I feel silly when I post something that is not really a recipe, but more of a delicious idea. I started to think, why not?. Why would I keep this idea to myself? During the summer, I found myself coming up with ideas to clear our house of snack boredom.
It is really easy to get bored with the ho hum everyday snacks. There are only so many cheese sticks, yogurts and bananas that can be eaten before the excitement of snack time wanes. And, if your pantry is anything like mine, there is so much randomness, sometimes it’s hard to think of why I even bought something in the first place.
Let’s take dried apricots. I love them, but I go through phases. I don’t love to eat them everyday. Now, let’s take my kids – they don’t love them, but they hold a place for them slightly above raisins. Yep, my children are not a dried fruit crowd unless it’s mixed with something else. Let’s just say trail mix can be a hit or miss in my neighborhood.
Now, let’s talk cheese. Cheese is always in style here. All cheeses. Just this morning, my son chose cheddar as his walking out to the bus snack. As long as it doesn’t smell like stinky socks, cheese is good in this house. The last ingredient to this little snack invention – the nut. I always have those on hand to fancy up dinner. We all know that raw nuts are better than those drenched in salt, but for kids, the raw ones don’t hold too much appeal. Drizzle that baby with some honey and kids are like flies on vacation.
So, I thought – what better way to get the goodness of apricots and the nutrition of pecans into my kids, than to entice with a little dab of cream cheese. They never even noticed that it was less than a teaspoon. Mom win.
Who says you have to have a special reason to have a fancy appetizer snack? And, might I add, it’s always helpful to have a 5 minute appetizer in your back pocket for those last minute guests or when you have an elaborate spread planned out – something has to be simple AND yummy.
- Dried apricots
- reduced fat cream cheese
- whole raw pecans
- For as many snack bites that you want to make, add ½ teaspoon (or less) to your apricot
- Top with pecan
- Drizzle with honey