Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Fruit in the winter can be a good or bad experience. If you time it right, you can find all these fresh fruits at once in December around the midwest. Otherwise these are easy to find come June!


Cut and mix together these fresh or canned fruits (not frozen):




Clementine or Mandarin Oranges

Pomegranate Seeds

and if for a slightly bitter bite, a small amount of grapefruit


Opt to add some sweetner or orange juice, but not necessary.

Tuna Melts

Tuna Melts with Carrot

Lent is fast approaching, and instead of grabbing a high fat grease fish patty from McDs, make a tuna melt in minutes!


Mix in a bowl (makes 8 servings):

3 Cans Tuna

1 c shredded cheese

1/4 c diced onions (or dried flakes)

1/2 c Mayonnaise

Salt & Pepper to taste

Opt: diced celery, sweet peppers


Toast your favorite bread, ours here is Gluten Free Udi's bread (now avail at Costco!)

Add layer of tuna mix onto bread.

Butter fry in skillet until crisp and melting, or microwave for 45 seconds.


*Toasting makes certain your bread stays crisp. I ask my kids if they want the fast or gourmet version to determine if I fry or nuke it.


Serve with grapes or carrots. Add a carrot in the middle for a "butterfly shape." If I make it look like something, the kids are most likely to eat it.


Tuna Melts with Carrot

Cheddar Broccoli with Pulled Pork

Cheddar Broccoli with Pulled Pork

We're cheese people, so if you add cheese to it, it's as good as eaten. Instead of the typical cheese melted over broccoli with bacon, we replaced the bacon with Jack Daniel's pulled pork (plain or add bbq sauce). Feels more like a meal with these thicker meat pieces.


Simple and quick. No complaints from my kiddos about eating broccoli. :)

Hot Cocoa Pudding with Krispy Trees

A new winter favorite!

Hot Cocoa Pudding and Rice Krispie Tree

Put Jell-O Cook'n Serve chocolate pudding (sf) into mugs and serve warm with Rice Krispy treats made with green food coloring and peppermint marshmallows! mmmm


This can be a low carb, gluten free treat depending on how you make it.


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