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Easy Party Appetizer-Greek Nachos

(Recipe by Siri Daly-Food Network)

Ingredients:

Nachos:

Six 5-inch pita rounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
3/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives

Dressing:

1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions: 

For the dressing: Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder and cayenne until smooth.

For the nachos: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut each pita into 8 wedges. Arrange the pita wedges in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Brush the pita wedges with the oil and sprinkle with the paprika and salt. Bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove the pita wedges from the oven. Increase the heat to a high broil. Sprinkle the wedges with the feta, bell pepper, and red onion. Broil until the cheese starts to melt, about 3 minutes.

Sprinkle the wedges with the tomato, olives, and chives. Transfer the dressing to a squeeze bottle or spoon into a plastic ziptop bag and snip 1 corner to make a small hole. Drizzle the nachos with your desired amount of dressing. Reserve any remaining dressing for another use.

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Cocktail-LVP Pink Sangria

(Lisa Vanderpump)

Enjoy this delicious wine straight from the bottle or over ice. Garnish with berries and basil for extra flavor and color!

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Easy Party Appetizer & Cocktail

Start off your next party in style with a delicious, simple appetizer and cocktail combo that will surely impress your guests! Taking a healthier approach to typical nachos, we couldn’t resist this Greek Nacho recipe that has all the ingredients to please our palette, but with fewer calories. Keep in mind, there is absolutely no sacrifice of flavor.  Also, try adding grilled chicken or hummus for added protein.  The beauty of serving LVP Pink Sangria is that it not only is light and refreshing, but it pairs well with most appetizers.  This premium Spanish wine is all natural with no additives. We love that it’s Pink, which is Lisa’s signature color.  It’s luscious, easy to serve,  and perfect for any occasion!  

martini

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT MARTINI

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
2 1/2 oz half and half
Chocolate Syrup
Crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

Directions: 

Crush peppermint candies or candy canes into a ziplock bag then pour on a plate.  Wet rim of martini glass with water then dip in crushed peppermint candy.  You may also pour some chocolate sauce on a separate plate and dip the glass in chocolate, then crushed peppermint candy for another option.  Drizzle chocolate sauce in the bottom of the glass. Place the glass in the freezer to chill, if desired.  Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, then combine Godiva chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, Creme de Cacao, half & half and shake well.   Strain ingredients into glass and enjoy!

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It’s a hard task trying to choose between a dessert and a cocktail. Luckily, we can have the best of both worlds with Chocolate Martinis. This cocktail is so delicious that it’s like drinking dessert in a glass, a must-try for chocolate lovers!

This Martini is made with Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur that is smooth and creamy with a rich, silky finish. If you prefer dark chocolate, try it with Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur.  An extra layer of flavor is added by the Creme de Cacao, which is a chocolate liqueur with an essence of vanilla.

Presentation wise, drizzle chocolate syrup in your martini glass to form a swirling design, then place the glass in the freezer.  For a “Wow” factor, rim the glass with crushed peppermint candy canes.  This adds a peppermint twist with every sip! 

This recipe is perfect for cold days, holiday parties, date night, and much more.  Please beware: one cocktail will likely turn into two (maybe more)!

Valentine's

Best Toasted Garlic-Butter Ravioli with Spinach Recipe (Delish.com)

Ingredients:

kosher salt
16-18 oz. cheese ravioli
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
5 oz. baby spinach
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we chose Pecorino Romano)

Directions:

Bring 12″ sauté pan of water to a boil and generally season with salt.  Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Remove ravioli using a slotted spoon and place in a single layer on the sheet pan, then discard water. 

Place the pan over medium heat.  Add oil, butter, and garlic; stir with a rubber spatula.  Add half the ravioli and stir gently until well coated; immediately add the balance of ravioli and repeat.  Flip the ravioli gently as needed to prevent them from sticking.  Cook ravioli until golden brown, about 5 minutes. 

Gently toss in the spinach, then garnish with parsley and parmesan.  Serve immediately!

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Valentine’s Day is for lovers! What would be more comforting than a sumptuous bowl of cheese filled ravioli?!

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WINE-INFUSED BROWNIES:

Ingredients:

Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 Tbsp Blackberry Wine*

Directions: 

Follow baking directions on the box, replace the water with wine* for extra flavor.  To add festive flair to our brownies, we used Lauren’s heart aluminum cake pan

Valentine's

What says love more than coffee and chocolate? Our delicious Spirited Cafe Mocha combines the sweetness of chocolate and the richness of coffee. Yum!

Valentine's

SPIRITED CAFE MOCHA: (VICTORIA MAGAZINE)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
1 cup espresso
2 ounces amaretto
2 ounces chocolate liqueur
2 cups steamed milk
Garnish: cocoa powder

Directions: 

In a microwave-safe dish, heat heavy cream and chocolate on medium in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Whisk to combine. Add espresso, amaretto liqueur, and half of the steamed milk; stir just until combined. Pour into glasses, and top with remaining steamed milk and milk foam. Sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.

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We’ve got a scrumptious menu for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart! Cozy up by a warm fire and enjoy DATE NIGHT IN this Valentine’s Day!  XO ❤

Valentine’s/Date Night Simple & Delicious Dinner for Two HERE

Healthy

Mason Jar Parfaits are simple to make in just a few minutes time. Try fresh fruits with greek yogurt or fresh vegetables with hummus!  Both will help you make a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. Just grab and go!

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Healthy

Grilled chicken and roasted sweet potato Kabobs are the perfect combinations for a delicious dinner.

Healthy

Who needs mayonnaise anyway? Swap the condiments for roasted red peppers on your next turkey sandwich for a healthier approach. The fresh baby arugula adds more color and flavor!

Healthy

Let’s face it, mornings can be hectic! These make-ahead egg white breakfast muffins with turkey sausage will keep you satisfied.  They taste great and are the perfect portable breakfast for those mornings you’re flying out the door!

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We’re kicking off 2018 with a bunch of healthy and simple recipes to help you stay motivated and fit this year! Here are some of our favorites that you can prepare in advance for eating on-the-go! Egg White Breakfast Muffins, Mason Jar Parfaits, Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, and a delicious Turkey Sandwich. Yum! Doing meal prep will help us and you avoid grabbing something unhealthy and stay on track. To watch how we prepare these recipes, click on the link below. Plus, we’ve got some great snack ideas too!

Healthy Eating On-The-Go

 

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DIY HOT COCOA BAR

Inspired by a winter wonderland theme, we created our own hot cocoa bar. It’s simple, fun, and yummy! After all, a delicious cup of hot cocoa is the best recipe for cold winter days!

Setting up and hosting our DIY Hot Cocoa Bar is ideal for winter parties, holiday parties, or family gatherings. It also works for cookie exchange parties and a baby shower – just take notice the napkins.

First, you will need hot cocoa mugs. Anything goes with the mugs: matchy-matchy, different styles, holiday-themed mugs. This part is up to you.

You will also need hot cocoa mix and a wide variety of toppings, so everyone can get creative. Go for decorative stirrers instead of spoons, it adds a nice touch. We used candy canes, sprinkles, and marshmallows to follow our theme. Cinnamon sticks, caramel bits, and whipped cream toppings are great too.

Now the pro advice: give your chocolate bar a little something extra special by adding cute chalkboard jars to place and label all your toppings. Spray mason jars to display decorative florals and add pictures frames, glass trays, ornaments, and twinkle lights.

You can find a lot of these items at the Dollar Store, the options are endless, keep it simple or go all out! And yes, with so many flavored vodkas or liqueurs available it’s easy to make your hot cocoa bar adult- friendly. Go ahead and warm up these cold winter months!