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Tropical Ball of Cheese

This recipe is especially for kids who must avoid foods that contain gluten, a type of protein found in many foods.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8-oz. package of light cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. light tropical fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 c. walnuts, chopped

Utensils:

  • knife (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
  • bowl

Directions:

  1. Cut tropical fruit into smaller pieces.
  2. Combine softened cream cheese, fruit, and 1/2 c. walnuts.
  3. Chill well in refrigerator.
  4. Mold into a ball and roll cheese in remaining 1/2 c. of nuts.

Serves: 11

Serving size: 1/4 c.

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
127 calories
5 g protein
10 g fat
3 g sat. fat
5 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
11 mg cholesterol
110 mg sodium
53 mg calcium
0 mg iron

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:
Serve with carrots, celery, and/or gluten-free crackers. You can cut calories even further by using fat-free cream cheese.

Reviewed by: Allison Brinkley, RD, LD/N
Date reviewed: March 2009

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