Healthy Appetizer Recipes: Les Canapés
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 I’m joining with other bloggers to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic lost her Mom to heart disease when her mother was 47, and Kim was 15. Each year on the day her Mom passed she shares stories and photos of her Mom. This year she joined forces with Jen of Juanita’s Cocina, whose life was also touched by heart disease when her Stepfather had a heart attack. Jen’s Stepfather is alive and well more than a decade later, and for that, Jen is thankful every day. The ladies got in touch with other bloggers to ask them to share their own stories about how heart disease has touched their lives. So today we share stories and recipes from our hearts to yours, in memory and honour of Momzie, Kim’s Mom. We hope you will share your stories with us today as well. Go to the bottom of this post for links to all the bloggers’ stories and recipes.
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.
Oh, j’adore les canapés! In fact, I’ll be focusing on canapés all through March.
Why are canapés the perfect healthy appetizer for entertaining?
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, join me this month as I celebrate Les Canapés!
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- 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.
And now, 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.