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Top 5 Healthy Holiday Appetizers

By Peter Coulter

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Dec 17, 2013 3:00:00 AM

Guaranteed to please your guests and be healthy too!

I LOVE this time of the year to get together with friends and family. With that comes lots of snacking and adult beverage drinking. We have the standard artichoke dip that is loaded with cream cheese and butter that my mom makes (Mom, don’t stop making this if you are reading this) that tastes amazing yet loads on the calories.

Here are my top 5 healthy holiday appetizers that are very simple to prepare. Make them for your guests, family, and friends without feeling guilty after eating half the tray.

1. Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites:

I mean, come on, look at that! Now that has some eye appeal and yes, it is healthy for you. You don’t have to go all fancy with grilling the mandolin (use a Mandolin slicer to get an even and thin cut) zucchini yet it does add just another color to an already amazing, healthy appetizer. The whole recipe can be found here.

grilled-artichoke-zucchini-bites2. Stuffed Kale Rolls –a play on Dolma:

I found this amazing recipe on Gooseberry Mooseberry that plays on the traditional Greek/Middle Eastern Dolma by using kale instead of the traditional grape leaves. Here it is stuffed with brown rice, mushrooms, and a few other veggies. The stuffing can vary with your taste, yet you are getting all the benefits of kale – if you don’t recall, you can check out all about kale here.

stuffed-kale-rolls3. Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

I am a huge fan of anything with avocados in it so this recipe is a perfect fit for me. Start with cherry tomatoes and cut a flat bottom so that they stand upright. Remove the top and use a melon baller to pull out the seeds and juice – this is where you will put in your guacamole. In a separate bowl, make your guacamole whatever way you normally do and just dollop a little in the scooped out opening.

guacamole-stuffed-cherry-tomatoes4. Simple Caprese Appetizer:

I have made this appetizer for family functions multiple times and it’s always a hit! It’s a mixture between sweet and savory – all on an easy to eat toothpick. To amp it up a notch, reduce down balsamic vinegar on the stovetop for 15-20 minutes until it becomes about 1/3 the volume and becomes really thick. Save this balsamic reduction to sprinkle on top at the last minute – be careful with it since it is many times stronger than the balsamic vinegar.

caprece-appetizer5. Raw Tea Sandwiches

I know, this is a bit ambitious yet when I came across this amazing recipe from Raw Mazing, I couldn’t resist trying them out – plus they are raw! These use beets and cucumbers as the “bread” and for the filling use pine nuts, lemon juice, water, nutritional yeast, tarragon, and scallions. These are almost too beautiful to eat.

raw-tea-sandwiches

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Post by Peter Coulter

Topics: Food and Drink

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