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Bridal Shower Food Tips

Bridal Shower Food

Planning a bridal shower? Relax and enjoy it with these food shortcuts

Your dear friend or sister announces she's engaged. She wants you to be her maid of honor. It goes without saying, you're thrilled for her. But does this mean you'll have to plan at least one bridal shower? Not to mention, wear a dress not of your own choosing and find the perfect gift?

If planning the bridal shower causes you the most anxiety, help is on the way. We suggest cutting down on stress with these time-saving tips to host a simple but sensational shower for the bride.

Accept help. When the bride's mother or other guests ask if they can bring anything, say yes. Ask them to bring something you don't especially enjoy preparing, or something you know is that person's specialty which the bride really loves. Or have each guest bring a dessert or appetizer, so you can focus solely on the rest of the party and fun. Offers to help are gifts, so allow other bridesmaids or friends to assist if they offer. Working together can add to the shower fun, and give you stories to share as you continue down the wedding day road.

Go the healthy route. The bride, her bridesmaids and the mother of the bride all want to fit into their dresses when the big day finally arrives. The most thoughtful meal you can offer your guests is a delicious and healthful one. Provide great-tasting, nutritious snacks that go easy on salt, fat, sugar and other potentially unhealthy ingredients and your guests will fondly remember your hospitality.

Remake everyday favorites. Great dishes don't require hours in the kitchen. Make your easy-to-prepare favorites and dress them up with special festive seasonings. Try distinctive seasoning blends like curry or Italian seasoning, or even seasoned sugar combinations like lemon sugar or cinnamon sugar for a gourmet touch. For example: Add a liberal dose of a spice like oregano, basil or cayenne (or an herbal seasoning blend) along with some garlic and Parmesan cheese to your usual mashed potatoes and you'll instantly serve something out of the ordinary.

Use clever shortcuts. For inviting flavor without fuss, keep a supply of natural dressing and dip mixes on hand for fresh, homemade appetizers and snacks. Add a dip or dressing mix, such as creamy dill, French onion, guacamole or ranch to equal parts of low-fat cottage cheese and non-fat plain yogurt and mix in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve with fresh veggies you can buy already cleaned and cut up at the store.

Plan and shop wisely. Don't exhaust yourself shopping. Outline your menu — including impromptu snacks — ahead of time. Then pick up everything non-perishable at the same time, eliminating last-minute sprints to the grocery store. Don't panic if your grocer is missing that key spice ingredient since it's easier than ever to order online. We carry culinary items like organic spices, seasoning blends, baking extracts and flavors, and other cooking ingredients and supplies — which we'll will ship to you within a few days of your order.

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Here are some great examples of healthy bridal shower dishes and drinks from our Simply Organic recipe collection that are easy to prepare:

Spicy Clementine Salad

clementinesIngredients
Fresh mixed greens
Feta cheese
Clementine orange slices
1/2 cup juice from fresh Clementine oranges
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 package Simply Organic Salsa Dip Mix

Directions
Layer greens, cheese and orange slices on a salad plate. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together. Chill until ready to serve, stirring right before drizzling on mixed greens.

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Island punchIsland Punch

Ingredients
1 bottle (32-ounce) 100% mixed fruit juice (try a berry or raspberry blend)
3 cups (24 ounces) pineapple juice
2 packages Simply Organic Mulling Spice
2 cans (12-ounce each) ginger ale
1 cup rum or vodka
1/8 cup honey or blue agave
 lime and pineapple slices for garnish (1 of each)

Directions
In a large glass or stainless steel container, combine fruit juice, pineapple juice and Mulling Spice. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain spiced juice into clean container or punch bowl. Add ginger ale and rum or vodka. Sweeten to taste with honey or agave. Serve over ice, garnished with fruit slices.

Chef Suggestions
Substitute 1 cup pineapple juice for rum or vodka for a non-alcoholic drink.

For a faster version, heat mixed fruit juice to a boil in large soup pot. Turn off heat, add Mulling Spice (do not grind), let sit 10 minutes. Cool in refrigerator. Strain and add remaining ingredients. Serve over ice.

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Fruit Brunch Cups

Ingredients
10 (7-inch) flour tortillas
1 (8 ounce) package light cream cheese, slightly melted
4 large eggs
1 package Simply Organic Fruit Dip Mix
1/3 cup finely diced pineapple, drained well

Directions
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Warm tortilla shells in microwave until easy to bend, about 30 seconds. Carefully fold and place into large-holed muffin pan or separate muffin cups. Place in oven and bake 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, blend cream cheese and eggs together. Blend in Simply Organic Fruit Dip Mix, then pineapple. Remove tortillas from oven and turn heat to 300 degrees F. Fill each shell with approximately 1/4 cup mix. Return to oven and bake 20 to 30 minutes or until eggs set up.

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