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Festive Football Food Accessories


Whether you're having a get together to watch the big game, a Super Bowl bash or a party for your kid's football team, there are tons of great themed accessories available to help bring your appetizers to life.
Posted 11/13/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Megan Patrick : 6 comments   5,817 views
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15 5-Minute Appetizers


This time of year, there's always an occasion where you need to bring a dish to share. But between work, home, and school obligations, not to mention your workouts and healthy meal prep, however will you find time to come up with something delicious and creative to take to the neighborhood gathering?
 
I've compiled a list of appetizers that will take no more than five minutes of hands-on work!
 
Appetizer vs. Hors D'Oeuvres
These days, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres are often used interchangeably (though we tend to use the word appetizer more commonly, probably because it's easier to spell), there is a difference. Appetizers are the first course of a meal, while hors d'oeuvres are bite-size portions of food displayed on a buffet or passed on a tray by the host or, at my house, a teenager trying to make up for tossing baseballs near the Christmas tree.  So really there's no big difference and who in the heck cares what they are called as long as they taste good.  To get started let's look at what make a good single bite of party food.
Posted 12/10/2012  12:00:00 PM By: Meg Galvin : 7 comments   16,541 views
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13 Slimmed Down Dips


The holiday season has started and so have many fun gatherings and parties. Holiday festivities can be a time of nutritional temptation. Dips are an outstanding way to spice up a party. The bold flavors, creamy textures, and endless choices draw family and friends together for fun and conversation. At the same time, they are typically loaded with hidden calories, abundant sodium and saturated fat that are too difficult to resist and track. To prove that dips can be fun and flavor rich, we’ve chosen the top dips from SparkRecipes that substitute unhealthy ingredients with nutritional alternatives. Cut some fresh vegetables or whole-grain baked goods and bring one of these dips to your next party.  
Posted 12/7/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Samantha Donohue : 12 comments   22,031 views
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Chef Meg's Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe


Who said finger food is unhealthy? Try this asparagus appetizer at brunch, as a pre-dinner snack, or served from a picnic basket on a warm spring day.
 
Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 10
Number of Servings: 12
 
Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Calories: 36.1
  • Total Fat: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.8 mg
  • Sodium: 47.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 3.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g
Posted 4/29/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Meg Galvin : 15 comments   8,700 views
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Healthy New Year's Eve Party Recipes


It’s time to say farewell to challenging 2011 and enjoy a fresh start in 2012. SparkPeople wants to help you ring in the New Year and achieve your personal health and fitness goals. A challenge with holiday cooking is that it revolves around parties, traditions, and expectations of calorie-rich, fatty, and sugar- sweet dishes. We’ve gathered our top party recipes from SparkRecipes to help you get 2012 started on the right foot with fun, healthy and tasty dishes that will make your gathering the toast of the town. 
Posted 12/28/2011  6:00:00 AM By: Samantha Donohue : 4 comments   8,851 views
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