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My Favorite Finger Foods (AKA I Eat Like a 7 Year Old)

If I'm completely honest, I'm a snacker. A muncher. A grazer. As much as I like sitting down to a delicious meal around the dining table, that just doesn't happen too often for me. Quick, simple meals are my speciality, and I happen to have a love for foods made for children. I love eating with my hands. I've decided to embrace that lately, by making meals that are essentially hearty snack combinations.


Plates like this one, with popcorn, hummus, cucumber slices, and some sliced ham, are perfect for me. And if you haven't tried dipping popcorn into hummus, you are missing out big time. DELISH. Or yesterday's combination of roasted sweet potatoes, kale chips, and toasted corn tortillas: 


On a side note, I love my kale chips extra crispy. Which means that twice this week, I've set off the fire alarm when pulling them out of the oven. Seriously? That alarm must be crazy sensitive because we're not even talking smoke here. Reminds me of when my grandma used to turn on the oven, leave everything going, and then when the smoke alarm went off she would scream, "Supper!

We have another house guest staying with us as of yesterday--one of hubby's good friends who lives in England. I'll be honest and say that the thought of two 30-ish guys in my house worries me, and I foresee  epic midnight video game battles and long fishing trips in my immediate future. I don't mind though, I'll just remind hubby of that when I invite 27 of my blog friends over for trail runs and fro-yo. Sounds fair to me. To be fair, our guest did bring two giant bags of Cadbury's chocolate with him when he arrived, so he's already a great visitor in my book!


Do you ever set the fire alarm off cooking? Please say it happens to other people. 
It happens the most to me with kale chips, since they crisp up so quickly. But I've also set fire (recently) to the edge of a kitchen towel, which I really don't have any excuse for. My bad. 

Do you appreciate finger foods like me? Or are you all grown up with a knife and fork?
I really love eating things like snacks! Even my veggies I would prefer to pick up. Don't worry guys, I am fully capable of using cutlery when I'm eating a proper meal :)

Comments

  1. I love eating mixed snack plates like that as meals.

    Did somebody say DAIRYMILK?

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  2. Finger food. Yes, love it.

    When my younger brother and his wife moved to California years ago, all the vistors from Canada would take Cadbury's chocolate to them, along with salt and vinegar potato chips, which they couldn't get there at the time.

    When we are in the U.S. I fill our car up with goodies from Trader Joe's to bring back to Canada.

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  3. That is my favorite way to eat! My kids love it also. The husband...not so much!

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  4. I love snacking. And, I'm not going to lie, I've taken the setting off fire alarm while cooking story to a new level, but that's another highly embarrassing story. Cadburys! Yum! Have you ever had Cadbury Flake?

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  5. I set off the alarm all the time, but mostly b/c I really need to clean my oven!

    Love finger foods.

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  6. Finger foods>fork&knife food any day!

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  7. I can totally imagine your grandma screaming Supper! and smoke billowing from the kitchen. That is so very Griswolds!

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  8. Our SHOWER sets off the fire alarm if we have guests and like 3 people in a row shower. But I have also set it off cooking. I'm awesome like that. I have to do a real meal, none of those plates would fill me up, and I'd just eat 8 bowls of cereal as a result.

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  9. every time I try to make seared tuna, i set off the fire alarm! It is inevitable, I have now started unhooking the fire alarm when i cook specific foods :) not safe, but at least I am not going deaf!

    I love finger foods, your snacks look great!

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  10. Love the snack plates....I would rather snack steady all day then eat Meals....oh and Popcorn in Hummus is sooo good!

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  11. I love finger foods and snacks. Though, I must say, the children eating your diet are SUPER healthy! :)

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  12. Oh I love finger foods! Olives, goldfish crackers, and fruit snacks are my favorite. If that does not scream 2 yr old I'm not sure what does. :)

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  13. Every time I cook a pizza in the oven it sets the smoke alarm off. All the way across the apartment. So annoying.

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  14. Lol, I set the fire alarm off all the time! I put something on the stove or oven and then completely forget about it.

    I am definitely more of a nibbler. My stomach just can't hadle huge amounts of food.

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  15. What a delicious combo of finger foods!! Seriously, I think that's a great idea! Healthy too! :)

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  16. Yummy! I love all kinds of hummus and totally eat it as a meal! My favorite thing to dip in hummus is either red bell peppers or endive. I've made hummus with chipotle to add a little smokey flavor, I tried it with avocado once and wasn't a huge fan...

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  17. i have removed the batteries from all the fire alarms on the first floor of our apt because they go off every second!

    OMG with the cadbury! my last bar of the bubbly is almost gone... only 2 squares left. sad jen.

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  18. Haha I eat with my hands alot too. Something's are just easier with your hands... :)

    I keep setting off the fire alarm when I roast broccoli and brussels Because I Broil them at the end to get them crispy. I've learned o just turn on the fan and vent before I tun the broiler on, that way it airs out while I roast them

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  19. I set off the smoke alarm last week when I was roasting up some veggies...don't feel bad. I actually liked them a bit charred...haha!

    I am with you!! I love snacky type meals...pretzels are probably my fave but I also like fresh veggies and string cheese..mmm mmm!

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  20. nice eats! I think I've only set the smoke alarm off once with my cooking haha What a nice house guest to bring a gift!

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  21. I was boiling eggs once, and I set the stove on fire!!! Whooopsies!!

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  22. oh man, I AM missing out. I've never had popcorn in hummus

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  23. My smoke alarm sometimes goes off when I use my silicone cupcake "tins" (but it isn't made of tin so I don't know what else to call it!)

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  24. i set off the fire alarm ALL the time. its terrible. haha. I just lose focus and forget to pay attention mostly...ummm oops. probably not the best thing. I LOVE snack foods! they are the best! ohhhh and that candy looks soooo yummy!

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  25. I could live off Cadbury chocolate. Luckily there's an English grocer not far from my house. I'm going to stock up before I move. Maybe I'll just visit you first to hang out and eat Cadbury together! You probably will need extra estrogen in your place soon.

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  26. i love me my finger foods!!! i don't know, something fun about just picking it up...forget the whole 'don't play with ur foods' thing! ;)

    hey and so, PS- you need to check out part III of my Yogurtopia story cuz, ya, u just got toonicized. ;)

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  27. I just realized a few months ago that "meals" don't have to be huge things... they consist of a bunch of small things, and usually it is easier to eat better that way too!

    And yes, I have set off the smoke alarm many times. lol

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  28. Oh my God. I set the fire alarm off like...weekly. We had a really crappy stove in the last apartment though & I think that was part of the reason -- just preheating the thing to 325 ran the risk of setting it off. Annoying.

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  29. Yum!!! Cadbury!!!! Although I'm partial to Wine Gums! Those are my across the pond weakness.

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  30. Set OFF the fire alarm? Hell I start fires, haha. Okay not big ones, but I did melt a hole in the lino in the kitchen floor at my parents house one time. And another time they had to evacuate because I melted a plastic spatula and the black smoke was totally unbearable... after that I wasn't allowed to turn on the stove unless a) my parents were home and b) I sat at the kitchen table and watched it until it was done. Kind of embarrassing when you're 18 years old, haha.

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  31. I'm a snacker too ... and a lover of Cadbury's dairy milk yum!

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