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Healthy Spring Recipes ~ TULIP TOMATOES

Do you need something pretty for  Mothers Day Brunch, or a Garden Party?  These beautiful tulip tomatoes serve as both a eye catching table decor and a yummy veggie tray at the same time.  I love the colors and how fresh and healthy they look, almost to pretty to eat. To make a mixed bouquet you could use some yellow grape tomatoes too. These look great on a white serving tray.

Yields: 15 tulips, Ready in 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 15 Large Cherry Tomatoes
  • 16 stalks of chives
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. With stem side down, cut a cross in the top of each cherry tomato (about 3?4 down the tomato).

2. Using a spoon (grapefruit spoon works very well) to gently scrape out the tomato seeds.

3. Take a grilling skewer or toothpick and make a hole where the stem currently is. You may need to twist the skewer in a circle a few times to make room for the chive to fit through.

4. Finely chop or grate cucumber.

5. Mix cream cheese, cucumber and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. Add a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each tomato tulip (adjust depending on size of tomatoes).

7. Insert a chive into the hole at the bottom of each tomato.

8. Use a damp paper towel to clean any excess cream cheese filling from outside of tomatoes.

9. Prepare the tulip bouquet on a large plate or platter. Use the extra chive stalk to wrap around the tulip stems to complete the bouquet.

Healthy Spring recipe Tulip Tomatoes, fun vegetable side dishes, garden party recipe ideas, Summer food, DIY

Healthy Spring Recipes ~ TULIP TOMATOES, (Mothers Day Brunch or Garden party recipe idea)
 
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 15 Large Cherry Tomatoes
  • 16 stalks of chives
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. With stem side down, cut a cross in the top of each cherry tomato (about 3?4 down the tomato).
  2. Using a spoon (grapefruit spoon works very well) to gently scrape out the tomato seeds.
  3. Take a grilling skewer or toothpick and make a hole where the stem currently is. You may need to twist the skewer in a circle a few times to make room for the chive to fit through.
  4. Finely chop or grate cucumber.
  5. Mix cream cheese, cucumber and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each tomato tulip (adjust depending on size of tomatoes).
  7. Insert a chive into the hole at the bottom of each tomato.
  8. Use a damp paper towel to clean any excess cream cheese filling from outside of tomatoes.
  9. Prepare the tulip bouquet on a large plate or platter. Use the extra chive stalk to wrap around the tulip stems to complete the bouquet.

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On the Go Veggie Cups

Are you planning a party and are looking for an easy to put together, healthy snack to serve?  Maybe you are  going to the park with the kids and want to bring something healthy for a snack? These are practical, easy to make and assemble and can be thrown together quickly and who doesn’t love an easy snack?!

If you are serving for a party or get together, you will want some small,clear, plastic cups to serve in.  If you are going out or taking them on the road you may want to consider small jars or snack containers with lids.  Or take the bottle of ranch with you with some small cups and assemble when you are there.

Squirt some ranch into the bottom of each cup, add veggie slices of your choice, and you are ready to go! Any veggie would be great; carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, the possibilities really can be endless!

For the ease of the party guests, or your children, cut the veggies into thin sticks and put one end into the ranch in the cup.  Now you also don’t have to worry about “double dipping” in your dip dish!

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