Have you ever wondered why snacking in the winter can feel more burdensome than snacking in the summer? My hypothesis is there are more variables to consider: Has it snowed today? What size coat will I need to go to the grocery store? Is it dark before 5pm? Do I want a warm or a cold snack? What green light foods are in season? Can I make it while wearing mittens?
Steamed edamame – Easy
Edamame, or soybeans, is a plant-based snack that is full of protein. You can find frozen bags of edamame in most grocery stores. To prepare, just throw in the microwave for a few minutes to steam. I like to sprinkle it with salt, lemon pepper, and paprika to give it some extra flavor!
Crispy zucchini bites – Fairly easy
light shredded cheese (of your choice)
Directions: Cut both ends of the zucchini and slice diagonally into ¼” slices. Arrange the slices on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic and salt and flip each piece so that the garlic salt is on the bottom. Lightly spray the tops with cooking spray and top each slice with cheese. Use as little or as much as you want, then sprinkle carefully with paprika. Bake at 450°F for 10-15 minutes or until zucchini is soft and cheese is melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before enjoying.
Baked broccoli tater tots – Adventurous (approximately 30 minutes)
2 cups or 12 ounces uncooked or frozen broccoli
1 large egg
¼ cup diced yellow onion
⅓ cup light or 1% cheddar cheese
⅔ cup panko or italian bread crumbs (I substitute with whole wheat flour)
2 tablespoons parsley ( or cilantro, rosemary)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking sheet with a cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside. Blanch (this means to cook in water, like pasta, but for a very short time) the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and put directly into cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Drain well. Chop broccoli finely and mix together with the egg, onions, cheese, breadcrumbs, and spices. Scoop about 1-2 tbsp of mix using a ice-cream scoop or spoon and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot. If they’re too sticky, add more flour. Next, place tots on your greased baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crispy, 18-24 minutes, flipping them over half-way. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot with ketchup, sriracha, yogurt ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce!