Hungry Girl’s Oscars Special: Award-Worthy Party Bites!

02/24/2014 at 01:42 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating.

She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

For the film industry, the Academy Awards is a time to honor those at the top of their field. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to gawk at dresses, fill out ballots guessing the winners, and have our own Oscars parties! If you’re hosting one or going to one, I’ve got some super-easy no-guilt finger foods you can throw together—and they’re all winners!

Mini Thin-Crust Pizzas

Wonton wrappers are like the Matthew McConaughey of the food world: awesome at transforming into something completely different! To make these tiny pizzas, bake some wonton wrappers on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray at 375 degrees for 4 minutes. Flip and top each with a bit of pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese, lightly cooked veggies and chopped turkey pepperoni. Bake until edges are brown and cheese has melted, 2-4 more minutes.

Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp

Any “best-dressed” list should include food wrapped in bacon. The key to keeping this recipe healthy is to choose center-cut bacon or turkey bacon. Find a sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving, dip half a strip of bacon in the sauce, wrap the bacon around a large raw shrimp and lay the whole thing on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Repeat to fill a baking sheet, and bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Raspberry Kiss Crunchettes

Don’t worry: I’m not skipping the sweets! Mini fillo shells, available in the freezer aisle, are the key find here. Place a chocolate kiss in each shell, flat side down. Bake at 350 degrees for about 3 minutes, until the chocolate gets a bit soft. Immediately press a raspberry into the chocolate. Voilà! Maybe you’ll take home the award for Best Sound Mixing for the blend of crunching with a roomful of people saying “Yum!”

Banana Split Bites

For one more sweet treat, try out this too-easy recipe. Slice a medium banana into 16 “coins,” and lay them on a large plate. Take 2 oz. (about ¼ cup) fat-free strawberry Greek yogurt and dollop evenly on top of the banana coins. Sprinkle 2 tsp. finely chopped peanuts over the tops, and then freeze them for an hour. Eat them all yourself for under 200 calories, or go ahead and share. You might want to make a few batches.

And the award goes to… YOU, for best party snacks!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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