I’m one of those people that will eat an entire bag of chips without even realizing it, (any other “grazers” out there reading this?!) I actually don’t like to have snacks on hand at home because of that very reason. So I was recently over-the-moon to find a brand that has less-guilt snack options with all the organic ingredients I can feel good about.
Enter Pure Growth Organic. Pure Growth Organic has an incredibly refreshing take on organic eating; it’s affordable, approachable and downright easy. And not to get too technical but, PGO has no artificial colors or flavors, no MSG and 0g trans fat per serving. The brand covers all the sweet and savory bases too, and actually makes snackable items that I would want to eat, even if they aren’t on the healthier side. From chips to popcorn, pretzels, snack mix, animal crackers, breakfast biscuits, bars and oatmeal, there are seriously so many goodies. My personal favorites are the super chips (pictured here), the animal crackers and the chocolate banana breakfast bars.
Another reason I’ve been focused on smarter snacking is because of my schedule. If you’ve been following along, the team and I have been on a string of road trips lately, and having smart snacking options with us was an absolute must. We had a whole canvas bag filled with PGO snacks which was perfect as we didn’t feel bad noshing in the car between stops (and it helped us all avoid being hangry…cough, cough, Kat). At home in Atlanta, I’ve been splitting my time between the shoppe, my office at home, and wherever we’re shooting that day, and I’ve found that having these healthy snacks with me in my bag is a life-saver too; sometimes I don’t find the time to eat and just need some quick fuel to be onto the next item on my to-do list.
One other bonus worth mentioning: the snacks, specifically the super chips, are beautiful. So next time you’re putting out a crudite, cheese, or dip platter when entertaining think a little outside of the box and grab some PGO super chips!
Word to the wise though: it’s a little harder to find these snacks at your local grocery store, but you can order them online from Walmart and Amazon. I promise you that they’re worth ordering and trying out, especially if you have little ones at home and are struggling to find a healthy snack-time options. Truly, MKR
Lettuce cups are a lot like nachos in my mind (and you know how deep my love for nachos runs). You can truly throw anything you want in them and enjoy as an easy, fresh, guilt-free take on your favorite dishes. I call these particular lettuce cups my “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” lettuce cups because I whip them up when I’m too weary to run to the store, instead using all sorts of things I find in the fridge for an easy and healthy weeknight meal. Sound familiar?!
While these healthy lettuce cups are absolutely delicious the big winner here is the homemade vegan green goddess dressing. I made mine dairy-free, using Vegenaise and Tofutti (two of my favorite vegan substitutions that taste just as good), amongst a lot of other goodness. Guys, this dressing is so good that it might even overtake my love for homemade french onion dip. The dipping possibilities are endless with this vegan green goddess dressing; I’m dunking chips in it as you’re reading this! And I promise you will NEVER taste the dairy free difference.
But back to the lettuce cups. I mixed things up and made a few vegetarian chalked full of Mediterranean chickpeas and fresh avocado and the others with my favorite rotisserie chicken. Even with the pulled rotisserie chicken, the dish is incredibly simple and fast to make, and not to mention super healthy to enjoy. I’m a big fan of making a rotisserie chicken on Sunday, then incorporating it in dishes for 2-3 days during the week. The glory of a great leftover meal like this one never fails to put a smile on my face.
For the actual lettuce cups I prefer to use a head of iceberg lettuce. In order to get 5-6 cups out of each head of lettuce, I first chop off the bottom in one big slice. Next, I flip the head over and very, very lightly hit it down on the cutting board. This will loosen the center pieces, allowing you to slowly pull it apart. Voila! You have your lettuce cups. Check out the recipe in it’s entirety below and please let me know if you decide make these this week, you’ll love them! Truly, MKR
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Everything But the Sink Lettuce Cups with Green Goddess Dressing
I’m a snacker. In fact, I never like to have the stuff around in the house because I will devour it all in one sitting. I kid you not. So when I do get the craving for that salty-crunchy-sweet-and-maybe-spicy bite, I like to take the homemade route, and whip up a batch of trail mix.
Last Christmas, you remember me loving on Georgia-grown Schermer Pecans. And I love them looong after the holidays are done. For my homemade trail mix, I use both their plain pecans and cinnamon pecans, along with salty pistachios and crispy sesame sticks. To add a chewy, fruity punch, I mix in sweetened dried cranberries and some orange peels. But THE secret, my friends, is all in the fresh OJ and egg whites. It coats the trail mix, allowing the brown sugar, salt and chile pepper to cling to it all in the best, best way. I mean my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Of course, the beauty with trail mix is you can add anything you heart desires. Though, I do highly, highly recommend the Schermer Pecans with whatever you do choose…they’re divine! Enjoy! Truly, MKR
Combine orange peels, orange juice & egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in plain pecans & pistachios. Combine sugar, salt, and chipotle. Add to pecan mixture; toss well. Spread mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Remove from oven; cool completely. Stir in cinnamon pecans, sesame sticks and cranberries.
Store in an airtight container for up to one week.