6 Recipes to Keep Dairy on the MenuThe Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.
Summer is upon us, and some slacking is in order! There’s no better time to ease up on grinding work and school routines that rule us so much of the year, including making the same recipes day in and day out.
Summertime eating is more freeform than during the rest of the year, but it also offers many opportunities to have fun with food, especially when delicious Hood dairy products are involved!
Have you tried spiralized vegetables yet? I'm a huge fan. They’re interesting to cook with and to eat, and they're widely available at supermarkets so you don't need to buy a special kitchen gadget to make them.
Carrot & Beet “Noodle” Salad: Topped with dressing made with Hood Sour Cream, features colorful beet and carrot "noodles" on top of fresh greens. It's sure to be a hit as a side dish on weeknights and at summer celebrations. Make a meal out of it by adding Hood Cottage Cheese for more protein.
Chill Out with Dairy
Here are some of my other favorite recipes for keeping dairy foods front and center and part of your summer fun every day.
Apple Pie Shake: Milkshakes can fill you up, and out. This better-for-you version is refreshing and satisfying, and a lot less expensive than what you would pay at an ice cream shop.
Glazed Raspberry Donuts: Take advantage of the abundance of summer raspberries to make healthier, baked donuts that are sure to please. These moist treats owe their flavor and texture to Hood Sour Cream, and pair well with a glass of Hood Milk.
Banana Raisin Oatmeal Cups: Dairy is baked right into these portable oatmeal cups that are great for when kids are off to camp, or you’re taking a road trip. Make a double batch and freeze what you won’t use right away.
Breakfast Banana Split: When you don't need to rush off to the office and the kids are home from school, take a few minutes to put this morning meal together for something with dairy that’s completely out of the ordinary!
Summer Berry Trifle: Perfect for any party, this trifle is packed with dairy foods that highlight the essence of summer. It’s sure to be the center of attention on the dessert table!