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Fit Links: Olympic Tips and Pizza as a Vegetable?!

Written on November 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm , by

We sure classify pizza as a delicious treat, but should it be considered a vegetable? (Photo by Peter Krumhardt)

This week’s fit links from around the web:

A Festive, Low-Cal Dip for Thanksgiving

Written on November 17, 2011 at 11:00 am , by

Serve dip with these yummy chips for a seasonal treat! (Photo courtesy of Food Should Taste Good)

Looking for a quick side dish to whip up and bring to your Thanksgiving feast next week? We snagged the perfect recipe from Food Should Taste Good‘s chef Ryan Leker. It might not be appropriate next to the turkey, but it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser as an appetizer to hold you over until dinner. Check it out below:

Food Should Taste Good Ginger Snap Dip

Makes: 2 cups

Serves: 5-8 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound mascarpone
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

Place mascarpone in mixing bowl to soften. Combine remaining ingredients in small saucepan and place on low heat. Heat gently, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients are combined, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. When the mixture is cool, whisk into softened mascarpone. Serve with Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato tortilla chips.

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Party

Written on November 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm , by

Wow any crowd with this roasted squash recipe. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Hollis)

In addition to worrying about preparing a terrific, tasty turkey, Thanksgiving can cause plenty of stress related to entertaining a large group. I don’t know about you, but I’m not hosting big dinner parties every weekend! We turned to Rachel Hollis, the creator of Chic Events and  a celebrations.com expert, to gather her top tips for throwing a successful, yet worry-free fete. She should know—her company often organizes events for celebrities, such as Ivanka Trump and Marcia Cross!

  1. Stock up. “I have an area in my pantry dedicated to last-minute parties. It’s full of fancy mixed nuts, tapenades, olive oils, great chocolates and good wine. All items I can turn to in a pinch and throw on a lovely platter and be ready when guests are at the door.”
  2. Give as a guest. “The best way to show your appreciation is to offer to help. But since your host is cooking, perhaps you could help with decor and offer to bring a beautiful centerpiece to adorn the table!”
  3. Don’t forget the favors. “Hosting the meal is enough of a gift. I think the best favor would be a lovely takeaway box so you can get rid of some of your leftovers!”
  4. Match your party with your personality. “When I did Sara Rue’s wedding this summer, they had a vintage photo booth and beer pong! I love that they embraced who they were—a really fun-loving couple—instead of doing something stuffy and traditional to please others. Keep that idea in mind with your events!”
  5. Go easy on yourself. “Don’t overwhelm yourself. For instance, don’t use your holiday party as the opportunity to make a miniature souffles for the first time. Go with what you’re good at to keep stress to a minimum—even if what you’re good at is ordering takeout!”

But don’t grab that phone just yet—this super-simple recipe is even achievable for Thanksgiving rookies!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Shallots

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 shallot
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds and strings with a spoon and rinse. Slice each half into eight pieces and set aside.
  2. Remove peel from shallot and rough chop.
  3. Put squash, shallots and rosemary sprigs on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix together until well-coated.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

For more entertaining tips, visit mychiclife.com.