If you love any excuse for a party or spending a quiet evening with friends, try this: host an Oscars party and serve movie-themed, cancer-fighting foods.
My friend Janna often hosts an Oscars viewing party and a buffet filled with healthful dishes evocative of the Best Picture nominees. Here are some of her favorite 2012 movie food picks and I’ll add some of my own.
Tree of Life: Play off the title and serve a dish with foods that come from trees – perhaps a healthy take on the traditional Waldorf salad – include apples, pears or oranges with walnuts in a salad.
War Horse: England is one of several countries featured, so you could serve elegant cucumber sandwiches – use whole wheat bread with thinly sliced cucumbers.
Midnight in Paris: Set in Paris in different decades there are so many options, but nothing beats a classic whole grain baguette with a few French cheeses, bunches of grapes and dark chocolate squares.
Moneyball: Take me out to the ballgame! All about baseball, you can’t beat basic peanuts and “Cracker Jack.” Serve bags of peanuts in the shell, mini peanut butter popcorn balls or make our Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing.
You can impress your family and friends with a beautiful, healthy holiday dessert if you prepare this week’s Health-e-Recipe for Sparkling Apple Crumple.
Look for phyllo dough in the freezer section of your grocery store. It’s a healthier choice than puff pastry because it’s lower in fat – so low, in fact, that we brush it with a little melted butter before baking to give it a shiny, crisp glaze.
Inside, the phyllo is filled with spiced apples, walnuts, cranberries and raisins, then baked to a crisp perfection. Apples are known to have cancer-fighting phytochemicals called flavonoids. Walnuts contain healthy omega-3 fat, which also may protect against cancer. Like other berries, cranberries are rich in anthocyanadins and raisins provide natural sweetness.
Decorated with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar, Sparkling Apple Crumple will delight everyone at the table — and they’ll never guess how easy it was to prepare!
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