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These Easy Cheesy Pumpkin Cracker Appetizers are not only super simple to make, they also happen to be simply delicious and better for me as well! Check out the recipe below – or read on to be entertained by my ramblings.
So, how was your Halloween? Did you take your kids (or your cat or dog) trick or treating? Did you dress up? Did you pack enough snacks to balance off the candy? Did you insist on “checking” most of the procured candy from the evening’s shenanigans?
Back when my daughter was younger, our Halloween evenings were a blur! After work, I would rush to the daycare to pick my daughter up. We would then rush home and I’d grab something for us to snack on while she got dressed. Then, I’d make sure to pack some more better-for-us snacks to balance off the candy of the night and we’d head out!
My daughter is in college now and instead of going trick or treating, we spend our Halloween evenings on the couch watching scary movies – or, should I say, she watches those scary movies with eyes wide open while I hide underneath a blanket and watch them with eyes shut tight! One thing that has stayed constant is our snacking. Besides, pretending to watch scary movies is hard work and better for us snacks, like these Easy Cheesy Pumpkin Cracker Appetizers, are a must – right?!
The Cheesy Pumpkin Crackers used in these little appetizers are so easy to make! Five simple ingredients and salt and pepper (all of which I picked up from Walmart while I was stocking up on Lorissa’s Kitchen products and Honest Tea® ) are all it takes! You could pair them with Lorissa’s Kitchen Ginger Teriyaki Chicken, some avocado cream, some pomegranate arils and boom! You have one good looking appetizer or better for you snack! And, what’s even better is that these little better-for-you, Easy Cheesy Pumpkin Cracker Appetizers can be enjoyed anytime throughout your day! Which brings me to the topic of snacking.
I love to snack very often (as evidenced here), and making better for me snacking choices when I cannot sit down for an afternoon meal is what keeps me energized through the day.
So, I figured I would share my:
Favorite Five Tips For Better For You Snacking Ideas To Help You Get Through Your Day!
1) If you can, plan your weekly snacking just like you would plan you weekly meals – and, whip up some of your favorite snacks (like these Cheesy Pumpkin Crackers) on the weekend to last through the week.
2) Make sure your snacking choices are convenient – for example, prep your snacks or stock up on better for you snack choices such as Lorissa’s Kitchen products so you have something that’s better for you on hand when you need it.
3) Chew, chew, chew! I try to pick chewy snacks as chewing just gets my mind off the quantity of snacking and focus it on my satiety cues.
4) Snacking on a delicious combo of veggies/fruit and some sort of better for me fats/proteins always manages to kill my stomach rumbles – like these Cheesy Pumpkin Crackers and Lorissa’s Kitchen Ginger Teriyaki Chicken appetizers.
5) Try and drink some water or Honest Tea® that’s Just a Tad Sweet, with your snack of, (lets say) Cheesy Pumpkin Crackers topped with Lorissa’s Kitchen Ginger Teriyaki Chicken, some avocado cream, and some pomegranate arils!
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These Easy Cheesy Pumpkin Cracker Appetizers are not only super simple to make, they also happen to be simply delicious and better for me as well! Check out the recipe below - or read on to be entertained by my ramblings.
- 1 cup Gluten free flour blend
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup cheese (I used manchego)
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- milk of your choice
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
- salt and pepper to tase
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Add the flour, salt, pepper, coconut oil, pumpkin puree and cheese to a bowl and mix well. Then, add in the water and roll into a ball.
Using a rolling pin, lay ball on parchment paper that's been dusted with flour and roll out till about 1/8 inch thick. Then, using a cookie cutter, cut crackers out and using a fork, make indentations in the center.
Place cut out crackers on a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
When done, take out of oven and let cool.
Make avocado cream sauce by mashing avocado really well and adding enough water to make it a "cream-like" consistency. Add in salt and pepper and lime juice and use this to top the Easy Pumpkin Crackers and Lorissa's Kitchen Ginger Teriyaki Chicken, with.