Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Brazi Bites help keep it real.

Brazi Bites (c)nwafoodie

Heads up: I received free product samples of Brazi Bites (yum).

Each week after Church we have light snacks, coffee, tea, and lemonade.  The drinks are replenished throughout the afternoon by volunteers and I wonder if anyone else personally struggles with the idea of scooping out a mix of bright pink powder that magically turns into pink lemonade.  The kids seem to enjoy it so the mixing goes on.

Light snacks are provided by the whim of whomever.  The occasional mega-pack of pretzels, chips, and cheetos snuggle in next to that crazy pink lemonade.  Some weeks it is obvious someone went on a baking spree as the countertops fill up with bite-size treats that encourages more pots of coffee.  A dose of protein like string cheese will pop in, here and there, and cause me to mentally breath a sigh a relief for all those little kids hyped up on pink lemonade and treats.   

I love light snack time.

While I don’t have that sweet tooth everyone brags about, I am constantly on the lookout for appetizers that are simple, delicious, and can please a wide variety of folks. 

On the savory side.

Brazi Bites
Last week I brought to Church a platter of Brazi Bites and filled them with a impromptu mixed up spread of cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and Sriracha hot sauce for just for the right amount of kick.  They were gobbled up so fast that I mistakenly thought they were not put out. 

I should have made more.

Brazi Bites are a new gluten-free cheese bread snack hitting freezer shelves in places like Whole Foods and Sprouts in Little Rock (the rest of us can use this link to find where to buy them, here) and are recreated to reflect a national snacking treasure from Brazil.  The ingredient list impresses me because it is short and too the point.  They keep it real with no preservatives, no sugar, and no artificial anything.  In a word, they are addictive and I personally plan on stocking up the next time I take a trip to Whole Foods in Tulsa.

They are incredibly tasty.

These little puffs of goodness come frozen so you can always keep them fresh and ready.  Available in three flavors (my favorite is the original) and after a short trip in the oven, they are ready to go.

Brazi Bites oven (c)nwafoodie

Whether after Church, after school, or in the afternoon when friends drop by, let’s always be prepared. Together we can elevate that powdery pink lemonade with unordinary snack companions. All it takes is a wee bit of planning and creativity.  Having a healthy snack option waiting for you in the freezer is an excellent back-up plan.

Snack time is calling.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Snacks and lunch bags are on my mind.

I like to keep snacks on hand and ready-to-go when I leave the house. How about you? Are you taking good care of yourself when it comes to keeping grown-up snacks on hand? This article of mine about snack packs was featured on peekaboonwa today.

grown up snack packs (c)nwafoodie

I wish I had an entire closet full of insulated lunch bags, containers, bottles, and all-things-storage containers.  Does that make me obsessed?  How about you? Are you looking for inspiration on grown-up lunch bags?  These are fun.  This article of mind about lunch bag foodie finds was featured on Arkansas Women Bloggers today.

five foodie finds for Friday, March 28, 2014 (c)nwafoodie

I must be hungry.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cauliflower and Rice croquettes.

How to make cauliflower and rice croquettes patties cakes (c)nwafoodie

Cauliflower is a cool-season crop and boy is this cool-season still going strong.  Instead of fighting, whining, grumbling, complaining about our little Spring peek-a-boo party, let’s embrace what we’ve been given.

Cauliflower just wants a little love.

Recently I was asked to write a monthly post for Taste Arkansas, an Arkansas Farm Bureau publication, so I decided to play around with cauliflower and rice. You know why I chose cauliflower but why rice? Arkansas rice is one of the backbones of our state's farming economy, so I figured it only right that I let them play together.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Need a little pre-Spring inspiration?

pre-Spring daffodils (c)nwafoodie

Don’t let that little sleet-ice episode fool you. Spring has penciled in her dance card and her number is coming up next. 

The daffodils don’t lie.

My sister Stacey and I have a cute little give-and-take.  When I get stuck on which blog picture I should post in a series of photographs, I text them to them her and let her pick.  9 times out of 10 we pick the same one. When she is stumped on what to serve for dinner with, say steak, she texts me for suggestions.  10 times out of 10 I wish I lived close enough to her to bring the side dishes over myself.

So I got to thinking about Spring and decided that you may need a little full-course meal inspiration to get you in the mood for Spring… complete with the photos that received the solid thumbs-up.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Foodie Finds for Friday, March 14th.

Five foodie finds for Friday, March 14, 2014 (c)nwafoodie

Lately I’ve been thinking about starting a pepper grinder collection.  Are you into that? I found out that there are about a trillion salt and pepper shaker options out there on the interweb. Here are five to get you started.

Go timeless. These timeless shakers are made of brass and have an antique silver patina finish.  Perfect for every day shaking.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Make your own hot sauce and brag a little about it.

make your own hot sauce (c)nwafoodie

Take a hike, Tabasco.
Find the door, Franks.
Sashay on outta here, Sriracha.

There is a new hot sauce in town and your services are no longer needed.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sunshine, snow, and a mason jar cocktail shaker.

Bourbon and Boots Mason Jar Shaker (c)nwafoodie

The joke goes something like this, if you don’t like the weather in Arkansas today, wait for tomorrow. Or maybe it is the other way around, if you like the weather in Arkansas today, just wait a day.

Either way, the weather is in a fickle mood.  Sunny in the 60s one day and then wrapping us back up in her snowy blanket again. “Tuck in, tuck in,” she keeps reminding us.

Is winter hibernation getting to you? Hang in there, kiddo. I know you were ready for the ice and snow to go away.  Ready for the school routine.  Ready to play outside.

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