1. Avocado Toast Three Ways

    Avocado Toast for Breakfast ideasAvocado toast is seriously all the rage right now. Go into any trendy New York City restaurant and they have found a way to incorporate it into their menu, meanwhile the hashtag is exploding on Instagram. So bottom line, serve avocado toast at your next hosting venture if you want to appear in the know. Today I wanted to share three ways to serve avocado toast so no matter what time of day you are hosting, it will feel appropriate, filling, and of course be delish…

    Avocado Toast with with eggs recipe

    Brunch: Avocado Toast with a fried egg on top as a swap to your usual bagel bar. {Each of these recipes start the same way… lightly toasting whole wheat hearty toast and layering on a thick helping of avocado. Personally I like to mash my avocado in a bowl and mix in a bit of black pepper before smearing on my toast. It tastes creamy like guacamole but more importantly it’s so much less messy to eat than slices!} For this recipe, begin as I explained and then fry an egg on your stove top. Allow the egg to cool so the egg yolk is no longer runny and then slice in half before placing on top of your avocado toast.

    Avocado Toast with grilled chicken and cucumbers recipe

    Lunch: Avocado Toast with grilled chicken and sliced cucumber as a swap to wraps or deli meats. I actually created this combo on my own because plain avocado toast at lunch never truly fills me up. By adding a healthy helping of chicken and cucumber we are talking about a way more filling meal. I bought fresh organic chicken cutlets and cooked on my stove top in light olive oil and then diced them into small pieces. Next I sliced a cucumber and alternated placing the chicken and cucumber on top of my avocado toast.

    Avocado Toast with cherry tomatoes and red pepper flakes recipe

    Happy Hour: Chips and dips are out, spicy avocado toast is in! I am obsessed with this spicy mix of avocado toast topped with cherry tomatoes, red chili powder and red pepper flakes. If serving alongside a cheese plate I recommend cutting into smaller bite-sized slices.

    I would love to hear your favorite version of avocado toast! Make sure to comment in my section below!!

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  2. Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

    Chia Seed Pudding, Berries, and Granola Recipe on Fashionable Hostess

    Keeping in line with yesterday’s brunch post… I have actually been searching for something new to add into my breakfast repertoire, so as per usual I headed to my Pinterest board to find some healthy breakfast options. Clicking around to find the perfect recipe, I stumbled across this Refinery29 article about how “chia seeds are everywhere… packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, protein, and calcium.” So now that I was hooked on this superfood idea, I decided to craft my fun new breakfast, a chia seed yogurt bowl topped with an assortment of healthy accountrements. Read on for assembly…

    Chia Seed Pudding, Berries, and Granola Recipe on FashionableHostess.com

    So there’s the incredibly easy way to make this recipe, which is to go the store bought route, my favorite being The Epic Seed {a mix of greek yogurt and chia seeds – which can be bought at tons of local groceries}. Or there’s the home-made version, I love the recipe from OhSheGlows.com which consists of mashed banana, chia, and almond milk. For toppings, I pile on the berries, here blueberries and raspberries, and then some crunch to feel satisfied, like raw granola from the Juice Press.

    Healthy Breakfast recipe - Chia Seed Pudding, Berries, and Granola Recipe on Fashionable Hostess

    I hope this healthy superfood inspires you to change up your breakfast routine!

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  3. Valentine’s Day Cookies

    Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes + Valentines Day Sprinkles on Fashionable Hostess

    Just last week I was featured on the Glitter Guide for a fun and easy Valentine’s Day activity… hosting a cookie decorating party {see the post here}. What I love about this idea is that it makes for a perfect night in whether you plan to spend it with your man or with your girlfriends. What I didn’t share in the post were my favorite recipes for chocolate cookies and home-made frosting so I wanted to take this opportunity to divulge. My go-to ‘made from scratch’ cookie recipe is from Cooking Light {and don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like it!} while the frosting is Betty Crocker {to be honest I was shocked they revealed the recipe on their site!}. Then all you need to make it Valentine’s Day perfect is gather an array of pink, red, and gold sprinkles! See single gals, Valentine’s Day ain’t so bad after all!!

    Tons of Chocolate Chip Cookies + Valentines Day Sprinkles on Fashionable Hostess

    Cooking Light Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened {I use “I can’t believe its not Butter”}
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large egg whites
    • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or Dark Chocolate Chips
    • Pam Cooking spray

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Combine sugars and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg whites; beat 1 minute. Add flour mixture and chips; beat until blended. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray and place dough balls. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

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    Betty Crocker Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
     Directions:

    In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. Once cookies have cooled, frost, sprinkle, enjoy!

    Cooking Light Chocolate Chip cookie recipe for healthy cookies by Fashionable Hostess

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