4 Days my friends, 4 days.
Yesterday (Sunday) My Mom and I got the tree up and I totally rocked my onesie for the event. Today, I got my Mom’s stocking shoppin done, booked our nail appointment for our every year Christmas nails, gymm’ed, made some mashed brown buttah potatoes (white for my Dad, sweet with brown sugar as request by my Mom) for my parents dinnah and ran a few more errands.
BTW. If you have never tried adding brown butter to your mashed goods, it adds quite a lovely distinct flavour as my parents gave it a big thumbs up. Super easy to make too, just heat butter on the stove, stirring constantly, until it takes on a dark amber colour. Then immediately get it out of the pot before it burns. It’s a lot more nuttier and can be used as I used it or in baked goods would be amazing!
That is pretty much going to sum up the next few days. Lots of getting ready for that special day.
My lil cousins are hopefully going to make it..
eer… not so lil anymore, Kodey is now 10 -_-..
But still lil in my eyes and I haven’t seen them in forever so I was hoping to make some lil sweet treats for them to have or even decorate as something fun to do.
Anyways, enough about me, onto todays Top 25 topic..
Top 25 Healthy and Easy Finger Foods
…For your Christmas parties or family get togethers.
So this “healthy” means low fat right? No. I’m trying to add a healthy spin on things that will still be a taste bud firecracker. So richness and bold flavours are still included. We aren’t serving lettuce on a stick here. We still want something people WANT to eat and ALWAYS remember that fat and calories in general are not bad. Half the idea here is that they are finger foods. You have a few bites and then the rest of your precious tummy space is for your dinner. Kapeesh?
- Stuffed Mushrooms Caps. Instead of using chips as a vessel of stuffing, why not use a meaty veggie like baby mushrooms instead?
- Homemade Spring Rolls. Fun to make and customize for everyones taste buds. Here are 5 from Women’s Health Magazine.
- Pizza Boats. Zucchini makes a great boat for everyones favourite greasy dish. Lil cheese, lil herbs and its portable. Sounds good to me.
- Mini Quiches. These bite sized quiches are great because they are sturdy enough to not need a crust, but the eggs binding ability can really hold on to what ever favours you want. Check these out if you have some allergies to worry about.
- Mini Caprese Bites. Something a lil festive and a lil Italian. The richness of the cheese is offset by the freshness of the herbs and the raw tomatoes. Not to mention they are so easy to assemble
- Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Cucumber Bites. Fresh, clean and on a stick. Hope you don’t mind the salmon breathe 😉 PS if you don’t want to use the cream cheese, try plain greek yogurt with some herbs for your spread
- Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese. Drizzled with a lil bit of honey, these are rich and sweet but always a hit.
- Banana Split Sticks. Fresh fruit, a lil dark chocolate and some crunchy peanuts brings this classic dessert to your pre or post dinner finger food table. What are the seasons?
- Sea Salt Chocolate Almonds. Use any nut you want, but these scream finger food. Just make sure a handful doesn’t become a mountain.
- Sweet Potato Fries. Cut up some thick steak fries, drizzle with a lil olive oil, sprinkle with your seasonings of choice and bake them up at 450, turning once, until they are to your liking.
- Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts. Cranberries just scream Christmas and these are again very easy to just throw together and the brie brings an elegance to these 3-ingredient bites.
- Beet Salad On A Stick. Who needs to save the salad for the meal when you can have it on a stick?
- Chocolate Covered Mandarins. Melt some dark chocolate and dip your Christmas oranges into it and let them set in the fridge. Such a classic flavour pairing.
- Sweet Potato Rounds With Herbed Ricotta and Cranberries. Festive? Check. Colourful? Check. Fancy-Smancy…Check. Sounds like a winner.
- Spiced Nuts. Them nuts are just so easy and so munchable
- Sushi Cups. Sushi with no rollin time needed. These guys are for the more advanced host/hostesses though and may cost a lil bit more if you want to splurge on the sushi grade tuna but how fun they are!
- Turkey Cranberry Meatballs. Always gotta have a good ball on a stick somewhere at a party eh? These have some green in them so that makes them festive..right?
- Mediterranean Cucumber Roll Ups. These hit you with a good dose of fiber to keep you satisfied while still being in those Christmas colours and full of flavour.
- Watermelon Salad On A Stick. Have you ever tried this salt and sweet flavour twist?
- Zucchini Chips. Crunch away on these crispy lil snacks. Zucchini is very light and so if you do find yourself grabbing maybe a few too many handfuls, you will still have room for the main event come dinnertime.
- Baked Chickpeas. These are surprisingly addictive and super easy. Just roast cooked chickpeas with some herbs (cumin is really good!) at 400 until crispy.
- Christmas Cherries. How pretty are these?! Plus they come with their own built in stick!
- Sweet Potato Skins. A lil bit of a spin on their greasy and fried potato skin cousin. Plus these have avocado….Drool.
- Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Energy Bites. Melt some chocolate, stick festive colour ‘superfood’ into them, let them dry and voila, antioxidant boosting chocolate drops.
- Annnnnndddd.. Not so healthy but oh so pretty. Meringue Kisses. Sorry they were too cute not to add.
What will you be munchin’ on this Christmas?