Tomorrow is Cheese Ball Day!

By Dianne Ruyack

Cheese Ball Day is always April 17th! Some people might get confused as to what kind of cheese ball I am talking about?

The word cheese ball can actually refer to two very different foods. The first type of cheese balls are the dairy Cheese Balls. I always thought they were for holidays!   But no, National Cheese Ball Day opens up a whole new world for having cheese balls.  The second type is an orange, marble-sized snack that turn your fingers orange. Continue reading

Curds and Whey: Different Ways to Eat Cottage Cheese

One of my favorite foods is cottage cheese by far! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all can include this protein packed food. Cottage cheese is a very healthy way to sneak in some dairy and protein to your meal. You can make cottage cheese taste a bit savory, like a typical cheese, or can even be paired with something sweet, like fruit.

A common grumble with cottage cheese is that it is a bit bland and some of the kids might not be wild about getting a bowl full.  If you are in a run, here is a wonderful site I found of 101 ways to get cottage cheese.

Get Fruity

Do you like sweet with salty? I know I do.  Combining cottage cheese with fruit hits both of those cravings and provided a nutritious snack. Take some fresh strawberries and sprinkle them on top of a serving of cottage cheese. Or, pair slices from a ripe peach with cottage cheese. Get out the grill and put some fruit (pineapple, banana, etc.) and serve with cottage cheese.

Top it off for Breakfast

Cottage cheese also works as a spread. Instead of butter you can use low-fat or no-fat cottage cheese the next time you make toast. If you want to make it a taste event better, sprinkle with cinnamon and a dash of sugar. Another idea is to add you favorite jam or some honey.

Cottage cheese can zest up your pancake. I found a yummy recipe on Food Network’s website, Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes.

Savory Snacks:

  • My ultimate favorite snack is baked cheddar chips with cottage cheese as dip! Other ideas for snacking:
  • Salsa with cottage cheese
  • Hummus and cottage cheese
  • Use cottage cheese as a salad dressing on salads (tastes great and good for you!)
  • You can cook with cottage cheese as well. Use it in your lasagna or in a taco dip.

Since it is high in protein it helps in satiety and weight management and great way to get calcium and other nutrition in your diet!

Easter Breakfast

By Michelle Plummer

Easter sunrise service, breakfast, brunch or dinner all celebrate Spring and the beginning of asparagus reaching out of the ground, spinach begging to be picked and eggs ready to be cracked and whipped or hardboiled to color.  April is a great way to celebrate the wakening of the earth for a new harvest season!  So today in this blog we will celebrate Spring and a few delicious ways to brighten your table after a long winters nap!

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Breakfast for Dinner???

By DeDe Hausmann

I remember as a kid how I didn’t like it when Mom served pancakes/eggs/sausage for dinner.  I felt they were breakfast foods and that’s where they should stay.  Later, after I became a wife and mom, I would sometimes find myself serving breakfast for dinner and thinking back to how smart my Mom was.  BUT, I wanted to make sure my family had gotten their fair share of foods from all 5 food groups so a basic breakfast wasn’t good enough for me.

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Lip Smacking Healthy Snacks for Your Valentines

By Diane Ruyack

Lip smacking healthy snacks for Valentine’s Day can create a new twist on traditional treats. Here are several ideas that are easy to make!

Preschoolers like strawberry yogurt combined with 2 cups strawberry or plain Cool Whip and it is perfect to allow them to dip fresh fruit into it.

Different sized heart-shaped cookie cutters can create fun meals and snacks for the kids. They associate Valentine’s Day with candy and other sweets, so use the cookie cutters for making heart-shaped pancakes, sandwiches (their favorite kind), biscuits, etc. (anything that’s healthy for them).

To make your cupcakes or muffins into heart-shaped, pour batter into a muffin pan as usual (be sure to use paper liners), then put a marble between the paper and the tin before you bake them…this makes a great and easy heart-shaped cupcake

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Super Bowl Snack Ideas

By Diane Ruyack

Super Bowl XLVI is less than a week away, and it’s time to start planning the menu!  Take some inspiration from the following game day statistics to either follow the trends or to take the food path less traveled with healthy and gourmet game day snacks.

  • Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving.
  • 1,200 calories: Amount the average Super Bowl watcher will consume while snacking.
  • Football fans are expected to eat an estimated 69.6 million pounds of avocados during this year’s Super Bowl (mostly in guacamole).
  • .An astounding 14,500 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

So let’s Grab every bowl in your cupboard and fill them up with healthy and nutritious Super Bowl snacks!  Start out popping popcorn and then add all kinds of toppings: Continue reading

Celebrate New Years Your Way

By Jenni Purcell

 New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. I am one of those people that put a great deal of pressure on what I am doing and who I am with when the ball drops. And yes, I realize this is silly and I have to remind myself it should be a time of reflection and a time of being thankful for the previous year and the year to come. This holiday is notorious for producing high expectations and people want to make the night special. It’s not how much money you spend that makes the evening memorable.

 So how can you make the evening memorable? You can join the millions, like my Mom and Dad, which may have some indulgent snacks and fall asleep in front of the TV before the ball drops. If that works for you, great!  Others want to be at the loudest and biggest parties. No matter where you are, the recipe for a successful night includes just a few ingredients.  Perhaps incorporate some tasty cocktails and food, a couple silly hats and horns and good friends and family.

 If you are going to stay home and have a few people over to avoid the chaos I have some tips for you.

Send out the invite before the event. You can invite your party people via several methods: email, text, call, etc. I suggest using the Evite so you can obtain RSVP’s easily.

Planning is important. Take into account the time you have and resources. Don’t take on more than you can handle and if you are cooking don’t make everything from scratch. Check out some of these nutrient packed, tasty recipes on our website

 Ask others to chip in. You can ask some of your family or close friends to prep and even decorate.

Set the mood. Get the music out! Music is such an amazing mood elevator. Pick some of the old favorites especially if you want people to start to cut loose and dance.

 No matter what you do and who you are with – Have a great time, have a Happy New Year!