Ready for Entertaining, Anytime. Turn your quiet evening into aninstant party with a few simple ingredients.
Turn your quiet evening into an instant party with a few simple
My Favorite hurry-up snacks:
Pop a bag of plain microwave popcorn, spray on a little olive oil, and
sprinkle with Parmesan and oregano for a pizza-flavored popcorn snack.
For a sweet treat, spray with light olive oil and shake on some sugar
Make a quick fruit dip. Add 1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar to
1 cup of low-fat sour cream or plain nonfat yogurt. Adjust to taste.
Serve with sliced apples, pears, and grapes.
Add club soda to fruit juice or wine for a homemade spritzer. Serve
with a slice of lemon, lime, or orange.
Blend canned cannellini or other white beans (rinsed and drained),
canned artichokes (drained), and sautéed sweet onions and garlic until
creamy for a great bean dip. Season with salt, pepper, lemon or lime
juice, crushed red pepper, and oregano. Serve with whole wheat
crackers or pita and cut vegetables.
Always have on hand:
Meat and seafood: Frozen, cleaned shrimp; frozen boneless/skinless
chicken breasts; canned, shredded white-meat chicken; frozen chicken
Sauces and seasonings: Cocktail sauce, bruschetta topping, pizza
sauce, salsa, buffalo hot sauce, soy sauce, olive oil spray, capers,
Dips and dressings: Hummus, low-fat ranch and low-fat Italian
dressings, low-fat sour cream, and nonfat plain yogurt
Cheese: Grated Romano and Parmesan cheeses, reduced-fat shredded
Cheddar or mozzarella, and reduced-fat feta cheese
Fruits and vegetables: Baby carrots or carrot coins and other precut
veggies, canned seasoned tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, frozen stir-fry
veggies, jarred roasted red peppers, jarred or canned artichoke
hearts, dried apricots, canned white cannellini beans, canned black
beans, lemons, limes, oranges
Grains: Instant brown rice, crackers made with whole grain, boxed
whole wheat pasta, plain reduced-fat microwave popcorn
Beverages: Club soda, frozen fruit juices, lemon juice, wine, white or
green tea bags
Nuts: Almonds, pistachios