Sweet Mini Bell Peppers… might just be the perfect snack!


While volunteering in my son’s class I noticed one of of his friends was snacking on sweet mini bell peppers. His mother is a genius.  Peppers are nutrient dense; rich in vitamins A and C.  If that isn’t enough, they contain phytochemicals which are naturally occurring compounds found in plants.


But, here is why I love them as a snack:  no mess, no sticky fingers and no complaints!  I don’t even have to chop them up.  The berry box colander is from Crate & Barrel and you can check it out HERE.  I have two because I thought if I had pretty colanders to store the fruits and veggies, the family may be enticed to eat them! I was right- or maybe our  Bernese Mountain Dog  is getting some extra veggies and fruits in his diet from his “half” siblings!

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Garbanzo Guacamole Appetizer


Garbanzo Guacamole:

Let me start with this: it is hard to make a photo of guacamole appealing!   With that said, this is a really great appetizer or snack! I  continue to read how  adding garbanzo beans/chickpeas or white northern beans  to guacamole is  a great way to add bulk and offset the calories of the  avocados.  I have never been a fan of garbanzo  beans or  chickpeas, but thought I would try it since I had garbanzo beans on hand and 2 very ripe avocados.


 Recipe here:

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Garbanzo Guacamole Appetizer
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Stretching the calories of the traditional guacamole appetizer with Garbanzo, Chickpeas or White Northern beans!
  • 2 avocados (peeled)
  • 1 can of a white bean (Garbanzo, White Northern or Chickpeas), drained & rinsed
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1-2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  1. Blend beans and avocados in food processor
  2. Transfer bowl, add onion and tomatoes
  3. Add remaining ingredients and fold gently.
  4. Chill before serving (if you can wait that long)

I loved it! I ate it for lunch over the weekend for a quick lunch!  This was not a “Fam Favorite,” but I loved it!