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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.

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Healthy Spring Recipes ~ TULIP TOMATOES, (Mothers Day Brunch or Garden party recipe idea)

Course 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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Salad In A Jar Recipes ~ Easy Healthy Lunch On the Go Ideas

I love a good salad. Sure I could go to the store and scoop out my salad and pay by the weight, but a healthy salad in a jar makes for a healthy and cheap lunch on the go!

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As you know, these little salads are great for work, going to the beach, a picnic..etc… Add anything you want to it. I’m sure you realize that no matter how you decide to make your salad in a jar, always add the dressing first (so it stays in the bottom of your jar) and after that either put some grain/seed type of food over it (such as Quinoa or beans) and stack your veggies – then when you’re ready to eat shake the jar!  A Mason Jar works great for this, I like the wide mouth jars best. Make sure you check out our list of over 18 salad ideas below.

So in one of them there’s:

Chickpeas
Cucumbers
Cherry Tomatoes
Shredded Carrots
Tuna (f you do not like tuna add grilled chicken)
Hard Boiled eggs
Spring Lettuce
If you find the jar is hard to eat out of, or you need something that is NOT breakable these are some other great options. Same concept for easy meal prep with healthy ingredients to make a salad on the go.

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Cookie Salad - Yummy Side Dish Or Dessert

Cookie Salad – Yummy Side Dish Or Dessert

I had a family bbq this weekend, and had to come up with a dish to bring with little notice.  Luckily, we have been making this salad for years, and it is always a hit wherever you bring it!

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  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 small box of vanilla pudding
  • 1 small container cool whip
  • 1 large jar mandarin oranges drained
  • 3-4 medium bananas sliced
  • 1 package pecan sandies cookies (If you have a nut allergy, you can get just sandies without the pecans)

Begin by mixing your buttermilk with your vanilla pudding mix and whisk until combined. Once combined add your container of cool whip.

Gently fold in your sliced bananas and drained oranges.

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Now crush your cookies in a ziploc baggie.  They don’t need to be super fine, it is ok for there to be some chunks.  Once they are crushed, pour them into the salad.

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Mixture will be fairly runny.  Cover and cool in the fridge to let it set up.  If you won’t be serving this soon, you can wait to put the bananas in until you are ready to serve.  Makes a large sized dish and serves several descent sized servings.  Can also be made lighter by using sugar free or light cool whips, and pudding mixes.

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Cookie Salad - Yummy Side Dish Or Dessert

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 small box of vanilla pudding
  • 1 small container cool whip
  • 1 large jar mandarin oranges drained
  • 3-4 medium bananas sliced
  • 1 package pecan sandies cookies If you have a nut allergy, you can get just sandies without the pecans

Instructions

  1. Begin by mixing your buttermilk with your vanilla pudding mix and whisk until combined. Once combined add your container of cool whip.
  2. Gently fold in your sliced bananas and drained oranges.
  3. Now crush your cookies in a ziploc baggie. They don't need to be super fine, it is ok for there to be some chunks. Once they are crushed, pour them into the salad.
  4. Mixture will be fairly runny. Cover and cool in the fridge to let it set up. If you won't be serving this soon, you can wait to put the bananas in until you are ready to serve. Makes a large sized dish and serves several descent sized servings. Can also be made lighter by using sugar free or light cool whips, and pudding mixes.

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Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt RecipesI am sure I am not the one parent with crazy busy mornings. Trying to get 4 kids ready and out the door with a healthy breakfast in their stomach is not always an easy task.  This oatmeal is a great “make ahead” meal idea.  You can mix it up to suit your families needs by adding different ingredients or flavor combos.

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Directions ­

  • 1/4 C. fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 C. old fashioned oats (quick oats will get really soggy)
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. Greek yogurt (you could also substitute regular vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer)
  • 1­-2 tbs. of honey to taste
  • 1 8 oz. jelly jar w/ lid

Directions ­

1. Add the oatmeal, Greek yogurt, honey and milk to the 8 oz. jelly jar. Put the lid on and shake well to mix all the ingredients. When you’re done shaking, remove the lid and add the fresh blueberries. Replace the lid and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning. You eat it chilled.  If your in a rush just grab a jar out of the refrigerator and eat it as an on the go breakfast.

1 8oz. jelly jar = 1 serving.

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Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe #MealPlanning #OverNightOatmeal

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C. fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 C. old fashioned oats quick oats will get really soggy
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. Greek yogurt you could also substitute regular vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer
  • 1 ­-2 tbs. of honey to taste
  • 1 8 oz. jelly jar w/ lid

Instructions

  1. Add the oatmeal, Greek yogurt, honey and milk to the 8 oz. jelly jar. Put the lid on and shake well to mix all the ingredients. When you're done shaking, remove the lid and add the fresh blueberries. Replace the lid and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning. You eat it chilled. If your in a rush just grab a jar out of the refrigerator and eat it as an on the go breakfast.
  2. oz. jelly jar = 1 serving.

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