Jan 31

Heart Melts

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Tuna melts with cookie-cutter cheese shapes

What you’ll need:

  • Bread
  • Tuna salad
  • Cheese slices

Step 1: Preheat the oven’s broiler.

Step 2: Place bread slices on a cookie sheet and top with tuna salad.

Step 3: Take a large (not necessarily thick) slice of cheese and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Arrange shapes on top of the tuna.

Step 4: Place the open face sandwiches under the broiler for about one minute or until the cheese melts. Watch them carefully to make sure they don’t burn. Serve warm.

Other ideas: Use pepperoni and vegetables to make faces.

Jan 02

Veggie House on the Prairie

by Hannah Holt »


A house you can eat is always a treat.

What you’ll need:

  • twelve carrot sticks (square not round)
  • four celery sticks
  • a few broccoli trees
  • a few cucumber slices
  • half a cup of chopped lettuce


Step 1: Stack the carrot sticks log cabin style (each side of the house will be three sticks high).

Step 2: Lay the celery sticks over the top of the house for a roof.


Step 3: Cut an edge off of a cucumber round and use if for the door.

Step 4: Add broccoli trees, lettuce grass, and cucumber stepping stones/chimney.

Of course, you’ll need to do a little demolition afterwards…

Store leftovers in the fridge for healthy snacks-to-go another day.

Nov 28

Bejeweled Stars and Moons Snack

by Hannah Holt »


Instead of the traditional orange in your stocking, ask Santa to bring you these tropical treats this year.

What you’ll need:

  • Star Fruit (also called Carambola)
  • Persimmon
  • Pomegranate

(These fruits are usually found next to the Pineapples and other fresh tropical fruits in the produce section.)

Step 1) Gently wash all the fruits.

Step 2) To prepare the star fruit remove ends, thinly slice off the star’s points, and cut crosswise.

Step 3) To prepare the persimmon slice crosswise and remove the skin. (The skin is edible, but it’s a little chewy.)

Step 4) To prepare the pomegranate remove the ends (note: pomegranates will stain wooden cutting boards, so place a paper towel down first).

Score the pomegranate four times along the outer edges.

Place the pomegranate in a bowl of water and break into four pieces, using the score marks as guides.

Separate the pomegranate pulp from the juicy seeds under the water. (This helps eliminate staining from juice squirts and aids separation. The seeds will sink and the pulp will float.)

Drain the seeds and discard pulp.

Step 5) Decorate a plate with stars (star fruit), moons (persimmons), and jewels (pomegranate seeds).

I hope you enjoy this celestial snack!

Nov 01

Scarecrow Spaghetti

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Get into the harvest mood with this healthy lunch idea.

Print these directions.

What you’ll need (serves 6 buckaroos):

  • 1/2 lb whole-wheat spaghetti (cooked and cooled)
  • 1 celery stalk sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 6 small cheese wedges (1/2 inch)
  • 1 cup baby lettuce leaves
  • ranch dressing (optional)

Step 1: Scoop half-a-cup of spaghetti onto your plate. Push the spaghetti into a ball.

Step 2: Place on piece of lettuce above the spaghetti (for a hat) and one underneath (for a shirt).

Step 3: Place a cheese wedge in the middle of the spaghetti for a nose. Then add carrot eyes and a celery smile.

Step 4: (optional) Drizzle one teaspoon of ranch dressing over the scarecrow.

Oct 02

Spooky Chips

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I have lots of spooky projects planned this month. Let’s start with a bite-worthy snack that will have you howling with delight.

Prep time = 30 minutes
Bake time = 7 minutes

Print these directions.

What you’ll need: 

  • 2-4 tortillas
  • 1 potato
  • 1 pkt unsweetened drink mix (0.15 oz)
  • sharp knife
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 bowl
  • nonstick baking spray
  • baking sheets

Step 1: Make a spooky potato stamp. For detailed directions on making potato stamps, click here.

Step 2: Pour drink mix into bowl and add 1/8 cup water (we used black cherry flavor). Stir and place a paper towel over the mixture.

Step 3: Press the spooky potato stamp into the paper towel and then onto the tortillas.

(We used a combination of white flour and spinach tortillas.)

Step 4: Spritz both sides of each tortilla with baking spray, and then cut into quarters.

Step 5: Place tortilla quarters in a single layer on baking sheets, and bake in an oven preheated to 400 F for 6 to 7 minutes (watch closely after five minutes to prevent burning).

Step 6: Serve plain, with fruity salsa, or your favorite sweet dip.

The chips will have a slight sweet/sour taste from the unsweetened drink mix.