Party Heartfully This Holiday Season
Registered dietitian Becky Varner shares recipes and insights for navigating the holidays with your health in mind.
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Crostini Two Ways
For the Crostini
2 tablespoons olive oil
• Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
• Slice baguette into 32 slices (about ½-inch thick each).
• Using a small pastry brush, baste each slice with olive oil.
• Place basted side up on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
• Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown on top.
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¾ cup canned salmon (about ½ of a 15 ounce can), drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
16 fresh dill sprigs for garnish
• Combine ricotta, green onion and black pepper and mix well.
• Add salmon and mix.
• Gently fold in dill weed. This makes 1 cup.
• Spread 1 tablespoon on each of 16 of the crostini. Garnish each with a fresh dill sprig.
This recipe makes 16 appetizers. Each contains approximately 58 calories and 1.5 grams fat.
¼ cup chopped Kalamata olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
• Combine artichoke hearts, olives, parsley and pepper. Mix well.
• Spread 1 tablespoon on each of 16 of the crostini. Sprinkle each with Parmesan.
This recipe makes 16 appetizers. Each contains approximately 51 calories and 1.5 grams fat.
Source: Becky Varner
Offer to bring a healthful dish to the party! Of course you would want to ask the host or hostess ahead of time if it would be OK to bring a favorite snack food to the party but it will generally be appreciated. This will assure there being at least one good option for you! A raw vegetable tray with a low-fat dip, finger sandwiches made with lean deli meat, lettuce and mustard or a low-fat dressing, boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce or a fresh fruit tray are great choices.
Another idea to serve if you are hosting a party or to take to another party is crostini. Two ideas you might want to try are the following salmon with dill and the Kalamata olive and artichoke heart crostini.
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