Friday, May 12, 2006

Chicken Garlic Bites, Pink Lemonade Margarita, Spicy Avocado Dip, Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Chicken Garlic Bites

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place chicken in shallow dish. In small bowl, mix olive oil, garlic,
and black pepper. Pour over chicken. Cover and marinate 30 minutes.
Drain. Preheat oven to 475F. Mix bread crumbs and cayenne. Coat
chicken. Arrange in a single layer on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes
or until brown.

Pink Lemonade Margarita

Makes: 5 servings, 1 cup each

1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Pink Lemonade Flavor Low Calorie Soft Drink Mix
1-1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup cold orange juice
2 Tbsp. tequila
1 Tbsp. lime juice
5 cups crushed ice

PLACE drink mix, water, orange juice, tequila and lime juice in blender
container; cover.

BLEND on high speed until drink mix is dissolved.

ADD ice; cover. Blend on high speed until thickened and smooth. Serve


For a non-alcoholic version, prepare as directed omitting the tequila.


Spicy Avocado Dip

Makes: 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

2 medium fully ripe avocados, peeled, pitted
1 container (16 oz.) BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/4 cup green onion slices
1 envelope GOOD SEASONS Ranch Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
MASH avocados with fork or potato masher until smooth.

ADD remaining ingredients; mix until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate 1
or until chilled.

SERVE with WHEAT THINS Snack Crackers, cut-up fresh vegetables or


How To Take the Mess Out of Avocados
Cut avocados in half; remove pits. Leaving the avocado in the skin,
crosswise cuts through flesh being careful to cut up to, but not
the skin. Scoop out the avocado with a spoon. This will make it not
less messy, but also easier to mash!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 70
Total fat 6g
Saturated fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 120mg

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

3 bananas, sliced and frozen
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 and one half cups milk
1 and one half cups vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with sliced strawberries and fresh mint sprigs. You may substitute another berry for the strawberries if you desire.

The Skinny: Use low fat milk and fat free yogurt.

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