Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Sorry not to get my Thursday post done last week.  It seems preparations for my son’s surprise 16th birthday party and other duties took more time than anticipated.  May is such a busy month with graduations and the end of school parties, banquets, etc.  Parties can lead to over eating or making poor choices but you can slip in some healthier choices as I did for Cameron’s party.  A fruit tray always goes over well and I usually leave out the dip.  Plain fruit is delicious all by itself if you choose it carefully for ripeness and what is in season.  You can make a fresh salsa so you can control the ingredients rather than rely on the jarred variety, which has too much salt and preservatives.  Bowls of plain nuts are great for parties and you can easily add spices to dress them up.

One of my favorite party dips, Mexican Layered Bean Dip, has several healthy ingredients and you can cut back on the less healthy ones if you want.  I also have a recipe for chicken nuggets or strips that is quick to whip up and much better tasting than the heavily breaded store kind.  These are good for dinner or a party.  I serve a dipping sauce with them.

Mexican Layered Bean Dip
Spread these items in a layers on a large platter.
1.  One or two cans of refried beans, depending on the number of people.
2.  2 or 3 avocados mashed with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
3.  8 oz. low fat sour cream with 1/2 cup low fat mayo and 1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning stirred together
4.  3 or 4 small tomatoes diced and drained
5.  green onions chopped
6.  1 can sliced olives
7.  Top with 1 to 2 cups grated cheddar or Mexican cheese
Serve with chips.

Chicken Strips or Nuggets
1 lb. chicken strips or nuggets
Olive oil
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. parsley
Put chicken in a bowl and add olive oil to coat well.  Mix last three ingredients in a shallow dish.  Add chicken to bread crumb mixture and coat well.  Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve with favorite dipping sauce.

Give these recipes a try for your next party and lighten things up.

Upadated on May 17, 2010

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