As if we haven’t gotten our fix of snacks yet (we’re looking at you, Super Bowl Sunday), we’re celebrating our favorite in-between-meal for the next 25 days. What we love most about snacks is how versatile they are: they can be sweet, salty, a combination of both, a light meal, a rich and indulgent treat, crunchy, chewy–and even liquid. So in the name of diversity, here are some of our favorite not-your-average snacks. Happy February!
Spice up snack time with Turkish Trail Mix
Today is National Peanut Day! We love these legumes (yep, they’re not actually a nut!) for their crunch, creaminess and soft flavor that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Not to mention they’re also high in protein and healthy fats — and can basically be used in any form (roasted, raw, whole or chopped!). Obviously these babies have tons of potential. To celebrate their special day, whip up one of these recipes that go way beyond the jar.
A sprinkling of chopped peanuts over these Baked Coconut Chili Lime Wings will enhance the marinated coconut flavor — plus, it’ll add a nice buffer from the spicy chili peppers.
You already know that August is National Sandwich Month, but not every sandwich is created equal. According to Yahoo! Search Trend Expert Lauren Whitehouse, these four sandwiches ranked as the month’s most-sought-after: chicken salad sandwich, egg salad sandwich, Reuben sandwich and Monte Cristo. But rather than your average run-of-the-mill sammie, turn things up with some truly unique and delicious recipes. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Say buh-bye to boring chicken salad! These 10 twists will keep your lunch lively
Looking for an exotic egg salad? Try our Curried Egg Salad Sandwiches
Swap out rye bread for potato pancakes in our Latke Reuben
Crunchy bacon and sweet cranberry sauce makes this Turkey & Bacon Monte Cristo so much more decadent than the original
You tell us: What’s your favorite twist on a classic sandwich?
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You’re not seeing things — dreams really do come true! It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. But with so many food holidays throughout the year, you may be asking yourself: Why is this day different from all the others? Because there are so many ways to celebrate that go way beyond the cookie jar!
Summer and hot dogs go hand in hand, so it’s only appropriate that today, in the heat of the season (pun intended), is National Hot Dog Day! Whether you like a straight-up ketchup-and-mustard classic, or you like to be more adventurous with your toppings and preparation, one of our 10 most popular hot dog recipes is sure to suit your fancy for franks. The best part? These recipes are so quick and easy, you’ll be able to make ‘em tonight for dinner before the sun goes down!
July is Ice Cream Month, so that means we’ll be scooping, spooning, sandwiching, dipping, topping and licking our favorite ice cream treats and recipes for the next 31 days! We asked you for your favorite ice cream flavors and some of your top picks also happen to be some of our most popular recipes! You’re loving mint chocolate chip, chocolate, peanut butter, coffee, pistachio and chocolate chip cookie dough ice creams, and we’re here to satisfy your cravings. Check out these ice cream recipes to keep you cool and help you celebrate National Ice Cream Month throughout July:
We know every month feels like National Candy Month, but June is the real deal—get ready to celebrate! For an extra-sweet treat, check out Seattle Chocolates’ Truffle Bar Collection. Their bars are known for their creativity, their eco-friendly ingredients and—most importantly—their deliciousness.
We’re loving their summer flavors right now: Campers’ S’mores, a milk chocolate bar filled with marshmallow nougat and graham cracker pieces, and Lemon Ice, a white chocolate bar full of lemon oil and sour lemon candy pieces. Check out all 28 flavors here—trust us, your sweet tooth will thank you.
Photo courtesy of Seattle Chocolates
The Mediterranean diet is composed of key healthy ingredients, such as EVOO, fish, seasonal produce and robust spices. Although we can celebrate these unbeatable recipes and flavor combinations every month, May just so happens to be Mediterranean Diet Month, giving us yet another excuse to get in the kitchen and try out some new and exciting dishes. But before we get cooking, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Eat more fish: Heart-healthy fats (such as Omega 3 fatty acids) are key to this way of eating, and fish is full of them.
2. Embrace herbs and spices: Besides being an easy way to wake up mild meat like chicken, herbs and spices have all kinds of health benefits, too.
3. Go with the grains: Whole grains are high in fiber, filling you up so you’ll have less room for unhealthy foods.
4. Fill up on veggies: Vegetables provide all kinds of nutrients, especially those typically found in the Mediterranean diet. They can be a meal unto themselves, or make up a started course called meze.
5. Rethink your proteins: Who says you can only eat eggs in the morning? They’re a phenomenal source of protein for any time of day.
6. Finish with fruit: Fresh or dried, fruit is a healthy, delicious finale to a meal, and replaces sugary desserts completely in the Mediterranean diet.
Try some of our favorite Mediterranean recipes this month!
Yep, these little crustaceans have an entire day devoted just to them! Easy to prepare, quick to cook and great at absorbing almost any flavor, shrimp are great any day of the year. But on May 10th, make sure to celebrate shrimp and cook some up, one of these suggested ways:
Not so fast! Make sure you know how to de-vein a shrimp before you get cooking!
May might be National Hamburger Month, but the second week of May (which started yesterday) is National Hamburger Week! You told us some of your must-have burger toppings, which included the standby cheese, tomato, onions and ketchup, as well as more out-of-the-box toppings like grilled pineapple, fried egg and potato chips. No matter how you like to top your patty, here’s a fast idea that’s sure to satisfy even the biggest of burger connoisseurs: Bacon-Cheese Sliders.
Although these sliders are simple and quick to make, they’re packed with flavor from smoky bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and tangy pickles. Perfect for a casual night with friends or family dinner, you really can’t go wrong (especially during National Hamburger Month). Get the full recipe here.
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