Here's a quickie appetizer that's also delicious and packed with nutrients. Serve it for snack time, for a get together with friends, or on top of a lunch or dinner salad.
One of my favorite things about summer is entertaining. I love having people over and serving them healthy, delicious food. And I like to impress them with my hostess skills. But here's a secret: I really don't like to spend a ton of time in the kitchen for these gatherings.
That's where this appetizer comes into the picture. It's super tasty and impressive (after all, how often can you say, "I made that jam!") and ready in minutes.
I'm really a fan of the cheese-and-jam combo—it reminds me of being in France! But a lot of jams contain a lot of sugar. And if you look at the ingredient lists of those jams, sugar is often the first ingredient. So I set out to make a healthier version.
I used prunes and prune juice as the base of this jam. If you didn't know, eating prunes can help prevent bone loss. This is super important for lowering your risk of osteoporosis! And prune juice, because it's a good source of fiber, helps you maintain healthy digestion. I love sweet-and-savory combos, so I added in onions cooked in low-sodium vegetable broth. I think you'll really enjoy this easy appetizer recipe!
Looking to eat more prunes? Here are a couple of more recipes to try!
Helpful kitchen tools:
1 large yellow onion, diced
½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup prune juice
1 cup prunes, chopped
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
8 ounces brie
In a medium pan, cook onions in vegetable broth over medium-high heat. Heat until onions are translucent and most of liquid is dissolved, stirring occasionally, about 5-6 minutes. Once onions are cooked, add prune juice, prunes, and sugar to same pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 4-6 minutes. Stir frequently when liquid begins to absorb quickly, until most of liquid is absorbed. Serve with apple slices and mini toasts, if desired. Makes 12 servings.
Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 130 Fat: 5 g Sat fat: 3.5 g Pro: 5 g Carbs: 16 g Sugar: 10 g Fiber: 1 g Chol: 20 mg Sod: 130 mg
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What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite healthy appetizers?