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Here is a festive appetizer that’s easy to make as well as healthy. Take it to your next holiday party and watch it disappear.

Yield: 32 1-oz. servings

1 8‑oz. container 1/3-less fat cream cheese, softened
1 8‑oz. container fat-free cream cheese, softened
4 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola 
½ cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped plus ¼ cup more for garnish
2 tbsp. sliced almonds for garnish (optional)

  1. In medium bowl combine all ingredients together except ¼ cup additional dried cranberries and sliced almonds. 

  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, blend together ingredients until well combined. 

  3. Using 2 sheets of plastic wrap (approximately 8 by 8 inches) inches, divide mixture evenly in the middle of each sheet. Wrap sheets up and around cheese mixture to form a ball, twist to seal tightly. Refrigerate balls for 2 hours or more to firm. Note: You can make one large cheeseball or the smaller 12-oz. 

  4. Once balls have firmed, remove from plastic wrap and roll in dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Serve or rewrap and chill until ready 
    to serve.

Nutritional Information:

24 1‑oz. servings – 40 Calories; 3g Fat (62.5% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 11mg Cholesterol; 164mg Sodium. 


0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

High-calorie Version:

1-oz serving –  100 Calories; 9g Fat (83.2% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 27mg Cholesterol; 152mg Sodium.

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Use this meatball recipe for spaghetti and meatballs, meatball sandwiches, 

salads, or as an appetizer.


18 to 34 meatballs

Cooking spray (optional)

1 lb. 95% to 97% lean ground beef, turkey, or buffalo 
1 lb. 93% to 95% lean Italian turkey sausage, sweet or hot 
1 cup onion, finely chopped 
2 cups seasoned fat-free salad croutons, processed to make 2/3 to ½ cup crumbs, or ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced
2 tsp. fresh thyme or ½ tsp. dry 
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. salt

ground black pepper to taste
2 egg whites

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.  Remove casings from sausage, if necessary. Mix 
    ground meat and sausage together with onions through egg whites until well
    combined. If mixture seems too dry, add an additional egg white to mixture.  

  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment or spray with cooking spray. If 
    using a nonstick baking sheet, coat lightly with vegetable oil or line with foil
    or parchment.
  3. Form meat mixture into 2 ½  to 3-inch balls, (2 oz. per meatball). Place 
    meatballs on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, turning over once during
    baking to prevent meatballs from cooking unevenly.

 For Cocktail Meatballs:


Form meat mixture into 1 to 1 ½-inch balls (1 oz. per meatball). Follow
instructions above, baking for 12 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

One 2-oz. meatball - 93 Calories; 4g Fat (36.2% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 33mg Cholesterol; 334mg Sodium. 


0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fat.

High Fat Version:

170 Calories; 13g Fat (71.0% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 38mg Cholesterol; 350mg Sodium. 

Nutritional Information Cocktail Meatballs:

One 1-oz. meatball - 49 Calories; 2g Fat (36.2% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 17mg Cholesterol; 177mg Sodium. 


0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0

High-fat Version:

90 Calories; 7g Fat (71.0% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 20mg Cholesterol; 185mg Sodium. 

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This eggnog rum cake is good enough to give as a gift. Just make sure to make extra for your family or gifts may come up missing. 


16 pieces 
1 yellow cake mix made with pudding
1 egg
4 egg whites
1 cup fresh eggnog 
½ cup dark rum (You can replace the rum with ½ cup additional eggnog.)
1 tsp. real vanilla
¼ tsp. nutmeg, freshly grated
99% less residue no-stick baking spray with flour (optional)

  1. Lightly spray a regular or stick-resistant Bundt cake pan with cooking spray, 
    dust with flour, and set aside. If using a nonstick pan, spread 1 tsp. vegetable oil 
    over surface and dust with flour. Note: You can use a 99% less residue no-stick 
    baking spray with flour on all baking pans. This product will not damage 
    nonstick surfaces. 

  2. Preheat oven to 325 F. In a mixing bowl, whisk cake mix together with nutmeg until combined. In a smaller bowl, whisk eggnog together with rum, egg, egg whites, and vanilla until combined. 

  3. Pour liquid ingredients into mixing bowl and beat all ingredients together on 
    medium speed in an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Do not over beat mixture.

  4. Pour batter into pan and smooth out top. Bake at 325 F for 38 to 45 minutes 
    or until cake tests done. Remove cake from oven and cool in pan for 15 
    minutes, then invert cake on to serving plate and remove pan.  

     5. Prick top of cake with fork or tooth pick, then spoon or brush glaze evenly 
     over top and sides of cake. Allow cake to absorb glaze. If using, sprinkle
     candied almonds over top of cake. Spoon and drizzle remaining cake and nuts.



1/3 cup sliced almonds
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. egg white
pinch salt 
cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line
    with parchment. If using a nonstick pan, spread 1 tsp. vegetable oil over surface or 
    line with parchment. 

  2. Put almonds in a small bowl and toss together with sugar, egg white, and salt.  
    Place nut mixture on baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Remove pan from oven
    and stir nuts. Return to oven for an additional 6 minutes or until nuts are lightly 
    browned. Remove from oven and cool.


¾ cup sugar
1 tbsp. whipped butter
3 tbsp. dark rum (You can replace the rum with ½ cup additional eggnog.)
¼ cup fresh eggnog

Combine sugar, rum, and butter in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for 4 minutes. Remove from heat, cool 15 minutes, and then whisk eggnog into mixture. 

Nutritional Information with Candied Almonds:

261 Calories; 7g Fat (25.0% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 22mg Cholesterol; 250mg Sodium. 


0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 Fat; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

High Fat Version:

370 Calories; 19g Fat (47.2% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 62mg Cholesterol; 271mg Sodium.



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Mary Ross

Mary is currently a Marketing Account Specialist and has been with SelectHealth for six years. She spends a lot of her time doing what she loves the most—teaching people how to cook healthy meals.

You can frequently see Mary on local television stations demonstrating how to revamp popular recipes by using healthy substitutions and cooking techniques.