This is perfect for football season…a football-shaped meatloaf!
Use your favorite meatloaf recipe (or use the one below) and form it into a football shape with a nice ketchup-based sauce and cheese strips for the lacing.
How yummy and fun is that? Your friends and family will be impressed with your creativity. This football-shaped meatloaf is sure to please the “foodies” in the group!
Recipe makes 8 servings
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1 cup dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.
5. The finishing touch is cheese strips for the lacing.
(A variation to this football-shaped meatloaf is to substitute some of the ground beef with ground turkey.)
This Football-shaped Meatloaf is sure to please your party guests!
New Year’s Eve is almost here, and most of us enjoy celebrating, however, some of us prefer non-alcoholic beverage choices. These “mocktail” recipes are special enough to wow your guests on New Year’s Eve, and the best part is they’re great for any age, too! Enjoy!!
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1. Sparkling Raspberry Mocktail
Pair the grape juice with a few other ingredients and you have an elegant non alcoholic drink on your hands!
Something that makes this raspberry mocktail pretty and tasty are the ice cubes. Make them the day before or you can make them in the morning or early afternoon so that by evening they are definitely ready to go.
Enjoy These Refreshing Mocktail Recipes!
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You will ‘wow’ your guests with this wonderful Cheese Christmas Tree.
It’s easy to make and is festive as well. It is made with different flavored cheese cubes.
For those limiting their fat intake, look for reduced-fat cheese, such as cheddars and light pepper Jack, which are as delicious as the regular cheddars.
Plus, you can make omelets or fondue with any leftovers!
•5 eight-ounce bars of different cheddars, plain and flavored (or substitute other semi-hard cheeses for variety)
•1 bundle fresh thyme sprigs
•Red grape or “teardrop” tomatoes (can substitute cherry tomatoes or olives)
•1 large white button mushroom
1. Cut each bar of cheese into 1-inch cubes.
2. On large platter or cutting board, arrange cubes in rows to form tree shape, using a different flavor for each row. Separate the rows of cheese with thyme or rosemary sprigs (rosemary looks like an evergreen twig) and rows of grape tomatoes and/or pimento-stuffed green olives.
3. For the star on top, peel the skin from the mushroom and carve a star pattern into it with point of knife.
4. Enjoy the compliments!
Make this Cheese Christmas Tree for your holiday parties!
Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?
As you are planning your menu, crafting and decorating to prepare for the big feast, we have Thanksgiving Food Art dishes for your consideration.
These three Thanksgiving Food Art projects are easy and fun for young and old to prepare (and eat).
Turkey Cheese Ball
This Turkey Cheese Ball is so easy to make. Start with your favorite cheese ball recipe and add pretzels for feathers, jerky stick for the neck, candy corn and candy eyes. Surround your turkey with an assortment of crackers.
Turkey Veggie Tray
This Turkey Veggie Tray will be the hit of your Thanksgiving feast. It is healthy as well as adding a pop of color to the table. You will need the following veggies: cucumbers; celery; carrots; asparagus; green, red and yellow peppers; cherry tomatoes; a small yellow summer squash, and lettuce. Arrange according to the photo and serve with your favorite dip.
Turkey Fruit Plate
What a fun turkey fruit plate made with a pear, grapes, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi and Clementines! Set a bowl of fruit dip (yogurt & whipped topping mixed together) nearby and you have a scrumptious appetizer or dinner side dish!
Thanksgiving Food Art is easy and fun to make!
You’ve probably noticed it’s Winter Squash season! Your local grocery store most likely has a variety of squash on display in the produce section, but aside from “looking” seasonal and pretty, many people don’t know what the different varieties of squash are called, yet alone what they can be used for!
Hint: they’re more than decoration! Here’s a handy, dandy crash course on Winter Squash, and their many uses.
This colorful variety is a hybrid of an acorn squash and a sweet dumpling squash. It’s perfect for soups and for roasting.
This Winter squash is pale yellow with green stripes and has an edible skin. Try slicing it into half moons, tossing it in olive oil with salt and pepper and roasting it in the oven for a delicious Fall side dish!
A smaller squash that varies in color from dark green to orange, with a ribbed rind and orange or yellow flesh. When halved for roasting, the acorn squash can act as a festive bowl for soups or fillings.
Here is the easiest way ever to cook Acorn Squash…in the crock pot!
Harvest Acorn Squash
Into the crock pot put cleaned, unpeeled squash. Add approximately 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook one hour on High, then change to Low for 6-8 hours. Split and scoop out seeds from cooked squash. Place melted butter, brown sugar, pepper and dash of cinnamon in cavity of squash. Yummy!!
It’s slim neck and round bottom gives this squash it’s distinctive shape. It has bright orange flesh and a fairly sweet and nutty flavor making it great roasted or as a soup. You can use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin.
It looks like a classic Halloween pumpkin, only a bit smaller. It actually has lots of flesh, and a great pumpkin flavor which makes it great for pie! Try using it instead of canned pumpkin the next time you make a pumpkin pie!
Scraping a fork inside a roasted spaghetti squash will give you strings that closely resemble noodles! It’s mild flavor pairs well with a variety of sauces. It’s a great alternative to pasta!
Jack Be Little
This adorable little guy is actually best used for decorative purposes only. It has very little flesh, which doesn’t make it very practical to use in recipes, but they sure are cute and make great bowls for dip or soup!
Hubbard squash are a fairly large winter squash. They are slightly tear-shaped with dark green to pale grayish blue skins.
Because of their size, they are often sold in pre-cut and seeded chunks which are more appealing to home cooks. Hubbards are sweet with a clear pumpkin flavor. Their extra-thick skins help them store through the winter (up to five months in a cool and dry place). A great way to prepare Hubbard squash is to roast them. They are good seasoned with rosemary and black pepper or roasted and then mashed with plenty of butter and warm spices like cumin or nutmeg.
Squash makes a great Fall or Winter meal or side dish. Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, so add squash to your shopping list soon and take advantage of the season!
Winter Squash – Try It, You’ll Like It!
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For all the pumpkin lovers out there, we have three delicious Pumpkin Dessert Recipes for you!
They can be used for casual or more formal occasions. They are sure to please everyone!
Pumpkin Dessert Recipes:
This Pumpkin Lasagna is a take-off of the ever-popular meat/tomato sauce lasagna. This is a great way to prepare a delicious dessert for eight or more.
For cheesecake layer:
For pumpkin layer:
Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
This Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is scrumptious served with chocolate graham crackers and shortbread-type cookies. The combination of flavors is outstanding!
No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
These No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are divine and simply melt in your mouth! If you love pumpkin, this is your time of year…pumpkin everything!
Serves: 36 cookies
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We think you would like some healthy Halloween snacks ideas since Halloween is fast approaching. These can be made any time soon and especially for your Halloween party.
These are all easy to make. They are fun food crafts for kids to make. The best part is that they are not as messy as some food crafts!
This is actually a good way to get kids and adults alike to eat fun, healthy snacks any time of the year!
Orange and Black Fruit Kabobs
Make these delicious fruit kabobs with chunks of cantaloupe, black raspberries and blueberries. Put them on long skewers and you have an attractive snack or party food for Halloween. They are actually good anytime of the year!
Ghosts and Pumpkins Fruit Snacks
Make these fun Healthy Halloween Snacks with bananas and clementines. A little chocolate can be used for the eyes and nose on the bananas. A little slice of celery can be used for the stem of the clementine pumpkin. Be creative and use whatever comes to mind to produce the look of a ghost and a pumpkin!
Halloween Witch’s Broomstick
Now this is a fun way to incorporate healthy Halloween snacks into your diet with a little protein! These are made with pretzels and string cheese. How easy is that? You might want to decorate the plate with a craft witch or two to make it even more attractive.
Healthy Halloween Snacks – Have a fun and safe Halloween!
National Coffee Day is Today - September 29!
Here are the Best National Coffee Day Deals:
Dunkin’ Donuts – Come celebrate with Dunkin' Donuts and grab a FREE medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase.
Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is the place to be this National Coffee Day as all guests will receive a free brewed coffee, with no purchase necessary. If you’re a reward member then it’s even better, you’ll be able to grab a free brewed coffee and a free doughnut.
Barnes & Noble - Get a free hot or iced tall coffee with the purchase of any item from the "bake case" at store cafes.
Circle K - Get a free hot or iced coffee in any size with the convenience store chain's app.
7-Eleven - The chain will offer free coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich over $2 on September 29.
McDonald’s - If you take up the offer within the McDonald’s app, then you’ll be able to grab yourself a Premium Roast or Iced Coffee for $0.99.
Love's Travel Stops - Get any sized coffee or hot beverage for $1 and when the discounted coffee is purchased through the Love's Connect app all proceeds go to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Rewards members also can use a free drink refill credit for the purchase and Love’s will donate $1 on their behalf.
There is actually more good news than bad news when it comes to coffee and your health. That’s good to know, especially on National Coffee Day.
Did you know that research shows that coffee drinkers compared to nondrinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia? Also, coffee drinkers have fewer cases of certain types of cancers, heart rhythm problems and strokes.
Since type 2 diabetes is common in our society, it is good to know that studies have shown a benefit of coffee on the prevention of diabetes. There is also evidence that decaf coffee may have the same benefits as regular coffee. You need to drink from 4 to 7 cups of coffee per day to reap the benefits.
So, drink up on National Coffee Day to not only treat yourself to a cup of coffee but also gain some health benefits!
Sources: National Coffee Day & Health Benefits of Coffee
Cool weather is around the corner, and nothing beats sitting down to a hot bowl of soup on a Fall day! We’ve gathered some delicious hearty fall soup recipes that will tickle your taste buds and warm your soul.
According to Fiona Kirk, in her bestseller “Soup Can Make You Thin”,
“The wealth of ingredients in a bowl of soup provides a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats as well as the vitamins and minerals required to create energy and keep us firing on all cylinders.”
Just click on the links for the full recipes! Enjoy!
1. Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup
3. Beef Barley Soup
What are the top reasons that you should eat soup? Well, here we go:
Soup is delicious.
It can be a comfort food and is easy to make. With only a few ingredients, you can make a bowl of hearty soup for a cool evening.
Soup is good for your health.
Soup is an easy way to add vegetables to your daily meals. Healthy veggie soups are highly recommended.
Soup can help you lose weight.
Soups can be slimming. Depending on the type of soup, it can contain minimal, nutritious calories.
Soup makes you feel full.
Since soup fills you up, it’s ideal to eat at the beginning of every meal.
Soup is affordable to make.
Making soup doesn’t require a lot of money. Buy vegetables, fruits, and broth. For a small cost, you can make a lot of people feel full and healthy.
Soup can make you feel better.
Ever wondered by chicken soup is always given to the sick? It is because soup is great for people who are sick. It is easily digested and is filled with health benefits.
These delicious fall soup recipes are sure to please!
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1) Canteloupe – One serving has just 46 calories and nearly a day’s worth of vitamins A & C. It’s also a very good source of potassium. Eating it raw or making a fruit salad with a little feta and mint makes a delicious summer lunch.
2) Zucchini – Wow, only 29 calories in one cup and is high in fiber, vitamins A, C and K and also potassium. It also adds bulk and substance to your diet. Zucchini is versatile in that it can be grilled, eaten raw, stuffed, made into chips or used to replace noodles in homemade lasagna.
3) Eggplant – This purple beauty is a good source of vitamins B6 & K as well as being a very good source of fiber. It is also low in calories and contains antioxidants that fight disease. The purple color is a cue that it will benefit the heart and memory. Prepare it sautéed, grilled or cubed in a stir fry or on a sandwich.
4) Blackberries – Blackberries are a good source of potassium and vitamins E, C, K & manganese. They are also loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Other benefits include protecting the heart and lowering blood pressure. They add a nice taste to a glass of ice water or seltzer or add them to salads. Blackberries are popular in baked goods as well.
5) Yellow Summer Squash – This is also known as “crookneck or straightneck” squash. It is rich in fiber, vitamins C, K, and potassium and has very few calories. Prepare it grilled, in a summer soup or be creative and use it as a pizza topping.
A culinary tip: A grilling basket or tray is a very easy way to prepare veggies alongside your main meal on the grill. It makes for easy clean up and no mess in the kitchen!
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Eat Plenty of Summer Super Foods for a Healthier Diet!
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