Eating the same thing every day can make lunch seem so “blah.” Now’s the perfect time to break out of the lunch rut and add some excitement to your meals. Try some of these portable and packable recipes for Greek Salad in Jars, Maple Olive Cheesecake Bites, and Black and White Pizza to add excitement to lunch on-the-go.
Think Outside the Lunchbox
(Family Features) Eating the same thing every day can make lunch seem so “blah.” Now’s the perfect time to break out of the lunch rut and add some excitement to your meals.
California farmers grow more than 95 percent of the ripe olives consumed in the United States. From planting, pruning, harvesting and processing, they make sure that the highest quality olives come from their farms to your table – one can at a time.
Adding olives to any lunch can help bring California sunshine to each and every bite. Try some of these portable and packable recipes to add excitement to lunch on-the-go and find more at calolive.org.
Greek Salad in Jars
Courtesy of Simply Recipes
Note: Store and transport salads upright so dressing stays on bottom.
Smoked California Ripe Olives can produce a crave-worthy culinary surprise and become one of your favorite flavor discoveries. There are a few easy ways to make your own smoked olives, including preparing them on the grill with these quick steps:
Maple Olive Cheesecake Bites
Makes: 16-20 mini cheesecakes
Black and White Pizza
Makes: 1 pizza
California Olive Committee
Now that flowers are blooming and temperatures are rising, many are looking to enjoy lighter, flavorful dishes and fresh seasonal produce. One of the easiest ways to lighten up your recipes, including this Greek Tzatziki Salad, is to swap in lower calorie ingredients that bring in big flavor.
Simple Swaps for Flavorful Eating
(Family Features) Now that flowers are blooming and temperatures are rising, many are looking to enjoy lighter, flavorful dishes and fresh seasonal produce.
One of the easiest ways to lighten up your recipes is to swap in lower calorie ingredients that will bring in big flavor. One such ingredient, Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Dressing, is a great alternative to mayonnaise or sauces in your salads, sandwich spreads, dips and more, packing a perfectly tangy punch for spring and summertime meals.
Nutrition consultant, registered dietitian and certified athletic trainer Dana White has some healthful swaps to make enjoying your favorite snack recipes while cutting back on the calories.
Switch up your dips. Pass up traditional onion dip for a better-for-you snack like cottage cheese. Mix cottage cheese with a flavored Greek yogurt dressing, a pinch of fresh herbs and you’ll have yourself a tasty dip to accompany those freshly-cut veggies and whole-grain pita chips.
Homemade hummus. Hummus is a great go-to snack. Opt to make your own creamy, homemade dip from garbanzo beans and olive oil instead of reaching for sour cream-based dips.
Go Greek. Lose the mayo and freshen up those cold salads like egg, tuna and chicken salad. Try this Greek Tzatziki Salad recipe which substitutes 1/4 cup of mayonnaise for 2 tablespoons of zesty Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing. You can serve up a lighter tasting dish that doesn’t skimp on the flavor.
For more family recipes, visit HiddenValley.com.
Greek Tzatziki Salad
When you get home from work, reach for a healthy alternative to snacking on junk food, such as Spicy Hummus Queso Dip or Hummus Garlic Bread, that you can get on the table quickly to satisfy your hunger while you prepare the main meal.
Easy Apps for Pre-Dinner Snacking
(Family Features) When you get home from work, reach for a healthy alternative to snacking on junk food that you can get on the table quickly to satisfy your hunger while you prepare the main meal.
Instead of serving sweets or other unhealthy options, gather around the kitchen counter and share stories about the day while enjoying better-for-you foods like Sabra Hummus with fresh sliced vegetables, which are easy to prepare and refrigerate ahead of time, or a tray of assorted crackers and flavorful cheese.
But if you’re looking for something a little more savory and ready fast, try this hummus queso dip with chips or a warm French loaf topped with a creamy, garlicky spread. The secret to these dishes is the simple freshness of smooth and creamy Sabra Hummus, which is available in more than a dozen flavors with unique ingredients from around the world for a wide range of pre-dinner treats.
Find more hearty-meets-healthy appetizer inspiration at Sabra.com.
Hummus Garlic Bread
Spicy Hummus Queso Dip
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