Here are a few of my favorite alternatives to chips and dip, salsa, etc. These are a fun to bring to caregroup if you have snack, or to have at your next party or celebration. They are easy, require little to no preparation, and taste yummy. You may want to still have a “normal” munchie in case your group isn’t adventurous. But honestly, all of my kids eat this stuff, and so does my meat and potatoes husband.
Pita Chips and Hummus
We love these chips (we get ours at Sam’s Club) with hummus. You can either make your own Hummus or buy some – we like it both ways!
Steamed Edamame with Sea Salt
If you haven’t discovered Edamame (soy beans in pods), let me introduce you. It is more addictive than popcorn, and healthier at that! You pop the beans from the pod, directly into your mouth. You will want to have an empty bowl for the leftover pods. This is sooooo yummy! Look in your freezer section for the least expensive. Our Wal Mart Supercenter carries them fresh and frozen.
Pretzels with southwestern ranch dip
My sister-in-law Abby turned me on to this combo. We use the tic tac toe style pretzel and a southwestern ranch dip from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. You can find hundreds of Southwestern ranch dip online if you google for a recipe. So simple and so tasty.
Hot Artichoke dip (served with butter crackers and tortilla chips)
I first had this years ago at Peggy Carr’s house when she had a scrapbooking party. I never caught on with the scrapbooking but I’ve been using this recipe ever since! I usually double it for a big group.
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained
1 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. Best Foods real mayo
1/2 c. sour cream
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 small onion finely chopped (I like red)
Top with chopped tomatoes for a prettier presentation and a little bit of flavor.
Chop artichoke hearts and combine all ingredients together and pour into greased oven proof dish. Cook 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with chips and crackers. Bruschetta
You can actually buy bruschetta topping in a jar, and toast/chips in a bag. It’s so easy that way and tastes great.
Your turn! What are your favorite, easy recipes for munchies?