Many of us will be on a health kick after indulging in too much festive food in December, so choosing lighter, healthier options might be a good idea for any upcoming dinner parties. If you’re looking for an exciting, healthy menu that puts your new Christmas KitchenAid to good use, here are five great recipes that will impress your guests.
1. Stuffed mushrooms
A guilty pleasure when stuffed with melted cheeses and breadcrumbs. However, you can do a healthy spin on stuffed mushrooms by finely chopping onions and peppers, mixing with cottage cheese and topping with just a sprinkle of parmesan.
2. Caramelised onion tarts
When eating one of these tasty bites, you would not believe that they are fairly healthy. Rather than pastry, the cases are made by pressing wholemeal bread into the muffin tray and brushed with a small amount of butter. The filling is just caramelised onions and sun-dried tomatoes.
3. Potato skins
Order jacket potato skins in a restaurant and you’ll more than likely be served up deep fried skins, loaded with cheese and bacon. For a dinner party (and healthy) twist, bake the jacket skins instead and fill them with sour cream, smoked salmon and dill – dill-icious!
If you are serving raw vegetables, you’ll need a delicious dip to impress the guests. Shop-bought dips often contain unnecessary sugar and salt so it’s best to make your own. There are plenty to choose from but hummus is often an all-around winner. Made from chickpeas, tahini, garlic and water, it’s the perfect healthy condiment.
5. Teriyaki beef & lettuce cups
If you want a dish to really impress your guests, this one has to be it. Sirloin steaks cut into fine strips, with Asian flavours such as teriyaki and chilli, served up in a lettuce cup - these mini appetisers give you a taste of heaven without feeling guilty.
There are lots of healthy recipes that you can serve up at your dinner party, so why not put those Christmas gifts to good use and show off your kitchen skills?
*collaboration with Harrods, the photo is my own