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    Small Bites

    I am a real snacker. Most days I don't sit down to a real full meal until dinnertime (sorry, cd!). Lately I have been trying to improve the quality of my snacks so that they are packed with real nutrition. It’s no good to grab a handful of chips, so we have devised these super easy, healthy small bites. They also make good appetizers/party food.

    Love,
    gp

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    At Work

    Healthy, satisfying and low-fuss, the following small bites
    make for ideal workday snacking.

    Chickpea Salsa

    Protein from the chickpeas sates between-meal hunger in this bean salad meets salsa. Pack in a jar for convenient snacking.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and give it a good toss.
    2. Season with salt & pepper and serve with tortilla chips...

    ingredients

    • 1-15oz jar or can of chickpeas, rinsed
    • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
    • handful of cilantro, chopped...

    Avocado on Rice Cracker

    Super healthy avocado, with the right kind of fat and lots of fiber to fill you up, and yogurt, good for you in all sorts of ways, makes this a smart and delicious midday snack.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Place sliced avocado evenly on rice cracker, feeling free to muddle a bit to fit the shape of the cracker.
    2. Squeeze lime juice into yogurt and place a dollop on top of the avocado.
    3. Sprinkle with sea salt and as much dried red chili as you can handle.

    ingredients

    • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons thick Greek yogurt
    • juice of half a lime
    • sea salt
    • dried red chili flakes
    • black sesame rice cracker or any kind you like.

    Tapenade on Rice Cracker

    Smashed olives, capers and anchovies spread on a rice cracker is a great gluten-free snack to hold you over until lunch or dinner.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Smash olives, capers, garlic and anchovies with pestle and mortar.
    2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while mixing until a paste forms...

    ingredients

    • 9 oz (1 jar) black olives pitted (preferably Kalamata)
    • 1 tablespoon capers
    • 1 clove garlic...

    Slow-Bake Kale Chips

    We love kale chips, which are as satisfying as potato chips but much better for you. This recipe takes it slow, cooking it at a low temp for longer to get an evenly baked chip.

    preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
    2. Drizzle kale with olive oil until coated.
    3. Bake for 1 hour or until...

    ingredients

    • fresh kale, washed and roughly chopped or torn
    • olive oil
    • sea salt...

    Pre or Post Work Out

    High in protein, almond butter is easy to make. Serve with fruits, veggies or rice crackers or add to a smoothie for a great pre or post workout snack.

    Almond Butter

    makes 3/4 of a cup

    preparation

    1. Place almonds and pinch of salt in a food processor and turn on low. Almonds will turn from solid...

    ingredients

    • 1 cup almonds
    • pinch of salt...

    With Drinks

    Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party or simply looking for something to pair with an after-work drink, these small bites are where it’s at.

    Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

    Ubiquitous on the LA sushi scene, we skip the deep frying for a light sear in these little morsels and top with the freshest (omega-3 packed) tuna possible. This is perfect small bite for entertaining.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Slice tuna against the grain, then chop into small cubes. Place in bowl.
    2. Add the mayo, Sriracha, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix to combine and place in fridge until ready to use.
    3. Using either your hands and some cling wrap or a sushi mold, form rice into small rectangles...

    ingredients

    • 1/2 lb sushi grade tuna
    • 1 tablespoon mayo (or Veganaise)
    • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 ½ cups cooked sushi rice
    • 2 tablespoons Furikake Japanese seasoning (or mixed black and white sesame seeds)...

    Caesar Salad Bites

    Eat with your fingers.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Remove the large outer leaves of the Romaine, picking out the smaller pieces in the center. (We wrap the larger leaves in a towel, pop them in the fridge and save for another day).
    2. In the meantime, chop up the bread into rustic cubes (about 1-inch). Coat a sauté pan with olive oil over medium heat and add bread. Cook for about a minute...

    ingredients

    • 1 head of Romaine lettuce, washed
    • 6-8 anchovies
    • a thick slice of day old bread
    • 2 cloves of garlic: 1 minced, 1 whole
    • 1 egg
    • half a lemon
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • parmesan
    • salt & pepper...

    Caponata Toast

    This classic Sicilian dish is best served on grilled bread at room temperature once flavors have had a chance to mingle.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. In a large colander, sprinkle salt over eggplant to coat and let drain for 1-2 hours. Rinse and pat dry. (If you don’t have time you can continue with the recipe but draining prevents oily eggplant.)
    2. Season eggplant with salt, pepper, oregano and fennel.
    3. Coat a large sauté pan with olive oil and place over medium-high heat...

    ingredients

    • 2 large eggplants, chopped into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons capers
    • 8-10 green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried fennel
    • 5-6 large ripe tomatoes, chopped...

    Bite-Size Chicken Caprese

    Caprese meets chicken parm…in a bite. These are also fun to skewer.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange cherry tomatoes in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and place in oven. Keeping a close eye on them, cook for about 10 minutes until they’ve burst and browned a bit, but not burned or dried out.
    2. Meanwhile, place eggs in a shallow bowl and whisk...

    ingredients

    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into small squares (about 1-inch)
    • dry Italian bread crumbs (preferably a homemade mix including dried fennel, rosemary and thyme)
    • 2 eggs
    • handful of cherry tomatoes (about 10-12)
    • 2 large balls of fresh mozzarella
    • fresh basil...

    Zucchini Fritti

    One of our favorite go-to small bites/antipasti.

    makes 4

    preparation

    1. Slice zucchini into thin coins (about 1/8 of an inch thick) and coat with a light dusting of flour.
    2. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil, about an inch deep...

    ingredients

    • 2 zucchini, sliced
    • handful of flour
    • olive oil
    • sea salt
    • lemon...

    Photography by Ali Allen. And a very special thank you to Summerill & Bishop for lending us some of their beautiful goods for our shoot.

    Sweet Treats for Kids
    Healthy Versions of Junky Favorites

    Catherine McCord, founder of Weelicious, lends us two favorite snacks from her upcoming cookbook plus one she created especially for goop. The following take junk-food classics and turn them into nutritious treats for the kids and the whole family.

    Cookie Dough Bites

    Catherine’s created this recipe especially for goop and swears they are “crazy good!”

    preparation

    1. Grind the oats and nuts in a food processor for 1 minute, then add the honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and chocolate chips.
    2. Using a 1 teaspoon measure, roll into balls...

    ingredients

    • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
    • 3/4 cup walnuts
    • 1/2 cup raw cashews
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil...

    Strawberry Fruit Leather

    “My kids love fruit roll-ups, and while there are some great brands out there made with just fruit, I know I can save a ton of dough making them myself. Although I can give guidelines here, you’ll have to experiment with the cooking time, as timing, oven type, and berry quality all have to be taken into consideration.”

    preparation

    1. Preheat the oven to 250°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Place the strawberries and honey in a blender and puree...

    ingredients

    • 3 cups washed
    • stemmed strawberries
    • 1 tablespoon honey...

    Chocolate Rice Crisp-Wee Treats

    “I’m sure your kids have tried rice crispy treats, but have they ever had a chocolate rice crispy treat? Unlike the ones you would buy at the grocery made with lots of corn syrup, these get their sweet taste from brown rice syrup and some added nutrition from high-protein peanut and almond butters. Now, those treats that you may have avoided in the past may actually become something you'll be more than happyto give your little ones.”

    preparation

    1. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
    2. In a large saucepan over low heat, whisk the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, almond butter, and cocoa powder for about 2 minutes...

    ingredients

    • olive or canola oil cooking spray
    • 2/3 cup brown rice syrup
    • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
    • 1/3 cup smooth almond butter
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder...

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