Tenley’s Bachelor Blog: Episode 2
From Tenley’s Kitchen to Your Bachelor Viewing Party
Week 2 of The Bachelor
So here we are again, at another season of the bachelor. Every January I get so excited for a new Season and look forward to each Monday night that comes around! So much nostalgia for me, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since I pulled up in the limo at the Bachelor Mansion, what a journey it has taken me on. What memories I have.
Not only do I have memories about my time on The Bachelor or Bachelor Pad, but I have many years of memories of Bachelor viewing parties. Starting back in college in the girls Dorms, nights on my couch with girlfriends in our PJ’s, and fun rose themed evenings with lots of friends. Bachelor viewing parties can be done many ways and with all kinds of company, but one thing that must always be the same is food—you must have good food!
Good food is my life, and I love taking traditional recipes and making them a bit healthier and somewhat “guilt-free” but without losing the taste! All of my recipes are gluten free because of my own personal food intolerance’s, so these recipes will be perfect to take with you or serve to any crowd you’re hosting.
By the time of night that The Bachelor airs, most of your guests have already had a dinner, but some of your guests may be coming straight from work or from their busy mom/dad life of feeding the kids and putting them to bed so they can chill for the rest of the night. So think of feeding snacky finger foods that won’t be too filling, but enough options to feed those that are hungry.
Here are your recipes for this week…
Cheese & Figs
what you need:
-Dried Figs, diced into thirds or even smaller
(mission is what I used & love, you can find them in the bulk section at Whole Foods or at your local supermarket near the rest of the dried snacks)
-A nutty sharp cheese, diced into small square or rectangular pieces
(I used a cheese I found at whole foods called Robusta this time. It’s a type of gouda. Other great cheeses would be any sheep or goat cheeses, or you could try a swiss)
-dice dried figs and cheese and place on toothpicks, putting figs on first and cheese second. Your cheese & figs will stand on their own with the cheese as the bottom.
It’s that easy! Such a great, tasty, sweet, and savory snack.
Pancetta & Goat Cheese Pear Bites
Inspired by Eat.Drink.Smile
* This Recipe makes plenty for a group of 4-6 People, for larger groups just double or triple the recipe!
-4-6 Thin slices of Pancetta (Organic is preferred)
-Crumbled Goat Cheese (Organic is preferred)
-Fresh Ground Pepper
-Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
-Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange Pancetta slices on the foil
-Bake Pancetta for about 8-10 minutes. Keep your eye on this, they can get very hot and set some fire alarms off. (Speaking from experience)
-Remove Pancetta from oven and “blot” with paper towels and let set until it’s crispy
-When Pancetta is cooled down slice into small pieces, crumbles
-Slice Pear- I made thin slices from the sides of the pear moving towards the center
-Top each Pear slice with crumbled Pancetta, crumbled Goat Cheese, a drizzle of honey, and sprinkle of fresh ground pepper
This is another simple recipe and sure to be a hit! Every time I have made these they have been gobbled up quickly.
*I always add a little squeeze of lemon juice to the pear slices to keep them from browning.
**Vegetarian option: Simple enough, just leave the pancetta off a few of the pears if you’ll be hosting a few vegetarians. I have done this before setting them on a separate plate.
A little something sweet…
Here is one of those traditional dessert recipes that has been made grain free, gluten free, and fairly close to guilt free for a dessert!
Grain-Free Almond Butter Blondies
-1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil
-1/3 cup Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (Coconut Sugar is an excellent low glycemic sweetener option. You can use Honey as your sweetener if you’re unfamiliar with coconut sugar)
-1/4 cup Raw Organic Almond Butter
1-/2 tsp. Gluten Free Vanilla
-1 1/4 cup Almond Meal/Flour
-1/8 tsp. baking soda
-1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/4 tsp. salt
-Your choice of chocolate chip baking chips. I prefer using Dark Chocolate Chunks or Dairy Free Chocolate Chips. *Usually I love extra chocolate, but in this recipe I think less is more!
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Grease a square baking dish w/ coconut oil or parchment paper
-Mix melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, almond butter, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl with kitchen-aid or hand mixer. Mix well.
-Combine almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and mix together well with a fork.
-Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well with the mixer.
-Mix in your choice of chocolate chips/chunks and spread batter in greased pan (grease with coconut oil).
-Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean. Edges will start to turn golden brown.
Enjoy this absolutely moist and delicious treat!
Last but not least… A Special Drink for your Bachelor viewing this week
Champagne & Gummy Bears
*I usually use Champagne flutes, but didn’t have any for our viewing party this week at our host’s home.
This is my “Specialty” drink, a drink I brought with me to the Bachelor mansion, and it caught on like wild fire during my season of Bachelor Pad. Really, go back and watch Bachelor Pad season 1 and you’ll spot a few bears in the bottom of our glasses!
Champagne is the signature drink of The Bachelor, it makes an appearance in every episode, so it makes the best sense to kick off this season saying cheers with a glass of champagne… and I’m telling you, there is nothing like adding a few gummy bears to your champagne!
*I am not promoting gummy bears as a healthy treat, this is a guilty pleasure of mine and wanted to share this fun twist. Eat and drink in moderation.
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