Say I Do to Engaging Appetizers Before Wedding Vows
CHICAGO Summer weddings and engagement parties go hand in hand with festive fare. Kick off the celebration while being mindful of the bride and grooms waistlines with CanolaInfos Engaging Appetizers recipe collection. These elegant, portion-controlled bites take advantage of the seasons best produce, while marrying health and flavor.
Couples attend so many parties leading up to the big day and it can be a challenge to eat healthfully, says Ellie Krieger, M.S., R.D., host of the Cooking Channels Healthy Appetite, who developed the recipes. Traditional appetizers are often heavy and loaded with unhealthy fats, but these dishes taste great and leave you feeling good, too.
Kriegers recipes pop with garden vegetables and fresh herbs such as roasted red peppers and basil leaves wrapped in grilled zucchini or pesto made with handfuls of fresh mint. To cut saturated fat, Krieger also swaps in better-for-you ingredients, such as canola oil, canola mayonnaise and nonfat Greek yogurt, for other oils and sauces. Healthier cooking methods like sautéing in place of deep-frying vow to stave off extra calories.
These recipes show how easy it is to prepare truly delectable dishes that are wedded to nutrition, says Krieger. Canola oil keeps saturated fat in check and lets all the bright flavors shine through. Fresh vegetables showcase the vibrant colors of nature while chicken, shellfish and beef offer variety in tastes and textures.
The engaging appetizer recipes average about 100 calories per serving and are low in saturated fat and sodium. Each recipe is made with canola oil, which has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of all common cooking oils and is free of trans fat and cholesterol. Recipes include:
Zucchini Roll-Ups with Feta and Roasted Red Pepper
Curried Chicken Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups
Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon Mint Pesto
Mini Crab Cakes with Smarter Tartar
Balsamic Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizzas
Beef Pops with Grainy Mustard Sauce
I love the simple elegance of these easy-to-make and crowd-pleasing, healthy recipes, says Krieger. Theyre perfect for celebrations and wonderful, heart-healthy gifts to the bride, groom and guests.
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