This New Year, go fork-free with these easy, delicious, and fun recipes. You can sneak more fruits and veggies into your meals and cleanup is practically nonexistent.
PANCAKE AND FRUIT SKEWERS WITH HAZELNUT SPREAD
Whether you make your pancakes from scratch, use a mix, or prefer frozen is up to you. Once you add fresh fruit and hazelnut spread, you’ll have a perfect bite of breakfast. This recipe is customizable, so feel free to add your favorite fruits. Also, if you have cookie or canape cutters, you can make fun shapes out of the pancakes and fruits.
- Cookie and canape cutters (optional)
- Hazelnut spread
- Bamboo skewers
Slice strawberries and bananas. Use cookie and canape cutters to make pancake, strawberry, and banana shapes, if desired. Layer strawberries, bananas, and pancakes on skewers. Add hazelnut spread.
BLUEBERRY FRENCH TOAST ON A STICK
If you’re not in the mood for pancakes, French toast is always a delicious option. Just like the pancakes, you can make your French toast from scratch or use frozen ones and customize the fruits. Finishing the sticks with syrup and powdered sugar are optional since the blueberries already add a nice sweetness.
- French toast
- Maple syrup (optional)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
Cut French toast into squares. Alternate French toast and blueberries on skewer. Finish with powdered sugar and maple syrup, if desired.
GREEK SALAD SKEWERS
Enjoy the delicious flavors of a Greek salad without a fork. We incorporated the basics, but you can add warm pita bread, red onions, or even gyro meat.
- Feta cheese
- Cherry tomatoes
- Kalamata olives, pitted
- Greek dressing or tzatziki sauce (optional)
Cube feta cheese and slice cucumbers. Add cherry tomato, cucumber, olive, and feta cheese to skewer. Drizzle with Greek dressing or serve with tzatziki sauce for dipping.
TOMATO SOUP WITH MINI GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
There’s something comforting and scrumptious about hot tomato soup paired with an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich. We skewered mini grilled cheese sandwiches so they sit nicely above the soup for a lovely presentation. Use your favorite store-bought or restaurant tomato soup or make your own. And if you’re not a big fan of tomato soup, substitute a different soup or bisque.
- Mini whole-wheat baguette
- Your choice of melting cheese (we used American)
- Tomato soup
Slice baguette ½-inch thick. Slice cheese into rectangles and place between two slices of bread. Butter both sides of the bread and place in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook both sides until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Warm tomato soup on the stovetop or in the microwave. Ladle into small bowl.
Cut each grilled cheese sandwich in half and skewer both pieces. Rest skewer on bowl. Enjoy!
- Add fresh basil leaves to the tomato soup to elevate the flavors.
- Add a slice of ham to the sandwich for a classic ham and cheese sandwich.
TERI MEATBALLS AND BROCCOLI
Though we think of teriyaki as a sauce, it’s also a Japanese cooking technique where foods are broiled or grilled with a glaze of shoyu, mirin, and sugar. The sauce is thought to originate in Hawaii with Japanese immigrants. They invented a marinade that mixed local products like pineapple juice with shoyu and other ingredients until it eventually became the teriyaki sauce we know and enjoy today.
To save time, we used frozen meatballs and bottled teriyaki sauce, but you can make your meatballs and sauce from scratch.
Finally, we paired our teri meatballs with broccoli for added nutrients, but you can use any vegetable you want, such as squash, green beans, or baby bok choy. While we steamed the broccoli and added a tiny bit of salt and pepper, you can prepare it any way you want, such as sautéed, roasted, or blanched.
- Teriyaki sauce
Place cooked meatballs in a medium skillet and add teriyaki sauce. Warm over medium-low heat until meatballs are heated through and coated in sauce. Watch carefully! If the heat is too high, the sugar in the teriyaki sauce will burn.
Prepare broccoli as desired. Once meatballs and broccoli are cool to the touch, alternate meatballs and broccoli on skewers. If you have extra sauce, drizzle on skewers.
Enjoy your meals on a stick!