Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Peanut Butterflies

Ingredients 1 stalk celery, cut into 3 inch lengths 2 tablespoons low-fat peanut butter 6 mini pretzels 6 raisins Directions Spread peanut butter evenly onto each celery length. Stick two pretzels in peanut butter – these are the wings. Add two raisins for the eyes. Serve. Univ. of California Cooperative Extension

Granola Bars

Ingredients 1 cup honey 1 cup peanut butter 3 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup grated carrots 1/2 cup coconut Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Peel and grate the carrots. Put the honey and peanut butter in a large saucepan. Cook on low heat until they melt. Remove the pan from the […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Ingredients 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 2 cups (18 oz) creamy peanut butter 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 cups (18 oz) raspberry jam or other jam […]

Mexican Veggies

Ingredients 1 cup cucumber, chopped with peel 1 can (8 3/4 oz) corn, drained 1 can (16 oz) stewed tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped red peppers 2 tablespoons chopped green peppers 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro or coriander 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions Combine […]

Microwave Cucumber Pickles

Ingredients 3 to 4 cups cucumbers, sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon pickling salt 1/2 cup vinegar 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed 1/4 teaspoon celery seed Sliced onion (optional) Directions Put sliced cucumbers in microwave safe container. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers and stir. Microwave for 5 minutes on high […]

Zucchini Spears

Ingredients 1 pound zucchini 1 large lemon, juiced 1/4 cup cider vinegar 3 tablespoons salt 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon honey, optional 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional Directions Slice zucchini into spears. Place upright in glass jar. Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let cool. Pour […]

Hot Brown Kretschmar Deli

Ingredients 4 bakery croissants 1 (8-oz.) pkg. Kretschmar Smoked Turkey Breast 3 cups prepared alfredo sauce 2 slices Kretschmar Mild cheddar cheese 2 slices Kretschmar Swiss cheese 1 large red tomato, sliced 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled Directions Preheat oven to 400°. Place croissants in a 9 x 11 x 2-inch […]

Triple Orange Slush

Ingredients 1 cup chopped fresh peaches 1 cup orange or peach low fat yogurt 1/2 cup orange juice 4 to 6 ice cubes Directions In a blender, blend peaches, yogurt and orange juice together. Add ice cubes, one at a time, blending to form slush. University of California Cooperative Extension

Tropical Sunrise Parfait

Ingredients 2 cups canned pineapple tidbits or chunks in 100 percent fruit juice, drained 1 cup (1/2 pint) raspberries (fresh or frozen) 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 medium banana, sliced 1/3 cup dates, chopped 1/4 cup whole almonds, toasted and chopped Directions Heat oven to 300°. Put almonds on a nonstick baking sheet. Place […]

Purple Cow

Ingredients 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened 3 tablespoons frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed 1 cup milk Directions Blend and serve.

Banana Smunchies

Ingredients 1 ripe banana 1/3 cup peanut butter 4 graham crackers broken in half Directions In a medium bowl mash banana with a fork. Mix in peanut butter. Put a spoonful of the banana/peanut butter mixture onto half a graham cracker. Cover with another half of graham cracker. Wrap each sandwich in plastic and place […]

New York State Special Milk Punch

Ingredients 1 1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened 3 (46 fluid oz) cans pineapple juice, chilled 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 quart cold milk Directions In a punch bowl, combine ice cream, pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice and milk. Stir until ingredients are blended. A reader from Lisbon, Ohio, submitted […]

Easy Fruit Frosty

Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 envelope unsweetened fruit-flavored drink mix (any flavor) 2 cups milk 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened 1 bottle (28 oz) carbonated water, chilled Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and soft drink mix. Add milk; stir to dissolve sugar. Add ice cream; stir gently to mix. Slowly […]

Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients 2 cups fat-free milk 2 cups low-fat or nonfat lemon yogurt 1/2 cup ice cubes 3 tablespoons sugar-sweetened, powdered lemonade drink mix Lemon wedge or zest (optional) Directions In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and garnish each glass with a lemon wedge or […]

Orange Slush

Ingredients 1 cup water Frozen orange juice concentrate can (6 oz) 3/4 cup (6 oz) vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup cold milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 10 to 12 ice cubes Directions In a blender, combine water, orange juice concentrate, yogurt, sugar, milk and vanilla; cover and process until smooth. While processing, add […]

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake

Ingredients 1 cup fat free or lowfat milk 1/2 cup frozen banana slices 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Sweet cocoa powder (optional) Directions Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder, […]

Peach-Amaretto Frappe

Ingredients 1 cup fat free or lowfat milk 1 large ripe peach, peeled, pitted and cut into eighths, or 2 canned peach halves, drained 5-6 ice cubes 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Directions Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until very smooth and foamy, about one minute. Pour […]

Fresh Fruit Pudding Milk Mixer

Ingredients 3 1/2 cups 2% milk 1 package (4 serving size) JELL-O® Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie filling or any flavor 1 medium ripe banana, cut into chunks 1/2 cup strawberries Directions Place all ingredients in blender container; cover. Blend 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately. Recipe provided by the National Dairy Council.

Festive Fruity Flavored Milk

Ingredients 1 cup fat-free skim or 1% low-fat milk 2 tablespoons apricot, blackberry, raspberry or strawberry fruit syrup Directions For each cup of milk, stir in 2 tablespoons fruit syrup. Try experimenting with different brands of fruit syrups until you find one that provides the perfectly pleasing color to your milk. Fruit syrups are available […]

Choco-Nana Milk Mixer

Ingredients 3 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk 1 package (4-serving size) JELL-O® Brand Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter 1 medium banana peeled, cut into chunks Directions Pour 2 cups milk, pudding mix, peanut butter and banana into container with tight-fitting lid and shake until well blended, or put […]

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