Quick Ways to Sweeten Every Meal

Work. School. Family activities. Chores. Everyone seems to be "busy as a bee" these days. Yet, despite the hectic schedules, Americans are committed to providing their families with delicious and nutritious meals. Keep a honey jar or squeeze bear within easy reach on the kitchen counter or table. That way, you'll never forget to use honey when you're busy as a bee and need a little sweetness and a lot of flavor. To save time in the kitchen, here are some ways to add the golden touch of honey to ordinary, store-bought and convenience foods to add sweetness, flavor and variety.

Breakfast - Bread Spreads - Anytime Snacks
Dressings and Dips - Main Dish Sauces
Dessert Sauces - Finishing Touches
Super Quick Honey Tips


  • GF & H - Drizzle honey on fresh grapefruit halves. Eat cold or brown halves under the broiler for two minutes.
  • Honey Power - Mix 2 Tbsp. honey with 1/4 cup each nonfat yogurt and applesauce. Add 1/4 cup orange juice and stir for a power shake without the blender.
  • Sweet Surprise - Spread toasted bread, bagels or English muffins with low fat cream or ricotta cheese. Sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with honey.
  • Sunshine Smoothie - In a blender or food processor container, combine 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 cup cut-up fresh fruit and 1/2 cup crushed ice; process until smooth.
  • Honey-Orange Yogurt - Mix together 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate. Use as a topping for frozen waffles or stir into hot oatmeal for a hearty and healthy treat.
  • Five-a-Day Toss - Mix together 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and a pinch of ground ginger. Toss with 3 cups cut-up mixed fruit.
  • Citrus Times Two - Combine 2 tablespoons honey and1 tablespoon undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate; drizzle over grapefruit halves and broil, if desired.


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Bread Spreads

  • Mix creme honey with a splash of brandy. Spread on quick breads, fruitcake or toasted bread.
  • Mix 2 Tbsp. each honey and dried fruit bits into 1/3 cup cream cheese. Keep it on hand to top bagels and toast.
  • Cream ½ cup butter with 1/3 to ½ cup honey. Add in ¼ cup blueberries or ½ cup ground nuts. Use to top warm scones and quick breads.

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Anytime Snacks

  • Layer yogurt, granola and fresh fruit in parfait glasses. Drizzle with honey. Repeat twice more, ending with a drizzle of honey on top.
  • Mix 2 Tbsp. honey with ½ cup of sour cream. Pour over a bowl of fresh blueberries or strawberries.
  • Mix equal parts honey and peanut butter. Use as a quick sandwich filling or celery topper.

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Dressings and Dips

  • Combine ¼ cup each white wine vinegar and honey with 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil and 1 Tbsp. minced green onion. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Toss with mixed greens.
  • Mix 2 Tbsp. each minced onion, red wine vinegar and warm honey with ½ cup mayonnaise and ¼ tsp. paprika. Use as a salad dressing or vegetable dip.
  • Combine equal parts Dijon-style mustard and honey. Spread on sandwiches, use as a dip for vegetables and pretzels, or brush on grilled meat and sausages.
  • Mix ¾ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup honey, 2 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard and 1 tsp. prepared horseradish. Use as a dip for chicken or turkey nuggets.

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Main Dish Sauces

  • Combine ½ cup peanut butter with ¼ cup each honey and rice wine vinegar, 3 Tbsp. soy sauce and 1 tsp. each minced jalapeño pepper, minced garlic and grated fresh ginger. Mix until blended. Use to baste chicken or pork.
  • Cook 2 Tbsp. chopped onion in ¼ cup butter until onion is translucent. Stir in ¼ cup honey, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil. Bring to a boil; serve over fish or poultry.
  • Combine ¼ cup each Dijon-style mustard and dark beer, 3 Tbsp. honey, ½ tsp. minced garlic and ¼ tsp. each crushed dried thyme leaves and salt. Mix well. Serve over cooked vegetables.
  • Stir 2 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate into 1/3 cup honey. Use as a glaze to refresh store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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  • Combine 1 cup nonfat sour cream, ½ cup each honey and unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Cover and refrigerate. Serve with fresh fruit and chunks of angel food cake.
  • Combine 1 cup honey, ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 quart fresh or frozen sliced peaches. Serve over waffles, pancakes or ice cream.
  • Reserve ¼ cup liquid from 1 can (16 oz.) of tart red cherries. Purée cherries in blender; add reserved liquid and ¼ cup honey. Boil in large saucepan; simmer 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Cool; stir in ¼ cup chilled champagne. Serve over custard, sliced fruit or ice cream.

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  • Mix honey with melted butter. Drizzle over angel food cake or pound cake for a sweet shiny glaze.
  • To top carrot cakes and cupcakes, soften an 8-ounce package of cream cheese and mix with ¼ cup of honey and a pinch of salt. Cream until smooth.
  • Beat 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add 3 Tbsp. honey and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in 1 tsp. vanilla.
  • Combine ½ cup honey, ¼ cup each lemon juice and orange juice. Stir until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Use to sweeten tea and glaze fruit.

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Super Quick Honey Tips

  • Sweeten coffee and tea with honey.
  • Stir a spoonful of honey into fruit juice or nonfat yogurt.
  • Drizzle warm honey over pancakes, cornbread and ice cream.
  • Dip apple slices or other fresh fruit in honey.
  • Dress up a snack of crackers and cheese with a dab of honey.
  • Perk up bottled Italian dressing by adding a splash of honey.
  • Mix 2 Tbsp. honey into prepared barbecue sauce - add more to suit your taste.

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