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Award-Winning Recipes for Your Oscars Party

Written on February 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm , by

Every year a group of girlfriends and I get together to watch the Oscars. OK, let’s be honest: I have a bunch of girlfriends I get together with. The Oscars happen to be on, but it’s a great excuse to have a girl’s night out and enjoy some wine and great food.

All that aside, though, parties usually leave a lot to be desired in terms of healthy foods. To help keep overindulgence to a minimum, consider serving these dishes (or bringing them to pass!), so everyone can munch in between guessing the winners. After all, between the drinks and the food, those calories can add up quickly, and we want you to dream about donning those red-carpet dresses yourself.

Layered Cheese, Bean and Avocado Dip

You may be familiar with seven-layer dips.  They’re popular, but can add way too much fat and a crazy amount of calories.  This one, however, saves your waistline. First things first: swap traditional sour cream for cottage cheese – it’s a versatile, nutrient-rich ingredient (I like Daisy Brand’s low-fat variety, thanks to it’s small ingredient list and no additives, preservatives or thickeners). Now just follow the recipe below for a protein-packed appetizer to enjoy while watching the stars walk the red carpet.  Since protein boosts satiety, it won’t leave you starving. Now that’s a win-win.

Serves: 16 (5 tablespoons per serving)


  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 1/4 cups Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Layer  black beans on a 10-inch serving plate. Layer avocado over beans; drizzle with lime juice. Top with diced tomatoes. Stir cilantro, chili powder, cumin and lime peel into the cottage cheese; layer over tomatoes. If desired, sprinkle with a little additional chili powder, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese. Serve with chips. For a heartier meal, add grilled chicken or ground beef.


What’s an awards show without some fun drinks? I found this creative, super-tasty recipe (that actually has some nutrients) that won’t totally dehydrate you and leave you with a hangover the next day, thanks to the electrolyte-replenishing coconut water. And at only 45-60 calories per serving, you can serve it straight or use it as a mixer for your party’s signature drink.


  • 1 1/2 oz. blended scotch whisky
  • 2 oz. Vita Coco
  • 3 oz. Ginger Beer (or ginger ale)

Build ingredients directly into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir briefly. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

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  • http://www.selfimprovements4u.com Selfimprovements 4U

    I guess the Oscars are over for this year, but that doesn’t mean that there could be other parties for different occasions coming up. I tried the dip above! Very healthy! Tasted great! I wanted to share another one with you that I tried from a site called selfimprovements4u.com that was also very good and healthy. Good for parties as well. It is a lentil chickpea hummus. It was a hit for my guests! Enjoy…


    1 cup Cooked Red Lentils
    ½ cup Cooked Chickpeas
    ½ Juice of Lemon
    1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
    2 tbps. Olive Oil
    1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
    ¼ cup Grated Parmesan
    3 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
    — Salt and Pepper


    1. Add 1 cup of lentils to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce
    heat and let simmer until lentils are done. Note that the water should
    be evaporated when the lentils are done.

    2. Add the cooked chickpeas, lentils, juice of a half lemon, 1 tablespoon
    of olive oil, garlic, vinegar, parmesan, and sesame seeds into a food
    processor. Run until mixture is smooth.

    3. Take out of food processor and add one more tablespoon of olive oil to
    make the humus less thick. Then add salt and pepper to taste.

    4. Serve with a French baguette or any bread you wish with a glass of milk about 2-4 hours before you go out drinking. Improve!