Posted in Appetizers

Appetizer Entertaining idea…

My mother is preparing Easter dinner this Sunday so I offered to bring something.  She requested that I bring an appetizer.  This Three Cheese Spread is perfect because I can make it in advance, is travel friendly, easy to make and has always been a favorite amongst family and friends.  I usually like trying new dishes but since this is such a busy weekend for us, I am relying on the tried and true.

So if you are looking for an easy to make ahead of time recipe, check this out…

Happy Holiday!

Three Cheese Spread

Serves 12

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 24 hours (refrigeration)


½ package low fat cream cheese (4 ounces) – softened

1 package fat free cream cheese (8 ounces) – softened

½ cup fat free sour cream

½ cup goat cheese – crumbled

2 tablespoons fresh chives – chopped

1 tablespoon yellow bell pepper – finely chopped

2 tablespoons almonds – finely chopped and toasted

2 tablespoons raisins – finely chopped

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese – grated

½ cup roasted red peppers – drained, rinsed and chopped finely

Assortment of crackers


Line 3 custard molds with plastic wrap.  Beat cream cheese on high speed in mixer until fluffy.  Add sour cream and goat cheese and beat for 1 minute.  Divide mixture in 3 separate bowls. 

Bowl 1: Stir in chives and bell peppers.   Wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.

Bowl 2: Stir in almonds and raisins.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.

Bowl 3: Stir in parmesan cheese and add roasted pepper.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.

To serve: Turn over spreads into a serving platter and serve with an assortment of crackers.

Estimated Values:

Calories = 87                                                Fat = 4

Posted in Grilling, Poultry

Southwest Inspiration…

I was hoping to give you a kickin’ carrot cupcake recipe tonight but it didn’t turn out quite right.  My family ate them up but the texture was a little gummy for my taste so I am offering you our dinner course instead.  The Southwest chicken recipe is simple and I hope you like it as much as we did.

Happy Grilling!!

Grilled Southwest Chicken

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 – 15 minutes


6 skinless/boneless split chicken breasts

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon Hickory smoke salt

¼ cup reduced fat sour cream

½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

2 tablespoon fresh cilantro – minced

1 cup salsa


  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, chili powder and hickory salt and rub a generous amount on each chicken breast.
  2. Heat indoor grill on high heat and spray with cooking spray and add chicken.  Grill 5 – 7 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cheese and cilantro and blend well.
  4. Spread a little of the cheese mixture on each chicken breast.  Spray a 9 X 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and arrange chicken breasts in the baking dish.
  5. Set oven to high broil and broil chicken for about 5 minutes or until cheese mixture is bubbly.
  6. Remove baking dish from oven, arrange chicken breasts on a serving platter and serve with salsa on the side.

Estimated Values:

Calories = 165                                              Fat = 4.5 grams