Happy New Year from Central Ozarks Medical Center! 2020 has been tough but we got through it together, didn't we? We hope that you have fun this New Year's Eve but that you are healthy and safe. If you'd like to start the year off right with a few healthy, but tasty New Year's snacks, this is the blog for you! Keep reading this week's blog for a few healthy NYE snack recipes our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks found online.
Healthy New Year's Snacks
1 pound package Little Potato Co. microwave ready potatoes
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese Neufchatel, softened
1/3 cup 1 1/4 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts
1/4 cup frozen defrosted & squeezed chopped spinach
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Cook the Little Potato Company potatoes as directed on the package. Let the potatoes rest until cool enough to handle.
In the meantime, stir together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, yogurt, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichokes, spinach, cayenne pepper and salt until combined.
Using a small, sharp knife, cut a small slice off of the bottom of each potato so that they sit flat. Cut a small circle out of the top of each potato, then scoop out some of the flesh with a ¼ teaspoon measure. Reserve the flesh and top for another use.
Scoop 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into each potato. Line up the stuffed potatoes on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until the filling is warm and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Serve.
For the salad:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced red pepper
2/3 lb frozen raw seafood medley, thawed
1/2 lb frozen pre-cooked shrimp, thawed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp chopped sun dried tomatoes
2 tbsp capers, chopped
1/4 tsp hot chili flakes
In a large bowl, whisk olive oil with garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, parsley, basil, sun dried tomatoes, capers and hot chili flakes.
Heat olive oil in a large over medium-low heat. Add the red peppers and cook for 5-8 minutes until softened.
Add the raw seafood medley to the pan and continue cooking with red peppers for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into the prepared bowl. Add pre-cooked shrimp, tomatoes and olives.Toss with dressing.
Cover and cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Greek Avocado & Feta Cucumber Cups Recipe
1 English cucumber cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
1 large California avocado peeled & pitted
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tomato diced
2 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
3 pitted kalamata olives sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
parsley for garnish
Using a melon baller or a small, sharp knife, remove the middle of each cucumber piece, leaving the bottom intact.
In a medium bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in the lemon juice, tomato, feta cheese, olives, salt and cayenne pepper.
Fill each cucumber cup with 2 teaspoons of the avocado mixture. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve.
Happy New Year From Central Ozarks Medical Center!
Again, our health clinics in Mid-Missouri would like to wish everyone a very, happy New Year! Enjoy this time and if you're thinking of making a New Year's resolution to make your health a PRIORITY, give us a call. Schedule an annual health-check up and get yourself on the right track toward making your health a priority. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.
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