fun food http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6978/all en-US Dorito Bread and 24 Other Amazing Recipes You Must Try http://www.wisebread.com/dorito-bread-and-24-other-amazing-recipes-you-must-try <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dorito-bread-and-24-other-amazing-recipes-you-must-try" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chips-177377636.jpg" alt="chips" title="chips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You guys are in for a treat &mdash; quite literally! I've scoured the Internet to find the ultimate food-hacks known to man. And whether you're into the sweeter or more savory side of things, I've found something for everyone to enjoy. The next time you're hosting a party (or just looking to indulge), be sure to consult this list and make it an event to remember! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes?ref=seealso">Win Your Next Potluck</a>)</p> <h2>1. No-Bake S'mores</h2> <p>All I have to say is: Wow! These <a href="http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/07/no-bake-cookie-dough-smores/">No-Bake Cookie Dough S'Mores</a> take the traditional favorite to a whole different level.</p> <h2>2. Watermelon Cake</h2> <p>Summer is here, and this Paleo <a href="http://www.paleocupboard.com/watermelon-cake.html">Watermelon Cake</a> is sure to please BBQ crowds. All you need is a seedless watermelon, sliced almonds, two cans of full-fat coconut milk, and your favorite fruits.</p> <h2>3. Dorito Bread</h2> <p>You know you want to try <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/columns/kookery/article/make-bread-doritos">Dorito Bread</a>. This recipe has you covered and even includes a compound butter for extra flavor.</p> <h2>4. Peppermint Patty Brownies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/york-peppermint-patties-brownies-00000000042331/index.html">Peppermint Patty Brownies</a> are so simple to make, it might be hard to resist. Just whisk together brownie mix, add the candy, and bake.</p> <h2>5. Reese's Pie</h2> <p>My favorite candy? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! So it's no wonder I'm adding this <a href="http://www.foodtasticmom.com/2014/01/30/reeses-peanut-butter-pie/">Reese's Peanut Butter Pie</a> recipe to the list. And did I mention there's also a hefty dose of Nutter Butter cookies in there too?</p> <h2>6. Reese's Crescent Rolls</h2> <p>If you'd rather enjoy your Reese's for breakfast, try stuffing them in these <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/reeses-stuffed-crescent-rolls/">crusty crescent rolls</a>.</p> <h2>7. Snickers Muddy Buddies</h2> <p>I didn't know it was possible to improve on the classic, but this <a href="http://www.chef-in-training.com/2014/01/snickers-muddy-buddies/">Snickers Muddy Buddies</a> recipe has shown me otherwise. It's perfect for parties or some indulgent solo-munching!</p> <h2>8. Goldfish Chicken Fingers</h2> <p>For picky kids (or shameless adults), this <a href="http://dashandapinch.com/2012/09/goldfish-breaded-chicken-fingers/">Goldfish-Crusted Chicken Fingers</a> recipe is king. I'm vegetarian, and even I'm salivating. Hmm, I wonder if it would work with tofu.</p> <h2>9. Funyun Chicken</h2> <p>Not big on Fritos? Be sure to check out <a href="http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/1222-hg-3-new-recipes-alert-pizza-crispy-chicken-and-more">Funyun Chicken Skewers</a>. The same concept, just deliciously different.</p> <h2>10. Frito Popcorn</h2> <p>For something a little salty and sweet, try this <a href="http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/03/white-chocolate-frito-popcorn.html">White Chocolate Frito Popcorn</a>. It comes together almost as quickly as your standard microwaved snack.</p> <h2>11. Frito Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>Need a more sustaining meal? This <a href="http://www.tastespotting.com/features/frito-pie-grilled-cheese-sandwich-recipe">Frito Pie Grilled Cheese</a> is oozing with goodness. Be sure to use a hearty bread &mdash; like Texas toast &mdash; for this recipe.</p> <h2>12. Triscuit Pizza</h2> <p>Whoa. My mind is blown with this one! <a href="http://www.yellowblissroad.com/triscuit-pizza/">Triscuit Pizza</a> would make a stunning party centerpiece, and you can customize it with your favorite toppings.</p> <h2>13. Butterfinger &quot;Nachos&quot;</h2> <p>I suppose we can file this next one under healthy recipes &mdash; maybe? These <a href="http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/10/butterfinger-apple-nachos.html">Butterfinger &quot;Nachos&quot;</a> feature apples instead of chips. It's a smart use of Halloween candy, but I could see this recipe being good year-round.</p> <h2>14. Butterfinger Blondies</h2> <p>Great alliteration for this genius <a href="http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2011/04/butterfinger-blondies/#pCcaa1e1xYJwiybL.32">Butterfinger Blondies</a> recipe. Better yet? This mix is adapted from a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/butterfinger-brownies-130564">Butterfinger Brownies</a> recipe if you'd rather add in some extra chocolate.</p> <h2>15. Ultimate Snack Bars</h2> <p>Use your odds and ends in this <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/02/smoked-salt-pretzel-and-potato-chip-chocolate-bark-recipe.html">Smoked Salt Pretzel and Potato Chip Bark</a> recipe. Don't have smoked salt? Regular coarse sea salt should do the trick.</p> <h2>16. Potato Chip Chippers</h2> <p>I've known of <a href="http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/potato-chip-cookies-with-chocolate-and-sea-salt-recipe/">Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies</a> for years, but I've never tried making them. I think now is the time.</p> <h2>17. Ice Cream Sandwich Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2013/6/11/frozen-swiss-cake-roll-ice-cream-sandwich-cake.html">Frozen Swiss Cake Roll Ice Cream Sandwich Cake</a> is certainly a mouthful in more ways than one. And it's covered with thick cream cheese frosting.</p> <h2>18. Twinkie Pie</h2> <p>Remember when iconic junk food princess Twinkie was on the chopping block? Thank goodness she's back &mdash; try this <a href="http://www.wineandglue.com/2013/08/twinkie-bomb-pie.html">Twinkie Bomb Pie</a> to celebrate.</p> <h2>19. Cheeto Crispy Treats</h2> <p>It took me just a second to wrap my head around these <a href="http://www.seededatthetable.com/2014/05/08/cheetos-marshmallow-crispy-treats/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:%2BPenniesOnAPlatter%2B(Pennies%2Bon%2Ba%2BPlatter)">Cheeto Marshmallow Crispy Treats</a>, but consider me officially intrigued. With just three ingredients, they look dangerously easy to make.</p> <h2>20. Nutella Cookies</h2> <p>What's better than cookies? <a href="http://cakescottage.com/2014/02/01/nutella-cookie-cups/">Cookie cups</a> stuffed with a heaping tablespoon of Nutella. You're welcome.</p> <h2>21. Oreo Spread</h2> <p>If you've ever had Biscoff spread, you get the excitement over any sort of cookie turning into butter. Try this <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2012/03/27/oreo-cookie-spread/">Oreo Cookie Spread</a> for a new twist on this sweet snack.</p> <h2>22. Grilled &quot;Cheez&quot;</h2> <p>Bored of the same old lunch sandwich? Behold: <a href="http://www.savorynotes.com/recipe/grilled-genius">Cheez-It Encrusted Grilled Cheese</a>!</p> <h2>23. Cookie Dough Dip</h2> <p>We all love a good spoonful of cookie dough while we're baking cookies. This <a href="http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2012/05/monster-cookie-dough-dip.html">Monster Cookie Dough Dip</a> is much more deliberate.</p> <h2>24. Ice Cream Cake</h2> <p>If you'd rather not pick and choose your vices, try this <a href="http://familyspice.com/recipes/recipe/?recipe_id=91">Candy Shop Ice Cream Cake</a>, which has room for everyone. Use the candy you love, swap out what you don't.</p> <h2>25. Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>Impress your friends with these <a href="http://www.takeamegabite.com/monte-cristo-mac-cheese-nuggets/">Macaroni and Cheese Nuggets</a>. If you'd like to take your love a step farther, make this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aaron-mccargo-jr/macaroni-and-cheese-pizza-recipe.html">Mac and Cheese Topped Pizza</a>. It's win-win!</p> <p><em>Which of these fun recipes will your try first (after the Dorito Bread, of course!)? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dorito-bread-and-24-other-amazing-recipes-you-must-try">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food hacks fun food recipes Thu, 22 May 2014 09:00:20 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1140107 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Brown Bag it With Style http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-brown-bag-it-with-style <p><img width="352" height="440" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Food_568.jpg" alt="wine and grapes" title="jazzy brown bag lunch story pic" /></p> <p>Finding time to pack your lunch for work each day can feel pretty overwhelming. Trying to be creative about it can be even more frustrating. Following are several categories of suggestion ideas to help you get started, and stay psyched, about joining the brown bag movement.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Having One or Two Large Batch Items Available Each Week </strong>- This can work well if you have several small containers to pack up ahead of time and toss in with your other lunch items. The smaller Gladware containers or a small thermos from the thrift store are helpful items. Some ideas for large batch items to round out your lunch repertoire? Zingy pasta salad, chili, soup, quiche, fried rice, pizza, tabouleh, pancit or lo mein noodle dishes. I think it's fun to bring things occasionally that you need something besides a fork to eat. If you have children to keep happy with their lunch options, this works great for that, too.</li> <li><strong>Pre-packaging some &quot;grab and takes&quot;</strong>&nbsp; - Grab and takes is the term we use in our house for those little extras that are easily eaten at your desk, on the run or in the car. One item I used quite often during the last few years of my husband's military career was the large packages of restaurant style tortilla chips from the bulk warehouse stores. They were easy to break down into pint or snack size re-sealable containers. They are also much sturdier than regular tortilla chips and hold up to some seriously sturdy dips. Other ideas? Popcorn, roasted almonds, home made trail mix, pretzels (chocolate coated or otherwise), bargain store cheese and cracker combos by the case, dried fruit, raisin and sunflower kernel mixture, dried cereals and the snack mixes you can creat from them, fruit, etc.</li> <li><strong>Factor in Some Finger Foods </strong>- This strategy really goes a long way towards breaking up the monotony of the traditional bag lunch. Finger food is also great for those who don't have a long break for lunch and need to be nibbling on it in stages throughout the day.Some ideas to get you started? Hard boiled eggs, cold chicken drummies / nuggets, home made versions of the popular &quot;lunchables&quot; combos, pinwheel appetizer style sandwiches (tortillas rolled up with your favorite filling spread and sliced into rounds works great for this), and self-cut string cheese snacks from bulk block mozzarella. Ham and cheese cubes you can snag with a toothpick are also great for those cutting carbs as well as school children who like to try something different. One of my favorite (and affordable) ideas for finger type foods though is using non-dessert mini muffins or scones with the meal items baked right in. A couple of examples of this would be ham and cheese scones, or corn muffins with turkey sausage, cheese and chopped green chiles.</li> <li><strong>Celebrate Your Sandwich Ingredients </strong>- Let's face it. Tuna salad, while affordable, just really doesn't cut it long term. Neither does PB &amp; J. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with those sandwich selections. In fact, they are both used quite frequently in our home. What I am saying is that most people (including myself) will not stick with the &quot;take my lunch to work&quot; resolution if they get bored too quickly. If you grow your own basil, caprese sandwiches can be quite affordable. Another one my husband and I both like is zatyr with olive oil as a spread, combined with mozzarella and roma tomatos. A little curry powder in with your chicken salad can really help a lot, as can a pinch or two of horseradish. Alternative greens to lettuce (spinach, basil, radicchio, etc.) and home grown sprouts can also help. A break from the traditional mayo for a spread can keep you motivated as well. (Think hummus or mashed avacado.) Bored with your wonder bread? Try a wrap, a roll, or a different grain entirely. Here are some other <a href="http:// http://www.wisebread.com/sex-up-your-sandwich-ideas-for-budget-conscious-brown-baggers">ideas for sandwiches</a>, to help get you started. Those reducing meat and dairy in their diets should find this <a href="http://webesharin.com/2010/06/07/hot-vegan-sandwiches-even-meat-lovers-will-enjoy/">list of vegan sandwiches</a> helpful.</li> <li><strong>Dunkin' and Dippin' Combos </strong>- I'm partial to this, because I'm a dunker from way back. In addition to the age old carrots and peanut butter, here are a few ideas you may not have thought of. Tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole or ranch sauce. Celery with a multi-ingredient cream cheese spread (think smoked salmon or pineapple).&nbsp;Mini cocktail meatballs with sweet and sour dip, or pita bread chips with hummus are also some out of the ordinary ideas, depending upon where you live.</li> <li><strong>Romancing the Stone </strong>- I guess what I'm saying here is, make it sexy and you'll stick with it. If some of the more elaborate ingredients are out of your budget reach, try keeping <strong>picnic</strong> supplies packed in your lunch bag (fabric napkin, sarong, good book). You can hit the park if there's one near your work place. You could also try organizing a weekly or monthly <strong>pot luck</strong> lunch at work, or a <strong>brown bag buffet</strong> of simple items. Two things that come to mind? First,&nbsp;a &quot;make your own Italian&quot; lunch buffet the PTO used to coordinate for a school I used to work at. You could sign up for lunch meat, green peppers, sliced cheese, whatever. It's just important that everyone gets on board and commits to their assigned item. This worked well, was healthy, and affordable for nearly every budget. Second is a lunch we used to have in the teachers' room on Guam quite often . . . Vietnamese lumpia. If you've never had it, it's sort of like having a spring roll inside a veggie taco. You need the long lumpia, fish sauce, rice noodles, bean sprouts, mint leaves and long pieces of lettuce to use like a soft tortilla.</li> <li><strong>Consider Starting a Brown Bag Theater at Work </strong>- A teacher of mine in high school started hosting one of these when she was trying to encourage all of us to eat healthier. We had to bring a healthy lunch to get in on each afternoon's installment of the movie or mini-series she was showing. A similar idea I used years ago is how I got to know a co-worker who is to this day one of my closest friends. The murder trial of a famous sports star (you know the one) was on television practically non stop. I was working at a software company at the time and there was no time to step out to grab lunch as well as catch the TV coverage. She and I used this as motivation to start bringing low cal lunches and opted for catching the news. Soon, many of our co-workers started joining us. You don't need a major long-term news item to get one of these started. Check out episodes of a popular TV series no one has time to watch. Without the commercials, they are often around 40-45 minutes long. That's enough time with an hour lunch break for everyone to get there, get settled with their lunch and enjoy the episode. It would also be a great way for bloggers and other reviewers to keep up to date on a show they were posting about online. Or, try it with a book on tape for an alternative form of a book club. There are many ways to make this work. I'd love to hear some of your ideas.</li> </ul> <p>I guess in conclusion, my only additional advice is to cut yourself some slack if you need it. I don't know how many times I made myself be extra frugal when shopping for lunch items for the week, only to blow it by Thursday because I was so bored with what I had selected that I caved and ordered take out food. In retrospect, would those frozen chicken nuggets have been as expensive as I thought they were the Friday before? Ditto for the sliced Swiss or occasional bottle of fruit flavored sparkling water? There's nothing wrong with adding a little spice to the brown bag experience. It's one of the most powerful cash-carving strategies we have available to us, and if shaking it up a little is what will help you stick with the habit, go for it.</p> <p>Have some fabulous and fun ideas for sticking with the brown bag movement? I'd really love to hear them.</p> <p>Photo by Art Expressions</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-brown-bag-it-with-style">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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