Thursday, October 20, 2011

Walking Tacos

So once upon a time I saw this post from Picky Palate & knew right away that it would have star at one of my parties one day.  I fell in love with the concept of Walking tacos!  What's a Walking Taco you ask?  Simple, take a mini bag of Frito's with the top cut off (you may need to remove a little of the chips),  add a scoop of your favorite chili (a thicker, meatier chili works best), and top with your choice of toppings.  Dig in - all you need is a fork!  The only tough part was finding the mini bags of Frito's - hint gas station convenience store.

I decided to add these to the menu for Mr. B's birthday party last month and they were a hit!  They'd really be great for your game day party.  I prepped all the bags, had the chili in the Crock Pot and offered cheese, sour cream & jalapenos as toppings.  It's a fun way to enjoy simple food.  I can't wait to have them at another party.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mini Zucchini Pizzas

Looking for a quick weeknight meal?  Well if you are lucky enough to have any of those really big zucchinis lingering in your garden, this is the perfect dish for you.  If not just grab a regular one and make mini pizza bites.  These can be changed up to include your favorite toppings, or whatever you happen to have on hand.  I happened to have some leftover caramelized onions and some sausage meatballs that I thought would be perfect.

Prep your topping and have on the side.  Slice your zucchini, drizzle or spray with a little olive oil & sprinkle some house seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).  Place on heated grill.  Flip once and add toppings.  I used a spoonful of marinara sauce for each, topped mine with caramelized onions and Mr. B's with cut up sausage meatballs, and a little grated mozzarella on each.  Close the lid on your grill and cook for a few minutes.  Your cooling time will vary based on the size of your zucchini.  I served with some penne pasta with marinara.

Quick, simple & delicious!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Low Fat Pumpkin Pie Dip

It's fall, which means my obsession with pumpkin everything may take over this blog!  I can't help it, I go all summer anxiously waiting for acceptable pumpkin cooking & baking time.  I saw this recipe over at & new it was a must try.  I whipped it up in no time before heading over to a friend's house for a Monday Night Football & it was a BIG hit.  The best part, this lightened up version is low in fat & calories.  So you can dip away without feeling guilty!  If you are fan of pumpkin anything, give it a try.  Enjoy!

Low Fat Pumpkin Pie Dip

15 oz can pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste)
6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
8 oz Cool Whip
Apples & Graham Crackers to Dip

Mix pumpkin with brown sugar, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in cool whip and chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.

Makes about 6 cups

Note:  You could of course use a regular serving bowl.  But how cute is the little pumpkin bowl?!?  it's a cute inexpensive way to add an extra little touch.  Just purchase a small round pumpkin, cut the top off, scrape out all the goo and seeds, rinse, dry and fill.