My kids snack all day long. Do yours? I’m not finding I’m snacking too … which is not great for trying to not gain weight right now. I’m on the hunt for new recipes for snacks that are healthier and will keep them full longer. I swear they have about 15 snacks before lunch every morning. I’m going to need to building a revolving door in the my pantry!
I had bought a bunch of cucumbers during my last Costco run and needed to use them up. I also had a block of cream cheese that was close to expiring, so off to Pinterest I went. I found a recipe for this spread that had both ingredients and I whipped up a batch. It was really good. I love the adding of the diced cucumber to the cream cheese and it was perfect to eat on sliced cucumbers or butter crackers.
My garden is overflowing with cucumbers right now and I’m looking for new recipes to use them up. I love cucumbers and this salad was so refreshing especially with this heat wave we’re stuck in. I made it for dinner one night with grilled chicken and it was so good. Madeline ate three bowls of it! It would be great for a picnic too. You could prep all the ingredients and then mix it up right before your ready to eat.
We had a little taste of summer a couple weeks ago and when that happens, I try to spend the least amount of time in the kitchen! Luckily for me, we finally bought a grill this year and my husband has been doing a lot of cooking…which gives me a little break in the kitchen. Grated, I do love cooking, but there are days when one child is hanging on your leg and the other is asking you 500 questions…cooking is next-to-impossible.
This salad was one of those sides that I could throw together, while Ross made BBQ chicken legs and thighs on the grill. It was a super light salad and perfect for summer picnics, especially since it’s mayo free. I know I’ll be making it many more times this summer!
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup diced english cucumber
1 cup quinoa, cooked
2 Tbsp red onion, minced
2 Tbsp cilantro, minced
juice of 1 1/2 limes
salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
In a medium sized bowl, combine all the ingredients right before serving. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If preparing ahead of time, keep in refrigerator until ready to eat.