Recipes of the Month

Healthy Recipes
  •  Christmas Tree Tray (Snack/Appetizer)

    Serves 8

    Prep time: 15 minutes

    3 cups broccoli florets

    3-4 celery stalks, cut into thirds

    ¼-½ red bell pepper, cut widthwise into strips and cut in half again

    ¼-½ yellow bell pepper, cut widthwise into strips and cut in half again

    ¼-½ orange bell pepper, cut widthwise into strips and cut in half again

    ½ cup cherry tomatoes

    ¼ cup black olives

    ¼ cup green olives

    1. Arrange broccoli florets into a tree shape.
    2. Arrange celery for the “trunk.”
    3. Place the rest of the ingredients on top of the broccoli to look like strings of lights and ornaments.
    4. For the “star,” use a mini star cookie cutter to cut out the shape from a piece of yellow pepper, or use a paring knife (an adult should complete this step if using a knife). Serve immediately with a side of dressing for dipping.


     Veggie Wreath Tray

    Serves 8

    Prep time: 15 minutes

    4 cups broccoli florets

    1 red bell pepper

    ¼-½ yellow pepper, cut widthwise into strips and cut in half again

    1-2 radishes, thinly sliced

    ¼ cup cherry tomatoes

    ¼ cup black olives

    2-3 baby carrots, thinly sliced

    ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced

    Ranch dressing, to serve

    1. Place a small bowl in the center of a platter.
    2. Arrange broccoli florets into a wreath shape around the bowl.
    3. Arrange the rest of the ingredients on top to look like the wreath’s decorations.
    4. For a “bow,” use a paring knife to cut the pepper into 5 pieces, one for each part of the “bow” (have an adult complete this step).
    5. Fill bowl with ranch dressing and serve immediately.


    Grinch Kabobs (Dessert/Snack)


    • Green Grapes
    • Strawberries
    • Bananas
    • Mini Marshmallows
    • Toothpicks


    1. Slice bananas.
    2. Cut stem end off of strawberries.
    3. Place kabobs on toothpicks with grape then banana slice, then strawberry, then marshmallow on end.


    Snowman Cheese Ball (Appetizer)

    • 8 ounces of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
    • 1 bag of Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • 1/4 cup Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
    • 1/4 cup Plantar’s Slivered Almonds; toasted
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • Peppercorns
    • 1 Baby carrot


    Mix your cream cheese, cheddar, chives, almonds, and cayenne pepper; refrigerate for one hour

    Divide your cheese into three balls-one large, one medium, one small

    Arrange balls to resemble a snowman on a serving platter

    Add peppercorns, and baby carrot. We shaped our carrot by carving it into a little pointy nose.

    Arrange crackers, or veggies around the platter.

    Get ready to WOW your guests because this Kraft Snowman Cheese Ball is delicious!


    Oven-Fried Chicken (Dinner)

    Corn cereal crumbs and crushed crackers create a delicious coating. The yogurt tenderizes the chicken. A light spray of olive oil ... More

    Level: Easy       Total: 1 hr Prep: 15 min       Cook: 45 min     

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings


    1/2 sleeve (about 20) whole-grain salted crackers, pulsed in a food processor until fine (about 1/2 cup)

    2 1/2 cups corn cereal flakes, pulsed in a food processor to fine crumbs (about 1/2 cup)

    2 tablespoons sesame seeds

    3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    2 egg whites

    1 cup lowfat, plain yogurt

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Olive oil cooking spray

    4 medium sized skinless chicken breasts and 4 skinless chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry (about 3 1/2 pounds chicken)


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with olive oil.

    Combine the crackers and corn cereal crumbs, sesame seeds, cayenne, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Reserve.

    In a large bowl, combine egg whites, yogurt, Dijon mustard, and salt. Add the chicken pieces and coat thoroughly with the yogurt mixture.

    One at a time, dip the chicken pieces in the cracker mixture, packing crumbs onto chicken. Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray.

    Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife. 







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