Hey there!  If you’re looking for some great healthy recipes for a get together, we’ve got you covered!  If you read the Spa Night blog, you know that I didn’t really have a clear vision of what to feed my guests until the 11th hour. Hopefully, this will put you in a better position for your next event

We’ll start with the Nachos as they seemed to be the biggest hit.  I couldn’t believe it given the ingredients, but it definitely goes to show that with high quality ingredients, everything tastes better

1 lb ground white meat chicken.  I used kosher chicken because it’s what Whole Foods carries.  Here’s a tip that their meat guy gave me; you don’t need to add salt as there is sea salt added in the processing…good to know :)

1 package organic taco seasoning

1/2 pint grape tomatoes – halved

1 small can of sliced olives

sliced jarred jalepenos to taste

1/2 package reduced fat Monterey jack cheese

1 package sprouted grain blue tortillas

brown chicken add taco seasoning according to directions.  Layer tortillas with vegetables, top with chicken and cheese, broil on low until cheese is melted

serve with:  Chobani non fat yogurt in place of sour cream, Wholly Guacamole &  your favorite clean salsa

Roasted Chick Peas (you can see them in the corner of the nachos pic)

2 cans no salt added chick peas (garbanzo beans) rinsed

2 tbsp Garam Masala

Olive oil to coat

sea salt & pepper to taste

toss all in a bowl, being sure to coat all the chick peas, add more masala and oil if  need be.  Roast at *425 for approximately 30 minutes or until no longer tender

Kale Chips

1 bunch kale

1/4 cup 3 blend shredded cheese (Whole Foods has an amazing one with parmesan & asiago)

olive oil to coat

sea salt & pepper to taste

remove stems from kale, chop into large pieces.  toss all ingredients in a bowl.  roast chips at *350 for 10-15 minutes, until the edges are crispy

Crudite with Chobani Cucumber Yogurt Dip

the real recipe is on the side of the larger chobani tub, I improvised a bit, but still delish!

1 cup chobani nonfat plain yogurt

the juice of half a lemon

1/4 cup cucumber finely chopped and squeezed of all juices

1/4 crumbled feta cheese

crushed dill & sea salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients & serve with sliced veggies.  I used cucumber, red bell pepper, baby carrots & string beans

Grilled Rustic Pizzas

whole wheat pizza dough either from your local pizza parlor or refrigerated section of your grocery story.  I found one package equals 2 pizzas.  Let dough rest at room temperature while you prepare your other dishes.  Once ready, stretch dough with hands and coat with olive oil on both sides.  Heat grill to medium heat.  Grill pizzas without toppings on both sides about 3 minutes on each side  until crisp.  Set aside

Top pizzas…get creative.  As you know, I’m a big proponent of using what’s on hand, so this pizzas was dressed with olive oil, sliced tomatoes, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, very thinly sliced proscuitto, minced garlic, sea salt & pepper.  Assemble the pizza and bake at *350 for 10 – 12 minutes, serve immediately (I had some kids request pepperoni & cheese, so you see that in the pic too)

For me, I started with the nachos as they were a heartier option along with the crudite and chick peas.  It wasn’t until later on that I broke out with the pizzas, everyone needs something a little more substantial after a glass of wine or 2 :)

I hope you enjoy these, if you’ve got any clean appetizer recipes, share ‘em….please!