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Veggie Ranch Cups

Sometimes it can get a little old putting out the same veggie tray at every party. But at the same time, you want to have some sort of healthy option for your guests (and sometimes yourself). Well, fillo cups to the rescue again. Although these have most of the same ingredients you would find in a regular veggie tray, these are a little easier to handle in a party setting. Instead of using bottled ranch dip, the seasonings in the ingredient list makes a ranch dressing without the extra sodium or fat.

Ingredients
15 mini fillo shells
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 diced tomatoes
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions
Arrange the fillo shells on a plate or cookie sheet.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and spoon into the fillo shells.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 30.4
Total Fat: 0.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 19.8 mg
Total Carbs: 5.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 1.6 g

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Man Cups

I love using these little fillo cups to make snacks for parties. And although The Man likes all of them that I’ve posted, a lot of times they tend to be a little more on the, well, girly side. So I decided to make some especially for The Man. Not surprisingly, they were the first ones to disappear at the party!

Ingredients
1 small boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
3 slices bacon, diced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
15 mini fillo shells

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange the fillo shells on a cookie sheet.
In a skillet, cook the diced chicken and diced bacon until the chicken is golden and the bacon crispy. Set aside for few minutes to let it cool. Mix the bacon, chicken, cheese, and barbecue sauce together. Spoon into the cups and bake for seven to ten minutes. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before eating them.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 40.2
Total Fat: 1.9 g
Cholesterol: 8.0 mg
Sodium: 86.2 mg
Total Carbs: 2.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 3.6 g

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Creamy Southwest Chicken Bites

Since Christmas is just a couple days away (where did December go?!) and New Year’s not too long after that, I’m going to take  little break from posting recipes.  As much as I love cooking and sharing my creations with everyone, I want to spend the time with my husband.  But I’ll leave you with one last recipe for the year and the promise that I have more in store for 2013, along with a couple other surprises!

With us being right in the middle of the holiday season, a lot of us are either hosting parties or need to bring something to a party. These are perfect! Filo cups make it easy to make silverware (and plate) free snacks, so less clean up. And you can get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier because they’re only 30 calories for each one and loaded with veggies. The greek yogurt makes them creamy, without adding extra fat. You can tailor them to your taste by adding extra chili powder or a diced jalepeno.

Ingredients
30 mini filo cups (2 packages)
2 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 large red pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 green onions, diced
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange the filo cups on a baking sheet.
In a large skillet, cook the chicken, onion, red pepper, cilantro, green onions, lime juice and zest, garlic powder, and chili powder. When the chicken starts to turn golden brown and the onions are transparent, remove from the heat and add the mozzarella cheese and greek yogurt. Stir until everything is well coated.
Spoon evenly into the filo cups.
Bake at 350 degrees for eight minutes.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 30
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 30.5
Total Fat: 0.7 g
Cholesterol: 6.3 mg
Sodium: 31.0 mg
Total Carbs: 3.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
Protein: 3.2 g

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