To Make / Healthy Red Pepper Dip

 

      Hi there! During my Whole30, I tested a lot of recipes. You basically have to, to survive a month of eating no dairy, grains, legumes, or sugar. That's one of the best parts of the program though, it pushes your creativity! One of my favorite things to test was snacks. I love a good snack after work and am always switching it up. When I stumbled upon this recipe from A Beautiful Mess, I had to try it out! Roasted red peppers give the best flavor, and combined with pumpkin seeds, make a super nutritious dip. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 1 red pepper, sliced in half and roasted

- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds, or pepitas

- lemon juice

- chili powder, paprika, and salt

Directions:

1. Put your peppers and pumpkin seeds into your food processor, then squirt in some lemon juice, and sprinkle in your seasonings. 

2. Blend until smooth. 

3. Serve with chips of your choosing and enjoy!

For a Cheese Board

 

     Hi guys! Over Labor Day weekend, I made this awesome cheeseboard, and I wanted to share what I used to construct it! Cheeseboards are the best when entertaining guests. With multiple kinds of cheeses, meats, vessels (i.e. crackers, breads, etc.), and extras (i.e. nuts, olives, fruit spreads), there's something for everyone.

    On this cheeseboard, I used hot pepper cheese and Vermont cheddar! The hot pepper cheese was my favorite, as I'm a big fan of all things spicy. I also included some Genoa dried salami to accompany the cheeses!

      For the vessels, I toasted sliced french bread, which is always a favorite, and added some strange but delicious french seed mango crackers. As far as extras go, I went salty with my favorite Habanero BBQ almonds (also one of my dad's favorites!) and with marinated olives! This ended up being our dinner, along with a few glasses of wine of course. Also, shout out to Cat for giving me these cheese knives for Christmas last year! They're amazing! Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

To Make Buffalo Sweet Rolls

 

     Hi guys! Do you follow Joy the Baker? I love her blog for her interesting recipes and on point food styling. She's the best in my opinion. Well, she made these amazing Buffalo Chicken Hawaiian Rolls, and I had to replicate them. We've been on a bit of a sweet roll kick at our house, and I saw this as an excellent opportunity to liven them up! Spoiler: they're delicious. Anything that includes bleu cheese usually is. I didn't include it on half of them because Brett isn't a fan of the cheese, so I decided to be nice that day. These were actually a lot easier to construct than I anticipated. I also highly recommend eating them warm too, it really brings out the bite in the buffalo sauce and cheese. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients: adapted from this recipe

- a pack of Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

- 3 cups of shredded chicken

- half a cup of spinach

- half a cup of hot sauce

- 3 tbs. of mayo

- 1/3 cup of bleu cheese

- parsley for sprinkling

Directions:

Step one - In a small mixing bowl, combine hot sauce and mayo with chicken. Then add in spinach.

Step two - Slice across the top of each roll. Stuff the chicken mixture in the best you can, and top with bleu cheese and parsley. Serve warm and with your favorite beverage! Mine is Cock and Bull ginger beer, pictured below.