Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Steamed Green Beans with Lemony Vinaigrette

Lemony Vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons fat-free yogurt 1 tablespoon chives or green onion with green top, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon each, salt and black pepper 1/2 cup canola oil or safflower oil In a small bowl combine parsley, lemon juice, yogurt, and chives. Set bowl on […]

Sweet and Nutty Trail Mix

1 cup raw walnut halves 1 cup raw almonds 1 cup raw pecans 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup raisins 1 cup dark chocolate chips Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Toss together until well combined. Scoop 1/4-cup servings into sealed baggies.

Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

1/2 pound red potatoes, diced 1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, diced 1/4 pound purple potatoes, diced 2/3 cup black olives, halved 1/3 cup green onions, chopped 1/3 cup celery, diced 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper 2 […]

Broccoli Pie

1 prepared 9-inch pie shell, unbaked 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed 1 cup cottage cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1 small (2.8 ounce) can french fried onion rings Optional ingredients: 1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped and sauteed 1/2 pound chopped ham 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced 2 […]

Sweet and Crunchy Cream Cheese Spread

1 cup small-curd cottage cheese 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped 1/2 cup raisins In medium bowl, combine all ingredients using a spoon or electric mixer; mix well. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight. Serve with toasted bagels, toast or muffins. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Fruit and Yogurt Elbow Salad

1 (13.25 oz) box elbows 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla or Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon honey (optional) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 cups fruit (apples, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, kiwi, etc., cut into bite-size pieces) 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (optional) 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted Cook pasta according to package ; drain. Rinse with […]

Asparagus Salad

1 bunch fresh asparagus, ends trimmed 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup Caesar salad dressing 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped Zest of 1 lemon 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 8 radishes, cut into matchsticks Prepare a grill to medium-high heat, or preheat an oven to 400. […]

Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip

1 container (16 ounces) low-fat plain yogurt 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers, drained 1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt Dash cayenne pepper 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 green onions, chopping white and green parts separately Combine red peppers and artichokes. Pat dry with a paper towel. Add […]

Cajun Crab Cakes

1 pound crab meat, well drained 1/4 minced onions 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions 2 egg whites 1 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon mustard 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup crushed oyster crackers 1/4 cup mayonnaise Jalapeno Tartar Sauce: 1 jalapeno pepper minced 1/2 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons minced onions […]

Appetizer Meatballs

2 cups ketchup 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup honey 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon dried minced onion 1/4 teaspoon pepper Dash garlic powder Dash cayenne pepper 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; […]

Savory Italian-Style Wisconsin Cheese Ball

Cheese is a party and snack time favorite, but it doesn’t have to be boring. This recipe adds pine nuts and a blend of Italian cheeses for a savory treat.

Baked Sweet-Potato Chips

2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8-inch thick 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, preferably sea salt 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving Preheat oven to 400°, with racks in center and lower positions. Divide sweet potatoes between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil, toss, and spread them in […]

Spiced Apple Cider

Always read the label and make sure you are purchasing pasteurized apple cider. Raw, unpasteurized cider may contain harmful bacteria. 1 gallon naturally sweet apple cider 1 cup brown sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half 1 tablespoon whole cloves 1 tablespoon whole allspice 1/2 teaspoon mace (optional) Tie cinnamon, cloves, allspice and mace together […]

Tomato/Tomato Paste Salsa

Yield: About 7 to 9 pints 3 quarts peeled, cored, chopped slicing tomatoes 3 cups chopped onions 6 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped 4 long green chiles, seeded, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste 2 cups bottled lemon or lime juice 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon […]

Cucumber ranch dip

3 tablespoons Lay?s Dip Creations Country Ranch seasoning mix 1 cup Daisy brand sour cream 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced 1/2 cup buttermilk (optional) 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons cilantro Pinch pepper Add ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly using a rubber spatula.

Zesty Zucchini

1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 to 3 medium zucchini, sliced In a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients. Add zucchini and toss. Chill until ready to serve. For […]

Potluck Pasta Salad

1 box (12 oz) rotini or penne rigate 4 cups mix-ins (see below) Dressing: 1/2 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, oregano, parsley In small bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Whisk […]

Black Olive, Red Pepper and Cucumber Salad

1/2 cup sliced California Black Ripe Olives 1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes 1 English cucumber, seeds removed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup garlic-infused olive oil Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper In medium bowl, toss together olives, red pepper and cucumber. In small […]

Mini Kabobs

Ingredients 10 1/2 inch cheese cubes (whatever variety your child favors) 2 dill pickles, cut in chunks 10 1/2 inch meat cubes (ham, kielbasa, sausage etc.) 10 olives 10 toothpicks Directions Thread one cheese cube, a chunk of pickle, a piece of meat, and an olive onto each toothpick. Continue using up remaining ingredients. Try […]

Cheese & Bacon Popcorn

Ingredients 8 cups popcorn 1/3 cup margarine, melted 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked salt 1/2 cup American cheese, grated 1/3 cup bacon bits Directions Pour freshly popped corn in large bowl. Combine margarine with hickory-smoked salt. Pour over popcorn. Toss. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon bits and toss again. Once cool, package […]


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