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3 Holiday creations - hummus, barley mint apple salad and fruit pizza

Posted Nov 14 2013 6:23am

I'm all for the holiday eats and being super creative in the kitchen.

I have a few recipes that I created yesterday for two holiday edition of my normal   HeartWise (for men and women)  class that I teach at Baptist Medical Center Beaches as a clinical Registered Dietitian. It's important to me that although I am speaking to a room of heart attack victims and individuals who are at risk for cardiovascular disease that they do not leave the room feeling overwhelmed or restricted with their food but instead inspired that they have a new way of living life - yes - for many it's a new lifestyle and way of thinking about food but it isn't until you have to make time for illness that you are reminded of how important it is to take care of your health. Prevention is cheaper than medicine.... and it tastes/feels better too :)

The creations were well-received so I thought I'd add a little inspiration to your holiday menu (or daily eats).....enjoy!

Lemon Garlic Hummus
2 heads garlic2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)3 tbsp lemon juice2 tbsp tahini 
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth (or to the consistency of your liking).
(very garlicky! If you'd like a little less garlic, use 1 head of garlic)
Makes ~1.5 cups

Fruit pizza
1 sugar cookie doughWhipped cream cheeseFruit of your choice (seasonal)
1. Press cookie on nonstick large pan (sprayed with nonstick spray) until ½ inch thick. 2. In 350 degree oven, bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. 3. Spread a light layer of cream cheese on cookie and top with fresh fruit. Refrigerate before serving. 

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