So you having a holiday party huh? Well since I may crash it (wink wink) the least I can do is help you plan it! Add these light, quick and easy recipes to your spread and look forward to lots of “thank you” kisses under the mistletoe.
The Candy Girl
Candy canes will never go out of style when it comes to holiday treats. This year give this hooked shaped treats another place to hang from besides your Christmas tree. I’m thinking a martini glass perhaps?
Servings: 1 • Calories: 185 • Fat: 0g
1 mini candy cane (for garnish)
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz peppermint schnapps
1 oz light cranberry juice
splash of soda water
Grab your shaker. Fill it up. Shake it up. Serve it up.
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Who doesn’t love this creamy dip?! Your party needs this light version for sure, cause ain’t no party like a chip dippin’ party…(you know the rest)
Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 1/4 Cup • Calories: 60 • Fat: 4g
13.75 oz artichoke hearts packed in water, drained
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
2/3 cup parmesan/romano cheese
4 oz shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
salt and fresh pepper to taste
olive oil spray
Follow HelloBeautiful On Twitter!
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a small food processor, coarsely chop the artichoke hearts with the garlic and shallots.
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
Place in an oven-proof dish and bake at for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve right away.
Santa’s Favorite Cookie
He’s on that “get right and tight weight loss plan” too. Who knew?! So leave these cookies out and score more gifts under the tree. P.S. Don’t forget the milk…he needs that calcium boost to finish his rounds!
Servings: 20 • Serving Size: 1 cookie • Calories: 100 • Fat: 7g
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 375. In a bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. 3-5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Combine both mixtures. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. 1tbsp each and 2 inches apart.
Bake until golden brown. 9 minutes. Let cool.
More Ways To Survive The Holidays:
Also On HelloBeautiful:
Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"