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The Only Holiday Appetizer Recipe You Need

Posted by ReganJonesRD
November 01, 2016
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AD: Topped w/a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.

Topped with a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.

~by Regan Jones, RD

(Disclosure: As an ambassador for California Strawberries, I was compensated to write this post. I am, however, a lover of all things strawberry-topped and cheesy, ambassador or not.)

 

One of the best things about the holidays is all the fabulous food.

One of the worst things about the holidays is all the fabulous food.

Surely you know what I mean? That first time you bite into something amazing you haven't tasted since last November, you stop to savor every bite. But by the time New Year's rolls around you're wondering if someone will have to roll you out the door!

The holidays can be especially stressful for people watching what they eat to manage diabetes. So many cakes, cookies and appetizers that don't seem to fit for a healthy diet. That's one of the reasons I've teamed up with my friends here at California Strawberries in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month to provide simple #strawberryswaps for an easy brie appetizer recipe that would normally be a no-no during holiday celebrations. 

Have a look at what I'm talking about:

Today's swap is a fun, less frivolous twist on a classic baked brie recipe. You know the one, right? Brie is coated in a thick, sugary fruit preserve mixture and then wrapped in puff pastry. It's a deliciously easy brie appetizer, yes, but not exactly on the lighter side for healthy entertaining. A fruit and cheese tray would certainly be a simple, healthy swap to replace classic baked brie, but I've got something a bit more special -- Strawberry Topped Brie.


AD: Topped w/a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.

By eliminating the puff pastry, I've trimmed both calories and fat. Yes, brie is still a rich cheese, but a little goes a long way and does provide a nice mix of protein and fat to help you feel full longer during all the holiday noshing. And by using the simple #strawberryswap of making the topping mixture a combo of fresh California Strawberries (which are naturally low in sugar) and only a couple of tablespoons of preserves, I've cut down on the overall sugar as well.


AD: Topped w/a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.

The cool thing about this idea (aside from how insanely beautiful it is and so simple to make) is that it's a great way to wow friends with the health benefits of California Strawberries. November is not only Diabetes Awareness month, but it's also National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. So be sure to let guests know that you're serving up a dish clinical research shows is diabetes-friendly and may benefit your mind!

Jump on over to California Strawberries to grab this recipe and find out how you can win a $200 Sur La Table gift card!

AD: Topped w/a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.

AD: Topped w/fresh @CaStrawberries this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests! @healthyaperture
AD: Topped w/a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.

Strawberry Topped Brie

Yield

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup California Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
  • 1 round of brie, at room temperature or warmed slightly

Directions

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Calories 94
Carbohydrates 3.2g
Fiber 0.3g
Sugar 2.4g
Fat 7.7g
Protein 2.3g
Sodium 91mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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