Homemade Cheese Crackers & Meal Planning

My kids are constantly hungry. It would be odd if more than a couple hours go by that they don’t ask for a snack. While fruit is one of their number one favorite snacks, they love almost anything crunchy or cheesy.

Yes, I realize that these are made with butter and cheese and are not the most healthy snack ever…but they are homemade and don’t have a lot of preservatives like other snack food and I am happy to feed them on occasion to my kiddos. Plus cheese is on my approved list and these have no sugar. The cereal adds a nice crunch factor.

School is approaching soon- my oldest starts kindergarten, eek! and that means we need a house full of snacks ready for him when he gets home from school. He actually requested that I make these.

These are also great with a glass of wine or other adult beverages. Make them ahead of time for your next party or get-together and you can set them out with a bowl of nuts for some nice homemade munchies!

 

Homemade Cheese Crackers

Yield: 3 dozen

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounce block)
  • 2 cups Rice Crispies
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch or two of cayenne

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer on low to medium speed, mix softened butter and cheese in a large bowl. Once well blended, slowly add in flour and cayenne.
  3. Add in rice crispies and stir by hand until incorporated. Dough will be firm yet slightly crumbly. Using hands kneed dough together in bowl a few times. Pinch off some dough- the size of a heaping Tablespoon full and form into a ball. Slightly flatten with your fingertips to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness. Diameter of cracker should be 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until crisp. Remove to wire rack until cooled.

Notes

If possible buy the block of cheese and grate it yourself. Be careful not to overwork the dough. Store in air-tight container for up to 2 months. Can also freeze a portion of them.

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Now on to meal planning!

I actually stuck to the majority of my meal plan last week. My mom cooked a yummy lemony pasta that I will have to re-make one of these days. Since my mom is visiting this week we will enjoy a little more dining out than usual. Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Sunday
Appetizers Night- Bruschetta, Veggie & Cheese Tray

Monday
Grilled Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage Salad

Tuesday
Shredded Pork Sandwiches, Potato and Vegetable Salad

Wednesday
Out to Dinner

Thursday
Tortellini with Pesto, Mixed Green Salad

Friday
Out to Dinner

Saturday
Out to Dinner

Question: What is on your meal plan for the week? What are your kid’s favorite snacks?

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  1. Hmmm… i haven’t done a meal plan for this week. but since last week was a little tossed up, many of last week’s plans will come into this week.

    Salmon & roasted broccoli
    BBQ chicken sandwiches with cajun onion straws & watermelon
    Veggie fritter, salad & fruit

    and I totally understanding about needing snacks around the house! will need the same when daughter gets home from school.

  2. cassie says:

    These crackers are so fun, love the rice krispies in there! We have black bean burgers on the menu tonight, and chicken sausage one night this week…I’m having a hard time remember now because I have read so many amazing food posts this weekend. My menu might end up being modified a bit! :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      I know Cassie! It shouldn’t be hard to meal plan with all the great food blogs out there. ;) Have a great week!

  3. This week’s meal plan consists of lots of pre-made meals or quick fixes since I am a teacher and co back to work on Monday!
    Monday: Leftovers (Cocoa Crusted Pork made into tacos)
    Tuesday: Double Delicious Mac and Cheese (Make ahead, Jessica Seinfeld recipe)
    Wednesday: Salmon with lemon and dill
    Thursday: Leftovers (if we have any) or Bruschetta Chicken Pasta
    Friday: Taco Pizza
    Saturday: Out to Dinner
    Sunday: Weight Watchers Cheesy Chicken Casserole

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Sounds like a great week Meghan! Good luck with the start of a new school year! P.S. I have Jessica’s book and I’ve actually never tried anything! I’d love to know how the mac & cz goes.

  4. Always needing snack ideas!! I am about to make a bunch of stuff and freeze it. Makes me feel better about back to school. Even though once school starts, I am good…the weeks prior to it I am all panicked!

    What is your cabbage salad? You know me and crucifers!

    Monday:Vegan Lasagna with a green salad for us and Hokeys.
    Tuesday: Red beans and (brown) rice with watermelon.
    Wednesday: Your bean burgers. :)
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Eating out at a fabulous, all gluten free restaurant. They have pizza night on Fridays and give you free wine :)
    Saturday: Pioneer Woman’s black eyed pea salsa, served as a salad for a block party.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Free wine? That is awesome in addition to having the gf stuff! The salad is a new recipe that I saw in a magazine and I can’t remember all the details but it looked yummy. Fingers crossed and i will post it for you if it goes well! ;)

  5. Amy says:

    Yum, your week of meals sounds delicious! Here is what I “tentatively” have planned:

    Sunday: BBQ chicken thighs on the grill, salad
    Monday: taco night!
    Tuesday: Spicy Maple Salmon, sauteed Dino Kale & Bok Choy (My kids love this combo!!), israeli couscous
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday: Grilled veggies, turkey burgers, and baked beans
    Friday: out
    Saturday: having friends over–haven’t planned the meal yet! Either lasagna or your fabulous asian noodle salad!

    Hope you’re having fun with your Mom in town!

    The cheese crackers look tasty!! Lillian would probably love them :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      I am so impressed your kids eat bok choy and kale Amy! I need to tell L & S that their friends eat it….maybe that will get them to try it. Have a great week!

  6. Gretchen Hokenson says:

    The crackers look great! Now that I finally have and oven again I am excited to bake again. I might have to give these a try. Here is our menu for
    The week.
    Sun- eat out
    Mon-Britt’s vegan lasangna
    Tues- baked spinach falafel with cashew cream tzatzaki
    Wed- a grilled veggie salad, I think I will roast instead of grill.
    Thurs-a philly cheese steak with only the veggies and you kale salad
    Fri-pizza night…yahoo!
    Sat- a crockpot white bean chili with cornbread

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Yummy week Gretchen! The spinach falafel & cashew cream sounds interesting. Looks like you are rockin this vegan diet!

  7. Maureen says:

    I’m hungry after looking at that list and these crackers look terrific!

  8. Aggie says:

    My daughter just started kindergarten today (and my son 2nd grade) :)

    These crackers look amazing, I would be afraid to have them in the house, lol. I bet my kids would love them too!! And what a perfect snack to have with wine…I’ll have to remember these next time we have people over for a few drinks.

    I sat down this weekend and made a meal plan for the week and am SO relieved!

    Mon – slow cooker sesame chicken, stir fry veggies and quinoa/rice blend
    Tues – grilled fish sandwiches, slaw
    Wed – spaghetti night (and salad)
    Thurs – leftovers or quesadillas
    Fri – homemade pizza and salad

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Mmm, slow cooker sesame chicken sounds yummy. How did the fist day go? Mine oldest starts kinder on the 30th. I am so excited for him!

  9. Simply Life says:

    wow! that is so very impressive that you made your own crackers!

  10. Oh, my goodness, these look so yummy! I definitely think my kids would approve :-) My kids are always hungry too, although my oldest {going in to 6th grade!!!} just got a full mouth of braces, so is not eating as much as she used too…Have fun visiting with your mom!

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