Eat It

by Marie B.

Who likes food?  Me!  If you’re human, chances are you do, too.  You probably already know how important three square meals a day are, but what about the time between meals when your stomach feels as if it’s rubbing against your backbone?   Enter the snack.  Snack food is so important that February has been designated National Snack Food Month.  Oh, boy!  What should we eat?  I have ideas.

Me?  I crave snacks that are bad for me.  The sad fact is, I’m a junk food junkie. I love crunchy snacks and sweets.  Salty chips, gooey cheese, creamy caramel, and luscious chocolate are my kryptonite.  Oh, yes, nachos and cookies are what I really want to reach for when my stomach is growling.  I know these are not healthy options, but I’m willing to take an occasional hit to my longevity for the sheer pleasure of eating a “personal size” container (otherwise known as a “pint”) of ice cream or a half bag of crinkle cut chips.  As I write this, I’ve got three chocolates awaiting my attention.  Three is a magic number, you know.  If you love classic treats as much as I do, check out Treat Yourself, and, well, treat yourself.

If you’re working toward your New Year’s resolution to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ll be looking for more sensible food choices.  Hummus is one of my favorite healthy snacks.  You’re probably familiar with the traditional recipe made with chickpeas, but have you ever tried beet hummus?  Not only is it delicious, it’s pink!  You can find plenty of recipes online; here’s one I’ve used.  The recipes call for roasted beets, but if you’re using a food processor or high-power blender, try raw beets.  The earthy flavor is amazing, the texture is as expected, and cutting out the roasting decreases the prep time dramatically.  You can use hummus as a dip with fresh vegetables, or dial down the healthy score a notch and eat it with pita chips.  Try The Complete Hummus Cookbook for a collection of recipes that spotlights the wonders of this super-snack.

There are plenty of specialty cookbooks for the hungry.  With the legalization of marijuana in Washington State, Sno-Isle Libraries has added several cookbooks in a variety of formats to help you find creative ways to add pot to your pot.  For example, Bong Appetit combines one possible source of the munchies with munchies.  Diners can kill two birds with one stone(r).  Seriously, though, this cookbook is a great resource for folks who are interested in delicious edibles.  Readers will discover facts about dosage, pairing strains for the most flavorful result, and will learn a bit about the politics of marijuana.

What are your favorite snacks?
Please share in the comments below.  Hungry for more?  Check out this smorgasbord of snack food cookbooks.

Eat It


2 responses to “Eat It”

  1. Jordan Akins says:

    The Doggfather wrote a rather marvelous cookbook, From Crook to Cook, that also provides some pairings of the green and leafy persuasion. He also devotes a whole section to what kind of snacks he fills his pantry with!

    • Marie B. says:

      I’ve checked this out from the library. It’s a fun read as well as an interesting cookbook. Some of the recipes are rather pedestrian, but in the end it doesn’t matter, because Doggfather.

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