Cook It Quick Newsletter December 2017

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Alice Henneman in wishing everyone a festive holiday seasont

EnJOY the holidays and spread holiday cheer with these:

  • Homemade holiday gifts
  • "No Recipe Needed" festive food ideas
  • Food safety tips for preparing holiday gifts and mailing food gifts, including to the military.Happy Cooking and Healthy Eating

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Our goal is to make you "hungry for healthy food" by offering tips and delicious, quick-to-prepare, inexpensive recipes.

Preparing these recipes and using the tips will help you increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. At the same time, you will reduce sodium, solid fats, and calories. Food safety tips are included. 

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Homemade Food Gifts

Holiday Crunch Mix  (Source: Wheat Foods Council)

holiday crunch mix


Food Mixes in Jars (Source: North Dakota State University Extension Service)

food mixes in jars as holiday gifts


Homemade Beverage Mixes (Source: North Dakota State University Extension Service)

cup of tea made from a homemade beverage mix


California Walnut Granola  (Source: California Walnuts)

walnut granola in a jar with a ribbon on top(Make this granola shortly before you give it for the best flavor. The California Walnut Commission suggests printing the following tip out on a piece of paper; hole-punch the corner of the paper and attach it to the container with a ribbon, "Storage tip: This recipe will maintain its freshness by storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month."

No Recipe
Needed

Red & Green Holiday Pizza: Sprinkle bits of red and green peppers on a pizza before baking it. 
pizza with assorted red, green and yellow peppers

(Image: Scott Meyer, Christmas Eve Pizza at the Meyer House, CC-NC-SA-2.0 license)


Red & Green Fruit Salad: Mix together  red & green fruits such as apples, grapes, strawberries and kiwi. 

salad made of red and green fruits

(Image: Branda Gottsabend, CC BY-NC 2.0)


Red & Green Vegetable Salad: There are lots of red and green vegetables to choose from — tomatoes, lettuce, celery, radishes, peppers, red onions, cabbage (red & green), broccoli, and more. 

red and green vegetable salad

(Image:  Joe Lodge, Salad, CC by 2.0)


Guacamole with Tomatoes: Mix small, chopped pieces of tomatoes into guacamole or top with small tomato pieces 

guacamole with tomatoes

(Image:  jmackinnell, guacamole, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) 

Food Safety

Is Your Homemade Food Gift Safe to Eat? (Source: University of Minnesota Extension)

3 jars of homemade jam


Mailing Food Gifts (Source: University of Minnesota Extension)

mailbox


image of a person in the military saluting

canned apples
(Image: University of Georgia)

holiday dinner table