Healthy Snack Friday – Pocket Pimis

October 3, 2008 by  
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Today’s healthy snack Friday uses another great appetizer recipe for a kid’s healthy snack.  I love these because both adults and kids like them so you can mix up a bunch, put them in the fridge and the whole family can enjoy them together.  Today we’re using Pimentos which are mini peppers. They’re not always easy to find fresh but often you can find the canned variety and they’ll work just fine too.  Our local costco sells small peppers in red, orange in yellow.  Those would work fine too.

Pocket Pimis (Pimentos)

What You Need:

1 C green peas, cooked (fresh, frozen or canned are fine)
1 C small curd cottage cheese
1 small onion, chopped fine
Salt and pepper to taste
8 small whole pimentos, cleaned and peeled
1 C seasoned bread crumbs

How to Make It:

In a bowl mix together the peas, cottage cheese, onion, salt and pepper to taste.
Stuff each pimiento with the pea mixture.
Spray a cookie sheet with a non stick cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350.
Place the stuffed pimento on the cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with the seasoned bread crumbs.
Bake 5 minutes or until the bread crumbs begin to brown.

I’d love to hear what your kids think of this one.  As a kid I wasn’t much of a pea eater so I didn’t serve it to my own kids much either.

These would be great with chopped up ham or turkey ham in the mixture too.

Healthy Snack Friday – Frosted Veggies

September 26, 2008 by  
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Veggies in sugar?  Probably not the first thing you think of when you’re thinking of all things green and healthy but this is actually a wonderful way to get some of the healthiest veggies into your kids – and they’ll come begging for more – another great healthy snack for your kids!

This is a rather big recipe so make sure you have a large glass jar or bowl to store this in and room in your fridge too or make 1/2 a batch to start.  The marinade is simple to make – just make sure you stir really well to get the sugar to dissolve.

Frosted Veggies

What You Need:

1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound fresh mushrooms
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1 inch strips
2 cups carrots, cut diagonally into strips

How to Make It:

Place the water, sugar, vinegar and salt in a large bowl.
Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Add the vegetables and stir well to coat.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or longer before eating

The longer these set the better they taste.  The sugar makes this a slightly sweet treat.  Cucumbers and onions also work well in this marinade.

Healthy Snack Friday – Cherry Tomato Bombs

September 19, 2008 by  
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Kids love anything they can pop in their mouths or just pick up easily with their fingers.  These little tomato bombs are a fabulous snack for kids of all ages and they’re easy to make ahead so you can have them on hand anytime the hunger bug strikes your little one (or you!)

Mini Tomatoes with Cottage Cheese

What You Need:

30 cherry tomatoes
1 C small curd cottage cheese

Optional Add ins
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. mustard
¼ tsp. onion powder

How to Make It:

Slice the tops of the cherry tomatoes.
Scoop out the seeds with a small spoon and set tomatoes aside.
Place the cottage cheese in a mixing bowl.
Fold in any or all of the optional mix ins being sure to mix together well.
Fill each tomato with the mixture.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Don’t they sound yummy?  You can get creative and make other add ins for your tomato bombs too – hummus, cream cheese with chipped beef, guacamole and more!

Just be careful – although adults can pop one of these in their mouths whole and be fine, little ones will still need to take several bites so they can get messy.  This is definitely a “sit at the table” snack.

Enjoy!

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