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Summertime Recipes- Braces Friendly!

Summertime is when we spend a lot more time outdoors enjoying some beautiful weather! It is also the time of year when there are many picnics, BBQs, and family get-togethers planned where there is lots of great food to eat! But if you are wearing braces, you may be wondering if all of these tasty snacks and meals are okay to eat, as there are some summer foods you must avoid that can damage your braces, like corn-on-the-cob and sticky or chewy treats. Here are a couple recipes to try which are easy on the braces and very delicious!

Summer Tortellini Salad

This refreshing and healthy salad will be a big hit with every crowd! Here is what you will need:

  • Ingredients:
  • Salad
  • 1 (20 ounce) bag fresh cheese tortellini pasta
  • 2 yellow bell peppers cut into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cucumber, cut into small pieces
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped in small pieces
  • 16 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of pineapple chunks (reserve the juice for the dressing)
  • Dressing
  • ½ cup low fat sour cream
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (from the can)
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 t freshly grated garlic
  • 2 t freshly grated ginger
  • dash of black pepper

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain & set aside. Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and combine. Put the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake until mixed well. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.

 

 

CORNBREAD CASSEROLE

If you’re looking for an excellent side dish for a main course, then look no further. This cornbread casserole recipe is not only delicious, but it’s a simple recipe that anyone will be able to make. This is sure to be a favorite of everyone who tries it!

Ingredients:

¼ pound butter, melted

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn

1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn

1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread mix

1 ounce sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, whole corn, cream corn, corn muffin mix and sour cream. Fold all ingredients together, pour into 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour.

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