Gone Nutty Figgy Pudding BonBons #SeasonsEatings

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Big baggy sweatpants and food that’s finger lickin’

Sugar that sticks on your hips and your thighs

These are a few of my favorite things…

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Seriously though, I finally burned off Thanksgiving weight gain, and I really don’t want more to creep on this Christmas as well! I am so proud of myself! I only ate 2 tamales yesterday! When tamale season hits I typically eat about 5 in one day-because I have to try them all as I steam them!

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But this holiday season it’s about healthy eating, healthy foods and healthy snacks.

Did you know nuts are the perfect holiday snack food? No I am not talking about brittle (though, shh, I did make some) or pecan pie (but oh, doesn’t that sounds good!?). I’m talking about trail mix and snack mix, cheese and nut logs with crackers, yogurt with slivered almonds and figgy pudding with pecans. Wait-hold on-figgy pudding?!!!

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Yes!! I said figgy pudding.

Nuts.com is looking for holiday themed healthy snack and I came up with just that! A holiday themed healthy snack. What’s more Christmas than bringing you some figgy pudding?? I concocted a way to make figgy pudding into bite-sized balls of delight. I packed the rich exotic taste of rum and orange soaked figs and raisins, sticky honey and sweet marmalade into a little ball rolled in sweet pecans. This nearly organic teeny little pudding ball is finished off with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Yummy!

And nuts.com has nuts AND figs in their store too!

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And if this seems just a little odd to you-it’s been taste tested by my picky hubby and my son’s foodie loving behavioral aide. And I bet these taste amazing as the flavors meld weeks before Christmas.

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ll let you know…I’m still counting down the days until Christmas. Well, off to go see Santa and take some family photos!

Here’s the recipe!

Healthy ingredients to start.

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Orange infused dried fruits.

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Figgy pudding gone nuts!

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sweet sticky goodness and rum flavor galore! (Feel free to use the real thing in the orange juice step-see recipe note.)

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mix it up for some sticky delight.

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

More nuts! This could be good.

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They are all rolled up!

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And ready for some snow!

Nutty Figgy Pudding Bonbons #SeasonsEatings | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Well Merry Christmas and Seasons Eatings!

Gone Nutty Figgy Pudding BonBons

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 28

Per Serving 99 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 2 g

28

Gone Nutty Figgy Pudding BonBons

1/4 cup rum and 3/4 cup orange juice can be used in the simmering stage for more rum flavor and boozy bonbons.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried figs, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup marmalade
  • 2 tsp rum extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems off the figs with a sharp knife. Place the stems and raisins in a saucepan and pour orange juice over. Simmer on low about 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed into the dried fruit.
  2. Pour the fruits and juice into a food processor and puree completely until smooth and sticky.
  3. Add the 1/4 cup of the pecans and process until combined.
  4. Add the honey, marmalade and rum and almond extracts. Process.
  5. Add the almond flour and process until combined.
  6. Scoop the mixture into a container with a lid and chill to meld flavors, at least 6 hours or overnight.
  7. Process the remaining 1 cup pecans until it resembles large bread crumbs.
  8. Scoop the mixture into large tablespoons and carefully roll in hands to make a ball. Mixture will be sticky. Roll balls into minced pecans.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

 

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Very few foods make it on my favorite-never get sick of-can eat it everyday-snack time-meal time-get in my belly-list. One of those is yogurt. Greek yogurt. Now 5 years ago when I started eating Greek yogurt, I may have made a sour face but seriously, I eat it plain with my granola winnings at least once or twice a week now. I actually love the plain unflavored Chobani!

Chobani makes a great thick Greek yogurt-and they offer fat free too! And I love cooking with it! Or using it instead of sour cream. So when Chobani asked me to network with them for their #MadeWithChobani event for Game Day Tailgating goodies, of course I said “yes!”

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A bit of recipe developing and a craving led me to make these no fat added baked chicken wings and potato wedges with blue cheese yogurt dip. Mmm, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a healthy and super tasty game day appetizer ever! (Except maybe the crudité tray.)

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My favorite part about these wings is they are messy in a healthy good way! They are crisp on the outside with a peppery blend of spices coating every inch. The inside is juicy tender, not from grease like a typical fried wing, but from actual juices brought out by the tenderizing marinade of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt and garlic chili sauce (Sriracha).

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The crisp tender potato wedges-well they don’t use Chobani, but they do go awesome with the Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip!

Oh, and a shot glass is perfect for serving the Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip for the perfect portion of yummy! Just use some celery sticks to dig way at the bottom.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I hope you get a chance to make this for your next ball game or holiday party!

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Such simple and fresh ingredients!

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cut the wings on the joints and toss the wing tips.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mix the marinade and toss with the wings in a zip tight bag.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mash together the blue cheese, seasonings and garlic with the lemon juice and vinegar.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Toss the potatoes with the seasoning blend after they’ve been lightly coated with cooking spray.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake them skin side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake the chicken wings after they have marinated at least 2 hours.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle them with the pepper blend and broil for a few minutes to crisp them up and seal in the flavor.

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat) #MadeWithChobani | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Yum!!!

Hey, you don’t have to wait for game day to make these! Make them your dinner tonight! Everything is better when it’s #MadeWithChobani.

And here’s the recipe!

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat)

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Number of servings: 5

Per Serving 747 calories

Fat 39 g

Carbs 51 g

Protein 50 g

5

Peppery Baked Wings and Wedges (Lowfat)

Nutrition is for 5 Servings. For a lighter version, serve only 4 potato wedges (recipe is for 8 slices/person) and 2 Tb of dipping sauce with 4 wing pieces and celery.

Ingredients

    For the Baked Wings

  • 2 lbs chicken wings, trimmed, and cut at the joints (about 10 wings)
  • 1/2 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt (Nonfat)
  • 1/4 cup garlic chili sauce (Sriracha)
  • 6 Tb Six Pepper Blend spice mix (Durkee)
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • cooking spray
  • Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

  • 1 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt (Nonfat)
  • 2 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
  • For the Potato Wedges

  • 5 russet potatoes, cut into wedges of equal size, about 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup dry parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tb all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (Lawry's)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Trim and remove chicken wing ends and cut at joints to separate wings into two. Rinse and pat dry. Combine the yogurt and garlic chili sauce in a small bowl. Place the chicken in a zip tight bag and pour yogurt marinade over chicken. Seal and massage chicken in bag to coat. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but no longer than 12 hours.
  2. Prepare the blue cheese yogurt dip by combining the blue cheese, garlic and seasonings with the lemon juice and vinegar. Blend well. Fold in the yogurt and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  4. For the potatoes: Wash and scrub the potatoes and slice into wedges, lengthwise, approx. 8 slices per potato. Spread them on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a zip tight bag. Add the seasonings to the bag and shake to coat. Spread the potatoes back on the baking sheet and place skin side down, spaced evenly apart. Spray once more with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. After potatoes are fork tender, place potatoes under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp and brown lightly.
  7. For the chicken wings: Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Discard the remaining marinade.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, turning after 20 minutes.
  9. Remove baked chicken from oven. Combine pepper seasoning and brown sugar and shake gently over baked chicken. Turn to coat, then turn again. Broil for 5 minutes until skin is crisp and bubbly.
  10. Remove potatoes and chicken from oven. Let cool slightly. Serve with celery sticks and blue cheese yogurt dip.

Notes

Potatoes and chicken can be baked at the same time and broiled at the same time. Put the potatoes in the oven first. Serve with celery sticks, if desired.

 

Holiday Jewel Cookies – #FillTheCookieJar

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This month I am reminded to hold my family tight, live each day like there is no tomorrow and relish and all the joy each day brings. The Christmas season to me is about Family, Love and Jesus.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My focus lately has been solely on my family, pulling me away from my posts here. But in light of bringing joy, sharing my love of food is one thing on that list.

I made these cookies with holiday season in mind. A season of bright flavors and festive colors. A season of snowflakes and sugarplums. A season of diamonds and lemon drops. And of course to complete this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, which is a monthly virtual cookie exchange shared with my friends and hosted by my friend Cynthia at Feeding Big.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These cookies bring delight with each bite, bursting with lemon flavor, rich dark chocolate, sweetened flaked coconut and mixed berry preserves, topped with a delicate glaze of sweet milk. They are melt in your mouth delicious.

Holiday Jewel Cookies

These ingredients are the magic to the jewel of this cookie.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Light and fluffy cream cheese and butter are key to this bar cookie’s softness.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Licking the batter is just an added bonus to being my child. 😉

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The swirls of berry preserves add the perfect holiday touch.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You will want to gobble these up once the sweet milk is drizzled on top!

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t forget to leave some out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And for more great cookie recipes, check out the recipes below!

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Holiday Jewel Cookies

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 18 g

Protein 1 g

32

Holiday Jewel Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 6 Tb mixed berry preserves
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer on medium speed, until it is very light and fluffy.
  2. Add the brown sugar and sugar and cream together until combined. Add the eggs and lemon extract and mix well.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Pour in the dark chocolate chips and sweetened flaked coconut. Mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture onto a 13 x 9″ baking pan edge to edge.
  6. Dallop with the berry preserves and swirl into cookie dough lightly to create a marble design.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until browned around the edges and center is mostly set. Remove from oven. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk and allow to cool completely.
  8. Cut into bars when completely cooled. Cut bars in half diagonally to create diamond shapes, if desired.