Food Gifts are very popular this time of year . You may have a few people left on your gift-giving list and have no idea of what to give them , or you simply may enjoy the holiday baking . Either way , you can turn to your kitchen to get started . While the gesture may be heart-felt , the foods may not be heart healthy . Here are a few tips to make sure your gift is one received with a healthy appreciation .
***Look at your recipes . Can they be altered to make them healthier treats ? Simple alterations such as no icing or sprinkles can save lots of calories .
***Use smaller portions . Bake mini cookies or loaves . The result is the same wonderful treat , just in less-fat and less-calorie version .
***Include a copy of your recipe with your treats . This helps those watching their weight and those with food allergies .
***Add fresh seasonal fruit to baskets and arrangements as colorful and healthful fillers .
Nee's Cheese Log:
1 pound pasteurized process cheese, Mexican or hot
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
¾ cup green onion tops, chopped
2 tablespoons de-seeded jalapeno pepper, chopped
¾ cup chopped pecans
½ cup bell pepper, chopped
Blend together (with hands) both Velveeta cheeses and place on non-stick foil. Roll out thin into a large rectangle. Place in refrigerator to firm up while mixing remaining ingredients. For filling, mix together cream cheese, pecans, jalapeno pepper, green onions and bell pepper. Remove cheese rectangle from refrigerator and spread filling over it. Beginning at long side, roll up jellyroll fashion. Cut roll into two or three sections; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Serve with assorted crackers and Jezabel Sauce (recipe follows).
Yield: 60 servings
1 (16 ounces) jar pineapple preserves
1 (16 ounces) jar apple jelly
1-½ ounces can dry mustard
1 (5 ounces) jar horseradish
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients with mixer; refrigerate. Serve with pork, ham, beef, egg rolls. For the cocktail table, drizzle over cream cheese or cheese balls. For a great holiday food gift, place in ½-pint jars and add tie a festive ribbon and the recipe. This keeps in the refrigerator for weeks.
A proud grand-poppa G.
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