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Diet Appetizer Recipes
One of the largest collections of trusted party and holiday appetizer recipes on the internet. Because my collection of appetizers is so large, I have placed them into the categories listed below. This page includes my wonderful collection of Diet Appetizer Recipes. The recipes are very easy to follow and will give you delicious results. Check the recipes out, prepare them for your family and friends, and ENJOY the compliments you will receive, plus stay on your diet!
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Asparagus & Avocado Wraps
These appetizers are fabulous and also low-fat and low calorie! Sure to impress your guests.
Making sushi at home is easy to do. Ingredients and equipment can be found at Japanese and Asian foods stores as well as at most large food or grocery stores. I did a large amount of reading on how to make sushi rolls before attempting my first ones. Sushi making does requires a small amount of initial practice. Don't be afraid to try!
Canyon Ranch Guacamole
This wonderful recipe is from the cookbook Canyon Ranch Cooking: Bringing the Spa Home. The recipe is described in the book as: "We have served this asparagus guacamole at Canyon Ranch since the day we opened and it has always been extremely popular with our guests. Because it is so unusual it was an immediate favorite with the press whenever articles were written about our Southwestern cuisine. Serve it with fat-free baked tortilla chips for your next fiesta."
For a wonderful refreshing first-course presentation, serve this delightful low fat, low calorie, and low carbohydrate Ceviche Martini. The acidity of the lime juice actually "cooks" or "pickles" the shrimp and firms the flesh.
Crab Cakes with Orange-Dill Sauce
What could be better than a low fat and low calorie delicious crab cake?
Dill Dip for Vegetables
This delicious Dill Dip has been a favorite of my family for years. Plus it is a low fat and low calorie recipe.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
This salsa is a delicious uncooked chunky tomato sauce. You can develop a real passion for fresh tomato salsa, since it is low in calories and very flavorful.
Lettuce Wraps or Lettuce Tacos
This is also a great way to lower your consumption of carbohydrates by replacing the bread with lettuce. Lettuce wraps are very easy to create with an almost endless array of ingredient variations. You can also use the same ingredients that you use in burritos, tortillas, pita bread, or spring rolls. Jut let your imagination and taste buds be your guide.
I love hummus! Since I'm usually trying to lose weight, I created this low-fat, low calorie version of my regular hummus recipe. I substituted some low-fat peanut butter and a little sesame seed oil to replace the higher-fat tahini. This low-fat version is so delicious that you won't miss the extra fat!
Roasted garlic is a delicious appetizer. Squeeze the pulp out of the cloves and spread on the bread of your liking or serve with bruschetta and/or tapenade. Roasted garlic is also excellent used in your baking. It is milder than raw garlic. In fact, raw garlic is two to four times stronger in flavor. Garlic becomes very mellow and easy to spread after cooking.
What could be easier and more delightful than a shrimp cocktail to start off your meal?
Snow Peas Stuffed with Crab
Recipe from The Dinah Shore Cookbook, by Dinah Shore, published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1983. This is a very pretty finger food that is also delicious!
Spanish Tomato Toast
This simple but delightful combination of toasted bread and tomatoes is a classic Catalan tapa served before the meal. In every village and restaurant in Spain, they make a simple tapa called "pan con tomate", bread with tomatoes. Thick slabs of country-style bread are toasted over a wood fire until lightly golden. The bread is rubbed with garlic, tomato halves are smeared all over the toast (tomato pulp will rub off onto bread), drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with coarse salt, and freshly ground black pepper. The light sprinkling of salt over the tomato and olive oil is essential to bring the flavors together.
Spring Rolls/Summer Rolls
How about a Spring Roll or Summer Roll? It's a cool, easy, and an efficient process that yields a delectable prize. Did you know that Spring/Summer Rolls are Egg Rolls that are not fried? Because they are not fried, they are very low in fat and calories! Not only are these Rolls tasty, but they are also healthy. These are good as a starter or a main course.
Stuffed "Deviled" Lemony Eggs
Stuffed eggs are always a favorite at any gathering. Cut the fat and calories by using non-fat mayonnaise and non-fat sour cream.
Tarragon-Rice Stuffed Mushrooms
I adapted this wonderful low fat and low calorie recipe from The Mayo Clinic, Williams-Sonoma Cookbook, by John Phillip Carroll, published by Time/Life Books.
Watermelon Gazpacho Soup
The delicate flavors of cucumber and watermelon go hand in hand to create a sweet-and-savory chilled soup, perfect as a first course on a hot night.