Semi-Homemade Chips and Salsa

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A few weeks ago I had a Mom’s Night In with a few of my friends. We do this occasionally do this to gorge on tasty foods, a few beverages, and gab without kids around. And I am friends with some really good cooks so this last round had bacon dipped in chocolate, Snickers Pie, pumpkin mousse, grilled wings, spinach dip….the list goes on!

Then I realized that I needed to make something to add to this amazing spread. Um…errr…my mind went blank….my motivation has long since jumped out the window…Pintrest was failing me because I was always missing one or two ingredients.  I pulled out my white flag and announced that I was stopping at the store for chips and salsa. I HATED doing that. Before I started working full time during the week I baked constantly. There was always a fun muffin or tasty cookie to try. Notsomuch these days.

The day of our party rolled around and my husband and oldest munchkin were out at Free Comic Book Day and the new Spiderman 2 movie during the day so it was just my Diva and the “Baby.” (I really have no right to call him a Baby anymore…he is almost three and now sings me songs accompanied by bongos…he will always be my snuggle monkey baby). I had zero motivation to pry us out of our PJs and head to Kroger (or more than likely Target because it is more fun!) so I set the kiddos up with some Sofia the First and scoured the kitchen for what I could make.

Salsa

Salsa

And then it hit me…I could MAKE chips and salsa!! We happen to have 2 packs of small flour tortillas (my kids prefer them to bread sandwiches) so I looked up a quick recipe and made it happen. As always I took the recipe and made it my own.

Oil, Salt, and Tortillas

Oil, Salt, and Tortillas

First I preheated the oven to 350 degree and started to chop up a pack of flour tortillas into triangles.

Cut, Chop. Slice.

Cut, Chop. Slice.

Then I dabbed them with some olive oil…the recipe said to use cooking spray, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that.

Dab.

Dab.

This is as oily as these chips got.

This is as oily as these chips got.

I had so many that I needed 2 cookie sheets...I need some new cookie sheets. Don't judge me!

I had so many that I needed 2 cookie sheets…I need some new cookie sheets. Don’t judge me!

While I was laying out and oiling the tortillas my kitchen space got invaded. Apparently mommy jamming to her 90’s pop station on Pandora was more entertaining than Sofia so my little Bub decided to come dance!

He grabbed a clean cooking utensil and started dancing.

He grabbed a clean cooking utensil and started dancing.

He also swipped a few triangles of tortilla.

He also swipped a few triangles of tortilla.

I kept trying to take video, but the music would stop and so the dancing would stop.

I kept trying to take video, but the music would stop and so the dancing would stop.

Once we were done dancing I attached the chips with salt! I LOVE a salty chip. And then off to the oven they went for roughly 12-15 minutes.

While the chips were cooking up I shoo’d my little friend back to his viewing of Sofia and I gathered my ingredients for salsa.

2 Ears of Corn, a can of Black Beans, a can of Salsa tomatoes, and coffee...duh

2 Ears of Corn, a can of Black Beans, a can of Salsa tomatoes, and coffee…duh

First I chopped the ends off of the ears of corn. This is a little tough, BUT it will make cutting the kernels off of the ear easier!

The smell of fresh cut corn makes me happy.

The smell of fresh cut corn makes me happy.

Just look at the corn juice on the knife! YUM! throw your corn in a mixing bowl (or even a serving bowl).

Next, I opened and rinsed a can of black beans. I used about 1/2 – 3/4 of the can for the salsa…there was a lot more corn in two ears than I was expecting!

Beans may not be Paleo (actually this post is about as non-Paleo as possible) but they are cheap and can fill out a meal on a budget...they also make GREAT brownies.

Beans may not be Paleo (actually this post is about as non-Paleo as possible) but they are cheap and can fill out a meal on a budget…they also make GREAT brownies.

Then I opened up the can of salsa tomatoes and threw them in the bowl. Then I sprinkled a little salt on top and mixed everything up.

I got so lucky that we had salsa tomatoes in the pantry...I thought I was going to need to use diced tomatoes with jalapenos.

I got so lucky that we had salsa tomatoes in the pantry…I thought I was going to need to use diced tomatoes with jalapenos.

By the time I was done mixing this up the chips were perfectly baked.

I think that the only thing that might have been missing was some cilantro, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. Still totally tasty.

So when Hubs and the oldest midget got home I grabbed my goodies, picked up my Bestie, and enjoyed Mom’s Night In at our friend’s house. Of course I forgot to take pictures…we were having too much fun having some very interesting conversations about our kids.

Until next time, friends!!

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Coconut Oil Chocolates

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So when I decided to switch to a Paleo lifestyle one of my saddest moments was realizing that I couldn’t just grab a candy bar for a chocolate fix. I am a complete chocolate addict! So I took to Pintrest in order to find something to satisfy the cravings…low and behold I found coconut oil chocolates 🙂 These are AMAZING and EASY!

The original recipe I found was at Beyond the Peel, but I have made some adjustments and I hope you enjoy them!

Ingredients for my version:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1ish TBSP honey
1ish TBSP almond butter or other various nut butter
pinch of salt
handful of almonds or some other mix in

Please pardon the dark picture...for some reason I could not get a good picture!

Please pardon the dark picture…for some reason I could not get a good picture!

Step 1: Add 1/2 cup coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl

Step 1:  Coconut oil into microwaveable bowl

Step 1: Coconut oil into microwaveable bowl

Step 2: Add 1 TBSP (or a drizzle) of honey on top.

Step 2: Give your honey bear a squeeze!

Step 2: Give your honey bear a squeeze!

Step 3: Microwave the ooey gooey mess for 30 sec – 1 minute then mix the 2 together to combine. This will help keep the honey from separating later.

Step 3: Stirring the melted oil and honey.

Step 3: Stirring the melted oil and honey.

Step 4: Add the 1 TBSP or so of almond butter. This is where I strongly move away from the original post. I miss Reeses’ Cups so much I decided that mixing in almond butter would rock…it does. I have also used sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) and have had very positive results.

Step 4: Add some sort of nut butter...I prefer almond butter.

Step 4: Add some sort of nut butter…I prefer almond butter.

Step 5: Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder. The higher quality cocoa you use the higher quality chocolate you will have. I, personally, just use whatever is on sale when I am shopping. 🙂

Step 5: Mix in the yummy cocoa powder.

Step 5: Mix in the yummy cocoa powder.

Step 6: Pour that awesometastic mixture into your pan. Beyond the Peel suggests using silicon trays, but I don’t have any so I use my smallest glass baking dish 🙂

Step 6: Pour into the dish...

Step 6: Pour into the dish…

Step 6.1: Keep pouring...it just looks like the Willy Wonka chocolate river, right?!

Step 6.1: Keep pouring…it just looks like the Willy Wonka chocolate river, right?!

Step 7: Add the almonds…or coconut…or whatever mix-ins you want!

Step 7: Add the mix-ins!

Step 7: Add the mix-ins!

Step 8: Put the dish in the fridge…or if you are really having a chocolate craving the freezer! It depends on how hot you made your coconut oil for how long it will take the chocolates to set. I have found that around a 30 minutes is a general good time. FLASH FORWARD….remove pan from fridge.

Step 7: put in and then remove pan...just like on a cooking show!

Step 8 put in and then remove pan…just like on a cooking show!

Step 9: Serve!! I attempted to slice this nicely into normal human pieces…

Step 9: Slice into normal human pieces...

Step 9: Slice into normal human pieces…

BUT that didn’t work! It began to chip and break. I was pissed…but not too pissed. This always seems to happen when I try to present something! I promise my food is tasty even if it is not tasty looking…

Chocolate crumbled on a plate...I am so not Martha

Chocolate crumbled on a plate…I am so not Martha

So this concludes my first recipe in The Crunchy Part of my site. Please let me know how this has worked out for you! And let me know your favorite mix in…I love trying new things 🙂