Are you a savory or sweet type of person? At night what do you crave the most?
I’m always craving salty foods. My favorite snacks include Cheeto’s, fries, and chips. My all time favorite snack? Beef jerky. It’s what I want all the time! Obviously there are days where I crave sweets. But if I’m craving sweets, it needs to be SUPER sweet. I’m talking chocolate cake with chocolate chips topped with chocolate fudge and caramel. Why so specific? Cause I just ate that… No joke. I’ll probably have jerky after the sweets though.
For you savory people, I came across the best beef jerky ever, and I want to let you know about it too!
It’s Jack Link’s Prime Rib Seasoning Tender Cuts. I could eat these all day. For some reason they are really hard to find at the stores. You always see the regular, pepper, or teriyaki flavors, but you need to do some searching for the prime rib one. Because of this, I actually buy these in bulk, 5 packages every time. I feel crazy when I go and check out. The cashier always looks at each of the bags to see what’s the big deal.
Do I look a bit crazy here?
The two places that I’ve seen this specific jerky is Walmart and Target. Promise they are good. Go buy a bag and let me know what you think about these tasty little treats!
MG and I are still going strong on our healthy eating (healthier living post), granted it’s only been a week. We are loving the foods that we consume, and the best part is that we don’t hate ourselves after a meal. Speaking of meals, I have created a variation of your typical slider and fries, Quinoa Sliders and Eggplant Fries with a Side of Garlic Aioli. It sounds a bit crazy, I know. But it’s scrumptious! Here’s the recipe for the quinoa patties:
1 can of black beans (rinse, drained, and mashed with a fork)
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
Half and onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic (minced)
1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of hot sauce
1 egg (beaten)
Olive oil for cooking
1. Boil the quinoa and chicken broth in a pot. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and simmer until the broth has been absorbed and the quinoa is as tender (about 15 minutes). If you want the quinoa to be more tender, add some more broth and continue to cook until broth is absorbed.
2. Mix the cooked quinoa, mashed black beans, egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, salt, hot sauce, and cumin together. I like to use my hands!
3. Form patties by scooping up the mixture in a 1/4 measuring cup.
4. Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet, and place the patties onto the pan. Squish the patties with your fingers just a bit to thin them out.
5. Cook the patties thoroughly (about 2.5 minutes on each side).
With the quinoa patties, I made sliders by using sweet Hawaiian Bread. The sliders are low-carb because I’m using half of the bread roll. Spread mayo, ketchup, and mustard on the bun, add some spinach then the patty, and finally sprinkle some cheese on top. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm!
Of course with sliders, you have to have fries! I came across a recipe for eggplant fries, and I had an eggplant laying around. How perfect is that? I tweaked the original recipe a bit because I only had dried herbs. These things are so good, I want to make them for snacking!
Ingredients for eggplant fries:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying
Garlic aioli (1/2 cup): Mix all ingredients below and chill for 30 minutes before serving.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions for eggplant fries:
1. Peel eggplant and slice it into sticks. Salt the eggplant sticks generously and let them sit for about 30 minutes. This osmosis process helps take out the bitterness of eggplants. Afterwards, rinse the eggplant with cold water and dry them with a paper towel.
2. Combine the flour and all the seasonings.
3. Then cover each eggplant stick with the flour mixture.
4. Heat oil over medium heat in a deep pot, and fry the eggplant in small batches until golden (about 2 minutes).
5. Remove the sticks from the oil, and place them onto a paper towel. Sprinkle with some pepper, and serve hot with garlic aioli.
If you make this for a dinner party, I bet you they will be surprised that it’s so healthy! I know my guests were!