Super Easy Guacamole (Just 3 Ingredients!)

This is so easy! Don’t overspend on premade guacamole – like Wholly Guacamole. And don’t waste your time with pre-packaged mixes!

You won’t believe how good this is! You will be first on everyone’s invite list for parties. Uh, Wendy, can you bring Guacamole? Why yes, yes I can.

And, it’s so easy! Make this for the Super Bowl and wow your friends. Just make sure to bring a LOT of it!! It’s so good, they’ll eat it up!

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Super Easy Guacamole (Just 3 Ingredients!)
Fantastic guacamole recipe. You won't believe how easy and fast it is! Just 3 simple ingredients.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel and pit avocados, add to a bowl. Squeeze juice from half of a lemon into bowl. Add 1 cup of salsa to bowl. Smash with a wide potato masher or two forks. Leave chunkier or make smooth - whatever you prefer. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add fresh or frozen cilantro (optional).
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Easy Best Tasting Shrimp Scampi

My father-in-law was a food snob. He had great taste, and he knew what he liked. I admired him more in the short time I knew him than most people I’ve known for a lifetime.

He shared this recipe with a very few, select people. It was an honor to have him show me in my own kitchen how to make this delicious dish. But more than knowing how to make fantastic shrimp scampi, knowing all of what this recipe meant to my husband’s family – and getting to be a part of that for close to 20 years – that is the real treat.

Always cook when you’re hungry. Imagine the tastes and savor the journey. The trick is not to overcook the shrimp, but the real secret is in adding the ingredients in the right order. Add the garlic too soon and you’ll lose the taste. Add it too late and it won’t infuse with your meat.

And the wine. I fondly remember Jim teaching me how to make Shrimp Scampi. He poured us both a glass of wine. He handed me my glass and we both smelled it, then he slowly took a small sip. He said we should savor it and really get in the flavor of this dish. Let it soak in…

JR’s Shrimp Scampi

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Easy Best Tasting Shrimp Scampi
This is the best and easiest shrimp scampi you will ever make or eat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse shrimp and set aside. Add oil and butter in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook garlic 1-2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Then, add one at a time allowing 5 minutes cook time between each (in order: wine, onion, lemon). Sample (taste) and add more to taste. If you want a stronger garlic taste, add it after wine.
  3. Cook on very low heat. Saute' 15-25 minutes until achieving desired taste, then add shrimp. Cook until shrimp are pink and firm (2 minutes if adding raw shrimp, less than 1 minute if adding cooked shrimp). Do not overcook shrimp!
  4. Add chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste before serving. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs if desired.
Recipe Notes

Serves 4 as a main dish or 8 as a first course. Serve with white rice, jasmine rice or angel hair pasta.

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Sour Cream & Chives Cucumber Bites Recipe {Great After School Snack}

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Sour Cream & Chives Cucumber Bites Recipe

Perfect after-school snack idea! Cucumbers are low in calories and high in good stuff. And, if you’re like me you have tons of cukes from your garden right now! They’re low-cost at the grocery store too. yay!

You can purchase low-fat or low-calorie sour cream if you prefer. I like to limit serving size and go for the good stuff, myself. 🙂 Whatever you do, this is a great way to get veggies in, and curb hunger between meals. You can even make this in a clean-eating and low-carb way to suit any diet plan! If you don’t feel like going to the effort to make the dressing, you could opt for creamy ranch dressing instead. Yum!

I love Top the Tater (see my Top the Tater recipe) in this, but there are lots of options besides that. You can mix a dry ranch dressing mix into sour cream (1 pack per 16 oz or a half pack for 8 oz), or use a pre-made chip dip. Just go easy on the dressing to keep this a healthy snack.

 

Sour Cream & Chives Cucumber Bites Recipe {Great After School Snack}
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Wendy
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Serves: 4 servings
Healthy, quick and affordable, and a great choice for after-school snacks or in-between meals. Filling and low calorie, low carbs and clean eating!
Ingredients
  • Cucumber, partially peeled, cut into thick rounds and seeds removed
  • Carrots, peeled, cut lengthwise (I used baby carrots)
  • Top the Tater, or Sour Cream and Chives, or Ranch Dressing
Instructions
  1. Prepare cucumber by peeling whole, or peel stripes.
  2. Cut into thick rounds, remove seeds (I used an apple corer but a spoon works fine)
  3. Cut carrots into small pieces
  4. Spoon filling into hole in cuke, add carrot garnish

 

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Super Easy Hummus Recipe with No Tahini

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Super Easy Hummus Recipe with No Tahini

Compared to our Easy Hummus Recipe, this is an even easier version that’s ready in literally 2 minutes and costs much less than what you buy at the store!

What’s the difference between Garbanzo beans and Chickpeas? Basically, it depends on where you’re from. They’re the same thing, called different names in different parts of the world. Use the names interchangeably.

Nutritional value: Chickpeas are low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It’s a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese. There’s 269 calories in a 1-cup serving, so don’t overdo (just because it’s diet doesn’t mean you should binge!) But, rest assured, you’re getting a lot of nutrients in those calories!  It would take 70 minutes of walking to burn 269 calories.

What is Tahini and why not use it?  Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds. It’s a tasty addition to hummus regularly, but sometimes you might not have it on hand. Also, some people may prefer not to have the sesame taste (kids, for example, might like the taste more without it).  It’s a personal preference. I personally prefer it, but this recipe was very good! You may miss the Tahini, and if you do be sure to check out our Easy Hummus Recipe that does include Tahini. 🙂

Compare prices and save! A 16 oz tub of hummus can cost $5 – $10 at the deli (my favorite is Trader Joe’s Hummus!) But why spend that much when you can MAKE this hummus for around $2 or less for 16 oz!!

Interested in the awesome appliance we used to make this? Don’t miss our Cuisinart Elite Food Processor review and find out where to get the lowest price!

Super Easy Hummus Recipe with No Tahini
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Wendy
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Serves: 4
Extra easy and fast hummus recipe with no tahini. Perfect for those times you don’t have all the ingredients but want hummus! My kids also love this and prefer it to the sesame flavor of Tahini.
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans / Chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed (or use 1 piece of frozen garlic)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or sea salt)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor combine garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt and olive oil. Blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved bean liquid, until desired consistency is achieved.

 

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Queso Dip: Cheese Dip with Beer & Sausage Recipe

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Photo credit: Kraft

Queso Dip: Cheese Dip with Beer & Sausage Recipe

This is a fantastic recipe, that’s super easy and tasty. It’s robust flavor is perfect for the Super Bowl or any game day appetizer! This is the perfect snack recipe that you and your guests will love!

Serving suggestion: This delectable app should be served warm. You can serve with sliced Smoked Sausage (cook separately), or over chips as a Nacho cheese appetizer. Beer cheese dip is also great as a vegetable dip, and it’s amazing on pretzels! You can make the big soft pretzels or even the little crunchy pretzels.

Which beer to use in Beer Cheese dip? Depending on the beer you choose, you can totally change the taste of this dip!  In a recipe like this, I prefer to use a lighter-tasting beer. (And I don’t mean light beer in respect to calories, I mean a light-tasting beer in respect to the taste. Of course it’s perfectly fine to use a lower-calorie light beer!)  For a lighter taste, look for lager.  Most commercially sold American-Style Light Lager beer (Coors, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, etc.) would be great to use in this recipe (and they’re usually cheaper!) I admit, I often cook with cheap beer, because it’s better than drinking it! (lol!)  Ales are generally more robust-tasting, are more fruity and aromatic and can be bitter (Bass, Sierra Nevada, Newcastle, etc.) Don’t get me wrong, Cheddar and Ale dip is fantastic too. I just want you to be aware of which to use depending on the taste you want to achieve. One last note: Stout beers are probably too heavy for this. But, if you try and love it, please let me know in comments!

Queso Dip: Cheese Dip with Beer & Sausage Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Wendy
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle or can of beer or ale
  • 1.5 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons white flour
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup salsa of choice (e.g. Pace)
  • 1 package smoked sausage
Instructions
  1. In saucepan, heat beer to simmering.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix cheese and flour.
  3. Add cheddar cheese mixture and cream cheese to pan, stir.
  4. When cheese is completely melted, remove from heat.
  5. Stir in salsa, and transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Serve with smoked sausage or over tortilla chips.
  7. Optionally, add pepper sauce (e.g. Tobasco) to spice it up!