Dried Cranberry and Cheddar Bread Sticks


Dried Cranberry and Cheddar Bread Sticks | jollycrumbs.com

It’s no secret sometimes I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. I especially have an affinity to the salty and sweet combinations. So, this recipe isn’t so much salty and sweet as it is tangy and savory. This also happens to be a flavor combination I enjoy. I was drawn to this recipe when I first saw it in passing. I have to say, this may be one of my favorite recipes I’ve made to date. 

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Seasoned Oven Fries


Seasoned Oven Fries | jollycrumbs.com

This post fits well in my unintended series of oven fried foods. I didn’t know I would have so many posts about oven fried foods, but here I am. Only this time, I’ve been making this recipe for a few years. This is one of the cheapest and easiest side dishes to create. It is also low calorie and very filling. These oven fries are a cherished recipe of mine, and I would love to share!

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Baked Mozzarella Sticks


Baked Mozzarella Sticks | jollycrumbs.com

Well, I’m at it again. I get these wild hankerings for snack foods, particularly those which are really unhealthy. This hankering happened to be for fried cheese. It’s hard to get more unhealthy than fried cheese. Yet it is so deliciously melty, cheesy, and crispy. I decided to give my baked snack food addiction another go with some baked mozzarella sticks.

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Crock Pot Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower


Crock Pot Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower | jollycrumbs.com

I have tried to be adventurous this year with my cooking. I really should have made it a New Year’s resolution in fact. Usually, I am stubborn and don’t like trying new things, especially new foods. I am very particular, and I just know I won’t like certain foods even before trying them. Well, I made a side dish this weekend that I never would have willingly tried before this year. In fact, I was very excited to make this dish!

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Oven Fried Pickles

Oven Fried Pickles | jollycrumbs.com

Before turning to a lower calorie lifestyle, I was a connoisseur of fried foods. I still occasionally have fried food here or there, but I am not eating as much fried food as I once was. I’ll admit, the lack of fried foods has left a deep fryer shaped hole in my heart. So, I decided to make an oven fried version of one of the best fried foods ever invented.

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Homemade Baked Chips


Homemade Baked Chips | jollycrumbs.com

I am a potato chip fiend. I love almost all potato chips (sorry sweet potato chips, we can’t be friends). There is something magical about a crunchy, salty chip. Recently, I have been eating only baked potato chips. They are lower in calories, and they still taste really yummy. I decided I wanted to try my hand at making my own salty, baked potato chips. Turns out, making your own potato chips is incredibly easy, and the chips come out delicious!

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Low Calorie Corn Bread


Low Calorie Corn Bread | jollycrumbs.com

I love hearty foods that are low in calories. Foods that are filling and somehow low calorie are foods I can get behind. I enjoy making food that can stand alone or accompany another dish. I came about this concept when looking for a side dish to quinoa chili I was making. I wanted a classic side dish of traditional chili. This idea led me to corn bread.

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Cauliflower Buffalo Wings


Cauliflower Buffalo Wings | jollycrumbs.com

As a vegetarian, there are some foods I wish I could have, if they were meatless. One of the foods I would enjoy if it were meat-free would be wings. I love the flavor of wing sauce. It’s slightly spicy, acidic, and tangy. I’ve put wing sauce on vegetarian meat substitutes, but I wanted something more. I wanted something that tasted like it was deep fried and smothered in wing sauce. So I experimented with putting wing sauce on my newly favored vegetable interest: cauliflower.

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Baked Onion Rings


Baked Onion Rings | jollycrumbs.com

Fried foods and I have a love-hate relationship. I love to eat them, but I hate how high in calories they are. It is hard to resist a crunchy fried food. Since my switch to a low calorie diet, I have done a pretty decent job at omitting fried foods. There is one fried food that I occasionally dream about though: onion rings. I love all things onion. I also love the crunchy battered onion rings that come straight out of the fryer. Unfortunately, fried onion rings are entirely too high in calorie for me to enjoy a full serving. So, I decided to make onion rings I could eat a full serving of without feeling guilty about calories.

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Baked Zucchini Chips


Baked Zucchini Chips | jollycrumbs.com

It is well established among my family and friends that I am a terribly picky eater. I already limit myself by being a vegetarian. Add to that limitation a dislike of most vegetables. I generally don’t like to try new foods. I use the “I just know I’m not going to like that,” excuse about foods I have never even tried. However, since my change to a healthy eating lifestyle, I have tried new foods and experimented more. Samuel and I tried an appetizer called “zucchini fritte” at a restaurant on vacation a month ago. We didn’t know what zucchini fritte was, but the price was right. I don’t typically like zucchini, and I was very hesitant to try it. Turns out, zucchini frittes are fried zucchini chips. They were incredible! The chips were salty, crunchy, and addictive. I’ve been thinking about them for a month. So, I decided to make my own!

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