This is a great take on stuffed mushroom caps which are always seen in a party smorgasbord! These mushroom caps are gluten free and vegan! Say what?! No cheese, in stuffed mushroom caps?! Yep, instead they are stuffed with delicious and healthy ingredients like quinoa, brown rice, pine nuts, and salsa! These I HAVE got to try!
4. Baked Mozzarella Sticks from Healthy Recipes
photo via Healthy Recipes
Oh mozzarella sticks, a true indulgence. Warm, crunchy, breaded outside, and ooey gooey cheesy inside… just dripping with calories. Yes, they are delicious, I will admit that, but they aint’ good for the figure! This recipe is a healthy take on mozzarella sticks that uses whole wheat bread crumbs and whole wheat flour with spices for breading, filled with partly skimmed mozzarella cheese, then baked instead of fried! At 64 calories and 1.8g of saturated fat per stick they are a lighter option than the fried version which are closer to 100 calories and a whopping 5g of saturated fat per stick!!
5. Secretly Healthy Spinach Dip from Lindsay Isham
photo via Lindsay Isham
Spinach Dip is always a party staple – and it is super addictive… it’s hard to have just one, or a few dips into this scrumptious appy! This healthified version of spinach dip uses reduced fat cottage cheese blended with frozen spinach and water chestnuts to give the dip a creamy and rich texture without all the fat! Very clever! Cottage cheese is also a great source of protein so it definitely has a one-up on the traditional dip which is usually made with full fat mayonnaise and sour cream!
I hope you have enjoyed today’s Fave Five and that you will try making one or all of these for your next holiday gathering!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Nutritionist in the Kitch