Party food is often looked up as something which is unhealthy as it’s mostly high in calories. But it can be made healthy with few changes here and there. One most important thing is to make sure the food is ‘tasty and healthy’ not ‘healthy and boring’.
Healthy but not boring is my mantra for all the recipes I am sharing this month. Here are some tips to make your party food healthy and to retain the taste.
- Party time means an overload of sweets. So, the first thing you can do is to try and use healthier options like jaggery or honey in place of white sugar in your desserts.
- The second tip is to remove white flour completely from your kitchen. I make all my cakes and cookies form whole wheat flour and believe me they taste equally good.
- Include salads on your menu. Salads can be made in many different ways with vegetables and fruits.
- Remove all colas and sweetened juices. Include drinks with healthy ingredients like aam panna, lemonade with mint, fresh fruit mocktails, flavoured lassi etc.
- Last but not least, keep some treats in there as we don’t want it to be a boring menu but balance it out with healthy foodstuff.
Traditional party foods are all high-calorie foods and with just a few changes, you can make a healthier menu and your guests are surely going to ask for more. People are getting health conscious and I am sure your guests are going to appreciate your efforts.
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Party crackers are very easy to make recipe which you can make quickly before guests arrive. The best part is that you can choose any kind of topping for the same. Today I am sharing two topping ideas with you which I commonly use at my home.
Crackers are the biscuits which are easily available in the markets. The one I get is light and low in calories.
The first one is a paneer and vegetable topping and the second one is a pizza topping.
These can be used as starters or as a snack when you want something different to eat. You can choose any kind of crackers or biscuits for this recipe.
- CRACKERS WITH PANEER AND VEGETABLE TOPPING
- 5-10 crackers/biscuits
- ¼ cup finely chopped capsicum
- 1 small onions chopped
- ½ cup crumbled paneer or cottage cheese
- Coriander for garnishing
- Green chilies (optional)
- Salt and black pepper according to taste
- 1 tbsp. tomato ketchup
- CRACKERS WITH PIZZA TOPPING -
- 5 crackers/biscuits
- 5 tsp pizza sauce
- ¼th cup chopped capsicum
- ¼th cup chopped tomato
- ¼th cup chopped onion
- 2 tbsp. pizza cheese (grated)
- Oregano and chili flakes (optional)
- PANEER TOPPING -
- Wash all the vegetables.
- Chop them finely and keep aside.
- Crumple or use grated paneer
- Now take little oil in a pan and stir-fry the veggies.
- Add salt, black pepper, and ketchup. Mix it nicely.
- Add paneer and mix nicely. Let the mixture cool.
- Just before serving, place this mixture of paneer and veggie on each cracker and serve immediately.
- PIZZA TOPPING -
- First of all, mix all the three chopped vegetables and add little oregano. Keep aside.
- Place the cracker or biscuits on a serving plate, and spread pizza sauce on each cracker biscuit.
- Now place the vegetable mixture.
- Top it up with grated cheese.
- You can sprinkle little chili flakes on each cream cracker biscuit.
- Serve immediately.
You can keep it in the oven for 5 minutes before serving to give it a pizza effect.
Assemble the crackers just before serving. Otherwise, they can get soggy and soft.
You can make any toppings using different fruits and vegetables.
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I am sharing 26 healthy recipes under 30 minutes full this month.
See the recipes till now –
A for Apple coconut squares
B for a Bracing burger
C for Carrot walnut muffins
D for Dhokla with a twist
E for Eggless Pancake
F for Fruit chocolate pops
I for Instant paneer tikka
J for Jaggery Dates chutney
K for Kale grilled sandwich
L for Lemon cranberry mojito
M for Mango brown rice salad