Healthy Recipes: Appetizers

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Grilled Eggplant with Miso Dressing

Miso is a savory fermented paste made from soy beans, rice or barley. There are many different varieties on the market, ranging from light to dark, depending on how long they are aged. Look out for the low-sodium variety, since this thick, peanut butter looking paste can be quite salty.

Italian Wedding Soup

Kids love tender tiny meatballs and fun pasta shapes that swim in this soup. I like the spinach and egg ribbons that make this soup a full meal.

Cherry Peppers Stuffed with Mozzarella and Basil

I love the sweet and hot flavor of pickled cherry peppers, ideal for preparing quick and tasty appetizers. You can find them in the deli case of most grocery stores or in a specialty Italian deli. They are great to have on hand to enliven salads, sliced into steamed broccoli and cauliflower or to tuck into a hearty sandwich.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

I love the tart and tangy flavors of the traditional Caesar Salad. My version still has all the flavor minus the fat you’ll find in most restaurant or store-bought Caesars! Leftovers make a perfect quick and healthy office lunch.

Mac and Cheese

An American classic that hits the waistline and hips pretty hard! My version softens the blow of cheese by mixing in non-fat cream cheese and parmesan.

Black Bean Soup

Three hours is usually enough time for soaking the beans but you can boil them in water if you are in a hurry. I read in Mexican cookbooks that they never soak their beans – do so at your own risk!

Healthy Buttermilk Chicken Fingers

This is one of my most popular recipes, with adults and children alike! I love the taste of crispy chicken but prefer this version for a healthy everyday meal. I soak my chicken in low-fat buttermilk to tenderize it first, giving it the same tender texture of the deep fried version. If you have a busy schedule, you can soak the chicken overnight and purchase seasoned breadcrumbs instead of making them. Little folk love to eat with their fingers, and this chicken is moist and tender for small mouths!

Pear Hazelnut Muffin

Pears are plentiful in the fall. If you happen to have a few bruised pears at the bottom of your fruit bowl, this is a great way to rescue them! If you don’t have hazelnuts, almonds work just as well. I store all my nuts in the freezer to keep them from becoming rancid.