Healthy Cocktail And Hors' Devours Ideas To Kick Off Your New Year’s Celebration
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, December 26, 2013, 04:31 PM EST
If you had to guess, what do you think is the most common New Year’s resolution year after year? It doesn’t come as a shock that many individuals start their New Year with healthy initiatives. For some, the thought of substituting salads for steak or giving up their favorite tasty, high-calorie indulgences is enough to make them revert back within mere weeks. Products like LoSalt®, a reduced sodium salt that contains 66 percent less sodium chloride than table, sea or rock salt, however, are an easy way to stay healthy without sacrificing taste.
There’s no better way to learn to love your resolution than by making it into a party – literally. Danielle Marullo, Assistant General Manager of The Todd English Food Hall in New York's famed Plaza Hotel and blogger behind Got Room For More, shows how to use LoSalt in your New Year’s Eve party treats for healthy drinks and bites that will wow guests on that special occasion and into the New Year.
Marullo has most recently appeared on Anderson Cooper Live!, where she was the winner of the “Chopped Challenge” moderated by Food Network’s Ted Allen, based on the popular “Chopped!” television show.
“LoSalt is a one-for-one substitute, meaning that if a recipe calls for one teaspoon of salt, use one teaspoon of LoSalt. It can easily be worked into any recipe, which is great for people struggling to maintain their healthy resolutions,” Marullo said. “Best of all, it tastes just like regular salt.”
Read on to follow her festive and delectably guilt-free recipes.
Cranberry Sage LoSalt® Margarita
1 Fresh Lime
¼ - ¾ Teaspoon LoSalt (depending on your glass size)
1 ½ Ounces Silver Tequila
2 Sage Leaves and 3-4 Fresh Cranberries
HEALTHY COCKTAILS AND PARTY SNACKS TO KICK OFF YOUR NEW YEAR/2
1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
½ Ounce Combier (or any type of Triple Sec)
¼ Ounce (about 1 teaspoon) Agave Nectar
1. Wet the outside of the glass with a wedge of fresh lime.
2. Roll the edge of the glass in LoSalt. Set glass aside.
3. Muddle the sage leaves and fresh cranberries into the tequila in a cocktail muddler or glass.
4. Pour the Cranberry Juice, Lemon Juice, Combier, Agave and the muddled tequila mixture into a shaker.
5. Shake all of the ingredients together vigorously.
6. Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice and strain the margarita mixture into the glass.
7. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and float a few fresh cranberries on top (you can freeze them so they keep your drink extra cold!)
Cranberry Goat Cheese Tart With LoSalt®
Cranberry Balsamic Chutney:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Finely Minced Shallots
1 Bag (12 ounces) Fresh Cranberries, Rinsed
1 Cup Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
½ Teaspoon LoSalt
½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-low. Add shallots; cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Add cranberries, thyme, sugar, vinegar, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, until most of the berries have burst and mixture has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Season with salt and pepper and cool to room temp.
Note: You can use the extra chutney for baked brie, eat it with chicken, and even on sandwiches.
HEALTHY COCKTAILS AND PARTY SNACKS TO KICK OFF YOUR NEW YEAR/3
1. One Sheet of Frozen Puff Pastry Dough (thawed)
2. 4 Ounces Creamy Chevre Goat Cheese
3. ½ Cup Roughly Chopped Walnuts
5. A Sprinkle of LoSalt and Pepper
6. Fresh Thyme leaves (garnish)
1. Preheat the oven to 400F
2. Spray a tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. You want to use a pan with a removable bottom so you can easily remove the tart from the pan. I use a rectangular pan that is roughly 11 inches x 8.5 inches.
3. Roll out the sheet of thawed puff pastry and press it into your tart pan so it comes up the sides of the pan and is even throughout.
4. Poke the dough with a fork all over to prevent it from bubbling up when it cooks.
5. Place the tart in the oven until it is slightly golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. If you notice that the tart is starting to bubble up poke it again all around with the fork.
6. Remove from the oven.
7. Evenly spread a thin layer of the cranberry chutney on the tart crust. I like to have about a ¼ inch thick layer of chutney. Note: You will not use all of the chutney
8. Crumble all of the goat cheese evenly around the tart.
9. Sprinkle with the walnut pieces, a dash of LoSalt, pepper and a drizzle of honey.
10. Bake in the oven until the edges of the crust are golden brown, the cheese starts to melt and the nuts start to toast.
11. It is important to make sure the center of the tart is crispy on the bottom or it will be soggy and hard to cut and serve.
12. Sprinkle a few extra thyme leaves over the top to add color and flavor.
13. Cut into rectangular slices and serve!
To learn more about why reducing sodium is an important health issue and for additional LoSalt recipes, visit them at www.losalt.com. To find Danielle Marullo’s fun-filled food blog, visit www.gotroomformore.com.
LoSalt® is the U.K.’s leading healthy, low-sodium alternative to salt sold worldwide and in more than 4,500 stores in the U.S., including national chains such as Kroger, Whole Foods Market and Safeway as well as natural food stores and independents. LoSalt has 66 percent less sodium that regular table, sea and rock salts, but tastes just like regular salt. A great source of potassium, LoSalt is a natural product. It is a product of Klinge Foods Ltd., based in East Kilbride, Scotland just south of Glasgow. For more information, please visit their website http://www.losalt.com/, become a fan at https://www.facebook.com/losalt and follow them at https://twitter.com/LoSalt.