2-8oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened 2 Tablespoons minced onion
1/2 tablespoon minced green bell pepper 1-8oz can crushed pineapple well drained
1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder 1 cup chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients other than the pecans together. With damp hands roll the mixture into a ball and then roll in chopped pecans. Wrap it in wax paper and put it in the fridge to firm up. Serve with crackers.
pretzel sticks, whopper candy, beef jerkey stick, candy eyes, candy corn, fruit roll up,
chocolate icing or melted chocolate
To make the turkey feathers, stick your pretzel sticks into the back 1/2 of the cheese ball. To create his head, take a stick of beef jerkey and "glue" a whopper candy on top with icing. Then attach the nose and eyes also with icing. We made the gobbler by cutting a little strip of fruit roll up and then laying it over the candy corn. Be creative with whatever supplies you have in your pantry.
This November appetizer is delicious and fun to serve!
Y’all, I absolutely LOVE this time of year! I love the changing weather, the football games, and the holidays, but most importantly, I love the transition of food that happens around this time. We switch from light cakes to heavy pies and cobblers, grilling outdoors to standing over a big pot of soup, and eating fresh fruits and veggies to hovering over warm dips during football games!
Are you hungry yet? Fall is by far my favorite season!
I stumbled upon this recipe last fall and it has become a staple at our house. There are three reasons why this is my favorite recipe of all time.
1. It is man-approved! It’s hearty, flavorful and the
leftovers make for an excellent lunch the next day.
2. It is fool-proof. If you knew me before I got married, you would
know that I lived on Diet Coke and Lean Cuisines. Cooking just
wasn’t my…thing. While I am still learning my way around the kitchen,
this recipe is super easy and always turns out just right.
(I still love a Diet Coke and a Lean Cuisine!)
3. It’s a great pot luck food! Pour everything into your trusty
Crock-Pot, set it on low and take it wherever you go!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
1. Stir the picante sauce, soup, chicken, corn, beans and water in a 4-quart slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.
3. Remove chicken and shred finely. Stir back into crockpot.
4. Stir in 1 cup of cheddar cheese and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
5. Serve with additional cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla strips.
Sarah Kathryn Marlowe
Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for family, friends and food; lots and lots of food! So, instead of over indulging this year why not try a new and healthy twist on a traditional favorite. You will be glad you did.
8 ounces low-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
3/4 cup of canned pumpkin (unsweetened, unsalted)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl by hand or with an electric mixer (medium speed). Serve with apple slices or Ginger Snaps, which are not as healthy but are really good!
Our family’s traditional Thanksgiving involves about 50-100 people. Don’t worry, we gather and give thanks at a nearby farm; a very large farm. We also cook a pig for the main event and everyone brings a side dish to share. You do the math; with everyone bringing a side dish, or more than one in most cases, there is a lot of “sharing” to do! Having a healthy choice throughout the day is a very welcome change of pace in between the always tasty hash and rice and the decadent seven layer chocolate cake!
So, enjoy your Thanksgiving this year and don’t forget to count your blessings; and your fewer calories with this yummy dish.
Sunday morning is a much cherished time for my husband and me. It is the only day that we are both off of work so we always enjoy being a little lazy before church and we typically cook a special treat for breakfast. This weekend we made delicious French toast.
You may be thinking “No way will I ever have time to make this before church – we are lucky if we even have time to grab a granola bar to cram in on the way to church!” Well, I have good news for you. This French toast takes all of about 5 minutes to whip up.
My French toast recipe is ridiculously easy to make and on top of that I have included some options to lighten up the recipe and make it a little more health-friendly.
The recipe below is for 2 servings – but this recipe is easy to double, triple, or even cut in half if you are cooking for yourself! All you need to do is take the ingredients and multiply by 2 or 3, or divide in half. If you have any questions about altering the recipes for serving sizes, just post a comment below and I will be glad to help!
For my French toast, I used Sara Lee whole grain white bread. You can use any bread that you have on hand. I sometimes even use leftover wheat hotdog or hamburger buns so that they do not get thrown away! Another variation you can do with this French toast is to cut your bread or bun into slices and make homemade French toast sticks! Just follow the recipe, but pay close attention because I have found that the smaller pieces cook a little faster!
To keep it a little healthier, I also used Eggbeaters, almond milk, and stevia for my sweetener. If you do not have Eggbeaters on hand, but you want to keep it healthier, you can use 1 whole egg and one egg white in your egg mixture!
I topped my French toast with a little whipped cream, some fresh strawberries, and of course sugar free maple syrup! You can use any of your favorite toppings like fruit such as blueberries and bananas, nuts like walnuts or pecans, and even honey or apple butter! The possibilities are endless.
Here’s the skinny:
“Skinny-ish” French toast for two
4 slices of whole grain bread
½ cup egg beaters or 2 eggs
¼ cup almond milk or skim milk of choice
½ t cinnamon
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or nutmeg)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 packets of stevia or 1 teaspoon sugar
optional toppings: whipped cream, fruit, chopped nuts, maple syrup, honey, apple butter, etc.
I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
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