Skewers create the perfect finger foods! Go ahead – thread a variety of fruit chunks together. Seasoned chicken strips or meatballs are tasty on skewers. Or, try a combination of meats and fruits, such as pork and peaches or deli ham wrapped around cantaloupe balls. I especially love grilled salmon and veggie skewers (and I often fix them for lunch!). I also enjoy creating “salad-on-a-skewer” combinations!
Everyone loves dips! At potluck meals, you can almost always find fat- or calorie-laden dips. However, you can easily create tasty, versatile and filling dips using a variety of surprising base foods. Beans can be mashed and sautéed with spices and veggies to create limitless savory dips. Blend low-fat cottage cheese to create savory or sweet dairy-based dips. Simply add spice packets or minced veggies or fruits for crunch. Yogurt and fruit purees are speedy, tasty dips for fruit slices. Add flair to your veggie and fruit dippers! Cut them into unique shapes and thicknesses, and add some unusual foods such as roasted artichoke leaves and zucchini boats. Yum! Sneak in some fun fruits and veggies! Stuffed onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms are elegant and tasty, and stuffed zucchini is one of my most-requested potluck foods.
Stuffed fruits such as apples, peaches, and pears are incredibly versatile, and can be used as the base for both sweet and savory recipes. As an added timesaver, many stuffed foods can be cooked in a slow cooker. Meats and meat salads are a filling and healthy potluck food! Most meats can be cooked as chunks or strips; you can even offer a zingy drizzle, such as citrus, satay or pesto dressing.
I frequently cook roasts or chicken breasts in a slow cooker, shred, and add barbecue sauce. Then, I transform it into a finger food by serving the shredded meat in endive or butter lettuce leaves. Tuna or chicken salad can be served in a similar way, or atop individual cucumber slices. Fondue and shabu shabu are the ultimate interactive, bite-size foods! Cheese fondue is a great way to sneak in veggies such as mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and blanched asparagus, while chocolate fondue is a tasty topping for fruits. Shabu shabu is boiling broth; at our house, it is a fun way to cook meats, potatoes and mushrooms. This year, enjoy healthy foods during the holiday season. They can be tasty, healthy, and easy to fix! Beth Watt Owner, Trainer, Instructor Fit Body Studio Rosewood Hills
About Beth Watt
* Level 1 Nutrition Coach, Precision Nutrition®
* Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise
* Zumba® and Zumbatomic® Instructor, Zumba® Fitness
* Beth has lived in Oklahoma her entire life, and has been married since 2001.
* Beth earned Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Zoology, and a Master’s degree in Education.
* Beth lives in the friendly college town of Stillwater.
* Beth has taught Secondary Science and Math for nine years; she currently works part-time as an elementary school Remediation Specialist.