Healthy Living Recipe: Healthy Gifts

Snack Blends can make fun gifts - Seasoned Nuts, Flavored pretzels/popcorn mix, Chex Mix/trail mix, Homemade Granola
Seasoning blends
Mason Jar gifts are fun and you can get creative
Muffin or pancake Mix
Cookie Mix
Bean soups or pastas

Just don’t forget the recipe! Decorate the top with fabric and ribbon 

Non-food Kitchen gifts
A fun collection of kitchen tools: spatulas, whisks, veggie peelers
New baking pans filled with your muffin or bread mixes
Spice rub with meat thermometer and oven mitts
Coffee kits w/ beans, grinder and syrups
Your favorite cookbook

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
Marcie Dixon, Arlington Heights, Illinois
January 2010

RECIPE BY Cooking Light


1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
1.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Cooking spray

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 350°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Fold in chocolate. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Nutritional Information: Calories 94, Fat 3.2g, Satfat 1.6g, Monofat 0.6g, Polyfat 0.2g, Protein 1.5g, Carbohydrate 15.7g, Fiber 1.3g

Southwest Seasoning Mix

8 tsp. cumin
8 tsp. chili powder
4 tsp. oregano
4 tsp. smoked paprika
4 tsp. coriander
4 tsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (more or less if desired)

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a small jar. Store in a cool, dry place.

Homemade Seasoning Mix for Chicken

Recipe by weekend cooker


1/2 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon savory


Combine all ingredients in a ziploc bag.

Easy Granola Recipe
From Real Simple

Notes: I used dried cherries in this recipe, since I love their tart flavor, but feel free to use any dried fruit you'd like. This recipe is so versatile.


4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsalted pepitas
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit


Heat oven to 350°F.
On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil, and salt.
Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the dried fruit, and toss to combine. Let cool.

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