Showing posts with label Snacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snacks. Show all posts

Almond Crusted Baked Zucchini Crisps

March 21, 2014

Almond Crusted Baked Zucchini Crisps

Truth: almond flour is better than breadcrumbs for coating.
Boom. There, I said it.
OK, OK, OOOOOK...subbing one ingredient for another doesn’t always cut it.
Sometimes it yields “just as good as” or “almost like the real deal” results.
Other times (such as this case) it’s way better.
To put it in car terms almond flour is better than bread crumbs just like a Camaro is better than a Chevy Citation.
Got it?

(Paleo) Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

March 5, 2014

(Paleo) Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies


I don’t even know how to break the news to you – but these Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies are my new obsession...soon to be yours too.
Not only they are decadent in flavor and they taste kind of naughty - with all that rich dark chocolate; but they are paleo-friendly and kind of healthy.
Now, I could easily go on, and on, and on for the whole post citing the reasons why you should eat these cookies. Because they’re gluten-free, refined-sugar free, because of this, because of that, etc.
For once let’s focus on the delicious instead...as these cookies are pure perfection.

Cauliflower Crust Hot Pockets

February 21, 2014

Cauliflower Crust Hot Pockets


Guys, this recipe is phenomenal. Truly, madly, deeply phenomenal.
But let’s start from the beginning.
Let’s start from Hot Pockets.
For those of you unfamiliar with Hot Pockets, they’re wildly popular microwaveable turnovers, made of dough and stuffed with a LOT of cheese, meat, and/or vegetables.
They probably are the quintessential microwaveable food.
I actually can’t think of any other food that screams “microwave food” as much as Hot Pockets do.
Grab one from the freezer, remove the wrapper, pop it in the microwave, nuke it for 2 minutes, and voila’ a steamy Hot Pocket ready to be devoured.

Minty-Chia Green Smoothie

January 29, 2014

Minty-Chia Green Smoothie


It’s no secret that I’m a smoothie aficionado.
There’s something about sipping liquid food that just does it for me.
Not that I disdain chewing.
To the contrary, I for one think that jaw activity is totally underrated.
Chewing thoroughly pre-digests food, helps you eat less, and - more importantly - makes you really savor all the flavors your food has to offer.
Chew-chew-chew, for it’s the thing to do!” the crowd screams.
There are times however when contracting the jaw muscles feels like a chore.
Say you go for a 13.1-mile run, come home starving, barely make it to shower, stomach seized up; munching is not an option.
That’s when food in liquid form (aka smoothie) saves the day.
The blender will “gnaw” the food for you and ease the burden on your mouth and digestive system.
All you’re left to do is “Sip-sip-sip!

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies

December 8, 2013

(Paleo) Gingerbread Cookies


I’ve been told that TheIronYou is lacking holiday spirit, just like my apartment.
Thing is, I'm not big on Christmas decorations — and that doesn't mean I don't like Christmas or that I’m against participating in the excitement of the holidays.
I DON'T put up Christmas lights or decorations, even though they were a big part of my childhood (maybe it’s a dude kind of thing.)
A couple of years ago I went with my cousin to Target and bought string lights, a pine wreath, two 50-piece ornament sets and assorted decorations.
But they'd been sitting in the attic collecting dust ever since; still sealed in their boxes.
One day I’ll put them to good use, for now however decorating is still something foreign to me.

(Paleo) Choc Chip Mini Muffins

December 1, 2013

(Paleo) Choc Chip Muffins




So I bought a mini muffin tin a while back. I want to make these mini frittatas baked in a muffin tin I’ve keep seeing all over Pinterest.
Except that...I never made them.
Thing is, when I’m in the mood for frittata I usually grab a frying pan, crack a couple of eggs, add some sauteed veggies and voilà, the frittata is served.
It doesn’t even cross my mind to preheat the oven, grease a muffin tin and bake the frittatas in the oven.

Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers (Gluten-Free & Low Carb)

September 27, 2013

Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers (Gluten-Free & Low Carb)


I love crackers, and I love even more making crackers at home. It’s incredible how much better they taste than store-bought.
Whenever my niece is visiting, we usually make whole wheat cheese crackers together. Just like Cheez-It, just better.
She always has a blast doing it. I recently bought a set of animal farm tiny cookie cutters and she cuts the cracker’s dough into cows, pigs, sheeps, etc. Then she places them on the baking sheet in a very specific order, sheeps close together, hens with cows, etc. You know, kids’ fantasy.
When we’re done, I give her the whole batch to take home, so that she can bring them to school for her lunch and MOST OF ALL parading with her friends.

Herb Polenta Sticks

July 22, 2013

Herb Polenta Sticks
In my world there are things I must eat, things I like to eat and things I love to eat. I know it sounds confusing but that that’s pretty much how I roll.
Some examples: green juice, salmon and spirulina fall into the must eat category; meaning that I do not to enjoy eating/drinking those foods but they’re good for me so I do.
In the “like” category falls almost 75% of the food I eat. Things that I appreciate a lot, but that I don’t crave. Steamed brown rice, broccoli, grilled chicken, tomato soup, etc.
Then there’s the last category: the “love” food. Aka food I could stuff my face with all the time.
Let’s see...a perfectly ripe Haas avocado, a freshly baked cinnamon roll, dark chocolate, baked sweet potatoes, a croissant from THAT bakery in Paris, and nowadays these herb polenta sticks.
Yes, these polenta sticks are that awesome.

Zucchini Pizza Bites

July 5, 2013

Zucchini Pizza Bites Let’s say you find yourself in the kitchen at 7:30 p.m. and you need to whip up something stellar in a wee bit-of-time. Let’s also add that you want some healthy, tasty, filling, and that involves a good amount of veggies. Well my friend, then this might be just the right recipe for you.

Whole Wheat Focaccia with Caramelized Onions

May 30, 2013

Whole Wheat Focaccia with Caramelized Onions
I got into a focaccia kick and started making it just about every other day, topping it with vegetables and sometimes filling it with them. I mean, Stuffed Whole Wheat Focaccia with Arugula, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes or Whole Wheat Focaccia With Cherry Tomatoes and Oregano, anyone?

Whole Wheat Focaccia With Cherry Tomatoes and Oregano

April 21, 2013




Turn of spring can only mean one thing…triathlon race season! There used to be a time, not too long ago, when triathlon race season didn't kick-off until the end of May. With the continued growth of triathlon, you can find a race pretty much any weekend of the year. But spring and summer is when the real action is.
Race season means, among other aspects, food boredom. Something very common for triathletes.
With a strict training and working schedule, food becomes little more than a source of fuel, and sticking to the same menu each and every day makes planning easier. Chicken, tuna, salmon, broccoli, greens, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal...the same thing over and over again.
I can’t do it anymore. I need options and that’s why I learned to cook and create new recipes.
Whole wheat focaccia has definitely become my favorite source of complex carbs. Breakfast or lunch, if I need to carb-it-up, focaccia is what I crave.

Whole Wheat Focaccia With Cherry Tomatoes and Oregano

Stuffed Focaccia with Arugula, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

April 2, 2013

Stuffed Whole Wheat Focaccia with Arugula, Feta and Sun Dried Tomatoes



Focaccia is an astronomically popular flat oven-baked bread, which can be topped with herbs or other ingredients. It’s very popular in Italy. If you happen to walk during lunchtime in the streets of Milan, Florence, Venice or Rome everybody is munching on focaccia. Well, almost everybody. You guys know that I tend to exaggerate.
It is usually seasoned with olive oil and salt, sometimes herbs, and may be topped with onion, cheese or vegetables.
Or, or, or, or it can be stuffed. Yes, it can be stuffed. The most popular stuffed focaccia has to be the “Focaccia di Recco” a focaccia with cheese that melts into your mouth and just makes your life better.