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5 Healthy Super Bowl Party Appetizers

2 Feb

Who says a Super Bowl Party has to be all greasy pizza and nachos. Impress your friends with these healthy and delicious appetizers on Game Day

1. Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Simple and easy to make, find the recipe here http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2000/12/lemon_rosemary_chicken_skewers

2. Bruschetta Skewers

these really cants be any more simple. Add cherry tomatoes, basil, and half a mozzarella ball, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and drizzle with Balsamic reduction (the thick stuff)

3.  Asian Meatballs

I pulled this one straight from my pinterest page http://pinterest.com/sondrabarker/

Now tell me these don’t look tasty, bite size, low carb, no gobbles of melted cheese, 2 thumbs up. You can find the recipe here at: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/saucy-asian-meatballs/

4. Cold Shrimp Scampi Cocktail

Shrimp Scampi (photo)

I made these last year and I must say I probably ate them all. The non traditional shrimp cocktail so good it doesnt even need a sauce and so easy. Simple purchase some cold pre-cooked shrimp and combine in a bowl with fresh lemon juice, chopped garlic & fresh chopped parsley, sea salt, pepper, and a small amount of olive oil.

5. Prosciutto Wrapped Dill Pickles

Another one of my absolute favorites I had at a girlfriends house warming party years ago. I was the awkward one standing at the food table all night! These are so simple to make and addicting.

I like to use baby dill pickles, cut the prosciutto in 3 slices, smear a little cream cheese and wrap the pickles. Its that simple. Now if you really want some brownie points top with a slice of peach or fig. The flavors go amazing together, it will be a sure hit. Looks oh so fancy, but its simple!

 

Enjoy and remember Superbowl doesn’t have to be one cheesy, greasy, carb fest =)

 

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Portobello Mushrooms Bruschetta

14 Jun

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Photo of Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Bruschetta and Mozzarella

I recently found a great deal on Portobello Mushrooms and was stuck thinking what I could make with them, that would also be healthy. I decided to make a healthy Bruschetta like, stuffed Portobello Mushroom side dish that actually taste even better than it looks. It is so easy and simple to make you just can’t go wrong.

Ingredients:

Portobello Mushroom

Smoked mozzarella

Tomatoes

Olive Oil

Lemon

Fresh Basil

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

 In a small bowl add diced tomatoes, small cubes of smoked mozzarella, and sliced fresh basil. squeeze half a lemon and sprinkle lightly with some salt and pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil, stir and, let sit for a few minutes. While your mixture is sitting, simple lightly saute or you can grill your Portobello mushroom. When its ready fill the middle with you Tomato Mozzarella mixture and your done.

It’s especially delish because all the juices from the tomato mixture soak into the mushroom giving it tons of flavor. Enjoy!

 

Bruschetta Skewers

22 Apr

This is another great appetizer that has become very popular at upscale events because of its simplicity, great flavor, and ease to eat with no mess. Think of it as a deconstructed bruschetta with all the flavor.

Ingredients:

Mozzarella Balls
(I like the marinated mozzarella balls or you can marinate your own over night in some olive oil and italian seasoning)

Cherry Tomatoes
( to add color and impress I like getting baby heirloom tomatoes. You can also get a mixture of red & yellow)
Fresh Basil Leaves
Balsamic Reduction
(make sure you use the thick reduction and not regular balsamic vinegar)

 

This recipe is so simple with so much flavor. Just slice the tomato and mozzarella balls in half, if the tomato is very small you can use it whole. Put on toothpicks starting with tomato, small basil leaf, and mozzarella. Then just add to plate and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Couldnt be any easier!

Strawberry Sour Cream Dip

22 Apr

       Trust me, this is the best fruit dip you’ve ever had and the best part is  how simple it is to make. It’s always such a hit with guests, there’s no way you can avoid the double dipping. Another idea I just had is to make little fruit kabobs. A blueberry, piece of strawberry,and  blueberry would make a great kabob and is perfect for your July 4th celebration!

Ingredients are simple:

Sour Cream                         1 Container (regular, don’t use light or fat-free)

Vanilla Extract                   1tsp  (you can add more to taste)

Brown or Raw Sugar         2 tbls (or 7 packets, more to taste)

Combine all ingredients and wisk together. For a smoother dip you can add to a food processor (I like to use my Magic Bullet). I usually add a small amount of sugar and vanilla, blend, and then give it a taste and add more if needed. Just serve with fresh strawberries or treat it like a fondu, cut up different types of fruit and guests can use toothpicks to prevent all that double dipping!