Baby Shower...healthy appetizer/finger food ideas please!
Looking for some healthier options for a spring baby shower for about 30-40 people. We're playing with a couple different ideas/themes:
Pandas (baby's room will be pandas & bamboo)
Beach (host's home is near the ocean)
Any and all menu suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted Beets and Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary, Feta or Goat Cheese and Chives
Summer Rolls (not fried) with dipping sauce
Salmon or Crab Croquettes with Red Pepper Dipping Drizzle
Broccoli Custard Bites - i use egg whites (and a yolk or two), unsweetened almond milk, cooked chopped broccoli and sweet onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg and a little parmesan if desired. bake at 350.
Spiced Nuts (good healthy fats :) )
Light Soup Shooters
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Endive Leaves Stuffed
... to name a few ideas...
Those sound great...and incorporated some into two potential menus...one more asian-insipired, the other more upscale apps...
Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
Endive Leaves w/Dips
Crab/Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
Fruit Kabobs (grilled!)
Angel Food Cake
Shrimp Cocktail or Coconut Shrimp w/Orange Marmelade
Mini Crab Cakes
California Rolls (for the momma who craves but can't have sushi!)
Chix Lettuce Wraps
Chicken Fingers (a New England "chinese" food staple)
Steamed Dumplings or Steamed Pork Buns
Oh, man, I would have killed for a California roll when I was pregnant. My doc made a Very Big Deal about cross-contamination and scared me away from even the non-raw sushi (as well as anything that had even looked at a deli counter, or been in the same state as one). If you're planning on purchasing the CA rolls, you might want to run those by your guest of honor and make sure she's comfortable with that. If you're making them yourself, it's probably no problem.
(Just FYI, my doc also warned me away from anything that spends large amounts of time on the bottom of the ocean, like crabs or lobsters. Being pregnant can be very alarming.)
There's a brewpub nearby that serves a salmon burger with wasabi mayo and pickled ginger. Sushi it ain't, but the flavors were sort of close-ish, so when the craving really hit that's what I'd have. (Although most of the time it left me thinking, "Wow. This sort of tastes similar to sushi but isn't nearly as good. How many months left again?")
I love both menus- and both seem easy enough to pull off! The only thing I would add- to the upscale menu- would be indivudual servings of a springish arugula salad. Maybe arugula with some diced strawberries and almonds in a very light vinaigrette.
Oh, and on the Asian menu.. definitely some type of sesame or peanut noodle dish. Also maybe served in some type of individual serving container.. maybe mini Chinese takeout boxes.
Reading this again, I'm reminded that there's a restaurant near me that serves coconut shrimp with an orange marmalade, but they add a little bit of horseradish to the marmalade. I'm not quite sure they've hit it out of the park with their particular recipe, but it's an interesting idea, and maybe worth playing with.
I was just introduced to this New England chinese chicken finger thing this Christmas in Maine! I think it's what the rest of us call "sweet and sour chicken," but deconstructed. :)