Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Salt and Light Wasabi Ranch Dip

Let’s pretend there was a girl who ate far too often at TGI Friday’s for many, many years.  And, still pretending of course, this girl ordered Green Bean Fries every time.  She also ate them all.  Every time.  And then maybe, if she was feeling particularly gluttonous (and she usually was), she would get a second order, and she’d eat all of those as well.  Then she would complain to her friend Wesley about how she was “going to die” because she was “so, so full” and ask over and over again why she always did this to herself.

What a weirdo, right?  Totally not talking about myself here.

Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Salt and Light Wasabi Ranch Dip.  Crispy, tasty, and guilt-free.  You're going to love these as an appetizer or side dish! | hostthetoast.com

Anyway, after years of the same old song and dance, this pretend girl decided to try making a baked version at home.  She expected the worst.  They’d probably be soft and floppy and not nearly as tasty if they weren’t fried, or so she thought.

But after one bite of her creations, she fell in love.  They were crispy.  They were delicious.  They were even better than the ones she used to get at Friday’s.

Okay, I am talking about myself and these Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Salt and Light Wasabi Ranch Dip.   I know, it’s a shocking twist to the story.

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Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that Spinach and Artichoke Dip Alfredo I made last year.  And the oft requested Crab and Artichoke Dip.  Oh, and Spinach Dip Bites, too!  Mainly because they’re all freakin’ delicious, but also because I have an obsession with any recipe that uses a ton of cheese, spinach, and/or artichokes.

Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip.  This super cheesy crock pot dip is going to be your new favorite appetizer for parties, tailgates, and more.  Best of all, it's so simple to whip together! | hostthetoast.com

I thought about remaking all of those recipes so I could enjoy them again, but I told myself, “NO, MORGAN.  IF YOU’RE GOING TO COOK, YOU NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING NEW FOR THE BLOG.  GET IT TOGETHER.”  I just don’t have the time or patience to cook the same thing more than a few times when there’s so many new recipes to explore.

So you know what I did?  I came up with this awesome Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip, and then I made it again.  And then I made it AGAIN.  So much for not repeating recipes!

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Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread, Take 2! Plus a recipe for Olive Oil Herb Dip

As I write this post, there is a photo over on the right-hand side of the blog, staring me in the face, right down into the depths of my soul.  It’s a photo that I am totally not proud of in any way, shape or form.  It’s a photo that I have GOT to get rid of already before it drives me crazy.

Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread!  That's right, this bread is actually made in the slow cooker, and it comes out so tender and flavorful!  It's become one of my most popular recipes of all time! | hostthetoast.com

By the time you read this, it will hopefully be gone, but just know that my previous pictures for Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread were dead ugly.  I’m talking embarrassingly ugly. (If you don’t believe me, you can just check here.  I’m going to make a new first photo, but if you scroll down just a tad, you’ll see what I mean.)

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Sizzling Broccoli, Cheddar, and Chicken Skillet

Do you love cheese-smothered chicken?  Is broccoli and cheddar soup your weakness?  Are you afraid that I’m going to ruin your streak of healthier eating with all of these hunger-inducing questions?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then prepare to be amazed.

Sizzling Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Skillet!  Way healthier than those from your favorite chain restaurants, but even more delicious! | hostthetoast.com

Behold, Sizzling Broccoli, Cheddar, and Chicken Skillets.  There’s juicy, marinated chicken, perfectly-cooked broccoli, fluffy brown rice, plenty of sharp cheddar cheese sauce, and a whole ton of tastiness going on right here…

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Spicy Baked Jicama Fries

Fellow french fry fiends, fear not.  I’m not about to ruin your diets with pictures of deep fried potatoes.

Spicy Baked Jicama Fries

 

No, really, I’m not.  These “fries” aren’t fried at all, and they’re definitely not potatoes.  Instead, these fries are made of a different tuber called Jicama (pronounced hee-ka-ma), which is most often found in Mexican and Asian cuisine.  It’s sweet and crunchy and (best of all) pretty darn healthy, comparitively speaking.

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