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Snacks

October 28, 2019
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I’ve shared batch cooking tips and ideas before, but today I want to focus specifically on plant-based snack ideas that you can prep ahead on the weekend and eat all week long. If you’re not incorporating a couple of snacks into your batch sessions, you’ll find that adding 2 or 3 into your plan can make a huge difference in the amount of packaged snacks you purchase at the store.

These plant-based snack ideas are healthy and delicious, and they are also versatile for snacking on the go, packing in school lunches or changing up a dozen different ways with different spice blends and ingredients.

1. Seasoned Nuts

DIY your favorite nut with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite seasoning blend. Spread out on a baking sheet at roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Some of my favorite sprinkles are: Everything Bagel Seasoning (Trader Joe’s) and a blend of cumin, sea salt and chili powder.

2. Snack / Trail Mixes

My Savory Snack Mix goes so fast in my house that I usually fill up two baking sheets with this mix to last us the whole week!

3. Frozen Grapes

It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Just wash, dry and freeze your grapes in a freezer-safe container. Then, take out a bunch when you’re ready to enjoy them. This is a favorite snack of my son, Jake, who especially likes to eat them on hot afternoons after school.

4. Hummus

In my opinion, hummus and vegetable sticks is one of the quintessential plant-based snack ideas that you can eat. Homemade hummus is simple to make in under 5 minutes, and you can change it up by just adding a few ingredients to play with the flavors: lemon juice, roasted red peppers, artichokes, olives, or sun-dried tomatoes, to name a few!

5. Muffins

Whether I’m veganizing a box mix from Trader Joe’s to make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins or batching something from scratch, muffins are made for batch cooking!

6. Energy Balls

This plant-based snack is portable and easy to adapt to whatever your family likes. They are a great alternative to the packaged protein bars you buy at the store and much healthier too.

7. Roasted Chickpeas

Use the same method you would for the seasoned nuts above but swap in chickpeas for a protein alternative. You can buy these at the store in a variety of flavors but they’re so much better when they’re homemade.

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

8. Seasoned Popcorn

We LOVE popcorn in my house. We make a pot at least 3 times a week so it saves time to batch a big pot once and portion it out throughout the week. If we’re feeling fancy, we’ll sprinkle on one of my homemade seasoning blends (taco seasoning + sea salt + nutritional yeast) or crush homemade Cheesy Kale chips over a batch.

9. Fruit and Vegetable Chips

If you have access to an air fryer, these are simple to make. Some of my favorite produce go-to’s: Bananas, apples, kale and rainbow carrots.

10. Fruit Leathers

Ditch the fruit roll ups and make homemade fruit leathers instead with a dehydrator. Just peel, thinly slice and let the air fryer do the work. My favorite is mango!

Are you interested in more batch cooking tips and tricks? Check out my Ultimate Guide To Batch Cooking and download my free Batch Cooking Starter Guide below.

Which of the ideas above is your favorite? I’d love to hear your snack ideas too! Share them below.

Plant-based snack ideas


April 15, 2018
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If you’ve been following my Instagram lately, you’ve noticed that I am obsessed with snack platters! They are my favorite way to feed the kids after school or entertain guests before dinner is served. I have even brought them to theater rehearsals and school when it’s my turn to bring snack. Whether I need an appetizer to accompany cocktails, snacks for book club, or eats for a party, snack platters are a beautiful way to feed people.

They offer variety so there is something for everyone, and it allows you to pull lots of snacks together in one place for easy serving and eating. They wow guests with their presentation and can be thrown together with whatever you have in the fridge or pantry. Below are some simple tips that I follow when putting together my snack platters.

1. Incorporate lots of crunch.

People love crunch! Crackers and crunchy eats must be part of the platter. Beyond crackers, think pretzels, popcorn, vegetable chips, nuts, and whatever else you and your family likes crunch on!

2. Add color and variety with vegetables.

Balance out the crunchies with fresh vegetables that also offer the crunch factor, but also color and variety. Serve them plain or drizzle them with fresh lemon or lime juice and your favorite seasoning for something a little fancier. Don’t forget marinated or pickled vegetables and yummies like olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and cornichons.

3. Give people something to dip into.

With all of the crackers and veggies, every snack platter needs spreads and dips. My favorites are hummus, salsa, and dairy-free cheeses from Kite Hill and Miyoko’s kitchen. Olive tapenades and pestos are also a tasty option on snack platters.

4. Add something sweet with fruit.

Whether you go with fresh or dried, fruit is a sweet addition to any snack platter.

I have two snack platters that I purchased at Target. One is a large, oval wood rimmed platter that I stack with ramekins and small bowls for dips. I have another white ceramic rectangular platter that I also purchased at Target. This one is a bit more elegant and also works well for placing bowls on top of it for spreads.

I find my snack platters to be a creative way for me to have fun in the kitchen. I truly see it as an outlet for my creativity. Have fun and get inspired with one of these snack platters below.

Welcome the kids home from school with this fun platter full of popcorn, Beanfields chips and some other faves like olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

Feed hungry kids and impress guests with these tips and ideas for snack platters. From after school snacks and pre-party appetizers, to cocktail bites and even dessert, get inspired with this fun and delicious way to feed a crowd.

Go beyond cheese and crackers for happy hour with this snack platter that pairs nicely with wine. I also added Crunchsters protein snack, root vegetable chips, and seasoned nuts.

Feed hungry kids and impress guests with these tips and ideas for snack platters. From after school snacks and pre-party appetizers, to cocktail bites and even dessert, get inspired with this fun and delicious way to feed a crowd.

I served this appetizer platter last weekend before a Latin themed dinner that I made. In addition to tortilla chips and salsa, I also added homemade pico de gallo and guacamole, along with store bought dips like avocado hummus. Jicama, cucumbers and radishes round out the platter.

Feed hungry kids and impress guests with these tips and ideas for snack platters. From after school snacks and pre-party appetizers, to cocktail bites and even dessert, get inspired with this fun and delicious way to feed a crowd.

This dessert platter from Fork & Beans gets me so excited! A chocolate log, bark, fruit and cookies are such an inspired way to serve dessert to a crowd.

Short on time, but need to feed the fam? Heat up a panini press and set out sandwich fixings. Everyone can make their own as they like it with minimal prep and clean up for mom!Short on time, but need to feed the fam? Heat up a panini press and set out sandwich fixings. Everyone can make their own as they like it with minimal prep and clean up for mom!

What are some of your favorite snack platters to serve your family and friends?


January 22, 2018
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I never need an excuse to make a batch of popcorn, douse it with Miyoko’s European Cultured vegan butter, and dust it with nutritional yeast, but for National Popcorn Day last week, I decided to step things up a bit and rounded up 14 ways to step up your popcorn game at VegNews.com.

Whether you like your kernels savory or sweet, you’ll find a great variety of options to satisfy your popcorn craving. Today, I am sharing 5 more delicious ways to eat popcorn. Make one of these the next time you sit down for some Netflix or head to the movie theater. They’ll bring new life to everyone’s favorite snack.

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Kale Cheesy Popcorn

Next to popcorn, kale chips are my favorite savory snack. This cheesy popcorn recipe combines both of my favorites. Homemade kale chips are crushed and sprinkled over freshly popped kernels for a plant-powered snack with extra crunch!

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters

These vegan and gluten-free popcorn treats by Vegan Yack Attack are not only delicious, but also easy (and quick) to make. All you need is a batch of popcorn, some vegan marshmallows and dark chocolate. Yes, please!

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Healthy Caramel Popcorn

You can make homemade Cracker Jacks with this recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie. Just 4 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes if you pop your kernels in the microwave!

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Why just have popcorn when you can have Peppermint Bark Popcorn?!! It’s easier than you think with this recipe from Cookie & Kate.

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Bloody Mary Popcorn

This is what happens when you mix your favorite brunch cocktail with your favorite snack. This recipe from 101 Cookbooks is genius!

What’s your favorite way to eat popcorn?

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.


September 18, 2017
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These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

The Jewish New Year is just a few days away and I am excited about all of the ways to eat apples! Traditionally, Jewish people eat apples and honey between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to celebrate a sweet New Year. As a vegan, I swap out honey for agave or maple syrup. This year, I am kicking up the “apples and honey” tradition with some adorable apple snacks that scream party! Why have a plate of apples and honey, when you can have apple nachos, apple stacks, apple rings, apple pizza, and apple purses?!!! These apple snacks are almost too cute to eat (I did say almost!). I love that they are fun and interactive, getting the kids in on the fun. With that being said, these apple snacks just aren’t for kids. I hope you will give them a try to sweeten up your Jewish New Year or any time of year, for that matter!

5 Apple Snacks Perfect For Ringing In the Jewish New Year

1. Apple Nachos Supreme by Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen

This recipe from Dreena’s cookbook, Plant-Powered Families is such a clever and cute sweet take on nachos. This is a great snack for the holiday season, as it is layered with apples and a gooey caramel topping that are perfect for ushering in a sweet new year!

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

2. Apple Stacks by Fork and Beans

Apples have never been so well dressed as they are in these apple stacks! Trail mix and nut butter are slathered between apple slices for a skyscraper snack that I know my kids (old and young) will love to demolish!

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

3. Apple Ring Pizzas

Cara inspired me with her recipe above to see my apples in a different light. Instead of slicing them in wedges, I have a new appreciation for the apple ring! These snacks are high protein and raw, and can really be topped with whatever you have in the pantry. I like the idea of serving the rings on a platter alongside various toppings, (such as nut butters, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds), for everyone to spread and top their apple ring pizza any way they want!

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

4. Apple Pizza

This “pizza” uses phyllo dough as a crust, (my favorite Aussie’s Brand). It is brushed with melted Earth Balance and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Apple slices, walnut pieces, and shredded coconut are the sweet toppings for this “dessert” pizza. For added sweetness, drizzle some maple syrup or agave over all of the toppings and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

5. Apple Walnut Pastry Puffs (Apple Walnut Purses)

These cutie “pies” are a bite-sized snack for little mouths. Filled with apples, walnuts, and pomegranate juice, they evoke all of the flavors and ingredients that are traditional during the Jewish New Year.

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

The more ways to celebrate with apples, the better!! What’s your favorite apple snack! Tell me in the comments below.

What's your favorite apple snack!


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