Snack Like a Southerner: Pesto & Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups

Pesto & Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups by Ambitious Kitchen


-3 medium cucumbers (each will yield about 6 slices)
-¼ cup store-bought basil pesto
-6 slices GO Veggie Lactose & Soy Free Mozzarella Slices
-6 oz deli smoked turkey breast, shredded
-1 bell pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
-1/2 cup spinach, shredded
-salt and pepper, for seasoning

Step One:
Slice the cucumbers lengthwise on a mandoline at about a 2mm setting. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can always use a vegetable peeler. Place the cucumber slices on parchment paper and pat dry with a paper towel

Step Two:
Spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto on each cucumber, then evenly distribute cheese, turkey, bell pepper and spinach on each.

Step Three:
Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper. Roll up and place seam down. 


Snack Like a Southerner: Creamed Cucumbers


-1 large cucumber
-1tbsp salt
-1/2 red onion, sliced
-1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
-2tbsp sugar
-1tbsp mayo
-1tbsp apple cider vinegar
-1/2tsp ground pepper
-1/2tsp dried dill weed 

Step One:
Slice your cucumbers into thin discs.

Step Two:
In a large bowl, combine onion, salt, yogurt/sour cream, mayo, vinegar, dill and pepper.

Step Three:
Add cucumbers to mixture. Put in refrigerator, covered, for one hour.


Snack Like a Southerner: No Bake Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars


3tbsp unsalted butter
2 cups mini marshmallows
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup almond butter
1/2tsp vanilla extract
4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 1/4 cup frozen dried strawberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Step One:
"Spray an 8-inch square baking pan and a wooden spoon with cooking spray."

Step Two:
"Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and salt and stir with the prepared spoon until the marshmallows have completely melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the almond butter and vanilla."

Step Three:
"Add the rice cereal and strawberries and stir until the mixture is fully combined. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly for a few minutes. Stir in the white chocolate chips. (They will melt slightly.)"

Step Four:
"Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Let stand at room temperature until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut into 9 bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days."


Snack Like a Southerner: Broccoli Casserole from Scratch

Broccoli Casserole from Scratch


2 ½ lbs. broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)
6 tbsp. butter, divided
1 cup finely chopped button mushrooms
¼ cup flour
1 cup whole milk
½ cup half-n-half
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 egg
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 ¼ cups whole-wheat breadcrumbs 

Step One:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step Two:
"Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for 4 minutes. Transfer to a colander, rinse with cold water, and drain. Place broccoli in a large bowl."
Step Three:
"Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the broccoli."
Step Four:
"In the same saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk and half-n-half. Bring to a low simmer and continue to whisk constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt."
Step Five:
"Pour sauce into the bowl with the broccoli and mushrooms. Add the onion, egg, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and ½ cup of the breadcrumbs. Stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish."
Step Six:
"Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and stir into the remaining ¾ cup breadcrumbs. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cheddar. Sprinkle breadcrumb topping over the casserole.
Bake for 45 minutes, until filling is hot and bubbly. Check after 30 minutes and cover with foil if topping is browning too quickly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving."

Snack Like a Southerner: Healthy Cheesecake in a Bowl


1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1tsp vanilla extract
2tsp agave syrup
Chopped strawberries
Graham crackers

Step One:
In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, vanilla extract and half of the chopped strawberries. 

Step Two:
Dollop mixture into a bowl and top with syrup, strawberries and graham cracker crumbles.


Snack Like a Southerner: Spicy Yogurt Hummus


1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup hummus
A few dashes of hot sauce (to taste)

Step One:
Combine yogurt, hummus and hot sauce. Stir.

Step Two:
Cut up peppers, carrots and celery.

Step Three:
Serve, dip and enjoy!