Trim Treats: Autumn Munchies

Hello fellow autumn lovers! Once that wind starts blowing, and the clouds come waltzing in with their signature light gray, and the leaves start crunching under my toes, I am one cheerful girl.

Fall is such a beautiful, inviting and mysterious time of year that really is unlike the others. It is the beginning of school, but it is also the beginning of a new year. That wind brings in a breath of fresh air for us all to get up and start over.

My favorite perk about fall is the abundance of AMAZING flavors— apple, cinnamon, cranberry, pumpkin, maple, just to name a few. The spices are deliciously fragrant, and the taste… well it’s so perfect it’s practically indescribable.

With the new school year and autumn comes a new year of those same-old dining hall meals. It would be a ton more fun during mealtimes if we could put together our own autumn-inspired combinations of flavor, so I’ve put together a list of some munchies to get you in the seasonal mood. They’ll also get you thinking about those dining hall staples in a new light. Let’s get to it!

 

1. Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed Mix

via: gotchocolate.com

via: gotchocolate.com

We’ll start out with something incredibly simple. There is already a dried fruit mix by the salad bar, but how great would it be to change it up a bit? With a combo of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and almonds, you’ve just made yourself a wonderful new mix! Eat it by itself, or try as granola over yogurt. Sweet, salty and healthy all at once!



2. Apple and Hummus Toasts

via: kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

via: kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

This one is great as a snack or a nice lunch, and with those fresh apples coming in from the orchard, it’s irresistible. Toast some pita bread, spread on some hummus from the sandwich bar and add sliced apple.  Completely autumn-a-tized and completely delicious!



3. Spiced Rice Krispie Treats

via: thekitchn.com

via: thekitchn.com

I discovered how to create Rice Krispie treats last year in the dining hall and it was awesome. All you have to do is get a bowl and fill it about 1/3 of the way with Rice Krispies. To make them spiced, mix a liberal amount of cinnamon into the cereal. Then fill the rest of the bowl with marshmallows from the ice cream bar and microwave until the marshmallows are melted. Mix around until combined, and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Love, love, love!



4.Cranberry-Quinoa Salad

via: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

via: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

This salad is super healthy and fabulous for fall! Mix quinoa (or brown rice) with fresh spinach, dried cranberries, apple or pear pieces, chickpeas and pecans.  Drizzle with a deep maple syrup vinaigrette and you will be in salad heaven.

For complete instructions, click here: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2010/10/quinoa-salad-with-pears-and-baby.html Feel free to adjust any ingredients you want!



5. Maple Nut Roll Ups

via: richestoragsbydori.blogspot.com

via: richestoragsbydori.blogspot.com

These are like a quick version of cinnamon rolls, except with maple! Take a piece of sliced bread and press it to make it as thin as you can. Spread with cream cheese, sprinkle with cinnamon, add some pecans or walnuts (or both!), drizzle with maple syrup and roll that baby up! Slice it into cute swirls, or just shove it in your mouth. Great either way. It’s a bit sticky, but absolutely worth it!

 

Enjoy the autumn season, have fun and eat well!

Keep it Sweet,

Kelsey