I like the idea of cooking over fire, but I fail in execution. Last time I was in charge of watching the veggie burgers at a barbecue, I completely forgot about them until they were half charcoal. If you’re not blowing town this labor day weekend, chances are you’re going to end up at a barbecue or potluck. Instead of standing over the grill for the afternoon, free yourself up to shot gun beers or play lawn darts by making one of these cheap and easy snacks. The only culinary prowess you need is basic understanding of knife use and safety.
Mango and black bean salad
2 cans of black beans
1 red pepper
1 or 2 mangoes
1 jalapeÃ±o pepper
Little bit of onion
Italian dressing, or combine olive oil, cilantro, lime juice and garlic
Chop all of the vegetables into bit sized chunks. Combine them in a bowl with the black beans. Cover the mixture with the Italian dressing or olive oil/cilantro blend.
1 can Rotel brand tomatoes with green chilies
2 packages of cream cheese
Put the tomatoes and cream cheese into a blender. Press start. Serve with tortilla chips. Normally, I’m not loyal to food brands. I can’t tell the difference between Gold Medal and Krasdale flour. The Rotel tomatoes is one of the few cases where I can assure you the Rotel tomatoes taste better than any store brand or natural brand. Finding the can is probably the hardest part of this recipe.
3 bigger tomatoes
Fresh garlic, one or two cloves or to taste
Cut the tomatoes and cucumbers into tiny little chunks, about the size that would fit up a baby’s nose. (I usually cut out the seeds from both to avoid any sliminess). Mix the cut tomatoes and cucumbers in a bowl. Chop up the garlic into tiny pieces, and then stir in with the tomatoes and cukes. Squirt in a few drops of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, just enough to cover the whole thing If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar or the Italian dressing that’s been sitting in your fridge for months. Serve with hunks of any type of breadâ€”French bread thinly sliced is tasty and cheap.
1 package flour tortillas,
Melted butter or vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
Several heavy dashes of cinnamon
Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Cut the tortillas into 1/8s. Spread the pieces into a single layer on a cookie sheet (or whatever baking pan you have). Sprinkle the butter/oil over the pieces. Then douse the tortillas with the cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350° until they’re crispy a bit brown on the edges.
The chips are good on their own, or you can make a dip for them: smash a banana in a bowl. Then chop two chocolate bars or a handful of chocolate chips into super fine pieces. Stir the chocolate in with the smashed banana. Add chopped nuts if you have some around.