Meatball and Vegetable Kabobs

MAKES: 4 SERVINGS START TO FINISH: 30 MINS           Ingredients 1/2 6 ounce can tomato paste with Italian seasonings (1/3 cup) 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed 16 1-inch refrigerated or frozen Italian-style meatballs,* thawed 2 small zucchini 8 large cherry tomatoes Nonstick cooking spray 8 metal or bamboo… Read More

Easy Eggnog Fix-Ups

MAKES: 8 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 3 TO 5 OUNCES           Ingredients 1 purchased eggnog Directions MOCHA EGGNOG: Combine eggnog, 1 cup strong brewed coffee, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup chocolate-flavor syrup. Serve warm or chilled topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Nutrition Facts per serving: 239 cal., 14 g total… Read More

Muddy Swamp Water

MAKES: 10 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 7 OUNCES START TO FINISH: 10 MINS         Ingredients 4 12 ounce cans cola, chilled 2 cups Irish cream liqueur Ice cubes Chocolate-covered coffee beans Shaved dark chocolate Directions In a large pitcher stir together cola and liqueur. Fill a punch bowl with ice; pour drink mixture… Read More

Cranberry Relish

MAKES: 16 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1/4 CUP MAKES: 4-1/2 TO 5 CUPS PREP: 10 MINS COOK: 10 MINS       Ingredients 24 ounces fresh cranberries (6 cups) 1 cup full-bodied red wine or cranberry juice 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest Directions Wash cranberries; drain. Remove… Read More

Mary McGregor

MAKES: 1 SERVINGS MAKES: 1 1/4 CUPS START TO FINISH: 15 MINS         Ingredients Ice cubes 1 cup carrot juice, chilled 1 ounce vodka Squeeze of lemon Squeeze of lime 2 basil leaves Drizzle of olive oil Dash celery salt 1 baby carrot with top, scrubbed Directions Fill a tall glass with… Read More

Root Beer Float Cake

MAKES: 12 SERVINGS PREP: 20 MINS BAKE: 350°F PER PACKAGE DIRECTIONS COOL: 1 HR         Ingredients 1 package 2-layer-size caramel or yellow cake mix Root beer 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1  teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel 1/3 cup butter, softened 3 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons root beer 1 teaspoon vanilla Maraschino cherries… Read More

Fondant

MAKES: ABOUT 3/4 POUND PREP: 45 MINS COOK: 41 MINS STAND: 25 HRS         Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups water 2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup or 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar Directions Butter the sides of a heavy 1-1/2-quart saucepan. In pan combine sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook over… Read More

Light Cranberry Hot Toddy

MAKES: 12 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 6 OUNCE START TO FINISH: 20 MINS         Ingredients 1 48 ounce bottle low-calorie cranberry juice (6 cups) 2 cups water 3 1 inch long strips lemon peel (set aside) 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 inches stick cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves 1/3 cup bourbon, rum, or… Read More

Honey-Wasabi Mashed Peas

MAKES: 6 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1/3 CUP PREP: 10 MINS COOK: 10 MINS         Ingredients 1 14 ounce package frozen peas 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice or rice vinegar 1 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste 1 small clove garlic, minced Lemon slices (optional) Watercress (optional) Directions In medium saucepan combine peas… Read More

Golden Squash Bisque

MAKES: 2 SERVINGS START TO FINISH: 20 MINS           Golden Squash Bisque Ingredients 1 teaspoon canola oil 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 12 ounce package frozen pureed winter squash, thawed, or 2 cups cooked winter squash, mashed with the back of a spoon 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 3/4 teaspoon curry… Read More

Mango-Ginger Smoothie

MAKES: 4 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 6 OUNCE PREP: 10 MINS         Ingredients 2 cups frozen mango chunks* 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple 1 6 ounce carton plain lowfat yogurt 1/2 cup fat-free milk 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder (optional) 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Directions In a blender combine… Read More