Posted at: 05/31/2013 7:49 AM | Updated at: 05/31/2013 7:14 PM
Summer Entertaining Classic Barbeque
from Weight Watchers
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· Summer Entertaining Guide
· Recipes and utensils for the following (see highlighted notes accompanying each recipe):
o Creamy Spinach Parmesan Dip
o Greek-Style Cheeseburgers
o Health Salad
o Creamy Lime Pie
Nothing speaks more of summer than a barbecue. Today, we’re putting a twist on this classic American tradition with an easy, healthy and delicious menu that will please guests of all ages. We’re also going to show you how to take the delicious flavors and foods of summer and turn them into crowd-pleasing dishes. At Weight Watchers, we put a lot of emphasis on eating fresh foods. One great habit to get into is to focus your meals on that season’s produce. And summer is a great time to start doing it. Developing healthy habits and routines is just one aspect of our new Weight Watchers 360° program, a program 50 years in the making!
Let’s start off with an appetizer. Again, this is a great way to make use of the summer’s best!
AMBASSADOR NOTE: Come in with dip already prepared, as well as ingredients, and discuss recipe instructions. Have dip in a bowl with fresh veggie platter. While on-air, spoon some of the dip onto the tops of sliced carrots to show other ways to serve the dip.
Creamy Spinach Parmesan Dip
1 pound fresh baby spinach leaves
¾ cup reduced-fat sour cream
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano- Reggiano suggested
1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped, or more to taste
? tsp ground nutmeg
? tsp sea salt, or more to taste
Steam, boil or microwave spinach until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain well and cool. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; puree until smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl or onto fresh vegetables and garnish with additional sea salt. Yields about ¼ cup dip per serving.
Now onto the burgers. Today, we’re taking your traditional barbecue-style burger and giving it a Mediterranean twist with our Greek-Style Cheeseburgers.
AMBASSADOR NOTE: Come in with burgers already grilled and assemble the burger on-air. Discuss the burger ingredients and how to make it.
1 pound uncooked lean ground beef
½ tsp crushed dried oregano
¼ tsp table salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 medium garlic clove, minced
½ cup minced uncooked onion
2 sprays cooking spray
4 light hamburger buns
5 tsp crumbled feta cheese
¾ cup fresh baby spinach leaves
In a medium bowl, combine beef, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic and onion. Gently form into four ¾-inch-thick patties. Coat a nonstick ridged grill pan with cooking spray; heat over medium- high heat for 30 seconds. Place burgers in pan; grill for 4 minutes. Flip burgers and grill until cooked through to center, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Place burgers on buns; top each with 1 ¼ teaspoons of cheese and some spinach. Serve immediately. Yields 1 burger per serving.
Talk about using the best summer has to offer. Here we have a crisp and refreshing Health Salad
AMBASSADOR NOTE: Come in with all ingredients prepared and toss together on air.
4 cups shredded red or green cabbage
½ medium English cucumber, thinly sliced
½ medium uncooked red onion, thinly sliced
1 medium garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium uncooked carrot, thickly shredded
½ tsp table salt
½ tsp black pepper
2 ½ Tbsp sugar
2 ½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill (optional)
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cucumber, onion, garlic, green pepper and carrot; set aside. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over vegetables and toss to mix and coat. Chill in refrigerator, tossing once or twice, for about 1 hour. Yields about ½ cup per serving.
Now for dessert. Here, we’ve lighted your traditional key lime pie but we leave in all the taste.
AMBASSADOR NOTE: Come in with pie already prepared and discuss ingredients/steps
Creamy Lime Pie
1 6-oz graham cracker pie crust
14 fl oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 cup (8 fl oz) fat-free egg substitute
¾ cup fresh key lime juice
¾ cup fat-free whipped topping, thawed if frozen
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Place crust on a baking sheet; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg substitute and lime juice; pour into crust. Bake pie until center looks set but still shakes a little when you tap it, about 15 minutes; remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Transfer cooled pie to refrigerator; chill for 1 to 2 hours. Cut chilled pie into 12 slices; garnish each piece with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
Close with: Now’s a great time to join Weight Watchers. When you sign up between now and June 29th, members will receive a Summer Starter Kit, which includes this great Summer Entertaining Guide, where you’ll find tips and recipes on a variety of summer entertaining parties, a Weight Watchers Tote Bag, coupons and more. To learn more about Weight Watchers and a meeting location near you, please visit http://www.weightwatchers.com