I participated in a great health fair in Mason this week so I took the opportunity to demonstrate some new healthy recipes. They must have been good, as I gave away every single bit of all three dishes! This is a recipe from Extension’s Better Living for Texans program, which provides nutrition education for food stamp recipients. Let me know if you or someone you know fits in this category and would like some nutrition education! firstname.lastname@example.org 325-347-6459 Mason or 325-396-4787 Menard
Caramel Apple Salad: this one was a hit! Everyone loved it, except for one person who thought it was too sweet. I think the tartness of the apples balanced it out. It is similar to a Waldorf salad, but the dressing is butterscotch pudding mixed in plain yogurt (I think vanilla yogurt WOULD make it too sweet!). If you don’t like butterscotch, I think any flavor pudding would be good, but you’d better change the name! It would make a great dessert.
3 large Granny Smith Apples, cored and diced
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup walnuts (if you toast them first they will be SO much better. Just microwave them in a single layer for 1 minute or so, then stir and see if they could use another 30 seconds!)
½ cup raisins
1 package (4 servings) fat-free instant Butterscotch pudding
2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
1. Wash your hands and clean your cooking area.
2. Wash, core, and dice apples.
3. Wash and chop celery.
4. Mix apples, walnuts, raisins and celery in a large mixing bowl.
5. In a small bowl, mix pudding and yogurt.
6. Combine the pudding mixture with the apple mixture and mix well.
7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
On a side note, I have also mixed instant pudding in a gallon zipper bag with plain yogurt and then let kids pass it around and squish it to stir it together. When it is well mixed (even better if you can let it chill together in the fridge or freezer for a bit to set up, but waiting is hard!), snip off the edge of the bag and pipe the “pudding” into ice cream cones. Top with sprinkles if you’re fancy like that. Brooke loves sprinkles and I bet your kids do too! This is another easy, fun, and healthy treat that kids will love.