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Registered Dietitian Abbey Sharp shows you some interesting and unexpected ways you can turn your Holiday Appetizers into crave crushing dishes your family won’t even realize are healthy.
Her first recipe is for sweet and tangy turkey meatballs. Pulse a half a pound of crimini mushrooms in a food processor until they reach a ground meat like consistency. In the past Abbey has been known to use this trick with other ground meat based recipes as it greatly decreases calories as well as fat and is virtually undetectable in the meat. Transfer your ground mushrooms to a large bowl and then repeat the process with a cup of high fiber all-bran original cereal.
All-bran cereal is a great high fiber swap for traditional white bread crumbs as just one single cup will actually provide you with 40% of your daily fiber needs. Add your all-bran to the bowl and then mix in a pound of extra lean ground turkey, one egg, a cup of minced garlic, half a tsp of toasted sesame oil, one tsp of reduced sodium soy sauce, 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp of green onions and a quarter tsp each of salt and pepper. Mix this thoroughly until you reach a unified consistency and roll the mixture into 2 dozen meatballs. Bake these on your preferred baking sheet for 15 to 28 minutes at 400′.
What meatball recipe would be complete without sauce? In a saucepan mix together a 1/4 cup each of hoisin sauce and rice wine vinegar. Add a cup of unsweetened applesauce, one tsp of reduced sodium soy sauce, 2 tbsp of apple butter, and a tsp of sesame oil. Simmer the mixture over low heat until thick and hot then toss the cooked meatballs with the warmed sauce.
Her next healthy holiday appetizer recipe is for apple and pumpkin crisps. For the filling you will mix together 2 peeled and diced apples, 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 2 tbsp of dried cranberries, a tbsp of minced candied ginger, 2 tsp of whole grain flour, 1 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup, 2 tsp of melted butter, a 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and a generous pinch of salt.
After this you’re going to move on to the crisped topping. In a medium sized bowl combine 2 tbsp each of rolled oats, whole grain flour and brown sugar. Add to that 3 tbsp of chopped pecans, a quarter tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp of ground flax seed, 1 1/4 cup of melted butter, and 1/2 a cup of all-bran. By combining all these ingredients you get a fiber rich, ultra-filling dessert that will quell those cravings later in the evening for that extra piece of pumpkin pie you know you’re going to want to eat later.
Transfer your filling to 2 oven safe cooking containers and top each with your freshly made topping. Bake these beauties at 375′ for 25 to 30 minutes.
Contrary to common belief healthy eating at the holidays doesn’t mean giving up on all your family favorites, it just means you need to modify your recipes to contain healthier, smarter food choices that in the long run are actually much better for your family.
For more tips on staying healthy, recipes, and information fit for consumption by foodies everywhere stop by Abbey’s blog, and by all means don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel.
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00:01 Recipes for Healthy Holiday Appetizers and Desserts video begins
00:32 Recipes for Healthy Holiday Appetizers and Desserts Introduction
00:59 Recipe for Sweet and Tangy Turkey Meatballs is introduced
01:15 Recipe for Sweet and Tangy Turkey Meatballs sauce is explained
01:49 Recipe for Sweet and Tangy Turkey Meatballs
02:21 Recipe for Healthy Holiday Apple and Pumpkin crisps introduced
03:05 Recipe for Healthy Holiday Apple and Pumpkin crisps filling is explained
03:35 Recipe for Healthy Holiday Apple and Pumpkin crisps topping explained
03:42 Explanation of how substituting ingredients can create healthy alternatives to many holiday dishes
03:58 Recipes for Healthy Holiday Appetizers and Desserts video wrap-up
04:00 Recipes for Healthy Holiday Appetizers and Desserts video end
Disclaimer: This video was developed in paid partnership with All Bran, however, all opinions are genuine.