Simple deliciousness

November 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm (Food)

Last night I was supposed to bring some snacks for a get together with my local moms’ group at 7pm.  We walked in the door at home at 6:10.  It had been a hectic day and I didn’t have time to get anything done earlier, so in less than half an hour, I threw a couple of things together and they turned out great!

Cookie Cups

All you need is sugar cookie dough, blueberry preserves (or any kind you like) and cream cheese frosting.  I grabbed everything from the store, but you could totally do them from scratch.

  1. Press a little bit of dough into each cup of a greased mini muffin pan.  I used a ball of dough about the size of a marble for each one.  Pop it in a 350 degree oven for about 9 minutes.  Let it cool 5 minutes and pop out the cookie cups.  Allow them to finish cooling before moving on.
  2. Put about 1/2 tsp of preserves into each cup.  Those old baby spoons are perfect for this part!
  3. If you have a pastry bag, pipe the frosting over the tops.  If not, just glob a little on the top of each one.

That’s it!  They’re like mini blueberry cheesecakes!  Fabulous!

Marinated Veggies

About 8 cups of hard veggies (carrots, broccoli, celery, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc) cut up, 2-3 cups apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp minced garlic, dried herbs (use whatever you have on hand, I used about a TBSP each of basil and oregano).

Just mix everything together in a zipper type freezer bag.  Toss it around a bit to mix everything up (put the kids to use on this one!).  Then pop it in the fridge for a while.  The longer it marinates the stronger the flavor will be.  They had good flavor after an hour, but were delicious after about 2 or 3.

My favorite thing about these was the lack of lots of extra fat.  I love carrot sticks and ranch dressing, but its a little disheartening to realize how many calories are in the dip.  With just some vinegar, herbs and garlic, you get tons of flavor without a bunch of junk.

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