Cameo Celery Sticks
a Diet Recipe

Written by Diet Bites

Recipes, calories and nutrition facts for celeriac and celery seed.

Low in Calories, Perfect Appetizer or Side Item at Meal Time

Our delicious recipe for celery sticks contains a lot of flavor and minimal calories.

The trick to making these babies is to ensure that your sticks are completely dry before filling.

Even cream cheese that has not been softened or whipped will glide on smoothly if the celery stalks are dried.

I recommend using a paper towel to do the trick as cloth kitchen towels tend to leave behind a bit of lint, particularly if they are crafted of cotton fibers.

Recipe Ingredients for Cameo Celery Sticks

Sliced Black Olives
Cleaned Celery Sticks with all strings removed
Whipped Cream Cheese
Chopped Walnuts
Golden Raisins or Crushed Pineapple or Tidbits, drained

How to Prepare the Celery Sticks

Using the whipped cream cheese will save about 1/3 the caloric values as the regular cream cheese in its solid form. This variety is sold alongside of the solid blocks of cream cheese.

Notice that we have not placed any recommendation amounts on our recipes ingredients. This baby is all yours from here.

You can add the walnuts and raisins to the whipped cream cheese, fill the celery sticks and then decorate with the black olives - or you can opt to use the olives in the cheese mixture and decorate with the golden raisins.

Or you can forget about the raisins and use drained crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits.

If you don't like walnuts - then use your favorite nut. Peanuts, Macadamia nuts, pistachio nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans - and even hulled sunflower and pumpkin seeds taste great in this recipe.

That's one of the finer points of cream cheese - it tends to compliment a plethora of foods from all the different food groups.

The Food Group Notes

For example:

Grain Group: It spreads onto muffins, English muffins, bagels and breads wonderfully well, adding a creamy taste that can scare that tub of butter or margarine clean into the deep woods.

Fruit Group: Cream cheese in it's whipped form spreads easily onto fruit and also makes a hip-dip. You can even cut the fruit into pieces and combine with the cream cheese.

Protein Group: While the product isn't that grand spread onto animal and plant proteins, it's boss when a spoon or two is placed into certain types of recipes - such as casseroles.

Vegetable Group: Oh let us count the ways! Celery makes a handsome candidate for filling purposes as do mushrooms and so many other vegetables. When creating a cream cheese dip, try hulling out a beautiful red, yellow, green or orange bell pepper and filling it with the dip. Trim the bottom of the bell pepper before filling so that it will stand evenly on the serving plate.

Dairy Group: Because it resides in the dairy group it can be combined with almost-all other dairy food selections to create dazzling recipes.

About Fat Free Cream Cheese

And take note, it's also available in a reduced fat forum as well as fat free.

Personally speaking, both sorta suck where flavor is concerned and remind us more of glue than rich cream cheese - but both work surprisingly well in recipes.

As to our celery sticks - finish this recipe by mixing the ingredients together that you like best. How easy is that?

Enjoy a couple of generous sticks for about 50 calories.

And of course, the caloric values will vary depending upon which ingredients are used and how much of a particular ingredient is used.

Celery Root or Celeriac and Celery Seed

Have you ever had celery root or celery seed? They are related to our glorious stalk of celery.

The celeriac can be consumed in its raw state or cooked. Its outer surface is rough and tough and should be removed before eating.

Celery Root, Similar to Celery

Celeriac has a flavor which is similar to celery and it is very versatile in the kitchen. It can be enjoyed solo, placed into stews, soups and casseroles, or even mashed as one would a potato.

When shopping for celeriac root, look for firm specimens free of discolorations.

How many calories are in celeriac or celery root?

Let's review the nutritional data in both its raw and cooked states, shall we?

Calories in Celeriac & Other Nutrition Facts

Calories per Cup = 66 kcals
Protein = 2 g
Total Fat = 0.5 g
Carbs = 14 g
Dietary Fiber = 3 g

Calories in Celery Seed, Nutrition Facts

Finally, let's view the nutritional data for celery seed. For recipes where it might be awkward to use chopped or sliced celery, the celery seed can come to the rescue.

An example: cabbage slaw. Just a sprinkle will do as this is one powerful seed.

Calories per Tablespoon = 25 kcals
Protein = 1 g
Total Fat = 1.5 g
Carbs = 3 g
Dietary Fiber = 0.8 g

 

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