Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fun Sandwiches for the Kid’s Party

A child’s party is not generally known for having a lot of healthy foods, but who ever said that there could not be natural, healthy options? Sandwiches are a great option for these events because they are easy for kids to pick up and eat.  Since you are in the control, you can make them as health as you want and still keep it fun for the kids!

If you can, bake your own bread at home or buy it from one of the many craft bakeries with their own oven that offer sliced bread. You will cut down on unwanted sugars and fats and keep the sandwiches tasting really fresh.  Go for fresh, natural, low-fat fillings and steer clear of sauces and fatty cheeses.  Here are some great options:

Tropical Mixed Sandwich!
A touch of fruit turns a classic sandwich into a fun, natural snack. Add a thin slice of pineapple between some slices of low-fat ham or turkey and low-fat cheese. It’s really tasty and refreshing too!

Cream Cheese and Walnut Sandwich
Crush a handful of walnuts and mix together with a tub of low-fat cream cheese. You can then use this to play with different shapes. Use flatbread and make a wrap, use a glass to make them into circles just the right size for a kid’s hand or make them fun and use different cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes!

Popeye sandwich
Mix the contents of several well-strained tins of tuna in olive oil with a little low-fat mayonnaise and a few drops of lemon. Spread on some slices of bread and add some fresh spinach leaves. It’s a great source of protein! Use a dense kind of bread or fill pita bread halves so that bread doesn’t get soggy if it isn’t going to be eaten right away.

The possibilities are endless!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Creepy Pizza Skins

Creepy Pizza Skins
Creepy Pizza Skins

Make fun, spooky and creepy pizzas potato skins for a fun Halloween meal or appetizer. These are fun to decorate with your goblins, witches, princesses and superheros.


Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Place potatoes on lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until softened. Remove from oven and let cool.

Cut each potato in half, lengthwise. Scoop out flesh, leaving about ¼-inch of potato on skin (reserve potato flesh for another use, like mashed potatoes).

Brush skin-side of potato with STAR Extra Light Olive Oil, and place face down on baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Fill each skin with pasta sauce, sprinkle with cheese and decorate with desired toppings.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Recipe adapted from Alida's Kitchen
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