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recipe for girls night

1. Something fun to drink.  Nothing says classy like boxed wine!  Seriously though, Bota Box has some great wines.  This Shiraz is our favorite and it’s a pretty killer deal.  1 box = 4 bottles = $18.99  Mix up your favorite cocktail, sparkling juice, wine, beer, whatever.  Some sort of drink is needed.

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2.  A fun + simple menu.  I often forget how spectacular simple meals are.  I first had planned to make a new stuffed pepper recipe but was running a little late finishing up computer work, dogs walks, shower, etc.  So to prevent stressing myself out, I scratched the first idea and made things super simple.

Possibly gross your guests out when you stand on the table to take a bird’s eye view photo.

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3.  Have at least one hearty component [to soak up the wine!]. I made 2 batches of herb quinoa oat bread.  I know it looks pretty thin but this is a filling + versatile flatbread that is a cinch to make.  I have a few other versions under “breads” on my recipe page.  You can use this as a base for pizza, making sandwiches, with eggs, or for spreading with avocado.  You can even put it in the toaster! [vegan + gf]

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4.  Healthy fats are filling + delicious.  I mashed 2 large avocados [for 3 of us] and sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and a hefty squeeze of lemon.  My plan was to make avocado open-faced sandwiches with a big green salad and a multitude of toppings.

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5.  It’s all about the toppings!  Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring something fun from their fridge to contribute.  We had: zucchini, goat cheese, green onion, pepitas, grape tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and homemade herb dressing.

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6. Take photos of the pretty ladies.

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7. Chow down.

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Dakota joined us after dinner.

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8. Dessert!  This went un-photographed but was super simple.  I cut up a dark chocolate Easter bunny and served it on a cutting board.  We nibbled, sipped wine, and chatted to end the evening.

Simple, fun, and stress free!

Enjoy the weekend!


Reader Comments (14)

Whatttttt!!!! I missed the bunny!! Oh man. Deeelicious night !!
June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
LOVE your dessert! you're right, we often make thing so complicated and lavish, when really all we need is some simple chocolate and a glass of wine (boxed even!). The important parts are the company, conversations, laughter, and memories. Great reminder post!

Ashley--> Exactly!! Dessert can be super easy and it was still very enjoyed!
June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly W
Fun! I love it!
June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill in Chicago
Looks like a great evening with friends! And yes, a good drink should always be involved! :)
Aw, looks like so much fun :)
June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
What a fun night!!
Looks like a great girls night! Reminds me that I need to have one myself soon!
June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle
Testing this post.
June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSquarespace
Yummy eats! :) I nominated you for the food stories award btw! Mentioned at end of my last post.

Ashley--> Aw, thanks so much!!
Funny you should have written this post, as I had a girls' night here in DC yesterday! Wish you would have been here :)

Ashley--> Aww, I wish so too!!!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGena
Looks like you girls did really have a wonderful time. Really missing my girlfriends now, will definitely try your recipes on our next scheduled girls night out home party. Will also bookmarked your page and share it to my friends.
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteronline income system
Girl nights are fun, with delicious food and drinks they are ven better!
Sounds absolutely delightful!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
A delicious and healthy food for a girls night out. Sounds great!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorii Abela

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