CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Weddings and engagement parties go hand in hand with festive fare. Kick off the celebration – while being mindful of the bride and groom's waistlines – with CanolaInfo's "Engaging Appetizers" recipe collection. These elegant, portion-controlled marry health and flavor – what a match!
"Couples attend so many parties leading up to the big day and it can be a challenge to eat healthfully," says Ellie Krieger, M.S., R.D., host of the Cooking Channel's "Healthy Appetite," who developed the recipes. "Traditional appetizers are often heavy and loaded with unhealthy fats, but these dishes taste great and leave you feeling good, too."
Krieger's recipes pop with end-of-summer vegetables and fresh herbs such as roasted red peppers and basil leaves wrapped in grilled zucchini or pesto made with handfuls of fresh mint. To cut saturated fat, Krieger also swaps in better-for-you ingredients, such as canola oil, canola mayonnaise and nonfat Greek yogurt, for other oils and sauces. Healthier cooking methods like sauteing in place of deep-frying vow to stave off extra calories.
"These recipes show how easy it is to prepare truly delectable dishes that are 'wedded' to nutrition," says Krieger. "Canola oil keeps saturated fat in check and lets all the bright flavors shine through. Fresh vegetables showcase the vibrant colors of nature while chicken, shellfish and beef offer variety in tastes and textures."
The engaging appetizer recipes average about 100 calories per serving and are low in saturated fat and sodium. Each recipe is made with canola oil, which has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of all common cooking oils and is free of trans fat and cholesterol. Recipes include:
- Zucchini Roll-Ups with Feta and Roasted Red Pepper
- Curried Chicken Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups
- Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon Mint Pesto
- Mini Crab Cakes with Smarter Tartar
- Balsamic Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizzas
- Beef Pops with Grainy Mustard Sauce
"I love the simple elegance of these easy-to-make and crowd-pleasing, healthy recipes," says Krieger. "They're perfect for celebrations and wonderful, heart-healthy 'gifts' to the bride, groom and guests."
Image with caption: "Ellie Krieger's Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon Mint Pesto is a breeze to make and canola oil makes it low in saturated fat. Check out the whole"Engaging Appetizers" recipe collection at www.canolainfo.org." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130911/DC77294-a
Image with caption: "Try Beef Pops with Grainy Mustard Sauce and other healthy, festive finger food made with canola oil from Ellie Krieger and CanolaInfo's "Engaging Appetizers" recipe collection at www.canolainfo.org." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130911/DC77294-b
Image with caption: "Zucchini Roll-Ups with Feta and Roasted Red Pepper are a healthy, elegant addition to any party. See all of Ellie Krieger and CanolaInfo's "Engaging Appetizers" recipe collection at www.canolainfo.org." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130911/DC77294-c