Thursday, February 2, 2012

Party Favorites!

With the Super Bowl, Valentine's Day and the Academy Awards approaching, social gatherings are in full swing. I thought I would provide you with some of my party favorites, tried and true, from me to you!

1.) This Chicken Bruschetta  is perfect as a pre-meal dish for you and yours to snack on before a romantic main course, to set on a party platter for the big game, or gabbing with the girls watching the red carpet. Diced chicken, fresh tomato and julienne basil tossed with goat cheese toasted together on a slice of fresh baguette.

2.) For the dip lovers, add in some greens and try this Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip. This was my first appetizer post, and one that has been a repeat contribution at parties. Serve with pita chips, wheat thins or tortilla chips.

3.) For the savory folk, I served these Chicken Caprese Sliders for an Academy Awards dinner last year. Creating a hearty spin-off on the typical caprese salad, these bite-sized buns are filled with a light pesto mayo, fresh tomato, mozzarella and a balsamic grilled chicken.

4.) Great for a group and easy to serve into multiple portions, here is a layered salad to take the place of an infamous layered dip that is a staple in a sporty spread. I affectionately refer to this as my Mexi-Texi Layer Salad with layers of crisp lettuce, a corn-black bean-bell pepper-cilantro mix, tomato-red onion combo, cucumber, avocado, shredded Mexican blend cheese and topped with your meat of choice! I used shrimp but either diced chicken or shredded beef would be a fabulous addition. Let your guests choose a salad dressing with options of a smokey-chipotle ranch or a cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

5.) Last but not least, a frothy treat you can feel good about consuming. Let the boys drink the brews, ladies this drink is for you! Taste the tropics in February with a low-cal Watermelon Margarita, made with fresh fruit.

Tastefully Yours,

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