Put down the potato chips and step away from the candy bars. With a handful of ingredients and less than an hour, you can easily whip up a satisfying treat for your kids.
Serves 4 to 5 people
For the kid at heart, try a sophisticated but oh-so-simple bruschetta recipe to tide you over until dinnertime. Want to make it the night before? Mix up the spread and refrigerate it overnight in an airtight container.
1 loaf Italian or French bread
½ cup Italian salad dressing
1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tomato (seeded and chopped)
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper
Optional: additional mozzarella cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bread into thin slices. Combine rest of ingredients in a bowl, mixing gently but completely. Spread mixture over slices of bread on a foil-lined cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle an additional ½ cup shredded mozzarella over all slices. Bake slices for 15 minutes, or until cheese melts. Serve fresh from the oven.
Pumpkin has never been exclusive to pies. Spice up your afternoon with this delicious year-round pumpkin bread recipe featuring our favorite fall spices. Bake this recipe once, and you’ll have the perfect after-school snack all week.
1 16-ounce can of pumpkin (or 2 cups pumpkin puree)
3 cups sugar
⅔ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
3⅓ cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients in order, mixing well. Butter and flour two 9-inch loaf pans. Pour batter into pans, and then sprinkle additional cinnamon and nutmeg over the top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
The chocolate and walnut combination in these delicious cookies will satisfy any crunchy craving.
2½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup margarine
½ cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Cream together margarine and butter in a large bowl, and then add sugars. Blend well; beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to mixture. Slowly add chocolate chips and walnuts. Form into 1-inch balls (about a tablespoon of dough), evenly spaced on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly for 2 minutes, then cool completely on a cookie rack.
Walnuts pack a punch in these snacks — high in protein, minerals, vitamin e, antioxidants and omega-3s.