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Party foods

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!
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    We like to BBQ fruit... make kabobs. When you do it with pineapple you can roll it in cinnamon and it is amazing. I like the idea of the added oatmeal. Sometimes when I'm in a "state" my go to is oatmeal with that smidgen of butter and nuts done up in the microwave and sometimes dates and definitely something I add rhubabr to.

    Most important is a PLAN and I love that you are thinking ahead and sharing things that work. I like grapes in the car. Hurray for summer and getting together with friends/family. Definitely something to celebrate!
    1450 days ago
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    You're very creative, my dear. Sounds delicious. I hope things are going well, over all. I am thinking of you.
    1455 days ago
    I've never hard of it but LOVE it!
    No chopsticks needed!!!! Unless you're saying I do in fact still need the stix. I guess I can stab at the fruit if needed.... : )))
    1455 days ago
    Great ideas!! I always bring a layered bean dip. Fat free refried beans, tomatoes, olives, green chilies, salsa, low fat shredded cheese and baked chips. That way I KNOW I have something you,my and everyone else likes it too! Low fat, gluten fits the bill..
    1457 days ago
    Who would want your cheese and olives at a party? Me!
    I'm veklempt over the fruit stir fry magic! What a creative harm reduction technique. We have lots of rhubarb in the garden that's been waiting for this recipe:)
    Have a great party!
    1457 days ago
    I *love* the stir-fry fruit idea- yum! It looks like dessert without being too dangerous on the calorie spectrum. Thanks for posting this..Have a fabulous rest of the weekend. Hope you're enjoying some sunshine where you are! emoticon emoticon
    1457 days ago
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