With the royal wedding just a few days away, it seems that most cooks have UK fever – and the desire to cook like British royalty. While British cuisine is typically simple and unfussy, home cooks and professional chefs are pulling out all the stops in light of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s upcoming nuptials.
If you are hosting a watch party for your friends and family to celebrate the royal wedding, opt for healthier versions of favorite English-inspired meals and snacks that will keep the atmosphere authentically British without leaving your home.
Baked Fish Fillets: Instead of fish and chips, which are often deep fried and high in saturated fat and calories, celebrate the royal wedding eve with a healthy seafood dinner that will keep your diet on track, but still feel festive. Throw some Parmesan pepper sweet potato fries on the side if you’re craving a dish more like the real thing.
Yorkshire Pudding: Perfect addition to your bread basket or as a side dish, this recipe from healthy food blog Real Mom Kitchen is perfect, authentic and could even be re-purposed into breakfast if you’re planning to wake before dawn to watch the royal procession.
Royal Wedding Chicken: Perfect for a casual get together, feel like royalty with the simplest of proteins – chicken. They might not be serving it up at the Westminster Abbey but your party guests will feel right at home.
Oatmeal Blueberry Scones: If you’re planning an early AM viewing party for the royal fanfare, start your morning with blueberry scones to celebrate the potential future king and queen of England. Tea and scones are a traditional afternoon snack among British society and you can indulge too, guilt-free.
Toffee Bars: It’s rumored that Kate Middleton loves sticky toffee cake, but with her gorgeous figure, we wouldn’t be surprised to find her snacking on these guiltless bars from Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin. Reduced-fat cream cheese and light brown sugar give these better-for-you bars a rich and decadent taste with moderate calories.
Fruit Tart: With rich pastry cream and a plethora of delicious fresh fruit, this clip will help you craft the perfect desert – one fit for a queen – from start to finish.
Minted Green Tea: There’s nothing that says England more than high tea. So whether you’re planning to stay up all night to watch the festivities or set your alarm for the wee hours of the morning, a cup of minty tea is the perfect beverage.
Cranberry Mimosa: If you’re popping bubbly in celebration of the new prince and princess, why not add a little bit of antioxidant rich cranberry juice? Make your cocktail suitable for breakfast and be festive.
Be sure to read Royal Cocktails for Your Royal Wedding Watch Party
April 27th, 2011