Holiday gatherings are a great opportunity to try a new recipe. Make it a healthy one with these options:

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:                       

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper  
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts
  • 2—8oz blocks fat free cream cheese
  • 1 bag fresh spinach

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In large, oven-safe sauté pan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and all other ingredients.

Stir until well blended.

Continue heating until mixture begins to bubble, then remove from heat.

Top with remaining cheese.

Place pan in oven and bake until top is golden. 

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes (serves 8) * Recipe courtesy of Robin Plotkin, RD, LD

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp good-quality olive oil
  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes (about 4 large ones), sliced in half lengthwise and again crosswise
  • Scant handful of chopped pecans or walnuts (toasted, if desired)
  • Cracked black pepper

Directions:


Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients (except potatoes, nuts, and pepper) until smooth. Pour into large plastic baggie and add potatoes. Mix thoroughly to coat. Empty baggie contents into baking pan.

Carefully place potatoes in a single layer with flesh of potato facing up. Cover and bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Turn sweet potatoes once or twice to prevent from sticking to pan.

When tender, remove cover and continue to bake until glaze is set, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a holiday serving dish and sprinkle nuts on top. Add pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 134; Total Fat: 2 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 63 mg; Carbohydrates: 29 g; Fiber: 3 g; Protein: 2 g

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