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Apple Snack. Ginas Skinny Recipes. A must have at every large get together: birthdays, football, holidays – this dip always disappears!

Ginas Skinny Recipes

This is my daughter Karina's favorite dip, which she has nicknamed "the stuff". It's easy to prepare and everyone always wants the recipe when they try it. Serve it at your next party with your favorite baked tortilla chips and play around with the toppings – try jalapeños, scallions or avocados. Skinny Taco DipServings: 24 • Serving Size: 1/24th of dip • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 ptsCalories: 59.2 • Fat: 3.6 g • Protein: 2.2 g • Carb: 4.7 g • Fiber: 0.6 g Ingredients: 8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese 8 oz reduced fat sour cream 16 oz jar mild salsa1/2 packet taco seasoning 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded fine 2 large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese 2.25 oz sliced black olives Directions: In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning and mix well with an electric mixer.

Hass Avocado Stuffed Marinated Mushrooms Recipe. Pizza Braid. A pizza braid is very kid-friendly, easy on the wallet and extremely simple to make.

Pizza Braid

My aunt and cousin first introduced me to them and I’ve been hooked ever since. The possibilities are endless of the varieties you could make (check out the Apple Dessert Braid!) , but the recipe below is for a very basic hamburger and pepperoni braid. You could make your own dough, but I prefer the shortcut of using Rhodes rise and bake dough. Margarita Ice Pops. Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries. Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries

Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal. I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different. The strawberries are hollowed out and filled with a bit of liquor, then ignited with a match. For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night.

I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many. The cakes are just sweet enough, and have a light, fluffy crumb - the perfect vehicle for rich chocolate buttercream. Mini Fruit Pies & Simple Organized Living. I love pie.

Mini Fruit Pies & Simple Organized Living

I love eating pie, I love making pie, I love nearly all vartities of pie! The only problem with pie is that the crust always seems to get soggy before we can eat it all — there are just 2 of us you know. Better Than Takeout Orange Chicken. Go ahead, take a shot of salad dressing. Cake Batter Pancakes. I’m fairly convinced that the world would be a better place if more sprinkles were involved.

Cake Batter Pancakes

I know. A Cozy Kitchen & Avocado Fries. I have a particularly tragic memory of looking at rental houses with my friend when he first moved to LA and finding one that actually had an avocado tree in the backyard.

A Cozy Kitchen & Avocado Fries

I mean, a tree that was taller than the house and was heavy with ripe avocados This memory is tragic because my friend didn’t rent the house. If he had, I would have had a never ending supply to feed my avocado addiction.BTW – what are avocados, a vegetable? Some weird fruit? Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks. I got kinda hooked on these this summer.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

I’ve always loved the zucchini sticks my parents served at their pizzeria and used to eat them often when I worked there. But let’s be real, though they are a “vegetable”… the deep fried part kinda trumps the veggie part don’t ya think? I started making these at home this summer…not sure why it’s taken me so long to put this zucchini recipe together. I love zucchini, but get kind of bored of the usual ways I cook it and am always on the lookout for new recipes for zucchini. These are so easy to make, just slice them into sticks, bread and bake. The domestic mama and the village cook. Oh baby.

the domestic mama and the village cook

Bake It in a Cake & Bake a Heart in a Cake! Pink Heart–Filled Cupcakes with Strawberry Taffy Frosting These vanilla bean cupcakes really have heart.

Bake It in a Cake & Bake a Heart in a Cake!

Cut or bite into one to see how much love went into them. The best part: they’re surprisingly simple. And if your sweetheart happens to be a chocolate fan, you could just as easily bake your heart into some chocolate cake batter. Tracy's KILLER Garlic Bread & shutterbean. While we’re on the subject of soups, I thought it would be nice to share my SECRET recipe for the most KILLER Garlic Bread.

Tracy's KILLER Garlic Bread & shutterbean

What goes better with soups than garlic bread? Not much! My neighbor taught me to add dill in the garlic butter. It’s what makes this garlic bread killer. That’s the secret! Step-by-Step: Amazing Spiced Chai Concentrate & Tasty Kitchen Blog. Warm spices, strong tea and steamed milk swirling around in my tummy make chai lattes a favorite during the winter months. It warms me from the inside out in a way that puts coffee and tea to shame. Unfortunately, the chai concentrate from certain coffee chains is too sweet. But there is something better. Ratatouille's ratatouille. Tell me I’m not alone in this: You saw Ratatouille, fell in love with Remy (though you still jumped a foot in the air when you saw a significantly less-charming rodent scamper across your path on the way home) and found yourself with a pressing craving, not for the heavy and too-often soggy traditional Provençal ratatouille, but that kaleidoscope of spiraled colors they served to the haughty and (spoiler!)

Soon-humbled restaurant critic. Petite Lasagnas. Recipe slightly adapted from Hungry Girl (makes 12) 12 oz raw ground turkey ¼ tsp salt, divided ¼ tsp pepper 1 cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped mushrooms 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tsp dried oregano, divided ½ tsp dried basil 1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese 24 small square wonton wrappers (the kind near the tofu in the refrigerated section of the produce dept)

Onigiri (Rice Balls) Recipe : Fresh orange smoothie ("orange julius") This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. Friends gathered from all around the city with chips and salsa and salads and popcorn and laughter and stories to share. The fire pit was aflame. The candles were lit on this (gluten free and vegan) carrot cake.