Healthier New Year's Eve recipes

By: Health Local Staff Dec 26, 2012
New Year's recipes

Delicious and nutritious recipes for your New Year’s bash!

New year, new diet plan. One of the best ways to keep the weight off for good isn’t to diet, but to make a point to regularly eat healthier. Why not get a head start on your resolution to begin eating right by starting one day early?

Low-Cal Artichoke Dip
Dips can be pretty high in calories, but this recipe will help keep your waist slim and trim while still proving to be a tasty chip topper. To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 800ml of artichoke hearts (2 cans), canned and drained
  • 20 ml (4 teaspoons) of capers, rinsed
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 60 ml (1/4) of fresh parsley
  • 30 ml (2 Tablespoons) of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 30 ml (2 Tablespoons) of lemon juice
  • 30 ml (2 Tablespoons of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

This one’s quick and easy to whip up. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, and blend until a smooth consistency is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.

TIP: To serve warm, preheat the oven to 375 F, transfer the dip to an oven proof dish and warm for 25 minutes (until it bubbles), or nuke it in the microwave for two minutes.

Curry-Infused Indian Nut Mix
Nuts are a great alternative to setting out the chips and guacamole. This crunchy crowd pleaser is loaded with walnuts (which are packed with omega 3 fatty acids), soy nuts (which are rich in protein), and the whole grain pretzels that bring that extra “crunch” to the recipe.

  • 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of Indian curry paste (not powder)
  • 30 ml (2 Tablespoons) of butter
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of white sugar
  • 500 ml (2 cups) of walnut halves
  • 500 ml (2 cups) of multigrain pretzel nuggets
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of sesame sticks
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of unsalted and roasted soy nuts
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of roasted peas

Preheat the oven to 250 F. Add curry paste, butter, and sugar together in a large, microwave-friendly bowl and then nuke it on high until the butter is fully melted (approx. 30 seconds). Remove the bowl form the microwave, and whisk the ingredients together. 

Next, stir in the walnuts until they are fully coated. Then add in the pretzels, and stir them in. Then stir in the remaining ingredients: sesame sticks, soy nuts, and peas.

Take out a rimmed baking sheet and pour in the mix. Place the mix in the heated oven and let it bake for approximately 1 hour, taking care to stir it every 15 minutes. When the mix is toasted, the walnuts should be a deep golden colour. Allow to cool and serve this spicy mix with an inferno-quenching beverage.

Low Fat Party Punch
Not only does each ½ cup of this party punch give you ½ of a fruit serving, but it’s also low fat and easy to make! All you need for this party punch is:

  • 500 ml (2 cups) of low-cal cranberry juice
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of orange juice
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of orange juice
  • 16 oz (1 bottle) of sugar-free white soda

Simply combine all of the ingredients and add ice! This recipe yields 12 servings.

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