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Party Season Recipe Guide

December is the best month for party foods, half the fun of getting together with friends is scoping out the buffet. But did you know that the average person gains SEVEN pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years? That’s insane! But if you are like me you’ve probably gained at least three pounds just by walking by the delicious warm homemade fudge and gooey caramel-swirled brownies.

There are a lot of easy and delicious recipes out there for healthy party treats that will keep you looking and feeling fabulous while you enjoy the holidays with friends and family. Try these recipes and still dazzle your friends and relatives without worrying about your waistline.

Applesauce-Whole Wheat Sour Cream Coffee CakeWhole Wheat Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Source: http://zestycook.com/low-fat-whole-wheat-sour-cream-coffee-cake/
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup honey
1 egg, 2 egg whites
½ tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups low-fat sour cream
½ cup chopped pecans
½ tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix sugar, honey and applesauce together. Add eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients gradually as you mix, alternating with sour cream and ending with vanilla extract. In a third bowl, pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar together, set aside. Pour half mixture into loaf pan, then sprinkle with nut mix. Pour remaining mixture into pan and top again with nut mixture. Bake for one hour. Cool before serving.

Chocolate Mousse Phyllo Cups

Source: http://www.grouprecipes.com/sr/13320/chocolate-mousse-phyllo-cups/recipe/
 Chocolate Mousse Phyllo Cups

6 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
cooking spray
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate syrup
1 cup blackberries
1 cup blueberries or raspberries
1 cup strawberries, chopped
2 cups fat-free whipped topping

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat one sheet of phyllo dough with cooking spray. Layer second and third sheets of phyllo dough between cooking spray. Cut into 12 squares. Place squares in muffin tins. Layer three more sheets of phyllo dough to form cups in each muffin tin. Bake until golden, between 5-10 minutes. Cook on rack. While cups are baking, combine cocoa, extract, and syrup until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Divide among phyllo cups. Combine berries and top each cup with ¼ cup berries.

Chocolate Turtle CookiesChocolate Turtle Cookie
Source: http://www.mealsmatter.org/recipes-meals/recipe/43743
cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
¼ cup light margarine
¼ cup fat-free cream cheese
1 large egg white
2 tbsp fat-free skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
24 pieces caramel candy
24 pecan halves

Combine flour and cocoa in a small bowl; set aside. Beat together sugar, margarine, cream cheese, egg white, milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; add flour mixture and blend well. Chill dough at least 30 minutes in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on baking sheets about 1 to 2 inches apart. Press a caramel into each cookie and flatten; top each caramel with a pecan half (optional). Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet.

Creamy Cucumber DipCucumber Dip
Source: modified from: http://www.recipezaar.com/Creamy-Cucumber-Dip-147953
2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
½ cup low-cal mayonnaise
1 tsp table salt
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 ½ cup English cucumber, diced
½ cup red onion
6 tbsp mint leaves, fresh, chopped
6 tbsp dill, fresh, chopped

In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper until smooth. Add cucumber, onion, mint, and dill; stir to mix. Let stand overnight in refrigerator.

Crispy and Spicy Cheese Twists
Source: http://www.bakespace.com/recipes/detail/Crispy-Spicy-Cheese-Twists/1069/Crispy and Spicy Cheese Twists
cooking spray
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, ground
1 can refrigerated roll pizza crust

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine first three ingredients in a small bowl; stir well, and set aside. Unroll pizza dough, and roll into a rectangle. Lightly coat surface of dough with cooking spray, and sprinkle with 2 tbsp cheese mixture. Fold dough in half to form a smaller rectangle. Roll dough flat to original size. Lightly coat surface of dough with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture. Using fingertips, press cheese mixture into dough. Cut dough into 4 inch strips. Gently pick up both ends of each strip and twist dough. Place twisted strips of dough on large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425 until lightly browned. Remove from pan to cool.

Dill Shrimp
Source: modified from: http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/special/2003/little/shrimp.htmlDill Shrimp
18 large shrimp
1 tbsp sour cream
2 tsp shallots, minced
1 tbsp dill, minced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a simmer. Add shrimp and cook for 1 minute or until shrimp turn pink. Drain and let cool. Peel and devein shrimp. Mix remaining ingredients together and toss with shrimp in a bowl.

StefanieRStefanie R is a Texas transplant from the East Coast with a passion for writing and all things creative. She is working mother to a one year old son, but often finds herself wearing several hats during the day including wife, friend, and raconteuring desk jockey. She blogs regularly at www.ragstoritz.blogspot.com




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