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Over the Veggie Rainbow
This Saint Patrick's Day snack provides a golden opportunity to entice your kids to eat fresh vegetables. To make it, fill a small bowl with dip (we used guacamole). Slice four long strips of bell peppers in various colors and arrange them as shown. Cut two small cauliflower clouds, skewer each with a toothpick, then position one on each side of the peppers. Place sliced carrot coins beside the bowl for the leprechaun's pot of gold.
This festive St. Patrick's Day treat offers nearly 100 percent of your daily vitamin C.*
Combine a large banana (peeled, sliced, and frozen), 2 cups honeydew melon chunks, 2 kiwifruits (peeled and cut into chunks), 1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt, and 1/4 cup tightly packed parsley leaves in a blender and puree them until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 4 cups.
*In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps the body heal cuts and wounds.
Per serving (1 cup) Calories 133, Total Fat 0.5 g (1%), Saturated Fat 0 g (0%), Cholesterol 1 mg (0%), Sodium 52 mg (2%), Total Carbohydrate 31 g (10%), Fiber 3 g (11%), Sugars 24 g, Protein 3 g (7%), Vitamin C 59 mg (98%)
Colorful and sweet, these lucky rainbows make for a delicious St. Patrick's Day treat.
Divide sugar-cookie dough four equal portions. Add food coloring to each one and shape it into a ball. Wrap and refrigerate the dough balls for 1 to 2 hours.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and make 10 to 12 1-inch balls from each color. Lightly flour your work surface. Flatten a ball of blue dough into a 1/2 inch thick disk. Roll a ball of green dough into a thin rope and wrap it along one side of the flattened blue ball. Repeat with a ball of yellow dough and a ball of red dough. Lay a piece of wax paper on top of the cookie and gently roll it to help the colors adhere.
Repeat the shaping and rolling steps with the remaining dough, then bake them according to your recipe directions -- just be sure not to over bake them.
While the cookies are slightly warm and soft, trim their edges with a butter knife.