Sunday, May 25, 2014
I see a lot of talk out there about what kind of foods to bring to a party to not sabotage yourself. Since I've been fooling myself into thinking I'm dieting for years now, eating well in public and crazy in private, I've actually come up with a few party take-alongs that are healthier (as long as you don't then binge eat when you get home).
Party food: If I have a long drive, I bring cheese and crackers. Really nice crackers, and interesting cheeses. This way I know I have something sensible to fall back on. I also like olives – a nice little bowl of greek olives is my favorite thing to see at a party. If kids are involved, I bring pitted just in case! 5 olives are 25 calories, very flavorful, and so satisfying. But...who wants to bring that - everyone wants dessert!
If I really want to bring dessert, I make a fruit stir-fry. Sounds weird, but I’ve gotten rave reviews. I created it myself and have never really measured, so the amounts are ALL approximate. The following is only a 4-serving-ish size. But it’s easily doubled. And since people always want pie at cookouts, it’s kind of a neat lower calorie alternative. Let me start by saying that I don’t use any sweetener in my stir fry and it’s plenty sweet for me. This can also be a GF recipe (depends on what you use for the crunchy part).
Smear of butter
2-3 pieces fresh fruit – cut into pie-sized chunks or slices (think apple, peach, pear – I’ve never tried berries, if you try them, let me know how it turns out)
(optional raisins/chopped dates/craisins ~ 1T total)
1/8t cinnamon (approx., I’ve never actually measured)
small sprinkle nutmeg (again, I’ve never measured)
~1/4 to 1/2c Oatmeal
or Graham cracker crumbs, bread crumbs, or anything crunchy you like
– you could even use crunchy cereal or crushed cookies.
(optional ½ T nuts-chopped small)
(optional 1t sweetener) whatever kind you allow in your life
Smear butter in the bottom of the cold fry pan (only enough to cover). On high heat, stir-fry fruit +[optional raisins, dates, craisins], cinnamon & nutmeg. When fruit is tender as you like, add oatmeal or crumbs + [optional sweetener + nuts]. Stir about 2 more min.
Like pie, it's nice hot, and fine at room temperature. Should probably keep it covered b/c it'll attract bees...
Most of the calories in this come from the fruit and oatmeal (and optional nuts). Even the butter is such a small smear that it’s like 20 calories total for the whole recipe. If you choose to use sugar (or brown sugar) it’s going to hike it up some but you really don’t need much sugar – like 1 teaspoon at the most b/c stir-frying really brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit! It's kind of like caramelizing - just makes it taste sweet.
Enjoy your holiday weekend!