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Quick and Easy Cherry Coconut Fluff Dessert Recipe

My husband and I were invited to a summer cookout and volleyball extravaganza. Like all good Midwesterners, we automatically knew that includes bringing food for the potluck portion of the party. Unfortunately, earlier in the week due to a raging thunderstorm that took down power line followed by temperatures that shot up into the 90’s (F ) our electric company gave a huge chunk of the state the gift of multiday rolling blackouts early in the week. Fortunately, we got our electricity back in one of the first waves. Even though we didn’t lose any of our food in the freezer (I had the freezer packed with big reusable ice packs similar to these to get them ready for the party) the power outages made grocery shopping for fresh party food ingredients difficult. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I poked around my pantry and got a little creative. I made a quick and easy three ingredient cherry coconut fluff salad recipe that just so happens to also b

A Lactose Free Chip with #GiantFlavor

When I was finally convinced I should give up lactose based foods, I wasn't prepared for just how many items contain milk, milk solids, whey, or lactic acid. The most surprising?

Flavored chips.

Of course the cheesy flavored chips are no brainer, but some of the so called plain flavors containing milk ingredients is surprising. It makes our small field of allowable trans-fat, hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup free salty snacks even smaller.

Yes, yes I know. I should give up chips entirely but sometimes a treat during Movie Night makes a good movie even better. 80/20 Rule, remember?

Sorry gang. No fancy dip recipes this time. I snarfed these bad boys straight from the bag.

Out of foodie curiosity, we took the opportunity to try two new flavors of Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips. Husband concentrated on the Garden Ranch Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips because it contains milk ingredients.


To be clear, Green Giant Veggie Snacks are either a corn or potato chip flavored with vegetables. They are meant to be eaten as a snack, not as a replacement for vegetables as my vegetable phobic nephews Mr. 2 of 9 and Mr. 4 of 9 hoped. Sorry guys, they are a treat not a replacement  – at least in my house.

It is nice to have a lactose free flavored chip option in Barbecue Sweet Potato. I can taste the sweet potato flavor although I’m not sure if it is part of the flavoring or if it is the chip itself. I suspect the sweet potato it is in the flavoring, which is a little disappointing because I like plain sweet potato chips and hoped this would be the best of both worlds.

Husband thought the barbecue spices were a little too heavy but I thought they were just right. Of course being who we are, I though the Garden Ranch had too much flavoring and Husband thought they were just right. I guess it comes down to how much flavoring you like on your snack chips.

Green Giant Veggie Snacks made the Allowable list although we will most likely save them for parties and family gatherings like we try to do with most of that type of stuff. As always, your mileage may vary.



What do you look for in a snack chip or do you skip them entirely?

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