A picture-perfect addition to any holiday spread, this crabmeat pomegranate dip is low in calories compared with the typical veggie dip. Light mayo is the only ingredient that adds a few fat calories; otherwise this holiday appetizer is protein-packed and full of flavor.
Makes 16 appetizer servings
8 oz lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed
4 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 tbsp finely chopped green scallion tops or chives
1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice
Assorted crudités (red pepper strips, cucumber slices, and carrot sticks)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
Mix crabmeat with mayonnaise, scallions, and lime juice. Mound crabmeat mixture in the center of a platter and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Arrange colorful vegetables around the plate.
Per serving: 26 calories, 3 g protein, 0.4 g carbohydrate, 1.4 g fat, 0.2 g
Pigs in a blanket are a holiday no-no, laden with 6 grams of fat and not a lot of nutritional value per each bite-sized portion. Stuffed figs (the figs replace the pigs) wrapped in prosciutto are delicious and nutritious -- cutting the calorie count down to 85 and the fat grams almost in half.
Makes 12 appetizer servings
12 large fresh figs (mission or any other fresh variety)
2 oz goat cheese
2 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 12 strips
2–3 oz balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut figs in half but not all the way through. Stuff the fig with a small scoop of goat cheese and press gently to seal. Wrap stuffed fig in a strip of prosciutto to secure cheese, tuck ends of prosciutto under fig. Place figs on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over each fig. Bake figs 8 to 10 minutes; serve warm.
Per serving: 93 calories, 3.5 g protein, 14 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fat, 1.4 g
saturated fat, 9 mg cholesterol,
2 g fiber, 145 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 26%.
What’s a holiday feast without a little apple pie? It may be an age-old tradition on your table come November and December, but there’s a slimmer way to do it. While it’s not exactly lean cuisine, this crisp is certainly a step in the right direction, especially if you use a no-trans fat margarine and a sugar substitute, in lieu of the real thing. Topping out at around 220 calories and 8 grams of fat, this dessert is a big nutritional improvement with almost no sacrifice in taste.
Makes 8 servings
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp no-trans fat margarine