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5 Quick and Easy Recipes For Entertaining: Sweet and Sour Grapes, Waffle Cone Skinny Sundaes, and More

Hosting playgroup or book club this week? Instead of copping out by throwing tortilla chips in a bowl and breaking out the store-bought salsa, really impress your friends with these speedy and sassy snacks. Here are 5 quick and easy recipes that will make you look like Kelly Ripa in those annoying Electrolux commercials.

Goat Cheese and Then Some

Pick up an 8-ounce log of goat cheese at the supermarket, along with some dried cranberries and almonds. Chop up the nuts and mix them in with the cranberries before rolling the cheese in the mixture to create a yummy crust. Serve with crackers and call yourself Martha Stewart.

Sweet and Sour Grapes

Moisten a bunch of green grapes with water before tossing them in a bowl of watermelon Jell-O mix. Throw them in the freezer and voilà! For a fancier look (and to avoid sticky fingers), skewer them in groups of six or seven before freezing. Plus, who doesn't love eating off a skewer?

Toothpick Tortellini

Boil up some tortellini pasta al dente and serve on a large tray with toothpicks. Include a variety of sauces for dipping, like marinara, Alfredo, and pesto. Everyone will be too distracted by how adorable this idea is to care that your "Sunday gravy" came from a jar.

Waffle Cone Skinny Sundaes

No dessert? No problem! Whip up these little “sundaes,” which are all the fun of waffle cones minus the calories from the ice cream. Take store-bought cones and fill them about three-quarters of the way with cut-up honeydew, peaches, and blueberries — top off with a few spoonfuls of fat-free Cool Whip. Sweet and healthy (well, healthier, anyway).

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10.23.2012 / 12:13 AM EDT by Maria Valiente
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