Healthy Appetizer Recipes: Les Canapés
Hello Cooking Pal! This month I’m celebrating Spring entertaining by focusing on some healthy appetizer recipes, specifically Les Canapés. These little morsels are the perfect easy appetizers to keep you eating and having fun with your company without worrying about over-indulgence. Today’s recipe is for Apricot Canapés with Goat Cheese, Almonds and Rosemary.
My Gee Gee passed away when I was 12 of a stroke. My Baba struggled with heart issues for all the years that I had her in my life. Many of my other family members now struggle with their weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. None of these have become a huge issue for me.
But I know that they will if I don’t take charge of my health now. It’s not just to be thinner. It’s to make sure that I stick around to be here for my kids. To hug them, play ball with them, dress up for Halloween with them, go snorkeling, watch fireworks, watch them laugh, hear what they learn, see who they love.
I’ve been making an effort but I find some things about healthy-eating harder than others.
Entertaining frightens me.
I find appetizers particularly difficult. They’re so often loaded with cheese and salt. I want to make them to spoil my guests but then I want to eat them too. And I know I shouldn’t.
But I do.
Finding delicious but healthy appetizer recipes can be hard. But I’m determined. It’s important. Thankfully, I think I’ve figured out a pretty good healthy appetizer strategy:
Oh, j’adore les canapés! In fact, I’ll be focusing on canapés all through March.
First and foremost, they’re portioned. I put one in my mouth and I know that it’s a single portion. I might have another, and maybe one more. But I’m not going to eat 20, the way I might sit there and plunge 20 chips into a dip (and then get all mad at myself. You know the drill).
Second, they’re small. Even if there is some cheese or other saturated fat, salt, sugar, whatever, there’s not going to be very much of it. I can eat one and usually know that I’m not doing much damage to my diet.
Third, they’re so darned pretty. We eat with our eyes first. Having a pretty morsel in front of me, even if it’s a healthy one, makes me feel like I’m indulging even if I’m not. How satisfying!
Have I convinced you?
If so, celebrate Les Canapés with me! Get more canapé recipes by clicking here.
- 8 whole dried apricots
- 2 tsp goat cheese
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4 salt-roasted whole almonds, roughly chopped
- 8 fresh rosemary leaves
- Place the apricots on a serving plate. Top each one with a little ¼ teaspoon scoop of goat cheese and smoosh it down a bit. Grind some pepper over the whole plate.
- Using the goat cheese as the glue to which your remaining items will stick, sprinkle each bit of goat cheese with one-eighth of the almonds (a good pinch on each one is about right) and then gently press on two rosemary leaves.
This post was part of a group of posts that bloggers did in March to focus on heart disease and present healthy recipes. Here are all the recipes from the bloggers participating in Recipes And Stories From Our Hearts To Yours. Read the stories, think about those you’ve lost, those you could lose and how you can make a difference for you and your own family by eating healthily, exercising, having a healthy lifestyle and managing to stick around for all those important moments that you know you don’t want to miss. I know that I don’t want to miss a single one.