I have a tight budget for Christmas this year, but my gift giving isn’t going to suffer. All it takes is little creativity to
put together some holiday gifts from the kitchen
. This way, I can get into the spirit of giving by delivering healthy
homemade gifts that everyone appreciates without worrying too much about blowing my budget.
One of my favorite kitchen gifts to give is pasta sauce—every year I make a huge batch, divide it up into jars and give it to
friends and family with storage instructions and a few ideas for how to use it. This year I’m going to make Salsa alla Capricciosa
more ideas, check out these pasta sauce
recipes from Ellie Krieger and more star chefs and cookbook authors
For my pals with a sweet tooth, I make cookies. I make sure they’re healthy, portable and of course wrapped up nicely in box
or cookie tin. This year, I’m going to make Fig ’n’ Flax Thumbprint
. I love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these
thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.
For my friends who embrace a healthy breakfast, I like to make granola and pancake mix. I jazz them up by putting each batch
in a decorative jar or clear cellophane bag tied at the top with some nice ribbon and a gift tag.
If you’ve never made your own granola, you’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor—and at
how easy it is. Use this recipe as a starting point for your own creativity: substitute dried blueberries or chopped dried
apricots for the cranberries, or walnuts or hazelnuts for the almonds.
Blueberry Pecan Pancake
Say goodbye to frozen pancakes or box mixes: dried blueberries give this pancake mix rich blueberry flavor and
the pecans liven up the texture with a bit of crunch.