healthy and tastey foods on a budget
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healthy and tastey foods on a budget

I work in the kitchen of a very small school. It is my job to find the food in order to feed the kids on the tight budget that the school has to work with. We focus on both nutrition and the taste of the food. We have talked with the students and the parents to find out what we can do to improve the menu to ensure that the kids are actually eating what they are being served each day. This blog will show you several examples of what you can serve on a budget that is healthy and tasty.

healthy and tastey foods on a budget

Three White Wine Cocktails To Serve At Your Next Party

Isobel Marshall

Wine is a traditional dinner party beverage, but if you want to make your dinner party stand out from the crowd, you may want to consider serving a white wine cocktail instead of standard glasses of wine. Here are three delicious white wine cocktails that you can mix up a pitcher at a time, so you don't have to spend all evening mixing drinks.

Cranberry Spritzer

Perfect for the holidays, this cranberry wine cocktail offers a balance of tart and sweet flavors.

Ingredients (for one pitcher of 10 - 12 cocktails):

  • 1 bottle sweet white wine (such as Riesling or Moscato)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups tonic water

Combine the cranberries and water in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, periodically stirring and smashing the cranberries. Remove the berries from the heat, and place them in a strainer.

Place the strainer containing the cranberries over a pitcher, and pour the wine through the strainer and into the pitcher. This will infuse it with cranberry flavor. Add the tonic water to the pitcher along with a few handfuls of ice, and serve.

Mock Mimosas

Traditional mimosas are made with orange juice and champagne, and are served at breakfast or brunch. These mock mimosas are a bit stronger, so they're more suited for dinnertime.

Ingredients (for one pitcher of 10 - 12 cocktails):

  • 1 bottle drier white wine, such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 3 ounces citrus or lemon vodka

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher, and add a few handfuls of ice. Stir, and serve!

Cherry Wine Punch

This light, fruity wine cocktail is a good choice for a barbecue or outdoor party.

Ingredients (for one pitcher of 10 - 12 cocktails):

  • 1 bottle of sweet white wine (such as Riesling or Moscato)
  • 2 cups cherry soda
  • 1 cup orange juice (pulp-free works best)
  • 2 cups frozen sorbet of your choice (raspberry, cherry, and orange are all good choices)

Cut the sorbet into little cubes, or use a small ice cream scoop to form it into small balls. Set these aside while you combine the wine, soda and orange juice in a pitcher. Add a few handfuls of ice to chill the drink. Then, float the balls or cubes of sorbet on top. Serve quickly before the sorbet has a chance to melt.

Consider getting wine by Latitude Wine Imports or other local wineries to find a unique flavor for your next occasion.