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ANDILH Posts: 1,543
1/26/14 11:20 P

I always end up making a taco style layered dip, generally on a cookie sheet because that's easier to scoop. Beans (I love making homemade refried beans which are basically just smashed pinto beans-much healthier than store bought refried beans), rice, cheese (if doing cheese put between 2 hot layers to melt it), a meat of your choice seasoned like taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions. Salsa on the side. I also do a dairy free version and a vegetarian version. There is never any left.
Or a taco bar? I did that for a large party and it was a huge hit. Make everything, serve it buffet style and people pick what they like.

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1/26/14 10:27 P

Roasted garbanzo beans? I haven't tried them yet but they're supposed to be really crunchy and you can season them with whatever you want. There is a recipe in Spark Recipes for them.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/26/14 5:37 P

The chicken satay and fruit skewers sound really good.

All of the ladies who will be present already eat a lot of hummus and the guys won't touch it.

Stuffed mushrooms also sound good, and the guys love those.

The baked caramel apples sound good, could do those like little tarts.

I wonder if buffalo chicken strips would be too much chicken on top of the chicken satay? O r maybe do beef satay and buffalo chicken?? I love the possibilities!

Edited by: LADYCJM at: 1/26/2014 (17:41)
SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
1/26/14 5:33 P

We are going to have homemade Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Hummus with baked pita chips, BBQ on whole wheat buns, & mini caramel baked apples.

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1/26/14 3:10 P

Skinnytaste site had a recipe recently that I tried this week and people liked it. Instead of chicken wings try Buffalo chicken strips. No skin, no fat in the sauce. She also had a low fat blue cheese dip which I did not make yet. I may make this as an appetizer and cut the chicken strips a little smaller to be picked up with a toothpick.

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1/26/14 2:13 P

How about fruit skewers for appetizers ? if you're making satai, you already have the wooden skewers. Load them up with chunks of pineapple, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, etc. I've found that if you put fruit on sticks, more people will eat the fruit. People love eating food on sticks. LOL.

Do you like shrimp ? Put some grilled some shrimp on skewers too. And well, if you don't want to grill the shrimp, peel and eat shrimp and shrimp cocktail is a tasty low calorie appetizer.

Also, while I am a big fan of spinach dip, I second having a hummus tray instead. Hummus is yummy and you can dip in toasted pita wedges, cherry or grape tomatoes, celery, carrots and even broccoli.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,461
1/26/14 1:59 P

chicken satay

stuffed mushrooms with cheese and spinach

vegetarian sandwiches/wraps
with grilled red bell pepper, grilled zucchini, swiss cheese, thin slice tomatoes, and pesto or aioli mayo

black bean chili
lean ground round 1 lb., 2 onions, 1 bell peppers chopped, 1 small can diced tomatoes, 2 cans black beans, 2 carrots chopped, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp Italian Seasonings

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 1/26/2014 (14:01)
1/26/14 1:52 P

How about hummus and pita bread?

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1/26/14 1:41 P

Hi everyone,

Next Sunday is the Super Bowl and I'm looking for ideas on something different to serve. It seems like we always have the same foods.

We usually have:
garlic stuffed meatballs with Provolone on potato rolls
Velveeta cheese dip with beans, salsa and hamburger with tortilla chips
Various chips and dips
Carrots, celery and other raw veggies
Barbequed Tri Tip
Twice Baked potatoes
Cheesecake bites

You all get the idea.

This year I would like to make some healthier dishes and just something different
Hubby wants the meatballs so we will still make those.
I found a recipe for a lower calorie spinach artichoke dip that I will serve with celery.
I was also thinking bacon wrapped water chestnuts.
I was thinking maybe chicken skewers? Or Shrimp something?
Trying to keep to finger foods, snacky things.

All ideas greatly appreciated!

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