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Healthy Party Food You Can Make In Less Than 20 Minutes

Healthy Party Food You Can Make In Less Than 20 Minutes

Looking for quick and easy party food recipes that are healthy and you can make in 20 minutes or less? Want to make sure that the divine snacks you’re serving won’t make you or guests feel guilty for over indulging? Look no further you healthy and busy party planning expert, these delectable (yet healthy) foods will have all of your guests asking how you do it all, still look fabulous, and are secretly a seasoned chef!

Bruschetta

Bruschetta is made up of very simple flavors; therefore, it is best if you make it with highest quality and freshest ingredients you can find.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. fresh tomatoes (roma, heirloom, beefsteak… whatever is in season is best)
4 cloves fresh garlic
1 bunch fresh basil
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Italian bread or baguette

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Using a sharp knife, dice the tomatoes as small as you can. I aim for 1/4″ cubes. I try to mush or break the tomatoes as little as possible. Next, chop the fresh garlic and add it onto the growing pile of deliciousness. Add in some fresh basil to taste. I like using 5-6 large leaves, but there’s no “right” amount. Add in the extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Cut 1/4″ thick slices of fresh Italian bread or baguette and toast them.Toast the bread in a toaster, or under the broiler if you’ve got a big batch. Once the bread is good and toasted, remove it from the oven and use a pastry brush to paint each slice of bread with olive oil. Then, using half a hunk of raw garlic, rub one side of the crusty slices down to impart some delicious garlic flavor directly onto the bread.

Serve! Your party guests will feel like they have been transported to the Italian Rivera.

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Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 pounds large shrimp (16 to 18 count) (flash frozen)
4 quarts water
1 halved lemon
2 dried bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt

This dish is ready in just 15 minutes!

Hold each shrimp, leg side up, and peel the shell from the inside curve, leaving the tail intact. To de-vein, gently run a paring knife along the center of outside curve from head to tail, exposing vein. Remove the vein and rinse the shrimp.

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Fill a large pot with 4 quarts water – add lemon, bay leaves, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Return to a boil. Add shrimp. Cook until bright pink and opaque, about 1 minute 45 seconds.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer shrimp to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet, then cover them with ice, and let them cool for about 5 minutes. (To store, fill a bowl 3/4 full with ice. Put the shrimp in a resealable plastic bags. Place them atop the ice, and cover with more ice. Refrigerate up to 1 day, replenishing ice as needed.)

To serve, arrange shrimp along rim of an ice-filled bowl (or on a platter) accompanied by lemon slices and cocktail sauce or lemon aioli.

One-Bite Wedge Salad With Blue Cheese and Bacon

Ingredients:

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3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 slices crispy cooked bacon
1 head iceberg lettuce

In 15 minutes or less you’ll have a featured staple that is served at many top rated steak houses. What is it? A classic wedge salad! Even better, this is a easy bite size version that will have your party guests feeling fancy on the go.

In a bowl, combine yogurt with blue cheese, kosher salt, and black pepper. Mix them well. Crumble bacon and set it aside. Cut lettuce into quarters, slicing small wedges from each quarter. Place these wedges on plates or napkins. Top each wedge with a dollop of blue cheese mixture and some crumbled bacon.

Conclusion

These four dishes are sure to impress your guests. Each dish will take you less than 20 minutes and will leave you and your guests feeling happy, healthy, and sophisticated.

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

Featured photo credit: Hanny Naibaho via unsplash.com

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