Friday, December 14, 2012

Healthy Holiday Recipes

Mini Date-Nut Snowballs
From Elli Krieger for Food Network Magazine
Preparation Time: 10 minutes                                  Portion: Serves 6 cups
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
3 1/2 ounces pitted dried dates (about 14)
15 small raw almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
Spread the coconut on a plate.  Put the dates, almonds, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and process until finely chopped
Form rounded 1/2 teaspoons of the mixture into balls with your fingers, then roll in the coconut, pressing to coat.
Per serving (6 piencese): Calories 100; Total fat 3 g (saturated 2 g);  Cholesterol 0 mg;
Sodium 150 mg; Carbohydrates 20 g; Fiber 3 g, Protein 1 g

Mexican Bean Dip
From Meals in Minutes cookbook
Preparation Time: 10 minutes                                  Portion: Serves 6; 1/4 cup per serving
16 ounce can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup frozen chopped green bell peper or 1 small green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley (optional)
2 tablespoons of salsa
2 tablespoons lime juice (1 or 2 medium limes)
1 teaspoon bottles minced garlic or 2 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
In a food processor or blender, process all ingredients for 45 seconds, or until fairly smooth.  Serve or cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Per serving (1/4 cup): Calories 77; Total fat 1 g (saturated 1 g);  Cholesterol 0 mg;
Sodium 22mg; Carbohydrates 14 g; Fiber 3 g, Protein 5 g

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