Dec 29, 2020

Healthy Eats for New Year’s Eve

Start your year off right with healthy and delicious New Year’s Eve recipes that won’t leave you feeling sluggish the morning after.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Vegetarian artichoke dip

The tastiest way to get in your veggies on New Year’s Eve is by grabbing a bag of pita chips and digging into some spinach artichoke dip. The dip is less than 300 calories per serving, but it’s still filling.

4 large whole-wheat pitas
1⁄2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jar (12 oz) artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
1 box (16 oz) chopped frozen spinach, thawed
1 can (4 oz) roasted green chiles, drained and chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
2 Tbsp whipped cream cheese (Whipped cream cheese has air beaten into it, making it lighter and easier to spread.)
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Cut the pitas into 6 to 8 wedges each and separate the layers.
2. Spread on 2 baking sheets and bake at 400°F for 5 minutes or until crisp.
3. Heat the butter in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat.
4.Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
5.Add the artichokes, spinach, chiles, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and lemon juice.
6. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until hot. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Serve with the pita wedges

Buffalo Wings

Healthy fiery buffalo wings

Made in the oven instead of the deep fryer, this healthy twist on buffalo wings is a must at any celebration—and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

2 lb chicken wings (preferably a mix of wing segments and drummettes)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp hot sauce (Frank’s RedHot is best. Want to try Asian-style wings? Simply sub in 1⁄4 cup teriyaki sauce for the hot sauce and follow the rest of the recipe.)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt (we like Fage 2%)
2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
Salt and black pepper to taste
Celery sticks (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the chicken with the salt, pepper, and chili powder, and arrange on a baking sheet.
  2. Roast until the skin is lightly blistered and the meat is cooked all the way through, about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet or sauté pan, and add the hot sauce and half of the lemon juice.
  4. Remove the wings from the oven and add directly to the hot pan, tossing to thoroughly coat every piece in the sauce.
  5. Mix the yogurt, blue cheese, and remaining lemon juice.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve the wings and the celery (if using) with the blue cheese sauce on the side for dipping.

Shrimp Cocktail

Healthy shrimp cocktail

A fancy and healthy appetizer, shrimp cocktail can do no wrong—on New Year’s Eve or any other day, for that matter.

1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tbsp olive oil
1⁄2 tsp Old Bay seasoning (optional)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1⁄2 cup ketchup
Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. On a baking sheet, toss the shrimp with the olive oil, Old Bay (if using), and salt and pepper. Bake for about 5 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and just firm.
  3. While the shrimp cook, combine the ketchup, lemon juice, horseradish, and sriracha.
  4. Taste and adjust the spice level to your preference. Serve with the shrimp.

Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Roasted spaghetti squash tossed in butter, garlic and plenty of fresh Parmesan cheese. It’s simple, healthy and low-carb.


8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divded
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • 1 (2-3 pounds) spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise from stem to tail and scrape out the seeds.* Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place squash, cut-side down, onto the prepared baking dish. Place into oven and roast until tender, about 35-45 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest until cool enough to handle.
  5. Using a fork, scrape the flesh to create long strands.
  6. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Stir in vegetable broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in remaining 4 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until melted and smooth.
  8. Stir in spaghetti squash and gently toss to combine until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately, topped with Parmesan and garnished with parsley, if desired.

Fudgy Brownies

Low-calorie fudgy brownies

Onwards to dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth by eating a fudge brownie or two. It’s hard to believe, but these brownies are only 200 calories each.

1⁄2 cup (1stick) butter
2 oz semi-sweet dark chocolate, chopped
3⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1⁄2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3⁄4 tsp salt
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a pan set over low heat.
  3. Stir in the sugar, cocoa, and vanilla and remove from the heat.
  4. Add the eggs, flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until smooth. Stir in the walnuts if using.
  5. Pour the batter into an 8″ x 8″ baking pan coated with a bit of nonstick spray.
  6. Spread the batter out into an even layer.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nearly clean. (If you like your brownies less fudgy, bake a few extra minutes, until the toothpick comes out perfectly clean.)

Happy New Year’s Eve

We hope wherever you are, you have a happy and healthy New Year’s Eve.

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