Choosing the right healthy Oktoberfest recipes can be a great way to celebrate this holiday without packing on the pounds. This may seem surprising, considering the nature of the foods that are traditionally enjoyed at this time of year, but if you’re careful, it is more than possible to achieve.
If you’re hosting your own party this year, don’t be afraid to offer some healthy Oktoberfest recipes. As long as the dishes you serve are delicious, nobody will be offended by the fact that they happen to be lighter, too. This will not only make for a more nutritious party but it will also mean that you can enjoy all the leftovers without any guilt.
The dishes that follow are healthy Oktoberfest recipes. They’re meant to observe the tradition of this time of year and will pair wonderfully with your favorite German beer, too. Many of them are altered in only very minor ways when compared to their traditional preparations. Often, people find this method even more flavorful than what they’ve previously tried. Why? Because they use beer instead of butter, oil and many other cooking fats.
It tastes great, suits the holiday and makes sure that the beer pairing you choose will automatically be perfect. After all, it’s worked right into the recipe!
Whole wheat beer and pumpkin bread – combine dry ingredients then wet ingredients of (1c) whole wheat flour, (2c) all purpose flour, (1c) canned pumpkin puree, (12 oz) German beer, (2tbsp) brown sugar, (2 tbsp) white sugar, (3 tsp) baking powder, (2-3 tsp) pumpkin pie spice. Bring together the wet and dry ingredients until fully combined. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).
Beer braised pork loin with cabbage and bacon – rub (2 pound) boneless pork loin with (2 tsp) paprika, (1 tsp) dry thyme, (1 tsp) dry sage and a dash of salt and pepper. Brown on all sides in hot pan with olive oil. Add to greased Dutch oven with 6-7 slices of chopped cooked bacon, 1 clove cooked garlic, 2 cups cooked chopped yellow onion, 2 pounds of very thinly sliced cooked (to wilted) cabbage. Mix with 2 more teaspoons of paprika, 1 teaspoon of dry thyme, 1 bottle of German beer and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Bake at 350ºF for 1 to 1½ hours until pork is white in the center.