4 Fast Treats!

Usually, when I need a quick dessert or treat, I’m most likely to forget the easy ideas. If the kids tell me at the last minute that they need something yummy that evening for friends, my mind wanders to complex treats that I don’t have time to make. Here are a few simple ones that I’ve recently reminded myself about… rolls1. Chocolate Dessert Rolls

1 can crescent rolls and Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Open can of rolls and pull apart dough at perforations.  Place a small handful of chocolate chips in the middle of your dough pieces and roll dough (with chocolate chips at the center) into any fun shape of your choice. Bake for 12 minutes.

Graham2. Chocolate Covered Anything

Chocolate wafers (any color – think of school colors for kids events)

Pretzel Rods        Strawberries         Oreos           Graham Crackers

My go-to items to cover in chocolate? Pretzel rods, strawberries, graham crackers and Oreos. Lay out waxed paper on counter. Melt chocolate wafers in 30 second increments until smooth. Dip items and place on waxed paper. While wet, if desired add sprinkles to pretzel rods. After strawberries, grahams, and Oreos are dry, add icing to decorate.

flavored marshmallows

3. Fruit Kabobs with Marshmallows

Skewers

Assorted cut strawberries, grapes, bananas, blueberries, etc.

Plain white, decorative shaped, or flavored marshmallows

Alternate adding fruit and marshmallows onto skewers.

kiss4. Indoor Smores with Hershey Kisses

Graham Crackers, broken into squares

Large Marshmallows

Hershey kisses

Preheat oven to 350. Cut marshmallows in half across center. Lay one marshmallow on each graham cracker square on ungreased cookie sheet. Place a cookie sheet full of prepared grahams with marshmallows in the oven until the tops of the marshmallows are light brown. Take out of the oven, push Hershey kisses into the softened marshmallows and serve.

Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple Dijon Sauce

Sandra Lee BurgerMy husband came home from work the other day with all the ingredients for these burgers!  We have made these so often that we know the recipe by heart.

While we are moving away from summer, burgers still work for a busy weeknight, and yet the “apple” gently moves us into fall!

This easy, delicious recipe, Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Dijon Sauce is courtesy of Sandra Lee, Food Network.com.

Ingredients:

For Maple-Dijon Sauce: (we always double the sauce)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

For Burgers:

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast

1/4 cup real bacon bits (we use real bacon, torn into small pieces)

1/2 cup chunky applesauce

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (if I don’t have it, I don’t use it and they are still yummy)

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking.

For Maple-Dijon Sauce: In a small bowl, stir to combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup; set aside.

For Turkey Burgers: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients for burgers. Wet hands to prevent sticking and shape into 4 patties.

Place burgers on hot oiled grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until done.

Serve on buns with traditional burger condiments and a dollop of maple-Dijon sauce.

Personal Notes:  While I prefer grilling these, I have often broiled the burgers in the oven when I can’t use the outside grill, and they still cook up nicely.  I have used smooth applesauce, which doesn’t change the texture of the burgers very much. Finally, cooking bacon is so time consuming when I’m trying to make a fast dinner, I open a package of precooked bacon, tear into pieces and add to the turkey mixture.SONY DSC

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

PeanutButterCookieTomorrow, our kids here in the Northeast return to school and that means packing 3 lunches by 6:30am!  The kids look forward to the dessert and snacks at lunch (hopefully eaten after the healthy food)! Many years ago a friend shared this quickie peanut butter cookie recipe with me and I love that it can be made in minutes.   

Happy September!

1 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

Mix ingredients.  Place small spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet and criss cross with a fork. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies).

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

I’m always looking for new ways to get my kids to eat zucchini and this one is delicious, but not deep-fried!  This terrific recipe is courtesy of Food Network and Ellie Krieger.  See note below for a great tip about crisping vegetables.

Ingredients:

Cooking spray

2 medium zucchini (about 1 pound total)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (3/4-ounce)

1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs (I used seasoned)

1/8 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Slice the zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with the oil. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper as desired.  Dip each round into the Parmesan mixture, coating it evenly on both sides, pressing the coating on to stick, and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the zucchini rounds until browned and crisp.  25-30 minutes (depends on the size of your zucchini, so watch the oven).

Note: I always let raw veggies sit on paper towels to release water before attempting to crisp them, but I’ve never salted raw veggiesOne of the reviewers of this recipe suggested salting the raw zucchini rounds on paper towels and letting them sit to release water (thus allowing the vegetables to turn out “crispy” and not “soggy” after cooking).  I was shocked at the additional amount of water that drained out! What a wonderful tip for crisping veggies!

7-minute Crab Dip

Great with crackers or pretzels.  I love it because it’s EASY!  7 minutes to chop onion and crab, measure, mix together, and serve!

Ingredients

½ cup cream cheese

¼ cup sour cream

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon chopped red onion

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire

½ cup chopped imitation crab (or use fresh)

Add salt and pepper if desired

Directions

Place cream cheese in the microwave for 10 seconds to barely soften for easier stirring.  Add all other ingredients and mix until completely blended.  Serve and enjoy!

Option: Using 2 T. of chopped green scallions is a substitute for the red onion, if desired.  Tip: If you soften the cream cheese too much, place dip in the fridge for a few minutes before serving for a firmer consistency.