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Rainbow Pickety Bits

Now that March is here, it’s time for all things Irish, rainbow and leprechauns! (I’d throw unicorns and mermaids in there too, if I thought I could get away with it.) The first few weeks of March are filled with the promise of spring, the beginning of daylight saving time (for those of us who participate) and the anticipation of a few St. Pat’s shenanigans. Why shouldn’t your menu reflect that same sense of fun?

A rainbow pickety bits platter is an easy dinner, game night, or party option, and so simple to create. Use an assortment of your favorite nibbles from the following categories:

Fruits, fresh and dried
Veggies, including pickled
Olives
Nuts
Deli Meats
Cheeses
Dips and Spreads
Crackers and Chips
Chocolates

Foods to try:

Red – Apples, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Raspberries, Beets, Radishes, Cherries

Orange – Apricots, Nectarines, Oranges, Cuties, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Peaches, Cheese Crackers, Red Pepper Hummus

Yellow – Apples, Pears, Pineapple, Bell Peppers, Cheese

Green – Kiwi, Broccoli, Grapes, Olives, Pickles, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumber, Celery

Blue and Purple – Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Carrots, Purple Cauliflower, Grapes, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Figs, Olives

This is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen. They’re more likely to sample new foods when they’ve helped prepare them.

Place dry foods like crackers, in small bowls or ramekins. Do the same for dips, pickles and any foods in juices or brine.

On a large tray or platter, arrange foods in ROYGBIV order, tucking the ramekins in tightly as you work. Add pickle forks, small tongs and cheese knives if needed for serving.

Since I didn’t have a pot of gold for the end of my rainbow, I figure a bowl of chocolate is a suitable substitute.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own celebrations. Such a fun way to get all those fruits and veggies in, and eat the rainbow!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 3.2.2020

Are you better at eating real food when you keep healthy snacks on hand? For us, the key to cutting down on junk food has been simply this: Don’t have it in the house. Revolutionary, I know. There are very few cravings worth changing out of pajamas and leaving the house for. Thank God we don’t have grocery (or pizza!) delivery service out here in the country.

Having said that, sometimes you just get a hankerin’ for something a little sweet or a salty, crunchy snack. That’s why we add snacks and treats to our menus. I’m more than happy to munch on fresh veggies, hummus and parmesan chips if we have them ready to go when a craving hits.

Breakfast:
Homemade Granola – New Recipe! We doubled the cinnamon because we’re maniacs that way and added a sprinkle of nutmeg. Mark likes his granola with coconut milk and banana slices, I like mine with Greek yogurt and fresh berries.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/homemade-granola-sugar-free/

Lunch:
Weeknight Taco Soup – An old favorite, lightened up by substituting ground turkey for the beef. This tasty soup is great for meal prep because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for several weeks.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-weeknight-taco-soup/

Dinner:

Cherry Tomato White Bean Salad – New Recipe! Can you say sensational, savory, and satisfying salad three times fast? You’re gonna need to. This one’s a dandy!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cherry-tomato-white-bean-salad/

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup – What she lacks in visual appeal, she makes up for in flavor. Hubs loves this one.
https://cookieandkate.com/creamy-roasted-cauliflower-soup-recipe/

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and Cheese – As per the Mediterranean Diet, we’re using ground turkey instead of ground beef. And since I’m not doing keto, I add a little cooked brown rice to the mixture. I bake these on a Silpat and don’t bother with the butter. These little crowd-pleasers freeze well.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Pickety Bits – This is the easiest dinner ever, and a great opportunity to clean out the fridge. There are no rules here. You know that half-eaten jar of pickles languishing in the fridge door? Use it up! Include a selection of fruits, fresh and pickled veggies, olives, meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, dips and spreads. Dinner is served!

Snack:
Parmesan Chips – Crunchy, salty and delicious! I scale this recipe to make 6 servings, scoop with a cookie scoop and bake on a silpat. These pair well with soups and/or Netflix binges.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/parmesan-chips/servings/6

Treat:
Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites – New Recipe! This recipe made 18 bites. I added 1/4 tsp of salt to my batch. I’m going to experiment with using these as running fuel.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/chocolate-almond-coconut-bites/

Have a great week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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