GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!!! YAY!!!! As Steph reminded us last weekend….IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!! Here is another fast and easy appetizer option! Its cheap, easy, and goes a LONG way!!! It can be prepared in advanced and enjoyed by many!!
2 blocks of cream cheese
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix (you can do 1 1/2- 2 if you want a little more “kick” :)
1 package (8) of Low carb tortilla wraps (any flavor)- I use the Xtreme Wellness, Low Carb, High Fiber wraps (found at Ingles, Kroger, Food City, and Wal-mart; 5 net carbs/ tortilla)
Mix cream cheese and Ranch mix
Spread a thin layer over each of the low carb wraps
Roll wrap tightly and place in a large zip-lock bag
Place in fridge overnight
Next day: cut into 1/2 inch pinwheels and dip in salsa!!!
This appetizer is always a huge hit and it is soooo incredibly quick and easy! You can add ham or turkey to the roll ups for additional protein! Unfortunately I don’t have a picture, but they look very “festive” on a platter w/ salsa in the center. They look like you spent LOTS of time, but it only takes a few minutes to prepare (sneaky :)!!) A tip when spreading the cream cheese mixture; it can be messy! I lay out wax paper, or press-n-seal on the counter top and lay out the tortillas on top of that, this way when I spread the cream cheese mixture I can cover them COMPLETELY to the edge without making a huge mess! You want to cover them to the edge so that EACH bite has a great flavor. This is a great appetizer to take to football parties, wedding or baby showers, or church events! I always encourage my patients to take something healthy and this is a great “go-to”! ENJOY and GO VOLS!!!!
Recipe by Our Best Bites (edited slightly by Kyra Fowler)
DON’T HAVE TIME FOR BREAKFAST IN THE MORNING?? NEED SOMETHING QUICK TO GRAB AND GO??? THIS COULD BE YOUR SOLUTION!!! IT IS SUPER TASTY, SUPER EASY, AND VERY FILLING!! A LOT QUICKER AND CHEAPER THAN SITTING THRU A DRIVE THRU IN THE MORNING AND CERTAINLY A MILLION TIMES HEALTHIER!!!
Over the past 3+ years of working solely with wellness patients, I have found one of the biggest challenges individuals face is fitting in a healthy breakfast! They report either not being hungry for breakfast or the most common barrier, lack of time! ! Those who are already eating breakfast often complain of feeling hungry within an hour of eating and a lack of energy to start their day! If you are not hungry for breakfast it is because you have trained yourself not to be hungry, but you CAN and NEED to retrain your body! It truly is the most important meal of the day and gets that metabolism started! Mini egg cups are simple, filling, and very QUICK to grab and go in the morning. We should gradually start working towards making breakfast our biggest meal of the day and dinner our smallest!!! ( I know it’s hard, but it is truly how our bodies were designed to function most optimally!!!) These mini egg cups are a great place to start!!!
3/4 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 C cottage cheese
5 oz frozen spinach, defrosted, water squeezed out and roughly chopped
1 oz finely diced ham, canadian bacon, crumbled bacon (about 1/4-1/3 C), or turkey bacon- choose the nitrite free (I use Hormel)
1/4 C sliced green onions
1/4 t kosher salt
1/8 t black pepper 1/2 t hot sauce
foil muffin tin liners OR 12 slices ham
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl, combine all ingredients (except ham slices) and stir well.
If using ham slices, spray muffin tin with non cook spray and place one piece of ham in each well to form a bowl.
If using foil muffin liners, spray the insides of the liners with non-stick spray.
Evenly divide egg mixture between the 12 muffin wells (about 1/4 C each), being careful to keep ingredients well dispersed. You want them to fill right up to the top.
Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. The tops should be puffed and just barely set on top. Eggs will sink after cooling.
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze them. When reheating in the microwave, make sure to take off the foil liner! And if you’re reheating from frozen, I try to take them out the night before so they can thaw in the fridge. Then when you microwave them, set them on a folded paper towel to drain excess moisture
These mini egg cups are WONDERFUL! and the ENTIRE family will love them, kids included! I took them to a Mothers’s of Preschoolers (MOPs) presentation and they raved about them (and it was NOT b/c of the cook!! I can promise you that!) They are wonderful for preparing in advance and freezing for a quick option in the morning when you are headed out to work or trying to get the kids off to school. It is a GREAT combination of healthy fats and protein to get the day started off on the right foot! Heat up 2-3 for yourself in the morning depending on your hunger and health recommendations, or serve up hot out of the oven for the entire family in the morning, Saturday brunch, or Sunday morning at sunday school when its your turn to bring breakfast!!! This is a simple way to sneak in spinach on your kids as well! They won’t even taste it!
Be sure NOT to forget to spray non-stick cooking spray to the muffin liners, I failed to do this the first time, and it was quite the challenge to pry them out! :) Be careful not to undercook, mine were a little too “runny” for my liking the first time, so I just popped it in the microwave for a few extra seconds when I thawed it out. I left out the red pepper and green onions b/c my husband is not a fan, and also the hot sauce, b/c I am not very brave when it comes to hot stuff. I would imagine it gives a good little “kick” to the egg cup, and I would recommend it if you like a little excitement to your morning meal!