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President’s Council’s Tortilla Scrambles

eggsAdapted from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

#CookWithTheCouncil—Rachael Ray’s Tortilla Scrambles

Ingredients
2 cups yellow, blue, or whole grain tortilla chips, lightly crushed
Boiling water
2 tablespoons canola oil
6 eggs, beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, or pepper Jack cheese, grated
1 cup tomato or tomatillo salsa or two seeded plum tomatoes, chopped

Directions

  1. Place the crushed corn chips in a bowl and just barely cover with boiling water. Let them sit until the chips are soft, a couple of minutes. Thoroughly drain the chips from the water.
  2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with the oil. Combine the beaten eggs with some black pepper. Add the softened corn chips and stir to combine.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the skillet along with the cheddar cheese. Then, stir to combine and let it start to brown up on one side. Break up the egg mixture into four sections and flip each section to brown the second side, just a couple of minutes.
  4. Remove the four sections to serving plates and top with salsa or lots of chopped tomatoes.

Access the full recipe here: http://www.fitness.gov/blog-posts/cook-with-council-ray-tortilla-scrambles.html

25 Days of Snacks – Day 24 – Rudolph Baked Potato

Rudolph-PotatoesA great Christmas recipe for turning a baked potato into a delicious mouthwatering treat – and it is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face!

Recipe adapted from Pop Sugar

INGREDIENTS

4 medium baking potatoes (about 8 oz each)
Canola oil
½ medium butternut squash (about 10 oz)
3 tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra for brushing the squash
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp milk
¼ cup grated Cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper
Cherry tomatoes
Cheese straw twists or pretzel sticks
Cooked frozen peas

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Prick the potatoes in several places, place on a baking pan, and brush all over with oil. Bake for 1 to 1¼ hours, or until they feel soft when pressed.

Cut the butternut squash in half, scoop out the seeds and brush with a pat of melted butter. Bake for about 40 minutes until tender. When cool enough to handle, cut the tops off the baked potatoes and scoop out the flesh. Scoop the flesh of the cooked butternut squash and mash together with the baked potato flesh, mustard, Parmesan, milk and remaining butter. Season with a little salt and pepper. Put the mixture back into the potato shells and top with the grated Cheddar, and cook under the broiler for a few minutes or until golden.

Decorate with a cherry tomato for the nose, peas for the eyes, and cheese straw twists or pretzel sticks for the antlers.

25 Days of Snacks – Day 13 – Veggie Christmas Tree

christmas tree veggie

Recipe adapted from www.bettycrocker.com

A broccoli and tomato “tree” with pretzel “trunk” and cauliflower “snow” are delicious dippers for a cool and creamy low fat dip.

 

Creamy Herb Dip

1/2 cup low fat sour cream
1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise 
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped

 

Vegetable Platter
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
14 grape tomatoes
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups fresh cauliflower florets
3/4 oz (about 40) pretzel sticks (from 15-oz bag)
Directions
1 In small bowl, stir together dip ingredients. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
2 Rinse and thoroughly dry vegetables. Trim broccoli and cauliflower floret stems.
3 Arrange broccoli on serving platter to form tree shape and tomatoes to form garland. Arrange bell pepper to form star and cauliflower to form snow (see photo). If desired, cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.
4 Just before serving, arrange pretzels at bottom of tree to form trunk. Serve with dip.

Backyard Bug Snacks

Back-Yard-Bug-Snacks (2)We love these backyard bug snacks from “The Crafting Chicks.”  We made a few changes to the recipes, including replacing the candy eyes with everyday items food items found in your house.  Feel free to make your own changes to please the taste buds of your own backyard explorer.  Share your suggestions in the comments below and send us pictures of your backyard bug creations!

Scroll down for individual recipes for backyard caterpillars, backyard, ladybugs, and backyard butterflies.

 

 

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Tomato Arugula and Pancetta Sandwich

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