White chocolate-dipped pretzels are an easy snack you can make with your kids during the holidays – or any time!
- 15 large salted pretzels (or pretzel sticks)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again – at this point, the chips should be melted. Keep stirring until they are totally melted and smooth.
- Lay out a piece of wax paper on the kitchen counter. Pour your sprinkles into a small shallow bowl for easy dipping. Dip half of each pretzel in the white chocolate then into the sprinkles. Lay flat on the wax paper to dry. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter sandwich cookies
Red colored sugar
32 vanilla or white chips
64 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
32 Red Hots candies
- In a microwave, melt white chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
- Dip one end of each cookie into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire racks. For Santa’s hat, sprinkle red sugar on top part of chocolate. Press one vanilla chip off-center on hat for pompom; let stand until set.
- Dip other end of each cookie into melted chocolate for beard, leaving center of cookie uncovered. Place on wire racks. With a dab of melted chocolate, attach semisweet chips for eyes and a Red Hot for nose. Place on waxed paper until set.
1 each: 117 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
Yield: Makes 9 muffins
- 5.6 ounces cornmeal
- 3.5 ounces whole wheat flour
- 1.8 ounces cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and generously oil or butter a muffin tin.
- Set a mesh strainer over a bowl and sift together the cornmeal, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
- Microwave the butter on low-power until it’s mostly melted and very soft. Whisk in the eggs and emulsify.
- Whisk the yogurt and milk into the butter and egg mixture until uniform in color.
- Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together until well combined.
- Divide the batter evenly between 9 standard-size muffins.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out without batter on it.
- Serve hot, cool completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 onions
- 1 can of corn
- 2 cups yellow cheddar cheese
- 1 can of peaches
- 1 pack of tortillas
- 2 lemons
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 can of black beans
- Wash all ingredients
- Open the peaches and rinse with the colander
- Repeat step two for corn and black beans
- Cut tomatoes, onions, and peaches
- Remove seeds and stem from jalapeno and chop
- Grate the cheese
- Remove stems from cilantro and chop
- Squeeze two lemons
- In one bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, corn, peaches, cilantro, jalapeno, black beans, lemon juice, and mix
- In another bowl, combine tomato, corn, onions, cheese and mix
- Take one flour disc and put ½ a spoon of your favorite filling on one side. Close it and fork-seal the edges
- Make as many empanadas as ingredients allow
- Put 4-5 in an air fryer at 365 degrees for 13 minutes
Serving Size: 30
6 tablespoon of olive oil
2⁄3 cup of panko bread crumbs
1 cup basil
2⁄3 cup of sundried tomatoes
3⁄4 cup of parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
2 cans of chickpeas
1 can of San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 loaves of whole wheat baguette, halved and cut into squares
1 pack of arugula
1 tablespoon of lemon (juice)
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Sauté 1 tablespoon of olive oil and minced garlic (6 cloves) until brown.
- To a blender or food processor add cooked garlic, panko bread crumbs, 2/3 cups of bail, sundried tomatoes, and 2/3 cups of parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, red pepper flakes, and 1.5 tablespoon of olive oil, then blend until small bits remain.
- Add rinsed/drained chickpeas and blend/pulse until a moldable “dough” is formed.
- Scoop out rounded 1 tablespoon amounts of dough and form meatballs.
- Reheat skillet and add a little olive oil. Once hot, add the meatballs and brown for about 5 minutes (may be done in several batches).
- Place meatballs on baking sheet and transfer to oven to bake for 15 minutes.
- Blend 1/4 cup of olive oil with 2 cloves of garlic.
- Brush olive oil garlic mixture onto bread. then toast bread in oven until done (about 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, heat a small amount of olive oil in a large sauté pan.
- Add 3 cloves, chopped garlic and onion and sauté until browned.
- Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, and oregano and heat on medium for about 2 minutes stirring continuously.
- Add canned tomatoes and handful of basil and turn to simmer as meatballs and garlic bread cook.
- Toss arugula with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste then set aside.
- Serve by placing meatball on top of garlic bread square. Top with tomato sauce, grated parmesan cheese, and basil. Serve with arugula salad on side.
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