Nom Nom Nom – Easy Snacks

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By Jana Mendoza (Human Resources)

So fall is here. Changing leaves crisp weather, bonfires, roasting weenies and s’mores. Not to mention camping, woohoo!  I’m also looking forward to all the fashion, you know, scarves, boots, coats, getting dressed up and cozy. The other thing that happens in the fall is football season.  Don’t get the wrong impression, I’m not a fan of watching it but I am a fan of making and eating snacks and hanging with friends. I’m also a fan of putting together some tasty treats that don’t require that you slave away in the kitchen all afternoon. These all have just a handful of ingredients and can all be made a day ahead or thrown together at the last minute.

So whether you’re headed to a tailgate, a backyard barbecue or just hanging at home with the family, here are a few of my favorite easy and delicious snacks.

7 Layer Mediterranean Dip

This is a no bake, put it together and stick it in the fridge dip. Feel free to add or remove ingredients depending on what you like. A little lemon juice is good too.
2 containers Hummus

1 container Greek yogurt

1 Diced cucumber

2 Diced tomatoes

1 cup Chopped Greek olives

1/2 cup Feta cheese

1/4 cup Chopped parsley
Layer all ingredients in order in an 8×8 pan. Use pita chips to scoop and enjoy!

Date Delights

While this recipe calls for baking these, you don’t have to. It’s just as good without a trip in the oven.
24 Medjool dates

6 thin slices Prosciutto

4 oz goat cheese

Heat oven to 350.

Slit dates on one side and pit. Cut slices in 4 long strips.

Stuff dates with goat cheese. Then wrap in prosciutto.  Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until prosciutto gets crisp. Enjoy!!

Cream Cheese and Spicy Jelly

This is a no brainier. Tabasco makes a nice pepper jelly but you can find many brands that make one or look for a locally made option at your farmers market.   Another option that is tasty is a cranberry pepper jelly for Christmas.
1 block of cream cheese

1 jar of pepper jelly

1 package of crackers, I prefer Ritz
Place the block of cream cheese on a plate. You can leave it like that or spread it into a circle. Then top with about 1-1.5 cups of jelly. Arrange crackers around the plate/platter. Serve and enjoy.

Apricot Jam Bars

So easy and so yummy, while this one does need a trip to the oven.  It doesn’t take long to whip these up.
1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup apricot Jam

Preheat your oven to 350.  Lightly spray a nonstick 8×8 baking pan.
In a large food processor, add flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and butter.  Pulse a few times until butter is in pieces the size of peas.  Dump in bowl, add oats and massage with fingers until well mixed. (Or just mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and then massage in the butter with your hands)

Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the baking dish and press down well.  Then spread the jam over the bottom layer.  Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the top.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 – 38 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.  You can cut into squares or triangles and enjoy!
What is your favorite easy snack recipe?

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