Affordable and Best Homemade Christmas Gift Breads
Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites Want the perfect teacher’s gift while also saving a little money? Homemade gifts are just the ticket for your children’s teachers this time of year. Give the gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget – delicious treats with a trim and terrific twist!
Homemade Christmas Gift Breads are make-ahead gifts!
Homemade goodies reserve a special place amongst the array of store bought gifts. One of my favorite gifts to give are quick breads. With so much going on this time of year, everyone is busy but no problem – quick breads are easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen. A great idea is to make different sizes, wrap with plastic wrap and tie together for gifts. One recipe = 4 small loaf pans.
Another Homemade Christmas Gift bread
that’s so popular is my Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread made with Bisquick and cream cheese-.
I promise, Chocolate Zucchini Bread, is one of my absolute favorite nutritious-and-delicious quick breads–even this ingredient combination.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook
Just wrap the individual loaves in plastic wrap and store in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer until needed. Instead of one large loaf, I like to prepare the breads in different size loaf pans and give a combination of different loaves. Give one, two, or several types of bread, depending on how well you like the person.
Makes 16 slices
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat a 9 × 5 × 3-inch nonstick loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, and oil. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
4. Transfer batter into prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Don’t overcook. Cool in pan.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 187, Calories from fat 34%, Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 26 mg, Sodium 96 mg, Carbohydrate 28 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugars 14 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat
Terrific Tidbit: Zucchini is grated by using a grater or the shredding blade on a food processor.
Mini loaves of quick bread make wonderful homemade gifts. Make ahead, wrap in plastic wrap, place in zipper-lock bags, and freeze until ready to give.
Did you know walnuts are great source of Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for the body to work properly and we must get them through our diet since they are not made in the body. From reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and lowering cholesterol, to reducing joint pain from inflammation; research supports a long list of health benefits from eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. That’s why I devoted a chapter to Omega-3 rich foods in my new arthritis cookbook!
Walnuts Offer more than just a great tasting nut
We understand we need to include more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet; however, sometimes it can be overwhelming figuring out what to eat. You might not realize how simply you can get this power packed nutrient into your everyday life. You have been hearing for years that nuts make a great snack, and one reason is because walnuts are a rich source of omega-3’s. Put together a nut medley snack, toss walnuts in salads for a nice crunch, or layer with yogurt. I like to toast walnuts to enhance that wonderful nutty flavor or make your own Spiced Walnuts. They also make delicious gifts,Especially during the holidays – just put some in a glass jar or a festive canister for an easy, enjoyed-by-all gift!
SPICED WALNUTS (OR PECANS) from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook
Wonderful walnuts with a touch of spice, heat and sweet—toss in salads, serve on cheese trays or as a snack.
Makes 8 (1/4 cup) servings
2 cups walnut halves or pecan halves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
- Preheat oven 375°F.
- Spread walnuts on baking sheet and bake about 5-7 minutes or until golden.
- In small bowl, combine sugar, salt, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne.
- In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add nuts and stir to coat with oil. Add seasoning mix, stirring until nuts coated. Remove to paper towel to cool.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 187 kcal, Calories from Fat 82%, Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 74 mg, Carbohydrates 5 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Total Sugars 2 g, Protein 4 g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 lean meat, 3 fat
Looking for quick , easy and creative homemade teacher gift ideas that you make at home? Then, all you have to do is go to my chapter, DIVA DERMATOLOGY, in Too Hot in the Kitchen for my homemade skin treatments. I love to make and give these inexpensive yet fun and luxurious facial scrubs to my friends and family. Anyone who loves to be pampered will enjoy the festive Margarita Salt Body Buffer – detoxifying the skin and making it feel so soft! From hands to feet the Brown Sugar Scrub is the perfect treat to get smooth skin. With just two ingredients anyone can make it, and the olive oil contains Vitamin E and antioxidants which are so good for nails. To make these delicious scrubs for a gift, simply mix in a glass container with a lid and tie with a bow. Or course, Too Hot in the Kitchen is a fun gift tool!
Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age
Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.
Makes 1 1/2 cups (1/4 cup per body)
1 cup fine sea salt
Juice of one lime
2 ounces olive oil
3/4 ounces white tequila
1. In bowl, mix together sea salt, olive oil, lime, and white tequila. In the shower, rub mixture onto damp skin in gentle circular motion. If salt feels too gritty, add more olive oil.
For a quick and easy holiday side, I love to throw this dish together. Perfect to make when your oven is busy and there is no oven space left, since it’s cooked on top of the stove. While the rice is cooking, sauté the peppers and toss together in no time at all. For an even quicker version, try instant wild rice; it tastes just as good. Wild Rice adds a delicious nutty flavor to the dish, while the peppers add a natural sweetness. Did you know that all peppers are loaded with Vitamin C, and red peppers have more Vitamin C than an orange?! This satisfying and nutritious dish is a delectable and colorful side on any holiday table.
Wild Rice and Peppers Recipe from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook
Jazz up rice by adding earthy wild rice, mushrooms and colorful.
Makes 8 (3/4-cup) servings
1 (6-ounce) box long-grain and wild rice mix
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cored, sliced in long, thin slices
1 green bell pepper, cored, sliced in long, thin slices
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup cooked white rice
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1. Cook wild rice according to package directions; set aside.
2. n large nonstick skillet, heat oil and sauté red and green peppers, and mushrooms until tender, 5 – 7 minutes. Stir in cooked wild rice, white rice, and green onion.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 163, Calories from Fat 35%, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 352mg, Carbohydrate 23g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugar 3g, Protein 4g, Diabetic Exchanges: 1.5 starch, 1 fat
Nutritional Nugget: The carotenoid-rich bell pepper provides powerful protection helping reduce the risk for certain cancers and boosting the immune system.
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Favorite holiday Thanksgiving recipes:
Time to think about Thanksgiving recipes again and I am here to help you with your menu and save time! I always have such a good time with Diane Deaton and the gang at WAFB Noon Show. We cooked up some of my very favorite Thanksgiving recipes that I will definitely be making at my family’s Thanksgiving. Some are traditonal holiday recipes and some of these are new trendy favorite. However, all of them are easy, healthy and family pleasing!
My Thanksgiving recipes for Sides and Stuffing
For the best of both worlds Yam Cornbread Stuffing is such a perfect combination of sweet Louisiana yams, buttery cornbread, and savory stuffing! I make my cornbread ahead of time and but together the night before. Look for cut up sweet potatoes in the grocery.
KITCHEN 101 includes some of my easiest Thanksgiving recipes
My newest favorite from KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence is the Stuffed Artichoke Casserole – all the delicious flavors of a stuffed artichoke without the fuss! This recipe I make ahead and freeze to cross another dish off my list. If you closed your eyes, you honestly will think you’re eating a stuffed artichoke.
Terrific Tip: Prepare ahead of time and transfer to baking dish. Heat in 350°F oven 20 minutes or until heated. For vegetarian version, substitute vegetable broth.
Thanksgiving recipes for dessert include my sensational make -ahead trifle
For dessert – the Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle is a layered, out of this world treat that guests will be raving about for years to come! Another make-ahead dessert which includes everyone’s ffavoriteof chocolate and peanut butter. I get my older kids to whip up this dessert for me and I use it during the holidays but truly it is a year round first choice. And, on the holidays, this is a great dessert as it seems I am always short of oven space with all the cooking.