Chicken and Black Bean Nachos [RECIPE]

Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Spicy and delicious, our chicken and black bean nachos make for an easy, quick, healthy snack. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

When you have your buddies over to watch the big game or play a game of cards, you don’t always have to order pizza or binge on junk food. Make up a big tray of our chicken and black bean nachos for a healthier, tastier snack. Your pals will love it so much, they won’t even care that you swapped out poultry for beef. To make it extra special, use our homemade salsa verde to make this a snack to remember! Read more of this post

New York Nuts

New York Nuts

No matter where you are in New York City, you're destined to encounter the street vendors selling fresh roasted nuts. Now enjoy these addictive snacks no matter where you live and recreate your New York City memories.

One of our fondest memories about New York City is the plethora of fabulous food options available at any given moment. The first time we visited NYC as a couple, we discovered restaurants like Eli Zabar’s E.A.T. on Madison Avenue with its overstuffed sandwiches and fresh salads, Pizza Italia in the financial district with their enormous thin-crust pies that we had to fold in half to eat, and the Oxford Café in midtown on Lexington Avenue with its cheerful staff, fresh-squeezed orange juice and melt-in-your-mouth breakfast sandwiches. As you can imagine, for the foodies that we are, New York is heaven on earth. But no matter where we were in my favorite metropolis, it was the street vendors with their huge pretzels, juicy hot dogs and fresh roasted nuts that beckoned to us most. Whether we were standing in line at the TKTS booth in Duffy Square waiting to buy discounted Broadway tickets for shows like Thoroughly Modern Millie and Cabaret, surfacing outside Grand Central Station, walking through Central Park, or exiting the Met, the scent of street food wafting up to us drew us like bears to honey. No matter how much we ate, we could never get enough of those amazing nuts. Now we recreate the experience at home with this quick and amazing recipe that lends a sweet heat to our favorite nuts.

COOK: 10 minutes + 5 minutes cooling time

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups roasted peanuts, cashews or almonds
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large stainless-steel skillet, combine nuts, sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Lower heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until water evaporates and sugar crystallizes around nuts, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine coriander, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, and salt. Stir into nuts and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sugar begins to melt and caramelize, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Remove to a parchment-lined baking sheet and pour remaining caramel over nuts. Cool to room temperature before serving, about 5 minutes.

TIPS: The caramel coating will congeal on the parchment and may resemble peanut brittle. Simply lift cooled nuts off paper and crumble apart. Store remaining nuts in a resealable plastic bag for up to a week.

YIELDS: 1 pint

© 2011 Jadeworks Entertainment. All rights reserved.

White Chocolate Crunch Bars

White Chocolate Crunch Bars

Combining sweet white chocolate, crunch peanut butter, crispy cereal and salty pretzels, our White Chocolate Crunch Bars are perfect for satisfying movie night cravings.

We love movies! Whether we’re watching Hugh Jackman swing his fists with robot boxers in Real Steel, Daniel Craig kick alien butt in Cowboys & Aliens, or Chris Evans save the world from Nazi terror in Captain America, when we’re on the edge of our stadium seats at the cinema or relaxing on our overstuffed sofa at home, we’re usually craving something salty and sweet while we cheer for our favorite Hollywood heroes. While dumping our M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces into our popcorn may satisfy our cravings, we’ve also found that our homemade White Chocolate Crunch Bars do the trick too, and without the high price tag. A blend of white chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, Rice Krispies and salty pretzels delivers a treat your whole family will love to munch during even the most intense action flick. Just serve with your favorite soft drink and you’re ready for a night at the movies!

PREP: 2 minutes
COOK: 3 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 12 ounces crunchy peanut butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add marshmallows and peanut butter to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is melted and begins to bubble, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove pot from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients until well combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish and smooth top using a spatula. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Use parchment to lift bars from baking dish. Transfer to cutting board and cut into square to serve.

YIELDS: 12 bars

© 2011 Jadeworks Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Breakfast Week: No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

Our no-bake granola bars are great for breakfast on the go or as an after-school snack.

Sometimes, when we’re in the mood for cereal, we don’t have the time to eat it in the traditional manner. That’s when this super-quick recipe comes in handy. Not only does it satisfy cereal cravings with a blend of oatmeal and Rice Krispies®, but it is also hearty and the combination of peanuts and peanut butter delivers tons of protein to start the day off right. This recipe is so easy, it is perfect to prepare with the kiddies too!

PREP: 5 minutes + cooling time
COOK: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies® toasted rice cereal
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Bring brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in chocolate morsels. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, then press mixture into it; cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

YIELDS: 4 1/2 dozen

© 2011 Jadeworks Entertainment.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa fresca are a favorite in nearly everyone's household. Try this simple recipe for fresh flavor. Spice it up with your favorite peppers!

Everyone loves chips and salsa! Serve this easy recipe at your next gathering or with your favorite Mexican dinner. It whips up quickly and the fresh ingredients beat store-bought flavor, hands down. Use this recipe as a baseline and experiment by adding your own favorite peppers, herbs and seasonings. For extra heat, substitute the jalapenos for habanero peppers. It’ll blow your top off!

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 8 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup finely minced sweet white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt (optional)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Bring water to boil. Add tomatoes and boil until tender, remove from pot.
  2. Using a blender, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno and cilantro. Blend until well mixed.
  3. Season to taste with salt.
  4. Serve at room temperature with your favorite tortilla chips.
  5. YIELDS: 3 cups.

    © 2011 Jadeworks Entertainment.