Two Afternoon Treats

Posted by: on Jun 27, 2014 in Blog | 5,954 Comments

When the weather gets warmer, appetites may change.

If your family tends to eat smaller, more frequent meals during the summer you may be looking for fast and simple ideas.

Here are a couple of treats that may hit the spot. I found these while I was looking for some recipes to use for my grandmother on the Da Vita website (www.davita.com).

Treat #1

Children love food in cones. Here at the learning center the children have even enjoyed tuna salad in ice cream cones!

This is a recipe that you can serve in cones, guaranteed not to run down the arms of an on the go snacker:

Blueberry Dessert Cones

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup whipped topping

¼ cup blueberry jam

1 ½ cups fresh blueberries (If I buy a pint before season, I just use the entire pint- about 2c)

Blend the cream cheese, whipped topping and jam together (using a mixer won’t hurt it a bit and the kids love to lick the beaters) then stir in the blueberries. Chill for a while to set and then serve in cups or cones.

Note: You can easily change up the jam flavors and fruit mix-ins to suit your taste. Think homemade strawberry jam and fresh strawberries!

Treat #2

Feeling a little dippy? Here’s a tasty fruit dip that will keep in the refrigerator for three days. Not that it will last that long!

Cranberry Dip (for fresh fruit)

  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce (whole berry, not jelly)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Combine the ingredients using a food processor until well mixed. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Good with sliced fresh apples, pears and pineapple. Remember that lemon juice will keep cut fruit from turning brown. The brown is not harmful; people just tend to find it unappealing.

Tell us what you think. Did you make any adjustments we might like to try? Let us know.