The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, with just over six weeks until the big day! If you want to avoid festive season madness and be cool, calm and collected come December 25, then you have come to the right place to find some recipe ideas.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some delicious and nutritious Christmas recipe ideas.
First things first, the entrees! Here are three scrumptious finger food plates that will keep the family happy until the main course is served.
1. Delightful Dips Recipe Idea
Take your own spin on the classic Australian chips and dip snack by creating some of your own homemade condiments!
Swap the chips out for fresh sliced vegetables such as carrots, capsicums and cucumbers, or some delicious wholegrain crackers.
Then lay these out with an array of flavoursome dips. Nothing beats staples such as homemade hummus or tomato relish. Some sweeter chutney and relish recipes use sugar - replace any with Naturally Sweet Stevia extract.
2. Prawn Cocktails Recipe Idea
Fresh prawn cocktails make a delicious entree. To incorporate more vegetables into your Christmas menu, serve the prawns on a bed of light veggies. Some good combinations include lettuce and avocado or cabbage and carrot slaw.
The secret to a great prawn cocktail often lies in the dressing. Make your own low-fat, sugar-free mayo and - if everyone is up to it - add a little sweet chilli and plenty of cracked pepper.
This entree is light, fragrant and full of flavour - not to mention jam-packed with nutritional goodness!
3. Satay Chicken Kebabs Recipe Idea
This is a great recipe for the kids - just make sure that no one is allergic to peanuts! Simply whip up a delicious satay sauce and throw a few chicken kebabs on the barbeque and you have the perfect summer's day entree.
Satay sauce often contains some brown sugar to give it that sweet, subtle flavour. Try replacing this with a few drops of SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia instead.