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veggie penwheels recipe

Are you looking for a quick thrifty recipe for a finger food … How about Veggie Pinwheels.

You will need:

  • 8-10 flour tortillas
  • 5 different veggies 2/3 cup each
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 1 ranch packet

Start out with 5 veggies…what ever your family likes.  Cut up 2/3 cup of each into small bits. I used Green onions, broccoli, celery, carrots and tomatoes (seeded or they are too juicy). In a mixing bowl add  ranch packet, 8 oz soften cream cheese, 8 oz ( half big container). Mix till well blended. Spread about 3 tablespoons on a flour tortilla…make sure you get it all the way to the edge. Spread veggies on top of cream mixture.  Make sure to leave about an inch on top with no veggies so it will stick closed. Roll up and place on a plate…cover with plastic wrap….and let chill for 2 hours till cream cheese is firm again

Cut….and enjoy.  These are great made the day before.

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Healthy Snack Ideas, kale chips a recipe so easy you kids could  make them, low cost but healthy

Healthy Snacks Crispy Kale Chips

How many of you love something with crunch and a touch of salt… calling all potato ship addicts.  As much as I love a good potato chip they do not always love me back… maybe it is the fact that I am getting older? Or maybe it is the fact that I can eat  half a bag, not the little snack size back I am talking about the big family sized bag. Yip, leave it open next to me and slowly but surely they magically disappear.   Kale chips are a great way to satisfy that craving, in a healthy way.  They are really easy to make too!

What you need to make a batch:

1 bunch kale
2 T. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 275°F.
2. Fill a large bowl with water and add kale. Swish around to remove any dirt; drain. Dry thoroughly using a clean kitchen towel or salad spinner.
3. Tear the kale leaves into 1” – 2” pieces, discarding the ribs, and place in a large bowl.
4. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with your hands until evenly coated.
5. Arrange the leaves in a single layer (with NO overlap) on ungreased cookie sheets. Rub each leaf gently between your fingers as you work to ensure each is covered in oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Optional: Sprinkle a small amount of parmesan cheese
6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until leaves are crispy.

 

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This is a fun recipe we made a while back that is a great way to use leftover chicken! We love making this for a quick lunch, appetizer or just as a snack!

 

BBQ Chicken Potato Bake recipe

You will need

  • 5-7 medium potatoes washed and sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (can substitute salsa or alfredo if you don’t like BBQ)
  • 2-3  cups cooked chicken diced
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • dash of oil to coat the potatoes so they don’t stick while cooking
  • Salt and pepper
Bake Time 30-50 minutes depending on oven and thickness of your potatoes

Wash you potatoes and slice in  thin layers about 1/8- 1/4 of an inch. Thinner you cut them the quicker they will cook.  Put a thin layer of olive oil on a cookie sheet and toss potato slices in it so they get an nice even coating.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or till they are fork tender.

Take out of the oven and top with cooked chicken, BBQ sauce, cheese and green onions.

Then put BACK IN THE OVEN at 350 degrees just till cheese it melted (normally about 5 minutes)

My kids love this!  If your little ones do not like BBQ sauce you can use salsa or alfredo sauce instead…yummy!

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Easy Party Food Ideas for Adults Caprese Bites, Perfect for Holidays, Birthdays, Graduation, Summer. Make Ahead recipe, Healthy snack foodEasy party Food Ideas For Adults Caprese Bites

The title says adults, but this can be for any age group, my kids love these… but then again my kids are “weird” and eat lots of things other kids won’t. When put together these just turn out really classy and work well for an adult party or social gathering. The reason I plant a garden each year, is to harvest the tomatoes everyday…. so this recipe is one of my favorite snacks :). I also love to buy the FRESH mozzarella cheese balls from the specialty cheese section they make this recipe even BETTER! If you are in a rush this recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for a few hours before you are ready to serve them.

Ingredients
Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese
Fresh Basil Leaves
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Toothpicks

Easy Party Food Ideas for Adults Caprese Bites, Perfect for Holidays, Birthdays, Graduation, Summer. Make Ahead recipe, Healthy finger food, bbqInstructions
Cut the tomatoes in half top to bottom and skewer with a tooth pick also top to bottom. But the Mozzarella into cubes about the same size as the tomato halves and skewer with the toothpick below the tomato. Secure a basil leaf to the tooth pick at the top and bottom wrapping around the tomato and mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.

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