In the Kitchen: Stuffed Dates

WMBD This Morning

Ashley Simper, MS, RD, LDN

Outpatient Dietitian

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center

Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson

Blue Cheese Pecan Stuffed Dates

A fun appetizer to whip up for your next holiday party that is simple yet delicious.

Ingredients

24 pitted dates

2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

24 pecan halves

2 ½ Tablespoons balsamic glaze

Directions

1. Slice dates down one side lengthwise to create opening for stuffing inside. Careful not to slice all the way through to the other side.

2. Stuff with blue cheese. Place one pecan half on each and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Serves 8

Nutrition Information

Per 3 stuffed dates

Calories: 133

Total Fat: 6 g

Saturated Fat: 2 g

Sodium: 126 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18 g

Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g

Sugars: 10 g

Protein: 2.5 g

Honey Almond Stuffed Dates

Ingredients

24 pitted dates

¼ block reduced fat cream cheese, softened

2 Tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon honey

¼ teaspoon orange zest

⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

1. Slice dates down one side lengthwise to create opening for stuffing inside. Careful not to slice all the way through to the other side.

2. In small bowl, mix together cream cheese, ricotta, honey and orange zest.

3. Stuff dates with cheese mixture. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top.

Serves 8

Nutrition Information

Per 3 stuffed dates

Calories: 148

Total Fat: 6 g

Saturated Fat: 2 g

Sodium: 54 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 19 g

Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g

Sugars: 11 g

Protein: 3.5 g

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