Foodie Friday ~ No-Bake Chocolate Smores

smorechocdessert

Nonstick cooking spray

8 cups miniature marshmallows, divided

1/4 cup butter

1 3/4 cups Milk Chocolate Morsels, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 whole graham crackers, broken into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

Line 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan with foil leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat 6 cups marshmallows, butter and salt in large, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until smooth. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup morsels; stir until melted.

Working quickly, stir in graham cracker pieces, remaining 2 cups marshmallows and 3/4 cup morsels. Spread mixture into prepared baking pan with greased spatula, pressing down lightly. Cool for 2 hours or until set. Lift from pan; peel off foil. Cut into squares with serrated knife. Enjoy!

Foodie Friday ~ Vegetarian Quesadillas

quesadillaveg

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped zucchini

1/2 cup chopped yellow squash

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil

cooking spray

6 (9 inch) whole wheat tortillas

1 1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions

In a large nonstick pan, cook red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and mushrooms in olive oil over medium to medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, or until just tender. Remove vegetables.

Coat the same pan with cooking spray, and place one tortilla in pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese evenly over tortilla, and layer 3/4 cup of the vegetable mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle another 1/8 cup of cheese on the vegetables, and top with a second tortilla. Cook until golden on both sides, for approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove quesadilla from pan, and repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into 8 triangles with a pizza cutter. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Tuesday Tots ~ Homemade Finger Paints

fingerrpaint

What You’ll Need

• ½ cup cornstarch

• 2¾ cup cold water

• 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

• ¼ cup cold water

• Small jars with lids for storing your paint (we find it easier to dip the paint out of teacups)

• Food coloring

How To Make

• Mix cornstarch with 2¾ cups cold water to make a smooth paste in a saucepan until no lumps remain

• Meanwhile soak the gelatin in ¼ cup water to soften until it’s needed

• Cook cornstarch mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture boils and turns clear(ish)

• Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture

• Cool and divide into several different jars for various colors. Stir in food coloring until you have a pleasing color that is well blended.

This recipe makes about 3 cups of paint.

Tuesday Tots ~ Cream Cheese & Jelly Finger Sandwiches

jellyandcreamcheese

 

Need a new sandwich idea for your little love? Here is something my kids always, and still do, adore.

1 slice of whole wheat bread

Low fat cream cheese

Jelly (I buy the sugar free strawberry)

Directions

Cover the bread with cream cheese. Add a thin layer of jelly. Fold the bread over, and slice into bite-sized pieces for little hands to hold.

Great for on the go, or an easy afternoon snack!