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December 2018

Holiday parties can be an invitation to gluttony unless you’re armed with culinary tips and tricks from registered dietitian-nutritionist, Cindy Kleckner. Whether you’re gracing guests for a neighborhood party or scrambling to host a few hungry pop-ins, learn tips to prepare quick and easy recipes that are good for you too! Take the Naughty or Nice Challenge by trying two versions of a holiday appetizer...one is a naughty calorie-bomb and one is a nice, good-for-you, irresistible taste sensation! You be the judge!


Naughty Garlic Spinach Bites

  • 2 cups crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 10-ounce pkgs frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry


In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Stir in spinach until blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a lined baking pan. Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown

Yield: 4 dozen


2 Spinach Bites: 98 calories  7g fat  4g saturated fat  52mg cholesterol  202mg sodium 


Nice Garlic Spinach Bites

  • 2 cups crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry


In a large bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients. Stir in spinach until blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a lined baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle a little paprika for seasonal color!

Yield: 2 dozen


2 Spinach Bites: 50 calories  3g fat  1g saturated fat  12mg cholesterol  99mg sodium

 

Cindy Kleckner, RDN, LD, FAND  is a registered dietitian nutritionist and culinary expert, a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies, 2011 and the DASH Diet For Dummies, 2014. Email Cindy for a personalized demonstration of this fun and easy way to add more nutrients to your meals at 214-293-5306.


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