Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas. We thought this was a perfect time to get back to blogging- we have been VERY busy- traveling, working and staying in the game. We know that this weekend and the upcoming weeks are HUGE for parties and other events for the season, and so you don’t become HUGE along with it, we wanted to offer some party tips, and some suggestions to bring along to the party!
We wanted to give you some extra suggestions- last year’s holiday tips will serve you well, but this time we will add in a couple recipes to strengthen the tools we know you already have. How many of you have said “I am starting after New Year’s”? Ok, stop right there, do not pass go, do not collect $200. So.Not.Worth.It. Get into the habit of health now and you will be well on your way once you hit the New Year’s party circuit. How much better will you feel ringing in 2011 healthier- not bloated from the holidays and weeks of making bad food choices! Our favorite tip is to bring something to a party. We have been asked to bring Ed’s Healthy Pimento Cheese Dip to a party this weekend, which we will- it’s tasty, creamy, and not too bad for you! Here are two other recipes we love to bring around for sharing!
Heba & Ed’s newschetta
½ baguette, sliced thin, toasted
¼ cup feta cheese
2 tomatoes, diced
10 leaves of basil chopped
2 tbsp evoo
salt and pepper to taste
In mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, evoo and salt and pepper. Mix well and reserve.
Top each slice of bread with feta, then top with tomato mixture and serve immediately.
And this recipe when made in minis are GREAT for a party:
ED’S NO CRUMBS CRABCAKES
8 oz picked blue crabmeat; backfin, claw, lump, your preference
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
2 dashes Tobasco
1 egg beaten
1 egg white
5 tbsp parmesan ground or grated
2 tbsp light mayo
1 4 oz jar pimentos, no juice
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl gently and thoroughly.
Heat non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Spray generous amount of cooking spray in pan. Place heaping tablespoons of crab mix in hot skillet. Depending on size of your pan, you should be able to fit 4 to 6 cakes in there at a time. Cook on each side until golden brown. Remove from skillet and place on paper towels or paper plate to drain. Serve immediately.
We promise if you bring these around your friends, you will be the hit of the culinary circuit this holiday season- and not one person will be mad at you for assisting to expand their waistline! Make sure you get in a nice run on Christmas morning with the family, and make healthy choices- it’s all about the company, not about the food!
We wish you and your families a wonderful, and happy holiday season!!
Ed & Heba