New Year’s Eve is less than a week away, and with food and drink being a cornerstone of the celebration of a new year, you may think it tough to eat and drink healthy. It is easy to over-indulge with both food and drink. But, you can make healthier options, and not sacrifice any of the taste. Below are three appetizer recipes and four alcohol recipes you can make for a healthier New Year’s Eve celebration.
Spinach & Brie -Artichoke Hearts
• 1 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts
• 2/3 cup cooked chopped spinach
• 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 18 thin slices brie
1. Preheat broiler. Prepare artichoke hearts according to package directions.
2. Combine spinach, lemon pepper and salt in a small bowl. Top each artichoke heart with the spinach mixture and brie. Broil until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Makes 18 servings
Mini Greek Pizza Muffins
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
• 2/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
• 1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup low-fat milk
• 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
• 1 large egg, well beaten
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 tablespoons chopped kalamata olives
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
3. Whisk whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, oregano, sugar, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl.
4. Stir milk, feta, egg, tomato paste and olives into the onion mixture. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full.
5. Bake the muffins until lightly browned, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
‘Better for You’ Buffalo Chicken Wings
- 1 spray olive oil cooking spray, or enough to coat sheet
- 12 oz uncooked skinless chicken wings
- 1 1/4 oz Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix, or similar product
- 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 2 tbsp blue cheese, or gorgonzola, crumbled
- 2 tbsp fat-free skim milk
- 4 medium stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Dip wings in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Then, place chicken wings in a zip-close plastic bag, add taco seasoning, seal bag and shake to coat. Transfer wings to prepared baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 18 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, to prepare dip, whisk together sour cream, cheese and milk.
- Serve wings with dip and celery on the side. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Recipe from laaloosh.com
And, of course alcohol is a large part of New Year’s Eve too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink healthier than normal. Below are a few low-calorie options for you to enjoy and not feel bad about it.
Pour 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots cranberry juice over ice.
Add 2 shots seltzer water, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Light & Stormy
Into a glass with ice, pour 1 shot of light rum and 2 shots ginger ale.
Skinny Cuba Libre
In a tall glass add 1 shot of light rum and fill with diet cola
In a shaker with ice, combine 1 shot of gin and the juice of 1 small lemon. Strain into an 8-ounce glass and top with seltzer water (about ¾ cup).
Please have a safe and fun holiday. And please, if you have had a few drinks contact a cab company to get you home safely. (provided link is for Cincinnati, OH)
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