Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip

My friends at Laughing Cow Cheese sent me another delightful package of their cheese recently and challenged me to come up with a yummy snack to share with you all.

Their timing couldn’t have been better because their cheese arrived the same day that I received my very first Mile High Organics delivery.  I had ordered sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) for the first time as part of the delivery.  I decided to see what they tasted like made into chips.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

These chips are INCREDIBLY easy to make, and remind me a lot of those super-tasty Terra chips.  I checked the ingredients on those chips and was surprised to see that sunchokes weren’t one of the ingredients.  The dip I made to pair with the chips uses Laughing Cow’s Sour Cream and Onion cream cheese wedges, and the taste is phenomenal.  This is the perfect guilt-free version of chips I’ve ever had… and I think you’re going to love them too!

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

3 sunchokes, about 2/3 cup sliced

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cream Cheese – Chive and Onion flavor, room temperature

2 Tbsp. light sour cream

1 tsp. minced onion flakes

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. shallot-pepper seasoning (or garlic pepper)

salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Combine cream cheese and sour cream in a small bowl.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Add seasonings and stir well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Note:  I like lots of garlic and lots of onion flavor.  If you prefer less, adjust accordingly.  You could also experiment with other herbs and herb mixes you love.  Spice it up!

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Slice your sunchokes into thin chip-like slices.  Note:  I scrubbed my sunchokes clean, but did not peel them before slicing.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Place sunchoke chips on a baking sheet, prepared with cooking spray.  Spray sunchokes lightly with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Note:  Keep an eye on these guys, they can go from golden brown to burnt pretty fast.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Move chips to a small plate, and place your dip into a ramekin.  Begin dipping and enjoying this snack!

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 160; CARB 17g; FAT 7g; PROT 5g; FIB 0g; WW Points Plus: 4

Note:  The Laughing Cow® provided me with product and a gift card to experiment with their product. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole

I really love all things avocado.  And, anytime I get a chance to cook with them, I jump on it.

Avocado

I’ve featured a ton of avocado recipes here on NTTC, including Avocado-Bacon Stuffed BurgersSpinach-Avocado Quesadillas, Creamy Avocado-Tomato-Cucumber Salad,  and, most recently, Chocolate Avocado Mousse…. and the list goes on!

What I don’t understand is why I haven’t yet shared my favorite guacamole recipe… it is seriously the best guacamole I’ve ever eaten.

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

I had this version for the first time at my friend Marissa’s house years ago, and it has been my go-to ever since.  It simply has the PERFECT combination of all the fresh ingredients that make guacamole the best-dip-ever!  Thanks, Phill, for sharing your recipe so many years back… It continues to be my favorite!

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole

From Phillip Willis

INGREDIENTS

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

6 avocados

3 tomatoes, diced

2 serrano peppers, diced

1 small red onion

Juice of 1-2 limes

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch of cilantro chopped

sea salt to taste.

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Place your beautiful avocados into a mixing bowl.  Mash them up with a potato masher or large spoon.

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Add the diced tomatoes, and mash them into the avocados.

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Add your serrano peppers and onion to the mixture, and mash them in.  Note:  I cheated and used my food processor to chop these bad boys up.

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Chop your cilantro and add it to the mix.

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Squeeze your fresh limes into the mixture.  Note:  For this batch, I only used one lime after tasting it.  Use as much as you prefer…

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Add sea salt to taste and mix it in.

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Serve and enjoy!

The Very Best {EVER} Guacamole | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Or… get super crazy, and build your own football field with the guacamole like I did for the Super Bowl this year.

Spread the guacamole in a rectangular pan.  Pipe sour cream on the guacamole to create the field yard lines.  Use cherry tomatoes to represent players on the field.

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The final product looked a little something like this… Uh-Mazing.

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NTTC’s Guide to a Healthy Super Bowl Spread

We are now less than a week away from the Super Bowl now. And, YOU need to start thinking about your menu…

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Truth be told, Super Bowl parties can be dangerous if you don’t have a plan.

For some reason, everyone gets busy cooking all of the full fat, rich, decadent man food they can find… buffalo everything, topped with a little more buffalo and extra cheese, served on a chip.

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And… I love ALL THAT FOOD, but I also know that this type of food doesn’t serve me well.  I feel gross the next day, and the scale fights back.  It’s just not worth it.

So, in typical NTTC style, I’ve got some healthier alternatives to recommend for you for this fabulous football Sunday.

DISCLAIMER:  I’m not much of a football fan, but when the home team hits the Super Bowl and is led by a kid from Tennessee… you know I’m all over it!

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Here are a few of my favorite appetizer-style recipes that I think would be perfect for the Super Bowl.  Pick your favorites and let’s get cooking!  Click on any of the images to be re-directed to the recipes.

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And, if you know me… I’m always trying a new dish.  It’s rare for me to make the same thing twice.  So, I thought I’d give you a peek at what I have my eyes on for this Super Bowl.  I found this dish on Google Images, and plan to use my guacamole recipe (the best ever that I got from my friend Marissa) and serve it up like this!  I’ll share all the details once it’s made!

 What Super Bowl dish are you looking to lighten up this Sunday as the Broncos hit the field?

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BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with Laughing Cow Cheese

Merry Christmas Eve!!!

Are you still trying to come up with something to take to your holiday gathering?  I think I just might have one for you.

A few weeks back, my friends at The Laughing Cow sent me several wheels of cheese along with the challenge to come up with a tasty snack for my readers.  Challenge accepted!!!

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

I whipped up these yummy tomatoes for the family last night and they were a HUGE hit! These creamy, tomatoey, bacony bites are so easy to make

And… if holiday foods are starting to make you feel sluggish, this 51-calorie snack is PERFECT for helping you to get back on track fueling yourself with deliciously healthy foods!

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with Laughing Cow Cheese

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

12 cherry tomatoes

2 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese – Light Creamy Swiss flavor

2 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled

lettuce, cut in chiffonade

salt

pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Slice the stem area off your cherry tomato, just a thin slice to remove the top.  Use a tomato huller or small spoon to remove the seeds from the tomatoes.  Place tomatoes open side down to drain while you prepare the stuffing. Note:  I learned about tomato hullers in a cooking class I took.  Love this little gadget.  Click here for more information.

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

2.  In a small bowl, combine the Laughing Cow Cheese and the crumbled bacon.  Note:  I use the pre-cooked bacon.  It’s incredibly easy to heat up in the microwave and only 90 calories per 3 slices.  Turkey bacon or center-cut bacon are great substitutes as well.

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Prepare your lettuce.  Roll several leaves of lettuce and slice it as shown.  This creates little ribbons of lettuce that mix in well.  Note:  I used mixed greens, because it’s what I had on hand.  Choose your favorite!

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add the lettuce to the mixture and stir to combine.  Add salt and pepper to the mix as well!

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Move cheese mixture to a small plastic snack bag.  This will make it easy to pipe the ingredients into your tomatoes.

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Cut the end of the bag and fill the tomatoes.  Note:  You will need to cut the hole large enough to squeeze the bacon through the opening.  Cut accordingly.

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Plate your creations and get ready to enjoy!!!

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

Per serving (4 tomatoes):

CAL 51; CARB 1g; FAT 3g; PROT 2g; FIB 0g; WW Points Plus: 1

Note:  The Laughing Cow provided me with product and a $10 gift card for this review.  However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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