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Ants on a Log For Grown-Ups

 

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I’ve never really thought much about celery and I’m guessing most people feel the same way.  I don’t love it and I don’t hate it.  It’s just celery.  It’s one of those vegetables you keep around to add flavor to soups and stews as part of the mis en place.  I used to buy a bag and it would last six months as I took out the few pieces I need here and there.  I never really liked to snack on it, unless you slather it in peanut butter and call it Ants on a Log, but that’s for kids, isn’t it?

Nutritionally, celery has a healthy supply of vitamins, is low in calories and high in fiber.  Last year, I was at one of Levana’s cooking demos where she made a salad with thinly sliced celery.  It opened my eyes to using celery in ways I had never done before.  I started to stock fresh celery again and add it to many salads, always thinly sliced. I introduced my kids to Ants on a Log one day, but instead of raisins we used dark chocolate chips, they loved it!

I realized all the potential these little stalks of celery had. We could put almost anything in them and why limit yourself to raisins for ants?  That’s when I made these four new variations of Ants on a Log.  I hope this gets you thinking of other great ways to use celery.  Be sure to drop us a note and let us know.

Hummus with Olives is a Mediterranean delight for kids of all ages.  A perfect snack for your kids when they get home from school or as a pass around hors d’ oeuvre.

Cream Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes or Fire Ants on a White log was my favorite.  The mixture of flavors was so good, I might start eating it for breakfast!  BTW, I used a non-dairy cream cheese in this and you can’t tell the difference.

Almond Butter and Craisins – okay, this one is almost like the original but  little fancier and tastes even better to me.

Guacamole and Black Beans (or any beans) – the perfect starter to any Mexican meal.  If you are trying to cut back on carbs and tortilla chips, this is for you.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!

 

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5 Responses to Ants on a Log For Grown-Ups

  1. avatar says: karynb

    these all look great–especially the guacomole with black beans–looks like this will be the shavuot appetizer

  2. I love celery and I hate it with peanut butter. But your ideas sound like the kind of spread I’d love on my celery logs. Thanks

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