by Karen Roth, MSNC
The holidays are upon us, and there’s a good chance we’ll be attending a holiday party, or even throwing one ourselves. Let’s face it – we’re busy, which often results in pre-made appetizers off the store shelf. You know the old standbys... the colorful vegetable platter or chips and guacamole. This year, surprise your friends, family, or coworkers with some creative, delicious – and best of all easy to prepare – 10-minute party dishes.
4 medium cooked beets (in produce section)
½ cup of tahini
¼ cup of lemon juice
½ tsp. of grated garlic
½ cup of Olive Your Heart® Lemon Flavor
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place beets, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor, and pulse for 1 minute. While pulsing slowly, add the olive oil until very smooth (approximately 2 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the hummus to a bowl, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve with pita crackers.
STEAMED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
1 lb. of Brussels sprouts sliced in half
½ of a red onion, sliced
1 medium garlic clove
2 tsp. of lemon juice
3 tbsp. of Olive Your Heart® Basil Flavor
Salt and pepper to taste
Fill the bottom of the steamer with 2 inches water, insert basket, lay the sliced onions first, add the sliced Brussels sprouts, and cover. Steam for 5 minutes. Transfer the onions and Brussels sprouts to a bowl, and immediately toss with lemon juice, Olive Your Heart® Basil Flavor, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. This dish may be served warm or cold.
SPINACH CAPRESE SALAD
1 bag of spinach
1 container of cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 large ball of mozzarella, sliced into bite-size pieces
2 tbsp. of Olive Your Heart® Basil Flavor
2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
Combine the first three ingredients in a large bowl, and toss. Pour Olive Your Heart® Basil Flavor and balsamic vinegar over, and toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may want to double this recipe if you have a larger crowd in attendance.
GARLIC DIPPING OIL
1 garlic clove, peeled and grated
½ cup of Olive Your Heart® Garlic Flavor
1 tsp. of dried oregano
1 tsp. of dried basil
¼ tsp. of of sea salt
¼ tsp. of fresh ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir to mix. Serve with sliced crusty bread.
These recipes are also great to have on hand during food emergencies. When your turkey or ham is taking longer than expected, when the sautéed greens just won’t cook down, or when you forgot to put the dinner rolls in the oven… you now have quick, healthy recipes to save the day.
The Daily Dose blog features health and wellness articles from Senior Nutritionist & Educator Jolie Root, LPN,LNC; Nutritionist & Educator Laurel Sterling, MA, RDN, CDN; and Featured Guest Blogger Karen Roth, MSNC. Other guest bloggers will also join us.