Get Cooking: April 6-12

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Peep Fruit Kabobs and Other Easter-Themed Snacks 

If you love Peeps as much as we do, you’ll love this snack idea! Grab some skewers and spear some Peeps along with chunks of your favorite fruits to create colorful Easter kabobs! 

Here are a few more Easter-themed snacks to try: 

Easter Smoothie Popsicles: turn your favorite smoothie into an egg-shaped popsicle. Make sure you clean your plastic Easter egg thoroughly beforehand, and use the whole in the bottom of the egg (or make one if the egg does not have a hole) to pour your favorite smoothie or juice into the egg. Insert a lollipop stick into the hole and freeze stick side up. 

Easter “Deviled” Jell-O Eggs: Using your family’s favorite flavor of Jell-O, make Jell-O inside plastic eggs. Once the Jell-O has been chilled, slice each egg in half, and add a dollop of whipped cream and some sprinkles for this eggsellent treat! 

Carrot Patches: Make your carrot snack look like it came right from the garden! Grab a small terracotta pot, or any small cup, and add some hummus. Then stick your carrots in the top so they look ready to pluck from your mini garden. 

Thanks to Forkly.com for these fun ideas! 

 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

It’s just a few days until Easter and we know you are all preparing for the bunny’s visit! Today’s recipe is an Easter-themed cross-over between cooking and creativity. It’s a mash-up! 

Did you know you can dye Easter eggs NATURALLY?! 

Check out the amazing natural ingredients that we’ll use to create beautiful springtime colors… 

Yellow — Turmeric  

Sky Blue — Purple Cabbage  

Dark Blue — blueberries  

Orange — Yellow onion skins  

Magenta — Beets 

INGREDIENTS  

1 c. chopped purple cabbage  

1 c. yellow onion skins  

1 beet, shredded  

2 tbsp. ground turmeric  

Water White vinegar  

DIRECTIONS In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 4 cups water along with cabbage, or beets, or onion skins, or turmeric. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove dye from heat and strain into a large measuring cup. Let cool completely. When cool, add 1 tablespoon vinegar for every cup of dye and stir to combine. Add clean eggs to dye and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until desired color is reached, 6 hours or up to overnight. Gently remove eggs from dye and pat dry with a paper towel.  

Thanks to delish.com for this recipe! 

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Chex Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Mix it up by combining tow delicious snacks for a salty and sweet treat! 

INGREDIENTS 

2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon fine sea salt 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened 

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 

3/4 cup sugar 

2 large eggs 

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips 

1 cup classic Chex Mix, plus more for topping 

DIRECTIONS 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside. 

In a separate bowl (use either a stand mixer or a hand mixer), beat the butter with the brown and white sugar on medium-high speed until it’s light and fluffy (will take about 2 to 3 minutes). Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed. 

Reduce the speed to low. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until just combined, stopping the mixer and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Slowly add the flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Reduce the speed to low, then add the chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the Chex mix until just incorporated. (Note: I added a little more than a full cup of Chex Mix because 3/4 cup just didn’t seem like enough for all the dough, and it worked fine.) 

Using 3 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. Place the balls onto your lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 to 3 inches apart. Using the palm of your hand and/or fingers, gently press the cookies into 2-inch discs. Crush some more Chex mix on top of the cookies and gently press it in. (Note: 3 tablespoons of dough made HUGE cookies and lessened the amount I was able to make, so I suggest using 2 tablespoons of dough per ball.) 

Bake until the edges are slightly brown but the center is still soft, about 11 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. (Note: Stick to the 11-minute mark on these. They seemed a little too soft in the middle still and I left one tray in for a few minutes longer, and they turned too brown and hardened very quickly.) 

Thanks to PopSugar.com for this yummy recipe! 

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Having trouble figuring out what to cook now that every meal happens at home? Even the best of cooks can fall into a rut with favorite recipes, so finding new recipes can help to keep things interesting. But with limited trips to the grocery store and less access to certain ingredients, you may find yourself wondering what on earth you can make for dinner using the ingredients you already have on hand. 

There’s a solution! Check out AllRecipes.com Ingredient Search feature to plug in what you have and find recipes that fit with what’s in your fridge. 

 

Monday, April 6, 2020

Jell-O Easter Eggs  

Easter is coming up and here is a fun recipe to get the kids cooking!  

INGREDIENTS   

Plastic Easter Eggs 

Cooking spray  

One 3.4-oz. package blue Jell-O  

One 3.4-oz. package pink Jell-O  

One 3.4-oz. package yellow Jell-O  

As many other colors/flavors of Jell-O as you choose! 

1 or more cups of Cool Whip 

DIRECTIONS  

Using a pair of scissors, make a small hole at the tip of each plastic egg.  

Grease the inside of each egg with cooking spray.  

In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine BLUE Jell-O powder and 3/4 cup boiling water.  

Whisk until powder is completely dissolved. 

Then add 1/2 cup cold water and 1/4 cup Cool Whip. Whisk to combine.  

Place eggs hole side up in an empty egg carton.  

Using a food-safe syringe or a funnel, fill each egg 1/3 or 1/4 of the way with one color.  

Place in refrigerator to set, 45 minutes.  

Then repeat process above with another Jell-O flavor/color.  

Fill each egg another 1/3 or 1/4 of the way full with the second color and return to refrigerator to set, 45 minutes more.  

Repeat with additional colors until eggs are completely full and refrigerate 1 hour more, until completely set.  

Gently open plastic eggs to unmold Jell-O eggs. 

 

Check out Delish.com for more details!