These Homemade Pickle Recipes Will Satisfy Your Cravings

Pickles have become an American staple. We eat them on burgers, we eat them on sandwiches… they even come as a side at restaurants! I grew up with store-bought pickles being a common item in my fridge, and they still are to this day! But there is something even better than store-bought pickles, if that’s possible– homemade! Many homemade pickle recipes are not difficult to make and taste amazing. There’s something refreshing about taking a bite and feeling that snap of a homemade pickle!

The Forq app is filled with tons of homemade pickle recipes. Scroll through to find some, or add your own!

4 of the Best Homemade Pickle Recipes

1. Refrigerated Rye Pickles

Refrigerated Rye Pickles are your classic refrigerator dill pickle recipe. This is a really easy pickle recipe because there is no cooking or boiling of ingredients involved. Simply add the ingredients to the jar in the order that the directions say, and viola! After 2 days, you have tasty pickles!

2. Bread and Butter Pickles

Some people prefer Dill Pickles, some prefer Bread and Butter homemade pickle recipesPickles! When it comes down to it, I’m usually a dill kinda gal, but I’ll eat any type of pickle if it’s homemade! These homemade sweet pickles deliver a burst of flavor into your mouth. The secret? A little brown sugar in the brine!

3. Lime Pickles

Pre-soaking these Lime Pickles in lime juice before packing them in the brine gives them a truly unique flavor. This is also under the category of homemade sweet pickles, but the flavor is different than bread and butter. This recipe is also to make pickles in bulk!

4. Tavern Pickle Recipe

For some reason, every time I have a pickle that a restaurant makes in-house, it’s one of the best pickles I have ever had! This Tavern Pickle Recipe is just that. It calls for some unique ingredients such as juniper berry to give it a truly different flavor than most other pickles.

Bonus Pickle Recipes

If you are truly a pickle lover, you will love these recipes. You dill pickle pasta saladcan use some of your homemade pickles and leftover pickle bring in this Dill Pickle Potato Soup! I must admit that I have never tried to cook anything based on pickles, but it’s so intriguing that I may have to try. Another recipe that is not as far-out is this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad. I have had dill in my picnic side dishes like potato salad and pasta salad, but I don’t think it has ever actually included pickles! This will be one to try, for sure!

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food recipe appDon’t forget to use the Forq app to find more of the best homemade pickle recipes! Thousands of people have uploaded their favorite recipes, so you know whichever you choose is going to come out great. If you have a favorite recipe, make sure to upload it for others to use, too! Check out Forq’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more foodie news and recipes.

We Know How to Make the Best Healthy Energy Bites

As the year goes on, it seems as if my schedule just gets busier and busier. At the start of the new year, I made some goals to be healthy.  I’ve been pretty good with my eating habits, but have found that I am constantly snacking! I have been trying to find ways to stay away from the bags of chips, and have finally found it. Every week, I make healthy energy bites! These tasty bites are easy to make and curb my snacking habits. Some recipes use as little as 4 ingredients!

The Forq app is filled with tons of recipes for healthy energy bites. Scroll through to find some, or add your own!

Benefits of Healthy Energy Bites

healthy energy bites

Chia seeds

All ingredients that go into healthy energy bites are included for a reason. Rolled oats, the main ingredient to many of the recipes, can help to lower cholesterol, support healthy digestion and balance blood sugar levels. A small amount of chia seeds, another common ingredient, contains tons of protein, fiber, and vitamins. Plus, it’s a great antioxidant. Flaxseed is also an amazing antioxidant as well as high in fiber and supports healthy digestion. Dates are great for your heart and digestion. If you have a favorite healthy ingredient, add it to the recipe and see how it goes!

Healthy Energy Bites Recipes

Banana Oat Energy Bites

Banana Oat Energy Bites are perfect at any time of day! The bananas go perfectly with the nut butter and then are complimented by just the right of chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth.

No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Ballshealthy energy bites

These No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Balls are packed full of protein to keep you energized throughout the day. The assorted nuts keep them crunch, and the honey and cranberries keep them sweet!

Classic No-Bake Energy Bites

These healthy energy bites combine many different ingredients like coconut flakes and chia seeds for ultimate health benefits. They may have more ingredients than usual, but they will taste like chocolate peanut butter energy balls! Yum!

Elite’s No Bake Energy Nuggets

Elite’s No Bake Energy Nuggets call for just 4 ingredients! These are one of the easiest and cheapest healthy energy bites to make. Use this recipe as is, or add some more of your favorite ingredients like flaxseed to make it your own!

Rosey’s 3 Ingredient Energy Bars

Just like the title says, Rosey’s 3 Ingredient Energy Bars are just 3 ingredients: walnuts, dates, and cranberries! Feel free to substitute the walnuts and/or cranberries, but make sure to use the dates. They are the main binding ingredient!

Chocolate Quinoa Biteshealthy energy bites

Have you ever heard of combining chocolate and quinoa? I hadn’t until I tried this recipe! Not only is quinoa high in protein, it also has many health benefits. It is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. So eat these Chocolate Quinoa Bites up!

Fudge Brownie Chocolate Protein Bars

These energy bites with protein powder are great for protein-on-the-go. When I have made this recipe in the past, I cut mine into small squares rather than bars for easier eating. Just make sure to not eat too many squares since it’s so high in protein that you don’t need to!

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healthy energy bitesDon’t forget to use the Forq app to find more of the best recipes for healthy energy bites! Thousands of people have uploaded their favorite recipes, so you know whichever you choose is going to come out great. If you have a favorite recipe, make sure to upload it for others to use, too! Check out Forq’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more foodie news and recipes.

We Know the Best Recipes for Easy Homemade French Fries

The french fry is an American favorite. You can’t deny that you don’t love those crispy golden sticks of amazingness. What makes french fries so irresistible? I’ve gone on a bit of a health kick this year, yet I can’t seem to stay away.  It is time to step away from that bag of frozen french fries– but not because we’re cutting them out of our diets all together! There are recipes for easy homemade french fries that may not be the optimum of health, but they are much better for you than the ones full of preservatives. Keep eating your burgers and fries, just make them yourself!

The Forq app is filled with tons of recipes for easy homemade french fries. Scroll through to find some, or add your own!

The Best Recipes for Easy Homemade French Fries

Oven Fries

When looking for recipes for easy homemade french fries, Oven Fries are the go-to. Not only do they taste great, they are super easy! The longer you keep them in the oven, the crispier they get. Just make sure to flip them once in a while!

Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Frieseasy homemade french fries

What could make a french fry better? Oh that’s right, cheese! These Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Fries are easy homemade french fries, they’re just a little more time consuming. The recipe suggests soaking the potatoes in salted water before baking to make them extra crispy, but it’s up to you if you want to take that extra step!

Tuscany French Fries

Tuscany French Fries are still considered a recipe for easy homemade french fries, but it may require a bit of practice because this is a stovetop recipe. The trick is to follow the directions meticulously. A tip: do not heat the oil first. Put the potatoes in the cool oil and then let them come to temperature. There will be no splatter, mess or burning!

Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Add a little sweetness to your dinner with these Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato FriesUsing sweet potato instead of white potato adds a different element to the meal. I love a good steak and sweet potato fries dinner!

Parsnip Fries with Truffle OilEasy homemade french fries

Are you trying to stay away from potatoes altogether? Try these Parsnip Fries with Truffle Oil! Believe me, they are addictive! And, how can you resist truffle oil?

Download the Forq App for More Recipes for Easy Homemade French Fries

Don’t forget to use the Forq app to find more of the best recipes for easy homemade french fries! Thousands of people have uploaded their favorite recipes, so you know whichever you choose is going to come out great. If you have a favorite recipe, make sure to upload it for others to use, too!

The 14 Best Foods for a Picnic

Summer not only brings burgers  and BBQs, it also brings picnics! When we think of the best foods for a picnic, we’re thinking of a mix between classics and new flavors. The main idea is that these foods are transportable. We recommend getting sealable Tupperware or mason jars (so cute!) to put your foods in so they won’t spill during travel. Having an adorable picnic basket to pack it all in doesn’t hurt, either!

Don’t forget to look through the Forq app for even more ideas on the best foods for a picnic, or share your own!

The 14 Best Foods for a Picnic

1. Fresh Dill Red Potato Saladbest foods for a picnic

What would summer be without potato salad? This classic is one of the best foods for a picnic, as long as its not sitting out in the sun for too long! This particular recipe calls for fresh ingredients and red potatoes– it’s a step up to your regular mayo-based version!

2. Southwestern Black Bean Salad

This Southwestern Black Bean Salad is sure to be a hit at any picnic. Its blend of flavors mesh together perfectly. Plus, the longer it sits, the more flavorful it gets, perfect for a picnic!

3. Ham and Cheese Skewers

Get a little fancy at your picnic with these Ham and Cheese SkewersThe saltiness of the ham paired with the tang of the cheese and the sweet of the apple make the perfect bite each time.

4. Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza

This amazing Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza is a step up from regular ol’ cheese pizza! It’s also one of the best foods for a picnic, since you can easily pick at it with your hands! No utensils necessary.

5. Savory Paleo Tomato Tartbest foods for a picnic

This Savory Paleo Tomato Tart is similar to a pizza, but has so much more summer flavor! Top with fresh basil and you are good to go.

6. Fresh Sweet Lemonade

It’s not summer without lemonade, and the freshly squeezed kind is obviously best! Store bought is a close second because of the time it saves, but if your picnic is extra special, why not make it from scratch?

7. Mixed Berry Sangria

Summer means berries, so why not put them in your drinks?! This Mixed Berry Sangria is the special touch your picnic needs.

8. Lemony Chicken Couscous Salad

This Lemony Chicken Couscous Salad not only tastes great but packs the protein you need to! Imagine this colorful dish put into personal mason jars for each person at your picnic. Yum!

9. Thai Peanut Chicken Saladbest foods for a picnic

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad is a tasty spin on the mayonnaise-based chicken salad we are all used to! Use this inside spinach wraps or on top of a salad. The possibilities are endless!

10. Golden Corn Bread

Corn Bread is a summer staple. This is one of the best foods for a picnic because it is easy to pack, plus it is super tasty! Just make sure to keep it on top of your basket so it doesn’t get squished.

11. Dill Dip

Dill Dip is one of the best foods for a picnic because it’s easy to make, easy to store, and easy for everyone to share! Just bring a bag of chips and a bowl of this dip to keep everyone happy.

12. Caprese Salad with Peppers

Who doesn’t love Caprese Salad? This classic salad is so fresh-tasting that it is always perfect for the summer.

13. Lemon Meringue Pie

I remember going to Grandma’s house for fresh lemon meringue pie in the summer. Its flavor always brings me right back to childhood!

14. Peanut Butter Cookiesbest foods for a picnic

One of the best foods to bring to a picnic is cookies. They’re easy to store and don’t require any silverware or plates. Our favorite cookie to bring are these Peanut Butter Cookies!

Don’t Forget to Download the Forq App for More of the Best Foods for a Picnic

Don’t forget to use the Forq app to find more of the best foods to bring to a picnic! Thousands of people have uploaded their favorite recipes, so you know whichever you choose is going to come out great. If you have a favorite recipe, make sure to upload it for others to use, too!

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