Heading out to the pool soon? As you prepare your poolside essentials, remember to pack a snack or two, and feel free to try any of these easy recipes!
Garlic and Onion Cashews
Start simple with this quick and tasty finger food. It would be just fine to bring out a bowl of plain nuts for the poolside, but you can enhance the flavor with a few easy steps. Just cook your cashews with some savory seasonings, olive oil, and lemon juice. Strong flavors like garlic powder, onion salt, and even a little sugar would make the perfect mix, and they’ll only need a few minutes in the pan together to impart their flavor on the cashews. At the end, you can even sprinkle on a little parsley for a nice herbal touch.
How about something sweet? To make these classic cookies, pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. The treat’s familiar flavor comes from cinnamon and sugar, and you’ll need to form portions of cookie dough into balls to roll in the sweet seasoning. The dough itself is made from creamed butter, vanilla, sugar, and an egg beaten in to hold it all together. Once the portions are rolled in cinnamon sugar and flattened into cookie shapes, they’ll need to bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 10 to 12 minutes. Remember to remove the finished cookies from the sheet so that they can cool on wire racks. If you leave them on the hot sheet, the undersides might burn.
Trail Mix Slices
These trail mix treats are packed with all kinds of nuts and berries for a little nutritional bonus as you cool down in the summer sun. To hold everything together, you’ll need a sweet foundation, which you can make by blending almonds in a food processor. As it blends, slowly add honey as well as almond extract. In a large bowl, mix that blend with various nuts as well as dried cherries or cranberries. Then, roll it into logs, wrap them in plastic wrap, and let them firm up in the freezer for about an hour. When they’re firm, slice the log rolls into individual pieces.
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