Monday, March 23, 2009

Waste-Free Snacking

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

My family husband is a junk food junkie.  Our grocery list routinely states "Candy for Randy".  It is like a staple at the top of the list: Milk, eggs, butter, candy.  I always feel a little odd when the cashier unearths these items.  Hidden under a mass of nutrition from the other end of the spectrum:  Organic, organic, milk, milk, milk, organic, produce, produce, orange slices, sour cherry balls, anise dolls, organic, organic, produce...  I try to avoid eye contact.

Then there is the immediate foraging for snacks upon entering the door after a long days work.  After a quick greeting it is straight for the chips!  He will easily consume an entire bag in one sitting, before dinner.  We, he, was going through three or four bags of potato chips a week.  Concerned this may not be the ideal choice, I switched his snacking from conventional greasy potato chips to organic tortilla chips.  Still not exactly healthy, but better I thought.  This was the routine for several months.

Now I have reached the point where I am tired of spending the nearly $3.00 per bag and sick of throwing all those bags away.  Think of all the money and waste we would save by making our own snacks!

Rosemary Garlic Crackers


1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. granulated garlic
3/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
coarse sea salt


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2.  In a bowl, mix together the flours, yeast flakes, baking powder, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.  Add the water and oil, stirring until dough comes together.  If dough is too dry to mix add another tablespoon of water.  Divide in half.

3.  Roll the dough out very thin.  If you have a small rolling pin, roll the dough out in your pan.  Transfer the dough to a parchment lined baking sheet.  Score the dough into squares so that it's cut, but not separated into pieces.  If desired, sprinkle a little coarse salt over the tops of the crackers and lightly press into dough with the rolling pin.  Repeat with second dough.

4.  Bake crackers in preheated oven for 15 minutes,or until golden brown and crackers look crisp.  

5.  Let crackers cool in pan before removing.  They will crisp as they cool.  If crackers are still a little soft, place back in oven and bake for another five minutes or so until crisp.

6.  Store in an airtight container and keep as far away from you as possible!  You are likely to eat the whole can.  Not that I would know anything about that.  Crumbs?  What crumbs?

These are super easy to make and highly adaptable.  Use what ever flour you want, change the seasonings, roll them thick or thin, add seeds, cut out fun shapes, whatever.  They are cheap, easy, and waste-free.  Snack on!


Heather @ SGF said...

I started making my own crackers this week too. They are SO much yummier than store bought and I don't have to feel guilty about the packaging :)

EcoBurban said...

These look delicious... Now, can you give me a recipe for little bunny shaped cheddar crackers? The littlest boy is addicted to Annie's Cheddar Bunnies. I am betting if I had a cookie cutter small enough, this recipe might make excellent bunny crackers!

saucy salsita said...

what a great idea. my son isn't a junk food eater at all, actually he doesn't eat anything. i'm trying to come up with fun stuff, but natural for him and it's a challenge and a half. i'm gooing to try these. they look great!
Saucy Salsita, AKA The Green, Sexy Expat - Guide to Green Living!

Green Bean said...

These look awesome! I'm totally making these for my next snack swap. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Oh, and EB, they do make tiny cookie cutters. I have a fish (to make knock off healthy goldfish), a bird, a cat and few other tiny cookie cutters.

greeen sheeep said...

I like the rosemary garlic crackers myself, but hubby prefers the plain salt and pepper version. We have also tried taco flavored. There is a recipe for taco seasoning on my personal blog. I would think for little ones that cheese flavored would be a hit. Is there dry cheese powder out there somewhere? Maybe you could just mix in some shredded cheese? I haven't tried that yet. Ooh, the rosemary ones are really good to dip in marinara sauce when still warm. Yum!

EcoBurban said...

GB, where did you find such a teeny, tiny cookie cutter? I haven't seen one before! I almost want to own one just because... how cute!

Daphne said...

Oh yum. I love rosemary and garlic bread, so I'm sure I would love the crackers too. I used to snack all the time, but as time wears on and the middle age spread hit I quit doing that. Luckily my husband followed suit. But crackers occasionally would be yummy.

Green Me Alison said...

Fox Run manufactures several mini animal cookie cutter sets and individual cutters. They are all made in China, but then again I haven't yet found a cookie cutter that is not these days.

I'll have to try this recipe. Last year I made some crackers and for all the work my husband ate them in 3 seconds and I was totally deflated...(My solution to the post-work snacking is just to forbid him from snacking or a stick an apple in his mouth.)

knittingwoman said...

i haven't had any success making homemade crackers that my teen and adult sons will eat:( the homemade ones aren't crispy or crumbly enough. Vegan Lunchbox has a great alternative gold fish cracker recipe but where I live I can't find any tiny cookie cutters.
I have also found that anybody in my household who likes junk food and chips kinds of snacks just isn't satisfied by homemade crackers. glad they work at your house.

JessTrev said...

I totally want to try your recipe! Mmmmmmm. And a huge tin is exactly what these cry out for. Now off to vegan lunchbox to find the goldfish recipe.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You rock. I can purchase every ingredient from a bulk bin (except the olive oil) and save nearly all packaging waste.

Steph @ Greening Families said...

The big sweet tooth your husband has may be a sign that he is not getting enough protein. I have seen a very powerful correlation between my protein intake and the lessening of my own sweet tooth.

If he is willing, it might be worth testing to see if it makes a difference.

Kathryn Grace said...

We're loving homemade crackers too, and I can't wait to try this recipe next time the wee ones visit. Here in moist San Francisco, no cracker stays crisp once the bag is opened, so we make just enough to eat in 24 hours. They're so much fresher tasting than store-bought. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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