Football Finger Foods

Do you know what time of year it is? Oh yes, it’s football season. And whether you’re a die hard fan or just married to one, having friends over for a game is a great way to get into the season. Skip the frozen food and delivery and make some of your favorite appetizers homemade to cut out that extra grease. Try some of these fan favorites. Go team!

Turkey Sliders – perfect for a filling snack for a lot of people

Turkey Sliders from family.go.com

Ingredients;

  • 20 ounces lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 clove garlic – minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil,, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano,, dried
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 dinner or slider rolls
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard

Directions;

  1. Combine ground turkey, cheese and all seasonings. Mix together well.
  2. Shape turkey into 16 small patties.
  3. Place patties on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 – 10 minutes or until cooked through. Be careful not to cook too long or they will become dried out.
  5. Combine mayonnaise with honey Dijon mustard and stir until well blended.
  6. Place on rolls and top with honey Dijon mayo.
Cheesy Bread – always a fan favorite
Cheese Bread from family.go.com
Ingredients;
  • 1 loaf round sourdough bread, unsliced
  • 1/2 pound grated jack cheese (1 eight-ounce package)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into thin slivers
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions;
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut bread into diagonal slices, about 1 inch apart, stopping before you cut through the bottom of the loaf.
  3. Cut bread in the opposite direction in the same manner, creating diagonal shaped cubes, taking care not to cut through to the bottom.
  4. Carefully stuff the space in between each cube with cheese, onions and parsley, then drizzle with melted butter.
  5. Wrap in foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Unwrap the top of the loaf and bake for 15 minutes more, to crisp up the crust. Serve immediately.
Calzone Rolls – a fun twist on the traditional pizza
Calzone Rolls from family.go.com

Directions;

  • 2 loafs frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/2 pound sliced ham
  • 1/2 pound sliced hard salami
  • Any additional toppings desired like onions, mushrooms, and peppers
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce
Directions;
  1. Roll each loaf of dough into a rectangle about 8 inches by 12 inches.
  2. Layer ham and salami down the center of each rolled loaf lengthwise.
  3. Top meats with 1 cup shredded mozzarella for each roll. Add any additional toppings you desire.
  4. Fold short ends of each loaf in about 1/2 inch and seal. Roll from the long sides and pinch well to seal the entire loaf. You should have 2 long rolls.
  5. Bake, seam side down on a greased baking sheet in a 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Cut each roll into 8 slices and serve with marinara for dipping.

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Stuff We Love

Are you looking for a yummy snack? Something not fried or baked? Try PopChips! They are delicious and will satisfy that salty craving.

With so many flavors to choose from (BBQ, jalapeno, parmesan & garlic, cheddar, and more) they are a great snack. They come in family size bags and individual sizes that are great to throw in your bag for work. And with 120 calories (only 35 from fat) for 23 chips you’ll feel satisfied without undoing your whole diet.

 

Snack Attack!

Once summer hits, it tends to get a little too warm to eat full-blown meals all the time. So I’ve prepared a few of my favorite snacks that tide me over until I realize I’ve skipped too many meals and should probably get back to eating more like a normal person. 🙂

 

Oatmeal Cookie (Yes, just one. Brilliant isn’t it? They should make recipes like this for all cookies.)

 

Image c/o instructables.com

Ingredients:

1 packet instant oatmeal

2-3 tsp. butter

2 tsp. sugar

1 Tb. applesauce, smashed banana, or even mayo will work

3 1/2 Tb. flour

Tiny pinch of baking soda and salt

 

Directions:

Preheat toaster oven to 350* (You can also use the oven, but for just one cookie, it’s probably easier to just stick with the toaster oven. Then again, if you don’t have a toaster oven, that’s probably not easier at all…)

Add all ingredients together in a bowl and mix until it becomes a “dough-y” consistency. If it it too dry, add 1 tsp. of water.

Form dough into a patty like a hamburger and place on non-stick pan.

Cook in toaster oven for 12-15 minutes, then remove carefully and enjoy!

 

One Ingredient “Ice Cream”

Image c/o instructables.com

 

I understand after you look at this recipe, you’ll be thinking I’m crazy because it clearly isn’t real ice cream. But, it has the same texture and consistency, plus it comes from the freezer and is delicious. That’s pretty much all the similarities I need to hear.

 

Ingredients:

3-4 over-ripe bananas, frozen (You know, like the kind you would use for banana bread.)

 

Directions:

If you don’t already peel and freeze your bananas, then now would be a wonderful time to start.

Chop up banana and place in food processor. Blend for about 5 minutes. Don’t try to speed through this part! First, the bananas may resist the blending, and then they’ll become chunky like in smoothies, and finally they will be just right. Trust me, just hang in there and keep that processor going.

After blending, feel free to add any toppings your little heart desires. (Chocolate chips, honey, nuts, peanut butter, strawberries, etc. etc. etc.

 

Homemade Kettle Corn

Image c/o ivillage.com

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unpopped popcorn

1 Tb. maple syrup

1 Tb. peanut butter

Pinch of salt

 

Directions:

First, pop the popcorn.

Then, in a small bowl, stir together maple syrup and peanut butter. Microwave for 20-30 seconds, and pour mixture over popcorn. Add a little salt to your liking and mix together. It is easiest to use your hands for this part, but if you have an objection to getting dirty, you may use a spoon.

 

Add these quick and new recipes to your traditional apple slices and peanut butter, trail mix, yogurt, and fruit to mix up your routine a little bit. Oh and don’t worry, you and the kids can thank me later. 🙂

Fun and Healthy After School Snacks!

Banana-Pear Caterpillar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lettuce leaf Banana-Pear Caterpillar Recipe
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1/2 medium red pear, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 raisins

Directions

  • Place lettuce on a salad plate; top with the banana. Cut 1/4-in. V-shaped slices halfway through the banana, spacing cuts 1 in. apart. Place a pear slice, peel side up, in each cut. For eyes, gently press raisins into one end of banana. Serve immediately. Yield: 1 serving.

Healthy House Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 slice whole wheat bread, crust removed Healthy House Recipe
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 thin slice deli turkey
  • 1 raisin
  • 5 pieces Rice Chex
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 celery stick

Directions

  • Spread bread with peanut butter. For door, cut turkey into a 1-1/2-in. x 1-1/4-in. rectangle; position on bread. Add raisin for doorknob and cereal for windows.
  • Cut the cheese slice in half diagonally; place one piece above bread for roof (save remaining piece for another use). Add celery stick for chimney. Yield: 1 serving.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Healthy-House

Summertime Fruit Cones Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 medium nectarines, chopped Summertime Fruit Cones Recipe
  • 1 cup whole small fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons mashed fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 4 ice cream waffle cones

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the nectarines, whole strawberries and blueberries. In another bowl, combine the mashed strawberries, ginger and cinnamon. Fold in whipped topping.
  • Fill each waffle cone with 1/4 cup fruit mixture; top with 2 tablespoons whipped topping mixture. Repeat layers. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Serve a Healthy Super Bowl Meal!

White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip

This tasty dip, adapted from Karen Solomon’s recent Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it (Ten Speed Press; $24.95), will wow a crowd. And it only requires a few ingredients.

Ingredients
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

Place cannellini beans in bowl, and mash with fork; set aside. Heat a small pan over medium heat; add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and let it warm. Add garlic, and chopped fresh sage leaves. Stir constantly for 4 minutes or until garlic is brown and sage is crispy. Pour hot oil over beans; stir. Garnish with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, and add salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and store in fridge up to 1 week.

http://recipes.health.com/recipes/1918604-white-bean-dip

Mini Turkey Burgers with Gorgonzola

Try on toasted potato rolls. Make it a meal with oven-baked French fries and a salad.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

Ingredients

  • 1/2  teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4  pounds  ground turkey breast
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4  cup  reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2  tablespoons  minced sweet gherkin pickle (about 2 small)
  • 1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 12  (1-ounce) dinner rolls
  • 6  curly leaf lettuce leaves, torn in half

Preparation

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add cheese, stirring with a fork just until combined. Divide turkey mixture into 12 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/4-inch-thick patty.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 4 patties; cook 2 minutes. Carefully turn patties over; cook 2 minutes or until done. Place patties on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat procedure with remaining patties. Cool patties to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze until firm. Place in a single layer in zip-top plastic bags; freeze up to 3 months.

Thaw patties overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 400º.

Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place patties on baking sheet in a single layer; cover with foil. Bake 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Keep warm.

Combine mayonnaise, pickle, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Cut rolls in half horizontally. Spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise mixture on bottom half of each roll; top each with 1 turkey patty and 1 piece lettuce. Cover with tops of rolls. Serve immediately.

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dynaction=displayRecipe&recipe_id=154575

Raspberry S’Mores

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8  graham crackers
  • 32  large marshmallows, cut in half
  • 2  1.5-ounce chocolate bars (such as Hershey’s)
  • 1  cup  fresh raspberries

Preparation

Adjust rack to middle position and heat broiler or toaster oven. Break the crackers in half to form squares and place on a baking sheet. Arrange 4 marshmallow halves on top of each square. Broil for 30 to 60 seconds or until the marshmallows are golden brown. Break each chocolate bar into 12 pieces. Arrange the chocolate and raspberries on top of half the crackers. Invert the remaining marshmallow-topped crackers onto the raspberry-and-chocolate-topped crackers, pressing gently to make sandwiches. Stack them, if desired.

Tip: For more deluxe s’mores, use high-quality chocolate, like Scharffen Berger or Valrhona.