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Instant Brownies FTW

Here’s a confession.

This is probably THE first snack I have made for this blog that has gone without a hitch. The only reason for that is that I’ve made it before – several times. This snack is quickly becoming a go-to. Chocolate, microwaves, easy ingredients I already have, no dishes afterwards? Yes, yes, yes and YES.

I’ve tried different versions of the microwave brownie, but you can find the inspiration for this one here. It took me a grand total of three minutes, and that’s only because I was pausing to attempt some artsy fartsy photography to document my success.

You’re only three minutes away from a stellar new snack! Here’s what you’ll need.

  • MicrowaveIMG_3384
  • Traditional size mug
  • Spoon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butterIMG_3386IMG_3392
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Salt

Let’s do this!

  1. In the mug, combine water, melted butter, salt and vanilla.
  2. Add cocoa powder, stir.
  3. Add sugar, stir.IMG_3395IMG_3396
  4. Add flour, stir.
  5. And voilà, you’re done! Pop it into the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, depending on how fugdy you want your brownie. The longer it cooks, the drier it will be.
  6. Eat up! The steaming hot brownie is fantastic doused in milk, or topped with vanilla ice-cream. You’re welcome. IMG_3398

P.S. Mom, I PROMISE I’ll clean my microwave sometime this weekend. Don’t look too close!

P.P.S. HOW CUTE IS MY SNOWMAN MUG?!

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Pizza Bagels are the Bomb

Here’s a confession.

I really do try to eat healthy. You can typically catch me popping grapes like potato chips or munching on cereal bars. I don’t buy junk food. But I have my vices! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Twix bars. French pastries. Cheesecake. Seeing a pattern? I have a sweet tooth. Pizza is my exception, but it doesn’t fit our criteria of cheap, fast and easy. (Unless we’re talking about the frozen kind, and that doesn’t count.) Fortunately, the internet has come up with a solution: pizza bagels. This is the answer to all of your problems. This recipe comes to you courtesy of The Frugal Girl, but a quick Pinterest search will provide you with a zillion options.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bagels (I went with plain, but if cinnamon raisin pizza sounds good to you, I will not judge.) IMG_3262
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza sauce
  • Oregano and Italian seasonings (optional, depending on the pizza sauce you use.)
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven (micro-waving the bagels would probably just reduce them to a smoosh. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that smooshy pizza is bad news.)

Now for assembly!

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350IMG_3266

Step 2: Toast the bagels. I found that this added crispness to the snack and helped it stay hot, because it is in the oven for such a short time.

Step 3: Spread pizza sauce all over the inside of the bagel.

Step 4: Add pepperoni, then optional spices, then sprinkle with the desired amount of cheese. IMG_3268

Step 5: Pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you want them. (If your oven is a complete piece of JUNK, like mine, it might take you 10 minutes rather than 5. Not that I’m bitter.)

Step 6: Remove from the oven, let cool for about a minute, then dig in!

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I love that this snack opens the doors for so many different possibilities and variations. You could copy any kind of pizza and make it work on a smaller scale. Sausage, veggies, anchovies, even dessert pizza! There’s that sweet tooth again.

Speaking of sweet tooth.. wait till you see what we’ll be making next week.

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Melted cheese is a snack?

Here’s a confession.

This is my second snack attempt for this week. The first failed miserably. It was horrible.  My homemade organic chocolate crackers look and taste like mud. Seriously. Mud. (No, you can’t see a picture!) I’m by no means a cooking pro. Just ask my grandma, she thinks I’m the shame of the female species. This means the following recipe is quite literally fool-proof. If I can do it, you can do it.

Ready for some crispy cheesy goodness? Here we go. This is hands down the easiest, fastest and most gratifying snack I have ever tasted: cheese chips! It’s literally melted cheese cooked to a crisp. Genius and oh-so-obvious. Why didn’t I think of this?

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Here’s your list of ingredients:

  • Cheese. Any kind. Pre-grated or in a block.
  • Optional: Spices. Any kind. Go crazy and make them pumpkin spice cheese chips, if you want.

Yes, that’s all. I chose extra sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheese because they have the most kick. The spices serve as extra seasoning, but the chips taste great without them. No rules, no measuring. FREEDOM.

 

 

You will also need the following:IMG_3164

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Oven. Sorry, microwaves won’t cut it this time!
  • Optional: cheese grater

 

 

 

Now, let’s break this up into easy steps.

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cover your baking sheet in parchment paper. This is one step you can’t skip, or the melted cheese will stick to the metal. And then you’ll be hungry, and you won’t have a snack. That’s sad. Save your tummy, use parchment paper.

Cut the cheese of your choice into thin strips, then into squaresIMG_3165 of about an inch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling brave, grate the cheese and mix in spices.IMG_3166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put your masterpieces on the baking sheet.Squares should be separated by a an once or so (I overdid it) because they expand so much. Grated cheese goes into cute little pyramids of about a tablespoon each.IMG_3167

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put those babies in the oven and bake them for about 10 minutes, until they bubble and brown on the edges.Let cool for a few minutes, so you end up with a crunchy chip of cheesiness instead of stretchy sludge.IMG_3168

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAT. UP. With your favorite salsa, some hummus, ranch dressing or sour cream. It’s all delicious. At my house, they were gone within five minutes of cool-down.IMG_3169

Okay, that wasn’t so bad, was it? You made it through your first Snack Attack experience! If  you want more snacks (and you know you do), be sure to visit next week. I’ll be making something sweet and seasonal – and again, really, really, ridiculously easy. You’re welcome.

 

 

 

P.S. please excuse the formatting of this post. I’m still figuring it out and I promise it won’t always look like your fourth grade computer class!

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Let’s get this show on the road

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Credit to Melissa on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.

Here’s a confession.

When I started this blog, I was going to go all in. I was going to feature full meals for the college student with a tight schedule and a pinched wallet. Let me just tell you now, I was in way over my head. To put it plainly: ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead of completely changing topics, I’m narrowing my focus to snacks. The perfect homemade remedies for a late night studying or the embarrassing mid-afternoon tummy rumble, that’s what I’m after. Actually, I’m getting hungry just typing this.

*Insert surreptitious trip to the kitchen here.*

Okay. Where were we?

Snack Attack will feature at least one innovative, cheap, easy and possibly life-altering homemade snack every week. Whether you’re a salty or sweet kind of person, you’ll find snacks that work for you here. I’ll do my best to provide quality photos to illustrate steps in the process, and I won’t use anything beyond basic kitchen wares. Sometimes, I may use a recipe from a book or a fellow blogger, but the original source will always be credited or linked. I’m not about stealing other people’s hard work. Also, none of my featured recipes will require preparation time longer than twenty minutes, so you can get back to that research paper… or that intense Call of Duty game. (I don’t judge.)

I  want to make sure I feature foods you haven’t tried or even heard of before, but I’m also taking suggestions of what to make next. If you have a genius idea (or a really weird one!) comment below and I’ll consider it.

I can’t wait to see where this takes us! My guess is, back to the kitchen.

 

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