Entertain on a Budget: 4 Healthy Recipes Made with Pantry Ingredients

When the holidays roll around and you find yourself cooking for family and friends, you may also find that your wallet gets skinnier by the day. From elaborate parties to unexpected guests, the food cost associated with hosting a holiday party can add up quickly. To the rescue, we have 4 healthy holiday appetizer recipes that you can whip up in minutes with the help of inexpensive ingredients sourced right from your pantry.

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If you’re like us, your pantry is probably overflowing with canned, bottled, and packed ingredients that you may have forgotten about.

It’s time to shop your pantry to save money at the holidays.

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Janice has the biggest and most well-organized pantry you’ll ever see! Last week, we invited some friends over to watch us in action as we sourced ingredients from the pantry and created 4 healthy holiday-inspired  appetizer recipes:

Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites
Holiday Rice and Tuna Cakes
Cinnamon-Spiced Roasted Walnuts
Butternut Squash Soup Shooters

The Boston Globe was there too, and their article on budget-friendly holiday entertaining will be published soon!

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{We partnered with Bumble Bee to create some of these recipes and were compensated for our work. All ideas and content is our own.}

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Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites

Pantry Staples: 
* Two 5-ounce cans Bumble Bee Albacore Tuna with Sundried Tomatoes & Olive Oil (or any other fun tuna flavor)
* 1 jar light mayonnaise
* 1 box small, round low-sodium whole grain crackers
* 1 small jar roasted red peppers

Easy Assembly:
Drain and flake the tuna. Place in a bowl with 1/4 cup mayonnaise and stir to combine. Top 21 mini whole grain crackers evenly with the tuna mixture. Decorate by arranging thin slices of roasted red pepper strips (1 ounce) over each of the tuna bites.

Nutrition Information per 3 cracker bites: 160 calories, 10g fat (1.5g saturated), 240mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 8g protein

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Watch us cook up our Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites. Click the PLAY button below.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we all consume at least two seafood meals a week. For pregnant and nursing women, that recommendation is even higher at two to three seafood meals a week. This “recipe” featuring canned tuna gets you one step closer to the goal of eating 8 to 12 ounces of seafood a week.

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Deli-Lovers Lox Sandwich with Coleslaw and Russian

Perfect for a child’s lunchbox or a mid-day meal at home, this Lox Sandwich with Coleslaw and Russian is a healthy spin on a classic deli sandwich. 

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Growing up in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City, I ate many a lunch at the kosher deli on North Avenue. I’m not sure if that same deli is still there, but I can still taste my favorite sandwich of turkey or roast beef on rye with coleslaw and Russian dressing like it was yesterday. While the coleslaw/Russian combo may sound a bit strange, trust me when I say that it has stood the test of time. I still crave it. And if you haven’t tried it, I suggest you go to the supermarket ASAP for the ingredients.

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My childhood tastes have changed a lot over the years (some of my favorite foods today—avocados, baby salad greens, ancient grains like farro and quinoa—weren’t part of my daily repertoire when I was a kid), but one thing that hasn’t changed is my love for Jewish deli. {Have you read my post from Russ & Daughters?}

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Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean Salsa for Taco Tuesday

Add a fun new twist to Taco Tuesday with these Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean Salsa. They’re easy to make, and kids will love adding the bean-filled topping at the table.

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The new 2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating two to three servings of seafood each week. Get one step closer to that goal with my tasty shrimp tacos. (If the crunchy taco shells are too difficult for your kids to eat, use soft flour tortillas instead.)

I created this recipe for CNN AccentHealth, which runs in doctor’s offices nationwide, and I hope it gets viewers one step closer to meeting their seafood consumption goal!

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The shrimp cook up in minutes, and with a hint of garlic, they’re super yummy.

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The salsa topping is easy too with just a few ingredients: green onions, lime juice, cilantro, red bell pepper, canned black beans, and canned pineapple.

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Serve the salsa on the side and let everyone at your table build their own tacos.

Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean Salsa

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Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean Salsa
 
You can use fresh or frozen shrimp in this recipe and any type of bean your family loves. If you're not a cilantro lover, leave it out or substitute with parsley. Heck, you can even use mint.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 12 taco shells
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 3 green onions, roughly chopped (white and light green parts)
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped cilantro, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound small or medium fresh or frozen and thawed shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Optional toppings: Diced avocado, cilantro, plain Greek yogurt, diced tomato
Instructions
  1. Cook the tacos according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. To make the salsa, place the beans, pineapple, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly until fragrant and golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Raise the heat to medium, add the shrimp and cumin, and cook, stirring frequently, until cooked through and pink, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  5. Place about 5 shrimp in each taco shell with about ¼th of the salsa. Garnish with optional toppings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: (2 tacos), Calories: 270, Fat: 10g, Saturated fat: 1g, Carbohydrates: 30g, Sodium: 690mg, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 18g

Are tacos part of your regular meal plan? What’s your favorite filling and topping?

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Tuscan Tuna Bowls – An Easy Way to Eat More Seafood

Convenient canned tuna is the star ingredient in these protein-rich Tuscan Tuna Bowls. Made with canned solid white albacore tuna, whole wheat pasta, baby kale, tomatoes, edamame, and avocado, this nutrient-powered bowl will hit the spot at lunch or dinner.

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The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we all consume at least two seafood meals a week. For pregnant and nursing women, that recommendation is even higher: two to three seafood meals a week. (Seafood contains a boatload of nutrients including omega-3 fats, which are needed for heart health as well as brain and eye development in babies.) Translate that healthy eating advice into ounces and that recommendation adds up to 8 to 12 ounces a week.

{We partnered with Bumble Bee to create this recipe and were compensated for our work. All ideas and content is our own.}

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The challenge for a lot of busy moms is coming up with seafood-inspired meals and snacks that their families will love. That’s where our Tuscan Tuna Bowls come in. This recipe takes just minutes to prepare, and you can easily customize it to everyone’s tastes. For example, if tomatoes aren’t a favorite, toss in some diced bell pepper, thinly sliced carrots, artichoke hearts, or cannellini beans instead.

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Pecan-Crusted Fish Sticks: Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks for Kids

Why buy frozen fish sticks when you can make your own healthy homemade fish sticks from scratch. Our recipe for Pecan-Crusted Fish Sticks is easy and kid-friendly, and each serving has an impressive 22 grams of protein.

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Give frozen fish sticks a healthy makeover and get more seafood on to your family’s table with our Pecan-Crusted Fish Sticks. They’re made simply with just six ingredients: Tilapia, whole wheat bread crumbs, pecans, butter, extra virgin olive oil, and ground cumin.

Want to hear all about the role seafood plays in pregnancy? Then tune in to Cooking with the Moms, our weekly podcast on iTunes: (Click the PLAY button below to listen.)

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Tuna and Smashed Avocado Snack Cakes {Recipe Redux Cooking Contest}

These family-pleasing Tuna and Smashed Avocado Snack Cakes will hold you over between meals with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and fantastic flavors. This recipe is made with a smashed avocado and plain Greek yogurt instead of the usual mayonnaise, and it’s gluten free.

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By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Bumble Bee Seafoods and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Contest organized by The Recipe Redux.

I created this recipe as a snack for kids and families, but you could certainly double the portion and serve it for lunch. There are three big reasons why I love this recipe so much:

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Grilled Salmon and Veggies with California Avocado Cilantro Sauce, Summer Entertaining with Healthy Fats + CA Avocado Giveaway {Podcast #269}

Fire up your backyard grill and give our new recipe for Grilled Salmon and Veggies with California Avocado Cilantro Sauce a try. This dish is easy to make, celebrates the brightest, freshest flavors of summer, and brings a plateful of good-for-you fats to the table.

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Disclosure: We created this recipe for the California Avocado Commission. We were compensated for our work, and all opinions are solely our own. For the full recipe and a primer on dietary fats and why it’s important to eat the right kinds, stop by The Scoop over at CaliforniaAvocado.com

You can also tune into this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast for this recipe and more ideas for boosting the flavor and good nutrition of summer cookouts and gatherings.

 To hear all about summer entertaining with avocados, tune in to COOKING WITH THE MOMS by clicking the play button above. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.

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Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, Tomato, and Egg + Lunch at Russ & Daughters

This nutritious Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, Tomato, and Egg is a modern makeover of the lox and cream cheese on a bagel of my youth. The recipe was inspired by a recent lunch with my family at Russ & Daughters on the Lower East side of Manhattan.

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After eating a dream-come-true lunch at Russ & Daughters (more on that below), I cooked up this open-face sandwich on whole grain bread starring one of my favorite foods on the planet and something Russ & Daughters is known for: smoked salmon. Make it for breakfast or lunch!

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Freekeh Salad with Caramelized Cauliflower and Tuna + Cooking with Ancient Grains {Podcast #266}

This Freekeh Salad with Caramelized Cauliflower and Tuna is surprisingly simple, and its bright and flavorful flavors make it an ideal addition to any family’s weeknight dinner rotation.

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If cooking freekeh, millet, farro, bulgur, quinoa, or other ancient grains sounds difficult or too time consuming, then you’ll definitely want to tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast as Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, provides a primer on preparing these nourishing whole grains and turning them into mouth-watering (and we mean it!) breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts for your family. {Enter to win a copy of Simply Ancient grains. Read details below on the details.}

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