What are your guilty food pleasures? Of course it’s an individual thing, so write to me and together we might create a healthier recipe for your guilty pleasure foods. In the meantime, I will share a few solutions I have come up with and maybe you will also feel a connection to the foods and recipes here.
So, I will admit it, out loud! About once every month or two, I have a weak moment and buy a Snickers at the grocery checkout. I admittedly look left and right to see if any of my Food For Thought readers are watching! It is possible to find a copycat recipe, but I’m thinking I can make them once in a while as bite-sized candies to keep in the freezer for those days when I want just one! Yes I know, can I eat just one? This recipe makes 20 Snickering Bites, so 20 days and counting!
If you want an easy chocolate recipe that is sweetened with honey and made with organic chocolate, try Chocolate Bark – it’s the bomb!
I canvassed some friends and family for examples of their guilty pleasure foods. We all seem to share the desire for snack foods whether they are salty or sweet. And I will add pasta and fried foods to my list.
I like having pasta once in a while but it’s not the norm for me. The best ever substitute for pasta is using a spiralizing gadget to make noodles out of veggies! Love it. I also made Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a creamy sage, shiitake wine sauce with shrimp. Oh yum!!! I am not sharing the recipe yet as the gnocchi still needs tweaking! Watch for it in the future.
My friend Joanie says her guilty food pleasure is Key Lime Pie, so I am including my newly created recipe here for Lime Bars that certainly can be made with key limes when they are in season. These bars have a wonderful flavor and are easy to make!
I’m not sure Southern fried chicken is healthy no matter what we do, but I like to make oven-fried chicken once in a while when I want comfort food. Just melt a generous amount of butter in a cast iron skillet in the oven. Clean, dry, and dip chicken pieces in beaten eggs and then in sorghum or almond flour seasoned with salt and pepper and a generous amount of dried herbs, like Herbs de Provence.
Place chicken pieces in melted butter and bake at 375° for about 20 minutes, then turn each piece and repeat for another 20 minutes or until cooked. You can make gravy if you like and serve with mashed red potatoes and your favorite veggies! Comfort food at its best!
Write to me with your guilty pleasure foods and maybe together we can come up with a recipe that makes sense for you!!
Sandy McCall’s day job is working as the Broker/Owner of Southern Life Realty. When she’s not being the “mad scientist” in the kitchen or loving-up her cat and dogs, she enjoys being the Food Editor for WNC Woman Magazine and volunteering in the community. Check out her Blog at SandysFoodForThought.com, or search FB for Sandy’s Food for Thought.
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At this time of the year, we all expect cold weather, making soup even more appealing! Our fall this year was rather warm, but it’s never too warm for an easy, nutritious soup. Sometimes I put together a quick and hearty soup using leftovers, and that’s one of the reasons I love leftovers. Other times I spend a little more energy, as I see some soups as a ‘meal in a bowl’ with a good balance of ingredients and nutrients! It sure beats anything from a can! And you can often convert vegetarian recipes to suit non-vegetarian palates or serve your soup with a side of meat.
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