Snack time! During summer vacation, kids are constantly foraging in the fridge and cupboards for snacks. If your well of snack ideas is running dry, don’t sweat it. Here are three easy snack recipes from Fix-It and Enjoy It by Phyllis Pellman Good to add to your repertoire.

Healthy Hummus

Makes 1 ½ cups or 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

1 ½ cups drained canned Great Northern beans

¼ red onion, chopped

1 tsp. fresh minced garlic

1 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1 tsp. Kosher salt, or to taste

1 tsp. black pepper, or to taste

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  1. In a food processor, puree beans until they are halfway between chunky and smooth.
  2. Add onion, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  3. Puree while drizzling in olive oil.
  4. Add more or less olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  
  5. Serve with crackers or pita chips. Or spread in tortilla wraps with roasted vegetables, or with cheese and salsa.

Note: The hummus should be spreadable.

Peanut-Buttery Fresh Fruit Dip

Makes 3 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 cup peanut butter

8-oz. package cream cheese

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup milk

  1. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Chill.
  2. Serve with sliced apples.


Ham and Cheese Sticky Buns

Makes 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Baking Time: 20 minutes

24 party-size potato rolls

1 lb. sliced Swiss cheese

½ lb. sliced ham

1 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. prepared mustard

2 Tbsp. poppy seeds

  1. Slice rolls in half and place bottoms in 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Layer on cheese and ham, and top with roll tops.
  3. Melt butter and add sugar Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds.
  4. Bring to a boil and let boil 2 minutes.
  5. Immediately pour over rolls and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Tip: These can be made ahead and heated when ready to serve.