Summer Saving Recipes

Thursday, May 19, 2011 2:46 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
check out these sweet summer saving recipes that you can enjoy while some of the items are in season and cheaper!

Orange-Pineapple Smoothie

1 cup calcium enriched orange juice
2 cups pineapple chunks packed in their own juice, drained
1 banana, peeled
1/4 cup low fat milk
2 tbs honey
4-5 ice cubes

place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth! Serves 2!

Milky Ways

1 glass of milk, hot or cold, low fat or whole
your choice of one or two ingredients from the list below:
1/2 cup fresh or frozen pureed berries
2 tbs orange juice and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cranberry juice and small scoop of low fat vanilla ice cream
1 tbs creamy peanut butter and 2 tbs chocolate

mix your one or two ingredients with a glass of milk
drink and enjoy the extra 300mg of calcium! makes 1 serving!

Purple Cow Pops

1 8oz container sugar free, fat free plain yogurt
1/4 cup + 2 tbs unsweetened frozen grape juice conentrate, thawed

In mixing bowl, combine yogurt and grape juice concentrate. Stir well.

Pour into small frozen-pop molds or 5 oz wax coated paper cups, filling 3/4 full, and freeze solid about 2 hours (if using cups partially freeze then insert frozen dessert sticks)

remove cups when frozen solid. serves 5!

fruited Frozen Yogurt

1/2 cup frozen yogurt
1/8 whole cantaloupe
10 grapes, sliced into quarters

using a mellon baller, scoop the cataloupe flesh into balls and place on a serving dish.

continue using the melon baller to scoop the frozen yogurt into balls and add them to the cantaloupe.

top with sliced grapes and serve. makes 1 serving

Cinnimon Apple Frosty

2 containers 8oz each vanilla flavor yogurt
1 can 6oz apple juice concentrate
1/8 tsp cinnimon
1/8 tsp nutmet
3 ice cubes

place all ingredients in a blender container, cover and blend until smooth and foamy or beat well in a bowl.

serve immediately in a all chilled glass. Makes 3 servings.

Banana Mint Slushes

2 bananas
10 mint leaves
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups low fat millk
1 cup ice cubes

place bananas in a blender and puree or mash well in a bowl.
add remaining ingredients to blender and blend well or beat well.
serve from tall pitcher in frosty glasses. makes 6 servings.

Strawberry Dream Pops

10oz pkg fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
2 cups vanilla nonfat or low fat yogurt

puree fruit and yogurt
divide mixture among paper cups, insert popcicle stick
freeze for 3 hours

Spring Delight Salad

1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 head romaine lettuce, torn
1/2 bunch fresh spinache
3 roma plum tomatoes, chopped
8oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 cup raspberry vinaigreette salad dressing

preheat the oven broiler
brush the pepper with oil, and place on a baking sheet. broil, turning occassionally until black splotches appear on all sides. remove from heat and wrap tightly in plastic. set aside for 15 minutes. Remove seeds and pulp, and chop.
In a large bowl, toss together the roasted red pepper, romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, sprouts, and raspberry vinaigrette

Calico Bean Salad

2 cups drained, small white beans, cooked and canned
2 cups drained dark or light red kidney beans, cooked or canned
salt and black pepper
2 cups drained garbanzo beans, cooked or canned
1 1/2-2 cups french, italian, or vinaigrette dressing
tomato wedges and onion rings

mix drained beans together lightly
cover with dressing
refrigerate for several hours
when read to serve, mix again. Taste and add more seasonings or a little vinegar if needed.
Serve in large bowl. Garnish with tomato wedges and onion rights. Makes 8-10 servings!