Spanish Olive Spread
My daughter fell in love with this spread. This is very good cold served on crackers, or if you would like to serve it with soup, spread it on some French bread and melt under the broiler. Yum!
- 1 1/2 cups (6-oz.) finely shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 (3-oz.) jar pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained and chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Assorted crackers
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the shredded Swiss cheese and the chopped olives. Stir in mayonnaise. Cover and refrigerate spread for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
Before serving, gently stir mixture. Serve with crackers.
Makes about 20 servings.
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Quick Banana Milkshake (Ice Cream Free)
This milkshake is so refreshing and a wonderful pick-me-up when you need one. Also, good to have before going to bed. Makes you sleep like a baby.
I have used frozen bananas also and left out the sugar depending on how ripe your banana is. The riper it is, the sweeter it is.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Pinch of cinnamon
Put all in a blender and puree until smooth.
Makes 2 servings. 130 calories per serving
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Quick Kielbasa Skillet
I love skillet meals. They are so quick and easy when you need a meal on the table in a hurry. This is also a pantry meal. You just need to keep canned potatoes and green beans in it. We loved it!
- 1 lb. kielbasa, sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 (15-oz.) cans sliced potatoes, drained
- 2 (14.5-oz.) cans French-style green beans, drained
Brown kielbasa in oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and beans; cook over low heat until heated through.
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Strawberry Jell-O Pie
This is the most refreshing, creamy and easy pie to make! Summer is coming and will be the perfect dessert. You can use any flavor Jell-O you like. This makes 8 servings, but I cut mine in 12. Just the right amount for a treat.
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1 (3-oz.) pkg. strawberry Jell-O
- 1/2 cup cold water and enough ice to make 1 cup
- 1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1 cup. Add to gelatin; stir until slightly thickened. Remove any unmelted ice. Whisk in Cool Whip until blended.
Refrigerate in bowl for 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to mound.
Spoon gelatin mixture into crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
Makes 8 servings.
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Pineapple Coconut Fruit Dip
This is the most scrumptious fruit dip I have ever eaten! It is totally addictive. And so easy to make. I used strawberries, pineapple and grapes but you can use any fruit you like.
- 1 can (8-oz.) crushed unsweetened pineapple, undrained
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 package (3.4-oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
- Fruit of your choice
In a blender, combine all ingredients except fruit; cover and process for 1 minute or until smooth.
Serve dip with fresh fruit. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 2 cups
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If you like Cheez-its, you will love these. Low carb and healthier. Bet you can’t just eat one.
- Sargento Ultra Thin cheese slices
I used Sharp Cheddar slices, but I think Pepper-Jack, Swiss or anything would be good.
Cut each slice into 4 squares and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 35 minutes.
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Rustic Pear Tart
Our good friends, Peg and Harve, had an abundance of pears on their tree this year, so I took a few off of their hands and this is what I made. I have to say, those pears were so sweet and juicy! And this tart is so easy to make, you will have a dessert ready to eat in 35 minutes. (Although you will need to cool it a little before eating it.) Absolutely delicious!!
- Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
- 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cups sliced, peeled, fresh pears
- 1 to 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a 10-in. circle. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar and flour; add pears and toss to coat. Spoon over the pastry to within 2 inches of edges. Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving center uncovered. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Sprinkle with almonds; bake 5 minutes longer. Using the parchment paper, slide tart onto a wire rack to cool.
Serves 6 – 8.
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