Appetizers are an important part of your holiday meal planning because they give people the opportunity to snack while the meal is being prepared. Even though it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean that you should be eating unhealthy treats all day long! It is easy to slip into unhealthy habits during the holiday season, buy why serve food that will harm your health?
A quick search online will turn up plenty of healthy holiday appetizers, meals, side dishes, and desserts. Or, you can make some substitutions with some of your favorite recipes, in order to make a healthier version of traditional holiday food. It is possible to enjoy the holiday and support your health with good nutrition at the same time!
Here is a healthy organic dip recipe that your whole family will enjoy:
° 1 tablespoon organic avocado oil
° 1 cup organic shallots, chopped
° 1 cup organic Greek yogurt
° 1/4 cup organic chives, chopped
° 1/4 cup organic milk
° 1/4 cup filtered water
° 1 tablespoon organic dried dill weed (or more if you prefer)
° 1 teaspoon organic balsamic vinegar
° 1/2 teaspoon organic celery salt (or more if you prefer)
° Freshly ground organic black pepper (to taste)
Add the avocado oil to a small skillet, as well as the shallots. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The shallots should be soft and translucent at this point, then add the balsamic vinegar and water. Turn down the temperature to medium low, continue cooking for 13 or 14 minutes. Stir occasionally, and let the shallots cook until they are caramelized and brown.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked shallots with the rest of the ingredients, and stir well to combine all ingredients. Cover the mixing bowl, and chill for at least 60 minutes. Stir well before serving.
Important Note: Make sure that you are using organic ingredients, especially for the dairyproducts. It is best to find a brand of organic Greek yogurt and milk that comes from pasture-raised cows. The nutritional profile of conventional dairy products compared with organic alternatives is very different. So, stick with organic to make this recipe as healthy as possible.
One of the best ways to serve this dip is with a veggie tray. It is best to buy organic vegetables, and here are a few ideas for your veggie tray: cucumbers, carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, jimica, cherry tomatoes, and/or radishes.
Set out the veggie tray on a beautiful serving platter, and it will be a nice treat for everyone who will be attending your Christmas party. If you want to make the appetizer more festive, garnish the vegetable platter with fresh sprigs of dill.
Another option is to serve the dip with crackers, but be careful about the types of crackers that you buy. Look for organic crackers made with non-GMO ingredients. You might consider serving gluten-free crackers as a healthier alternative for people who are trying to avoid gluten in their diet.