Tasty Party Foods That Won’t Break Your New Year’s Resolution

Are you worried that an upcoming party is going to set you back from reaching your New Year’s resolution? If so, you can feel better knowing that you can easily maintain your positive health food goals by simply opting for some healthier dishes. By focusing mostly on natural, wholesome ingredients, you can cater a healthy spread without sacrificing quality or flavor.

Continue reading for some recommended healthy party food catering ideas.

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Mini Handhelds

One of the most popular catering trends of 2019 was miniature finger foods, and the novelty has yet to wear off! Mini sandwiches are still among the top-requested items at catered events this year. The great thing about sandwiches is that they are so versatile; you can make them as gourmet or kid-friendly as you like, and even match them to your party theme. Other popular choices have been mini veggie wraps, turkey burger sliders, and mini chicken brats. Use a whole-grain or homemade bread, coupled with some tasty condiments that are good for you, like ground mustard, avocado, or an olive-oil based vinaigrette. Also, using real cheese slices really enhances flavor and texture.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

When you mix cream and fruit together, you get a delicious and better-for-you dessert loved by people of all ages. Fruit and yogurt parfaits are great because they can be made with an endless combination of fruits, creams, juices, and yogurts. And the fancy parfait glasses are usually a big hit as well. You can match your recipe you’re your party theme, or provide an array of options for guests. Parfaits are quick and easy to make, and provide a healthier, natural alternative to processed sugar. You can also make them with frozen yogurt for summer occasions.

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

Again, finger foods are a popular item for parties. And what better way to spice up veggies than to put them on a stick and grill them? Kabobs are convenient, no matter what you put on them, and vegetables are delicious when grilled. The flavors of grilled vegetables really pop, so people like them more when they are cooked this way. Putting them on a stick makes them easier to eat, so more people are likely to go for them too. The best part about veggie kabobs other than their healthiness is their versatility. You can mix and match a wide range of vegetables, and match them according to theme or season.

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Tips for Storing Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

There is nothing quite like the comfort of enjoying a big plate of Thanksgiving Day leftovers. In fact, many people look forward not only to Thanksgiving Day, but also the day after, simply for the pleasures of leftover turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course, pie! So even though Thanksgiving is over, the holiday will keep on giving, so long as you store all your leftovers properly that is. Improper storage practices can reduce the quality of food, as well as pose several health risks since contamination can happen quite quickly.

In order to get the most of your holiday leftovers, and to protect your loved ones, be sure, you know how to store food the right way. You can give your fridge a   quick check right now to see if your storage practices are keeping your foods tasty and fresh.

Continue reading to learn all the tips you need to know for storing Thanksgiving leftovers, safely.

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Cooling and Packing

Leftover foods should be stored in a separate container than the one they were served in. So, if you simply put your sweet potato casserole dish in the fridge and covered it with some plastic wrap, it is not the best practice for maintaining quality and freshness. Instead, pack all leftover foods separately in shallow containers with airtight lids, or plastic storage bags. Use the smallest container possible for each type of food you are storing to reduce oxygen exposure.

Length of Time

in order to maintain top quality and freshness, it is best to consume your Thanksgiving leftovers within 5 to 7 days. It is recommended to simply reheat the portion of food that you want to eat rather than heating up the entire container. Although it is safety reheat the entire container, and then store it again, reheating one portion at a time as needed will keep the food fresher for longer. If you wish to freeze your leftovers, be sure to use freezer-safe containers or plastic bags. In the freezer, leftovers should remain good for 2 to 6 months.

Defrosting Frozen Foods

There are three primary ways to thaw out leftover frozen foods. The best way to defrost frozen foods is to simply place them in the refrigerator and let them thaw out overnight. Just be sure to transfer them to a plate and keep them in the container. You can also choose to use cold running water to defrost frozen foods. To do this, run lukewarm water at your kitchen faucet directly on top of the frozen container. Depending on the mass and volume of the item, this can take anywhere from an hour to several hours. If you don’t waste water, you can fill a large bowl with lukewarm water, and place the frozen item inside. This can also take a few hours; however, you will feel like you’re wasting water or money. The least recommended way to de-thaw frozen foods is to use the microwave. If you choose to use this method, just be sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions for your particular make and model microwave.

Reheating Leftovers

As mentioned, leftover foods can remain in the refrigerator safely for up to seven days. In order to reheat them safely, be sure the internal temperatures reach 165° Fahrenheit. If you are reheating sauces, be sure to bring them to a full boil before consuming to ensure any bacterial growth has been killed. When reheating foods in the microwave, use microwave-safe plate or containers, and rotate them during the heating process to ensure even cooking.

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A Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe You Can Count On

Chocolate chip cookies bring back the fondest and happiest memories for anyone who has the pleasure of indulging in a rich, gooey, fresh-from-the-oven, homemade cookie. But since there are infinite ways to bake these tasty treats, and even more ways to make them unique, finding a go-to recipe can be quite overwhelming. Do you stick to the family’s conventional recipe? Or should you risk trying a new one? The stress of turning out a perfect batch of cookies can really take the fun out of the whole process.

So if you want to avoid sifting through the endless chocolate chip cookies recipes online the next time your kid comes home with a last minute bake sale order, just use this simple, fail-safe recipe that won’t let you down!

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Classic Oven-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

What You Will Need:

🍪 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
🍪 2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels
🍪 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
🍪 1 Cup Standard White Sugar
🍪 1 Cup Softened Butter
🍪 2 Eggs
🍪 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
🍪 2 Teaspoons Hot Water
🍪 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
🍪 ½ Teaspoon Salt

Optional Ingredients:

🥄 Peanut Butter
🥄 Oats or Granola
🥄 Chopped Walnuts
🥄 White Chocolate Chips
🥄 Macadamia Nuts
🥄 Chocolate-Coated Candies
🥄 Dried Cherries
🥄 Raisins
🥄 Shredded Coconut

Directions:

❶ Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 Celsius).

❷ Combine butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix until smooth

❸ One at a time, beat the eggs into the butter/sugar mix.

❹ Add the vanilla extract and stir.

❺ In a separate bowl, combine baking soda and hot water. Stir until the baking soda is completely dissolved.

❻ Add baking soda/hot water mix to the batter.

❼ Add salt.

❽ Slowly stir in flour, chocolate chips, and any additional ingredients of your choosing.

❾ Drop large spoonful-sized scoops of batter onto an ungreased baking sheet.

✨ Bake Time = 10 – 11 Minutes

❿ After the cookies come out of the oven, allow them to rest for a few minutes before using your spatula to transfer them to a container or serving platter. And don’t forget to enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

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Simple Lo-Cal Party Dip Recipes for Superbowl

The NFL Superbowl is right around the corner, which means you need quick strategy for feeding your party guests. However, you might be torn between your New Year’s Resolution to eat cleaner, and creating a delicious spread of appetizers that will please everyone’s palate. Fortunately, you can still have mouth-watering appetizers that are healthy, without sacrificing a bit of flavor.

An easy way to achieve this is to go with some homemade, lo-cal party dips! Being so versatile, dips are the perfect choice for all types of party themes and occasions. And even better, they can be used for a variety of other yummy snacks, like pretzels, potato chips, raw fruits and veggies, crackers, bread bites, and more! Whether you are planning a huge soiree, or simply need a quick dish to serve for a spontaneous get together, homemade dips make a wonderful option and they are so simple to create.

Continue reading to learn some simple recipes to try out for your upcoming Superbowl event.

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🌿 Spicy Mustard & Chive Dip

This dip offers a unique taste, combining chives and mustard with soy sauce and lemon juice. Use this dip for raw veggies like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, pea pods, celery, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Get creative and substitute regular yogurt for Greek, chives for green chilies, mayo for miracle whip, and so on! Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well-blended. Keep refrigerated for best results.

🥄 ½ Cup Non-Fat Plain Yogurt

🥄 ½ Cup Light Mayo

🥄 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives (dried are fine too)

🥄 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

🥄 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce

🥄 ½ Teaspoon Spicy Mustard

🥄 ½ Teaspoon Hot Sauce

🥑 Creamy Avocado Salsa Dip

This dip is Mexican-inspired, and perfect for a hot summer day snack. Pair with both veggies and chips, or use as a topper for baked potatoes, nachos, and tacos.  You can even use it for salads! Combine yogurt and salsa first. Then add the rest of the ingredients, stirring gently until well-blended. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.  Keep refrigerated.

🥄 1 Cup Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

🥄 ½ Avocado, Diced

🥄 ½ Cup Salsa

🥄 1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro

🥄 ¼ Cup Chopped Red Onion

🥄 ½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin

🥄 Salt and Pepper to Taste

🍁 Sweet Pumpkin Dip

This dip is great for seasonal celebrations and holidays, but it also makes the perfect treat for both kids and adults alike. And don’t let the taste fool you! This dip is under 100 calories per serving! Use apples, carrots, crackers, and more. Combine first 3 ingredients and beat on medium speed until well-blended. Then add the last two ingredients and continue to mix on medium speed until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated.

🥄 ¾ Cup Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese

🥄 ¼ Cup Brown Sugar

🥄 ½ Cup Canned Pumpkin

🥄 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

🥄 ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

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Delicious Lemonade Recipes for Spring and Summer

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade! A classic saying that rings true for anyone who loves a crisp and refreshing glass of this common citrus and sugar-based beverage. Although traditionally made using lemons, sugar, and water, lemonade makes the perfect base for creating new tasty drinks. You can jazz up a glass of your own lemonade with a few nifty tricks, or an entire pitcher with great recipe ideas.

If you enjoy drinking lemonade, continue reading to learn how to make some delicious renditions that are perfect for warmer weather!

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When it comes to making anything, using premium-quality ingredients is the secret to making it great. As for lemonade, you can start from scratch using lemons, white sugar, and water, or you can work from a premade lemonade drink. This can be the lemonade you ordered with your lunch, a powdered lemonade mix, or a lemonade can. If you are interested in a lower-calorie beverage, try swapping white sugar for your favorite sugar-substitute, such as Stevia® or Splenda®.

Standard Lemonade Recipe From Scratch:

🍋 9 Lemons
🍋 1 ¾ Cup White Sugar
🍋 8 Cups Cold Water
🍋 1 Gallon Pitcher

Combine 1 cup of water and 1 ¾ cups sugar in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves and a syrup is formed.

Transfer the syrup mixture into a plastic container and store in the refrigerator until it has cooled down completely.

Juice all of the lemons to make 1 ½ cups of juice. Remove any seeds but keep any bits of pulp.

Trick of the Trade: Firmly roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting them in half to juice.

In your pitcher, combine your syrup, lemon juice, and the remaining 7 cups of water. Stir thoroughly and adjust water to taste.

Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Serve over ice.

Recipes for Enhancing your Lemonade:

Bars and Restaurants

If you are out on the town, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your standard glass of lemonade. One popular trick is to request an orange slice with your lemonade to add to citrusy profile. If you really love the flavor, you can enhance it further by squeezing two orange slices into your drink, or requesting a slash of OJ in your lemonade.

Another great restaurant trick that can make your lemonade taste even better is to request cherries. Maraschino cherry juice is a wonderful additive to lemonade, making is sweet and colorful. Kids really enjoy this trick, and best of all, it’s free!

Pitcher Recipes

After you have prepared a pitcher of classic lemonade, you can add ingredients to create a unique and delightful new lemon drink. For instance, adding fresh herbs like rosemary, mint, cinnamon sticks, or bergamot, can instantly add flavor to lemonade. Just be sure to strain before serving, especially if using rosemary.

If you are after something sweeter, one of the most beloved lemonade recipes is strawberry lemonade. Just muddle fresh cut strawberries with sugar and store in the refrigerator. Then the next day, you can add a scoop to your glass, or the whole thing to your pitcher. You can do this with other fruits too, such as raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, cherries, and oranges.

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