Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Ingredients: 1 can  (15 oz.) pumpkin 1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) vanilla flavor instant pudding 1 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice 1 tub  (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed Directions: Mix pumpkin, dry pudding mix and spice in large bowl with whisk until blended. Stir in whipped topping. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Creamy Peanut Butter Dip

Ingredients: 1/4 cup peanut butter
 1 Tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt Directions: Mix peanut butter and orange juice until well mixed.  Stir in yogurt.  Mix until smooth. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting to serve. Great with bananas and […]

Corn and Pepper Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes or roma tomatoes 2 ears corn 1 each red or yellow bell pepper 1 each portobello mushroom 1 each jalapeno or banana pepper ¼ bunch Basil 1 each zucchini 2 cloves garlic 1 each shallot To taste salt and pepper Olive oil Directions: Wash all vegetables, let dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Cut ears of corn in half lengthwise, […]

Pumpkin Patch Caramel Corn

Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup peanuts, roasted (no skins or salt) 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup candy corn mix 1/4 cup light corn syrup 2 cups miniature pretzels 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 12 cups popped popcorn Directions: In a hot air popper, pop popcorn until you […]

Cheese & Corn Chowder

Ingredients: 2 cups diced POTATOES 1 cup sliced CARROTS 1 cup chopped CELERY 1/2 cup chopped ONION 1 can CREAM STYLE CORN 1 /4 teaspoon PEPPER Any SEASONINGS you like 1 cup WATER 1 1/2 cups NONFAT MILK 1/2 cup SHREDDED CHEDDAR or AMERICAN CHEESE Directions: Combine potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and seasonings in pan. […]

Almond Honey Crunch

Ingredients: 1 cup – slivered almonds 1/4 cup – honey 1 Tablespoon – butter 1 Tablespoon – grated orange peel salt 2-1/2 cups – corn flakes Directions: Combine almonds, honey, butter, orange peel and salt in heavy frying pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until almonds are golden. Remove from heat. Add corn flakes […]

Perfect Hot Cocoa

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder Dash salt 1/3 cup hot water 4 cups (1 qt.) milk 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional) Directions: Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. […]

Southwest Salsa Rice Bites

Ingredients: 3 cups cooked brown rice, cooled 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese 4 eggs 1 16-ounce jar medium (or hot) thick and chunky-style salsa 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3/4 cup crushed corn or tortilla chips Additional salsa and sour cream for garnish (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 […]

Italian Rice Fritters

Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked rice 3 cups milk 1 cup granulated sugar Grated zest of two lemons 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs, separated Vegetable oil Directions: Combine rice, milk and sugar in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until milk is absorbed, 15 to […]

Applesauce Ambrosia

Ingrediants: 1 can (16 oz.) applesauce
 2 bananas, sliced
 1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges
 1/2c toasted slivered almonds
 1/2c flaked coconut
 32 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt Directions: Whip yogurt with a wire wisk. Add applesauce. Gently fold in remaining ingredients. Chill and serve. Serves 6

Maple Cider Punch

Author´s note: Whip up a batch of citrusy, sparkly punch for sipping while carving jack-o´-lanterns. Make a toast to the fun and frolic of Halloween. Kids can help measure and stir the ingredients. Ingrediants: 1 cup orange juice
 3 tablespoons maple syrup
 4 cups apple cider, chilled
 1 cup ginger ale, chilled
 Ice cubes Directions: […]

Grilled Apples

Ingrediants: 4 baking apples
 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
 2 Tbsp. sugar
 Aluminum foil sheets Directions: Preheat grill. Wash, dry and core apples. In small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Place each apple on center of aluminum foil sheet; spoon tablespoon cinnamon/sugar mixture into core, and wrap apple in foil. Place foil-wrapped apples in small foil pie […]

Ginger Churros with Caramel Apples

Recipe Provided By Chef Alexandra I. Lopez, The Food Diva Churros: 1 cup water
 ½ cup unsalted butter
 ¼ tsp. salt
 1 tsp. sugar
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 3 eggs
 3 cups corn oil
 1/4 cup sugar, for dusting
 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for dusting Carmel Apples: […]

Caramel Apple Pizza

Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter,softened 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons canola (or vegetable) oil 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Topping: 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream […]

Spiced Peach Salad Recipe

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons white vinegar 2 cups water 1 tablespoon whole cloves 4 cinnamon sticks 2 packages (3 ounces each) peach or orange gelatin 1 can (29 ounces) peach halves Directions: In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar and water. Tie cloves and cinnamon in a cheesecloth bag; place in the […]

Peach Chicken Salad

Ingredients: 4-5 cups cooked chicken 1 1/2 cups  peaches 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup  pecans 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves 1/2 cup mayonnaise Directions: Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Best served as a main dish as opposed to sandwiches.

Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 1/2 cup peach preserves 1 fresh peach, peeled, pitted and pureed preparation […]

Balsamic Peach Salad

Ingredients: 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Salt to taste Pinch of cayenne 2 large ripe peaches, cut into 1-inch chunks 6 cups bitter greens such as baby arugula, frisee, or other field greens Directions: Combine the dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk to […]

Strawberry Milk Punch

Ingredients: 1 gallon milk 1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream 1 quart frozen strawberries 1 cup sugar (or to desired sweetness) 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or to desired taste) Directions: Mix softened strawberries and sugar together in punch bowl. Add softened ice cream, stir well. Add chilled milk and flavoring. Red food coloring may be added […]

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Ingredients: 6 lemons (to make about 1 cup lemon juice) 6 cups cold water 1 cup sugar Directions: Juice lemons. Mix juice, water and sugar in pitcher. Stir well. Serve over ice. Note: To reduce calories, you can substitute a sugar-free sweetener according to the package instructions. Makes 8 servings.

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