese toastie, with contents covered in Tabasco.

    • ericfulmer
    • 9 years ago

    I love tomato on toast with mayo, salt, and pepper. It somehow convinces me it is healthy, but satisfies the munchies.

      • demani
      • 9 years ago

      Oh yeah- I forgot about this- one of my favorite summertime snacks when the tomatoes are fresh and tangy.

      Also good with pickles in place of tomatoes for the winter.

      • oldDummy
      • 9 years ago

      Love it.

    • thermistor
    • 9 years ago

    Just a plate of bacon…the pieces and ends that has extra flavoring added so it can be cooked down and used as ‘bacon bits’…I just eat a good 2-4 ounces and watch the cholesterol meter max.

    Or just plain old tortilla chips and home-made salsa my wife makes…peeled canned tomatoes, baby onion, salt, hot sauce, and a truck load of cilantro, gotta have cilantro, 30 sec in a food processor.

      • Tumbleweed
      • 9 years ago

      Careful with the Cilantro. A lot of people are allergic and don’t realize what’s going on. If you get a headache after eating Mexican food, chances are you may have this allergy. Try something with and then without Cilantro. Since I figured this out and order things withOUT Cilantro that normally come with, life is good.

      +1 on the bacon, though. It’s the ‘gateway meat’ that brings Vegans and Vegetarians back into the fold. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Vegan/Vegetarian Kryptonite, really.

      • thesmileman
      • 9 years ago

      I make a bacon steak sometimes. Go to you meat man and ask for uncut slab of bacon. It will be as think as you bacon is wide. DELICIOUS!

        • oldDummy
        • 9 years ago

        Don’t know how you would cook it.
        Deep fried would be my choice.
        Sounds sinful.

      • Hattig
      • 9 years ago

      Ah there needs to be a chopped red chilli or two in a proper salsa. And cilantro … wtf is that? Oh, Coriander. Coriander is a god amongst herbs and spices.

      But I’m one of those oddballs that really doesn’t like tortilla chips, not even when they’re coated in cheese.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    Instant noodles. Kimchi flavor, etc…

    • Buzzard44
    • 9 years ago

    Didn’t they used to be Friday Night Science topics? Oh well, I guess cheese is sciencey enough anyway.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      there were science, political, sports, whatever – it’s just not strictly tech-related.

        • Damage
        • 9 years ago

        There was a Saturday Science Subject that Cyril used to do… until we worked him to the bone and he stopped. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • derFunkenstein
          • 9 years ago

          Oh, that’s probably what he was thinking of. Forgot about those.

    • DrCR
    • 9 years ago

    Nothing like trading carbohydrates for saturated fats (butter, cheese, cream) to maintain a healthy lifestyle…

      • glacius555
      • 9 years ago

      Fats were part of our diet long before concentrated sugars showed up..

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        They were a [i<]small[/i<] part of our diet, because they were difficult to get (especially animal fats). Which is why we tend to eat more than we should, because evolution programmed us to try to get as much as we could since there was little chance we'd get too much (and we had no reason to develop any mechanisms for coping with excess). Until now.

          • thesmileman
          • 9 years ago

          What are you talking about? We have a great mechanism for coping with excess fat…Eat more fat! It make you feel better for at least a solid 10 minutes.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 9 years ago

    Potato Bread + Favorite crunchy cereal, makes a unique flavor+texture combination and awesome when you’re out of milk. I prefer Honey Bunches of Oats.

    Marshmallows + Favorite crunchy cereal, microwaved 20-30s , ghetto rice crispy treats, but better.

    Ben+Jerry’s ice cream, I’ll be damned if I’m not a diabetic by 40.

    • ludi
    • 9 years ago

    Tortilla pizzas are awesome, pretty much a super-quesadilla. If you don’t need low carb, make the pizzas on an English Muffin instead. I also like to pop a bag of ranch or sour cream & onion potato chips and dip them in buffalo wing sauce.

    It’s not a concoction, but sometimes the best way to kill a snack attack is to open up a jar of unsliced spicy-garlic pickles. Crunch. Crunch. Mmmmmmm….

      • mmmmmdonuts21
      • 9 years ago

      I am a huge fan of the english muffin pizzas ๐Ÿ™‚ So quick and easy and delicious

        • Hattig
        • 9 years ago

        Um, I’m from England, wtf is an English Muffin Pizza, unless it’s a 3″ diameter pizza-ingredients-on-a-muffin?

          • demani
          • 9 years ago

          Yup- but so quick to make and very satisfying (NYers also like the bagel pizza variant)

          • ludi
          • 9 years ago

          I don’t know if an English Muffin is actually English or not, but in the US, you can buy them at any grocery store:

          [url<]http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=english+muffin&aq=f&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.1,or.&fp=5e2b21bd614e0a97[/url<] It has a fairly thick crust with a chewy, breaded interior and is ideal for taking the tomato sauce, because it can "cup" it without soaking through.

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