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What is Your Snack Personality?

I just got off my cellphone from a phone interview for an internship. I think it went well, but does anyone else notice that they start to repeat words when they get nervous? It would be impossible to count how many times I said “so,” “or” and “in the end” during those 30 minutes. What I can share though is the advice to never schedule an interview at 7:30 in the morning. Your voice will crack and the interviewer will apologize for getting you up early (it was all said in good spirit though. I didn’t yawn or fall asleep during the interview!).

But now that is over and done with. Next Monday I have an in-person interview about 2 hours away so I’m currently figuring out how I am going to manage my last class of the day. It will all work out… in the end. Ugh. I seriously used that phrase more times in the interview than I have in my entire life. Stab me with a rod and stick my marshmallow brain over the fire, I don’t think it’s burnt enough.

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Speaking of marshmallows, do you like yours golden or black? I personally am a fan of catching mine on fire and waiting until the outside turns a deep charcoal. Yum. Over the weekend though I went to a friend’s cookout and I realized that everyone has a lot of different opinions on how marshmallows should be cooked. Very similar in all aspects of food really.

Since today is Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running with Spoons, I want to talk about the various food categories that people are passionate about. Perhaps passionate is the wrong word, but I think you know what I mean – everyone has that one type of food that is their favorite, that they LOVE to talk about. I believe that a person’s favorite kind of food can tell a lot about them.

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So, what I’ve devised for today is to break down these food categories and share my personality specialist opinion on what they really mean. And then, because this week I have been promoting an awesome cookbook kit (affiliate links), I am going to match your food personality up with which cookbook I think you would be most interested in. Obviously I’m going to try and sell you the kit because I think you’ll love it (and I’ll make a little money 😉 ), but even if you don’t buy the kit, consider purchasing one of the cookbooks individually. The whole package is a much much better deal and either way supports fellow bloggers just like you AND provides some delicious recipes in return!

First up, the categories… Muffins, Smoothies, Nut Butter, Granola, Chocolate, Crackers. Notice I didn’t include main meals. The main reason is that everyone has different opinions on what to eat for dinner. Meat, vegetarian, vegan, etc.? I just picked the options I see most frequently on blogs as snacks.

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Now, pick which category above is your favorite snack and read on to find out your snack personality!

Muffins

You want everything to be happy. If things go awry and people get upset, you are the first to jump in and try to provide comfort. You reach for muffins because they are sweet and well-rounded. In your day to day activities you don’t like having negative thoughts and try to be positive no matter the circumstance.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Muffins of 2013 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Pecan Molasses Mini Muffins, Lemon Blueberry Nut Muffins, and Banana Vanilla Spice Muffins

Smoothies

You appreciate simplicity. Whether you are on the go or just wanting to take a minute to relax, you pick up a smoothie because you can get all of your nutrients in one sitting. Much like in life, you don’t like a lot of fluff and try to only commit to things where you are able to give 100%.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Smoothies of 2012 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Green Frozen Lemonade, Chocolate Avocado No-Milk Shake, and Creamy Coconut Macadamia Coffee Smoothie

Chocolate

You like to indulge. Not only in the creamy blissfulness of nut butter, but you cannot go a day without your favorite activity. It doesn’t matter if it is running, baking, reading or watching your favorite show, your day is not complete without it. You believe that no matter what is going on in your life, it is important to make time to put yourself first and do what you love.

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Suggested Cookbook: 30 Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes by Louise Hendon

Recipes that sound amazing: Chocolate Coconut Fudge Cups, Chocolate Coffee Pot de Creme, and Chocolate Truffles

Granola

You like staying busy. While some people fail when life gets stressful, you thrive. Granola is perfect for batch-making and helps you to plan ahead for what you know will be a full schedule. To feel accomplished you want to be able to check everything off of your to-do list and get things done.

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Suggested Cookbook: Paleogasm by Camille Macres

Recipes that sound amazing: Banana Blueberry Breakfast Bars (like granola bars) and Pumpkin Flax Granola

Nut Butter

You enjoy down-time. Just like everyone else you like to be involved and finish your work, but you truly appreciate taking time out of your schedule to just relax and relish in a peaceful hour or two. Nut butter is the perfect snack for you because it is simple to scoop out and enjoy while taking your mind off work.

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Suggested Cookbook: Caveman Feast by George Bryant and Abel James

Recipes that sound amazing: Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter, Cocoa Espresso Almond Butter, and Almond Coconut Chocolate Drops (with almond butter)

Crackers

You are a multi-tasker. Crackers are the best choice for you because you take on a lot of responsibility both at home and at work/school. You don’t always have enough time for everything you would like to do during the day, but when you do get the chance, you know what you love. In the meantime, staying involved is enough to satisfy you.

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Suggested Cookbook: The Paleo Snack Recipe Book by Suzanne Crawt

Recipes that sound amazing: Coconut Chips, Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips, and Sweet Potato Crisps with Rosemary Salt

If any of these recipes or cookbooks sound like something you would be interested, check out the Primal Life Kit page to find out more. There are more than 49 products included at a value of over $1500. But the cost to you is only $39. That’s a 95% discount. So far over 2,000 kits have been sold! There is no limit; however, the sale is only running until April 28th (Monday) so you need to jump on this deal now 😉 Yesterday for WIAW I posted a few recipe reviews for what have tried out so far from my personal purchase of the kit and the cookbooks inside. Pancakes and Sweet Potato Chili. Definitely worth it.

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Questions for you:

So, how did I do? Is your “snack personality” anything like your real personality? 

Do you think what someone eats says anything about them as a person?

What is one recipe that you would like to try from this list?

Take a look at the Primal Life Kit and tell me which product you’d be interested in! (I need some help on deciding what to read/try next 🙂 ).

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Just this week and next week and I will be over the hump of midterms! It’s actually kind of strange since I’m only in my sixth week of school in 2014. I usually associate midterms with “half” so that would mean that midterms should be at week 8… Maybe it’s always been like this and I don’t remember? It’s entirely possible.

Anyways, do you know what stinks about living in a dorm?

Fire drills.

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Not even fire drills specifically though because the second word “drill” implies that they were planned. Fire alarms are really what I have a gripe with. On Sunday night right after I was walking back from the parking lot where I leave my car for the week, the fire alarm in my dorm went off. Okay, so I had to wait outside for 15-20 minutes in the freezing cold at 8:00pm. No biggie.

But then it happened again! At 12:30pm that night, after I was already in bed for over an hour and completely out of it. I literally stumbled out of my room into the common area pulling my pajama pants down over my (fake) tan ugg boots. Classy.

Like I said, I was out of it; however, I distinctly remember one of my suite-mates laughing as I tumbled out, eyes squinting and saying something along the lines of “Awww…. Madison.” Needless to say my suite mates were hardly put out since they were still awake (crazy, I know), except for the one who was in the shower when the alarm went off. Yes, I suppose I was better off than her.

So I guess the moral of this story is that I really can’t wait to move into an apartment next semester. That was actually one of the things that the realtor mentioned on Friday as we were looking at places. I had never even thought about it, but as soon as I did my face spread into this wide grin that probably stayed on for hours.

Say it with me: NO FIRE ALARMS.

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Sweet freedom friends.

Now I just have to hold out, oh, 10 more weeks…

Lucky for all of you though, the twice-in-one-night(mare) of fire alarms didn’t occur until this week. Before that I was a bit more rested and knocked out three new recipes during the weekend. First up are these Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Muffins. Biscuffins as I like to call them. 😆 I took the biscuit portion of the muffins from a previous vegan biscuit recipe of mine. Then I molded them into silicon muffin tins, sprinkled in some cheese, poured in an egg mixture, and topped with super crunchy bacon.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Before getting into the recipe I have a tip on how to cook your bacon Mess-Free! Seriously. Zero clean up.

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven (mess-free!)

What you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, lay out the bacon into one layer, and cook for 20 minutes or until crunchy. After the bacon is consumed throw away the foil and your baking sheet is as good as new! (I used turkey bacon because that’s all we had. Regular bacon may be slightly more fatty and therefore a little more messy). I’ve also seen where some people baked the bacon on a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet to catch the fat below. I think I’ll try that next time if we use full-fat bacon. Let me know if you try out this method because it is seriously genius and results in way better bacon than making it in the microwave! (My other mess-free method 🙂 ).

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Paleo/GAPS Diet-Friendly, Nut/Dairy-Free Options, Meat-Free Options

Makes 10 Biscuits/Muffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

  • Grain-Free and Vegan Biscuits
  • about 1/2 cup cheese (approximately 2 tsp per muffin tin)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (dairy or nut milk would work as well)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get out 10 silicon muffin tins + a baking sheet to hold them on. (If you don’t have silicon muffin tins get out enough muffin pans for 10 muffins and coat them with oil to prevent sticking).
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the biscuits. Divide the dough among the muffin tins and using your fingers flatten them against the sides of the muffin tins to make a cup shape. Sprinkle in a little cheese into each.
  3. Then whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, and sea salt/pepper as desired. Divide the egg mixture among the muffin tins as well. (I filled mine about 3/4 of the way up. They shouldn’t be completely full because they rise some while baking.).
  4. Finally sprinkle the bacon on top of each and place them in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the centers are fully cooked.
  5. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! These are great for a quick breakfast and heat up nicely a day or two later.

Substitution notes:

  • You can in theory use any biscuit recipe that you’d like in this recipe. Just make sure that it is of an equal volume to my biscuit recipe. I can’t guarantee any other recipes but most should work fine.
  • The biscuit recipe originally calls for almond flour, but if you are allergic you can replace it with another nut or seed flour.
  • If you want this to be dairy-free omit the cheese. You could alternatively sprinkle on some almond cheese, nutritional yeast or even a few teaspoons of sauteed vegetables (onions or peppers would be wonderful I think!).
  • If you can’t have coconut, you can instead use a nut milk or even dairy milk in place of the coconut milk.
  • While bacon is one of the key ingredients in this recipe, I do understand that not everyone likes bacon or eats meat. If you eat meat but don’t like bacon, you could probably also top the muffins with some homemade sausage, ground beef, sliced pepperoni, salami, trail bologna, etc. If you don’t eat meat you can omit it and the muffins will still taste great. I’ve also seen where some people have made homemade vegan bacon from coconut flakes and that would be very interesting! If omitting the bacon entirely I would recommend sprinkling on a little sea salt to replicate the salty taste.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday this week. Don’t forget to check out all of the other fabulous bloggers!

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Questions for you:

  • Did you have a lot of fire alarms go off in your college dorm?
  • What was the #1 cause? Ours is usually some freshman messing up Mac and Cheese (by forgetting to put water in it 😯 ).
  • Have you ever made a “biscuffin” before?
  • What are you linking up today for WIAW?