Golden Summer Kale Salad

Golden Summer Kale Salad

For a great, light meal on a warm summer evening, this potent and simple Kale salad and watermelon dressing is the perfect combination of sweet and savory!

Salad Ingredients:

-1 Bunch (approx. 14 oz.) of Kale
-6 brussel sprouts
-1 medium-sized carrot
-1 cup walnuts
-1 cup golden raisins
-1 yellow or orange pepper
-6 tablespoons Olive oil
– Salt
-1 tablespoon Dried parsley

Salad Directions:

It’s a pretty straight-forward salad, but you’ll want to get started on the brussel sprouts first. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, first. Then slice of the ends of the brussel sprouts, then slice them into halves. Toss them in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the dried parsley and a pinch of salt added. When they are well-coated, lay them flat-side down on a baking tray, and put them into the oven for about 30 minutes, checking and moving them at about 15 minutes in.

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Next is just a matter of preparing the contents of the salad. After washing and de-stemming the kale, thinly slice it and place it in your salad bowl. Toss the kale in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and massage for a minute or so to loosen it up.
Now, go ahead and dice your pepper, the carrot (I like to use long, thin cuts on the carrot), and the golden raisins. If you have walnuts, you might like to chop them down to size before adding them to the salad.

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When the brussel sprouts are quite dark on the bottom and a little gold and soft on the sides and top, you can go ahead and take them out and let them cool briefly.

Dressing Ingredients:
-1/4 medium watermelon
-1/4 cup basil
-1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
-1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
-5 tablespoons Olive oil

Dressing Directions:

To make this sweet and tart dressing, start with taking ¼ or so of a watermelon into a household blender. First remove the rind and as many seeds as you can (or use a seedless variety) and blend to a liquid. Strain the pulp out of the mixture using a strainer or cheese cloth until you are left with about one cup of liquid. Set to boil in a small sauce-pan over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat when it has reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Set aside in blender to cool.
To finish, simply add the basil, vinegar, and mustard to the watermelon and blend while slowly adding in the olive oil.

By now, the brussel sprouts should be cooled somewhat, and you can add them to the salad, next add the dressing and toss.

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Enjoy with a crisp lager or lemonade!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Gluten Free Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Children with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can not enjoy parties as much as others do. Commercially baked items such as cakes, pies and cupcakes normally have gluten in them so such children cannot consume the served treats. Gluten free Halloween treats will make them happy because they can eat the gluten free treats without suffering at all.

The gluten free treat that everyone can enjoy is Popcorn balls. This is a treat that was once commonly eaten in fall months. You can make the popcorn balls in such a way that they fit perfectly in a Halloween theme.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
 
The casual popcorn balls can be easily decorated to look like Pumpkin. You can get popcorn balls of any desired color simply by adding food coloring to the sugar syrup. It is a Halloween treat and it should look like pumpkin so you will be using orange and black color.
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Recipe type: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup of butter or margarine
  • ⅓ cup of water
  • Red and yellow food coloring to create the right shade of orange
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract
  • 2 or 3 cups of air-popped popcorn
Instructions
  1. Start up by making popcorn. Make 2 or 3 cups of popcorn using an air popper. Set this aside.
  2. Take a heavy sauce pan and add sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, food coloring and salt in it. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Boil this mixture until it reaches 228 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. This is called the “soft ball” stage.
  4. Once the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, remove the pan from heat. Now add vanilla and stir to combine it well.
  5. Pour the mixture in the popcorn you have already prepared. Stir this so that the mixture covers all the popcorn uniformly.
  6. Allow the popcorn to cool until they are cool to touch. Now, you have to make popcorn balls. Take some popcorn in your hand and roll it into a ball. Repeat this making as many balls as possible.
  7. Pillsbury white frosting is gluten free, you can tint it in order to get the black icing. Decorate each ball with this black icing. Create different jack-o-lantern faces on the pumpkin balls. The faces can be scary or funny.

 

Halloween Hotdog Worms

Halloween Hotdog WormsIf you want to amaze your family on Halloween by serving something different then this is going to be the perfect recipe.

This is a fun way of presenting traditional hotdogs. People normally eat hotdogs throughout the year. The Halloween meal has got to be different. Traditional hotdogs are quick and easy to prepare; so are the Weiner worms.

Halloween Hot Dog Worms
 
This is a really simple recipe. It uses the common ingredients that almost everyone has got at home. It just takes a little creativity to give a spooky look to a common meal.
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Ingredients
  • Enough hot dogs (100% beef seem to work best) for each person
  • Enough large hamburger buns for each person
  • Softened butter or margarine to toast the buns
  • Your favorite condiments – Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise and/or Pickle Relish
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting the hotdogs. Put hotdogs on a cutting board and cut each hotdog into 2 halves. Depending upon the size of hotdogs; you might want to cut each half into 2 more halves or into thirds. When you are done with cutting all the hotdogs; set them aside.
  2. Carefully score one edge of the hotdog; this will cause the hotdogs to curl more. Scoring does not need to be done along the entire length of hotdog.
  3. You can boil, microwave or grill your “Weiner Worms”. The grilled hotdogs are the most cherished ones. While grilling, make sure that the hotdogs are placed perpendicularly on the grill or else they will fall through the grill. As the hotdogs cook, they will begin to curl and look like worms.
  4. Set your oven to broil. Spread some butter on each half of the hamburger bun. After placing them on baking sheet, put them under the broiler. Keep an eye on hamburger bun so that they do not burn. Remove the buns from oven and allow them to cool for a while.
  5. Weiner worms can be served on the toasted hamburger buns with some of the “worms” hanging out of the bun. This will definitely amaze your family. They can also be served as finger foods; place them in a bowl and drizzle ketchup all over them. Use your favorite condiments with the “Weiner Worms”.

 

Halloween Spaghetti with Eye-balls

Halloween Spaghetti with Eye-ballsIf your family has a taste for spaghetti and Halloween is near then this recipe is just going to be perfect. This recipe is an interesting and spooky way of making your loved spaghetti for a family meal.

Halloween Spaghetti with Eye-balls
 
This recipe fits best in a Halloween theme. A spaghetti and meatball meal is pretty normal but this spooky presentation of spaghetti and meatballs is going to make everyone realize that its Halloween week!
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Cuisine: Main Dish
Ingredients
  • * 2 pounds ground beef
  • * 1 – 6 ounce box packaged stuffing mix for chicken
  • * 1 cup water
  • * 2 eggs
  • * 1 jar spaghetti sauce, divided into ¼ cup for meat and the remainder for the noodles
  • * 4 sticks string cheese cut into quarters
  • * Sliced large black olives – Enough for each eyeball to have one slice
  • * 1 pound package spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Start up by preheating oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating, prepare the mixture for meatballs. In order to make the mixture for meatballs; mix the meat, stuffing eggs, water, eggs and ¼ cup spaghetti sauce in a bowl. The mixture should be well-combined. Use the mixture to create 16 two-inch meatballs. Push one piece of string cheese into the meatball; make sure that some of the cheese shows at the top. Do the same to all 16 meatballs. Put the meatballs onto the baking sheet and place one slice of olive onto the cheese. These are the oozing eye-balls that you are going to put in spaghetti.
  2. Bake the meatballs for about 25 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit. While the meatballs are getting baked; get yourself done with spaghetti and heat the remaining spaghetti sauce.
  3. Drain the spaghetti and place a serving on plate. Put heated spaghetti sauce over the noodles and place two “Oozing balls” in the center of the noodles.

 

Halloween Dirt Cake

Normally, the worms that might go down into your stomach will come out through your mouth. But, these are the worms that you would love to eat; these are gummy worms! This cake is a fun activity for kids; they will love decorating it and more importantly, eating it.

Halloween Dirt Cake
 
Before you begin making this cake, you might want to choose the perfect dish to hold it as this cake does not need to be baked. Try using a new, clean and dry plastic cauldron. It will go well with the Halloween theme.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • * 1½ to 2 pounds chocolate crème filled cookies such as Oreo
  • * 1 – 8 ounce tub of cream cheese
  • * 1 cup powdered, or confectioner’s, sugar
  • * ½ stick softened butter
  • * 3½ cups milk – You can use whatever type you like
  • * 2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding
  • * 1 – 12 ounce container whipped cream topping such as Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. Start by putting the cream cheese, softened butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl and cream them together.
  2. Take a separate bowl and mix in it the milk and instant pudding for 2 minutes. Now, add the whipped topping and mix well.
  3. Mix the two mixtures together and make sure that they are well-combined.
  4. Take a zip-top bag and put in it some of the cookies. Crush them until they reach the desired ‘dirt-like’ consistency. You can do this by applying pressure with a rolling pin. Using the zip-top bag ensures that you won’t need to clean up after crushing the cookies. Take another bag and repeat for the remaining cookies.
  5. Now, take your cauldron and line its bottom and sides with aluminum foil. This will avoid mess. Place one and half inches of cookie crumbs at the bottom of the cauldron. Pour over them, the pudding mixture. Keep putting alternating layers of crumbs and pudding; make sure the last layer is of the pudding. Cover the cauldron with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  6. Before you serve it, put another 1 inch of crumbs on the top. Decorate your ‘cake’ with gummy worms, spiders and any other candy you might find. Serve this, and for the first time your guests will like the idea of eating worms and insects.