Recipe Redo: Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Hello! I just wanted to pop in today to share a fun and festive appetizer with you. If you’re gearing up for entertaining this week or you need an easy and delicious idea for something to bring with you to a holiday party, consider making this cranberry avocado salsa!

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into quarter-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup cranberries, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, red onion, and jalapeño. Season with ground pepper.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients (avocados, cranberries, and cilantro), and mix well. Add a pinch of salt and more ground pepper if needed.
  3. Enjoy!

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

If this recipe looks familiar to you, it’s because I’ve posted it before. However, since Tim and I recently perfected the original recipe by making a few tweaks, I wanted you guys to have the updated version. The previous one did not call for the jalapeño, although if you are sensitive to heat you could still leave it out or you could de-seed the jalapeno. De-seeding it lessens how spicy the dish is while still adding depth of flavor, if that makes sense. We also increased the amount of cilantro used and added an extra seasoning step. Just consider it part of my recipe redo efforts. Plus, the former pictures were just terrible.

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

The red from the cranberries and the green from the avocados makes this salsa the perfect starter at your Christmas party. The flavors pair nicely together, and it’s a dish that never lets us down. It always gets a lot of attention wherever we bring it. The last time we made this was for our friends’ housewarming party, and they actually used some of the leftovers to top chicken lunches the next week. I thought that was a great idea and can’t wait to try that next.

If you are serving a crowd, I recommend doubling or tripling the ingredient quantities provided and bringing along some type of pita bread or chip to dip with it. My favorite brand of tortilla and pita chips to serve for a healthier option is Way Better Snacks because of the better for you ingredients they use. Even Tim, the world’s biggest regular potato chip lover, enjoys Way Better Snacks. I consider it a win that I tricked him into actually enjoying a snack made of sprouted grains.

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Hope some of you will give this one a go this week and love it as much as we do.

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What are your favorite festive foods?

For more food inspiration for this week, check out the recipe round-up I posted last year with festive holiday eats!

Recipe Round Up: Festive Holiday Eats

Happy Friday, friends!

It’s the weekend before Christmas, and it’s sure going to be a busy one with tons of holiday stuff going on:

  • Tonight – Oak Square Y Healthy Living Team holiday night out
  • Tomorrow – Workout, last-minute shopping, food prepping, Shannon‘s annual home friends Christmas party
  • Sunday – Workout, gift wrapping, food prepping, and a couple Christmas activities TBD with Tim
  • Monday – Sub Spin at 6am, half day at work, work holiday party, Tim’s cousin’s house for Christmas Eve
  • Tuesday – Presents and Christmas breakfast with Tim, my parent’s house for gifts with the immediate fam and dinner with my mom’s side, then heading down to New Bedford for dessert with my father’s side

Phew!  I still need to decide on some last-minute holiday food items to make for some of these occasions.  I figured I would do a little recipe round-up post today for any of you who may be in the same boat as me.  Here are my favorite festive recipes (some healthy, some not) to make for the holidays:

Breakfast

Green Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
Use green food coloring to turn protein pancakes into a festive and healthy holiday breakfast!

Festive Pancakes

Cranberry Nut Bread
Works as a great foodie gift or option to bring to a holiday brunch!

Cranberry Nut Bread

Appetizers

Pita Christmas Trees
One of my favorites because they are too cute!  I’m making them on Saturday for Shannon’s party.

Pita Christmas Trees - Served

Tomato Basil Skewers
Definitely a go to for when I’m in a time crunch.  They are super easy to put together, plus the red and green colors stand out for Christmas time!

Tomato Basil Skewers

Cranberry Avocado Salsa
This also offers a nice fix of festive colors for the holiday table.  Plus, the flavors of cranberry and avocado together are unbelievable!

Cranberry Avocado Salsa - Closeup

Cranberry Cinnamon Apple Brie
I think anything with cranberries is festive, but maybe that’s just me.  Plus who doesn’t like a wheel of brie cheese?

Cranberry Cinnamon Apple Brie with Crackers

Desserts

Christmas M&M Pretzel Bites
I used this recipe from Valentine’s Day, just changed the M&M colors.  These are very easy to make, but not for the inpatient as you have to unwrap all the Hershey’s Kisses one by one.  There’s never any of these left after serving them at a party.  Sweet & salty is addictive!

Christmas Pretzel Bites

Christmas Tree Brownies
Another cute way to get in the spirit!  I had a ton of fun baking these last year.  This is what I actually brought to Shannon’s last year!

Christmas Tree Brownies

Mini Red Velvet Santa Hat Cupcakes
I just am obsessed with mini cupcakes, plus any time you can incorporate fruit into dessert it’s a bonus.  Liz just sent me a picture last week when she made them herself!

Santa Hat Cupcakes

Peppermint Bark
Yummy, but you need to time it perfectly so the layers don’t break.

Peppermint Bark

Red Velvet Cake with Peppermint Frosting
My latest and proudest creation, which you already know about if you’ve read F&F this week.  This is for any of you who want a dessert recipe that is NOT healthified.

Red Velvet Cake with Peppermint Frosting

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
I used this recipe for the cupcakes, and for the frosting just combined 1/4 cup butter, 2.5 cups confectioners sugar, 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, and 3 tablespoons of milk together.  Add red sprinkles, and you have Christmas cupcakes!

Christmas Cupcakes

Cranberry Pomegranate Christmas Punch!
And finally, you can’t forget a beverage to keep you sane throughout any stress you might encounter along the way!

Cranberry Christmas Punch

Anyone have a go to holiday recipe they’d like to share or add to this round up?

If you end up making any of these things, let me know!  Post a picture to my F&F Facebook page, or tweet a pic to me at @FitnessandFeta.  Would love to see how yours come out.  Have a great pre-holiday weekend!

Three Appetizer Thursday

Anyone entertaining for New Years this weekend?

Whether you are the one hosting or you need to bring a dish to someone else’s party, here are three healthy appetizer ideas for you. I made all three for Christmas, all three were super easy and fast to throw together right before company arrived, and all three were a huge hit!

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Adapted from Beantown Baker, serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup halved cranberries
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, and red onion.
  2. Add avocados, cranberries, and cilantro.
  3. Season with pepper and toss to combine.

Cranberry Avocado SalsaThis recipe was a huge hit with my family on Christmas Day. Good thing I tripled the recipe because it was almost all gone by the time dinner was served! The cilantro seasoning gave the appetizer a ton of flavor. Instead of regular white flour tortilla chips, I served this with Stacy’s Multigrain Pita Chips and Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Chips. Both combinations were great! The salsa made for a really festive dish too, with the red cranberries and green avocado all mixed together.

tomato basil skewers

Tomato Basil Skewers

Adapted from EatingWell

Ingredients

  • 16 small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle
  • Balsamic vinaigrette, to drizzle
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Thread mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes on small skewers.
  2. Brush with oil and balsamic vinaigrette.
  3. Sprinkle with pepper, and enjoy!

Tomato Basil SkewersI didn’t count out the exact amount of mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes beforehand. I just made sure each skewer had two cherry tomato halves, 2 mozzarella balls, and 1 basil leaf. I ended up with 20 total skewers. You may notice that the above picture has 19… whoops! I used regular sized skewers, but cut in half. This was another festive dish with the red, green, and white color combo!

Cinnamon Apple Brie

Cranberry Cinnamon Apple Brie

Adapted from fANNEtastic food

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel brie
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degress.
  2. Take the wheel of brie, and place it on a nonstick tray or a sprayed piece of tin foil.
  3. Add the dried cranberries on top, then add the chopped apple, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar.
  4. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, and then serve immediately with crackers so it doesn’t get cold!

Cinnamon Apple BrieCinnamon Apple BrieCinnamon Apple Brie Okay, maybe brie cheese isn’t the healthiest for you, but this was another big hit! The entire wheel was gone before dinner was served at my grandfather’s house on Monday, and I was asked to bring it back next year. Anyone else obsessed with brie cheese? We served these with wheat and whole grain crackers. Yum.

What are your favorite healthy appetizer ideas? Do you have any specifically for the holidays? Are you entertaining this weekend?

Have a great day!