Snacks

Snacks that are actually good for you.

Jicama Fries

Jicama fries make a tasty alternative to regular fries. In this version, the fries are coated in olive oil and yummy seasonings, then baked until tender. Microwaving the fries prior to baking them is optional, but keep in mind that if you don’t microwave them first, jicama fries retain some of their crunch even when baked for a long time. I tried both versions, and we all liked the microwaved fries better. Click for the recipe

egg and sausage muffins

I love the convenience of these breakfast egg muffins! They are easy to make, easy to eat (on the go if you must) and taste great warm or at room temperature. But these breakfast egg muffins are not just a convenient, on-the-go breakfast or snack – they are delicious too.

You can make your own homemade sausage for this recipe, using any ground meat you prefer. Today I used beef, but pork will obviously work as well, and I can imagine that ground chicken, turkey or lamb would also be great in this recipe. You can absolutely make these breakfast egg muffins in advance, and briefly reheat in the microwave, covered, when ready to enjoy.

baked egg and sausage Click for the recipe

ham and egg cups

Ham and egg cups are cute little quiches that can serve as a filling, on the go breakfast; as party appetizers; or as a snack. They are very good warm, at room temperature, and even cold straight out of the fridge (yes I tried!). The big advantage of using ham slices as a “crust” is not just the added flavor, but also reduced risk of sticking to the muffin tin compared with standard egg muffins. Click for the recipe

microwave sweet potatoes

It’s no wonder sweet potatoes have become the darling of the nutrition-conscious Paleo community. They’re high in carbs, but they are very nutritious. A smallish, 7-ounce sweet potato contains 940mg of potassium, 800% of your daily vitamin A requirement, 65% of vitamin C, half your Manganese requirement and a third of vitamin B6. Sweet potatoes are also incredibly delicious, and can be “baked” in the microwave with incredible results. Click for the recipe

broccoli fritters

What a fun way to eat broccoli! These cheesy baked broccoli fritters work as a tasty snack, as a healthy lunch, or as a vegetarian dinner when served with a salad. I make them with almond meal, to keep the carbs down and keep them gluten-free, but you can use breadcrumbs instead. The serving size listed is for a snack – double it if you plan to serve these broccoli fritters as a main dish. Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Cheese Biscuits

These gluten-free cheese biscuits are low in carbs, but they are not low in flavor. Tender and cheesy, with a pleasant subtle kick from the cayenne, they’re great for breakfast, as a snack, or as a side to chili. Click for the recipe

baked apple chips

Delicious baked apple chips, flavored with cinnamon. Patience is key – you’ll need to bake these apple chips for a looong time at a low temperature – but your reward, sweet-tangy dried apple slices that have no added sugar and are not just tasty but also good for you – will be well worth it. A great recipe to make on a cold winter weekend when you’re home anyway. Click for the recipe