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Black Bean Hummus

Are you heading to a Super Bowl party this Sunday and looking for a healthy appetizer to bring to share? Try this homemade black bean hummus! Serve with fresh raw veggies and some whole grain tortilla chips or pita bread. Unique and delicious! 


1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1 (15 oz) can reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled
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Layered Greek Dip

My new go-to dip recipe! Quick to throw together and a great hit at parties! You can make this up to 24 hours ahead of time to let the flavors meld together. Serve with pita chips and cucumber slices for a light and refreshing appetizer. 


1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups prepared roasted red pepper hummus (or plain)
Garnish: diced cucumber, diced tomato, crumbled feta cheese, sliced kalamata olives, sliced green onions  Continue reading

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Kale Artichoke Dip

Superbowl Sunday is this weekend! If you are either hosting a party or attending one, I am sure you will be surrounded by plenty of unhealthy, high calorie appetizer foods. If you make and bring your own healthy option, you will know what can fit into your healthy lifestyle. Try this lightened up kale & artichoke dip for a healthy alternative, and serve with fresh veggies and/or whole wheat pita chips.

12oz frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
10oz frozen kale, thawed and drained
4oz light cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
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Blue Cheese Ball with Dates and Walnuts

A fun retro style appetizer or snack with modern flavors! Serve with crackers, bread, or mixed veggies.


1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk
5 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons minced pitted Medjool dates (2 to 3 dates)
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted

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Mini Appetizer Frittatas

Baked in a miniature muffin pan, these frittatas make a perfect appetizer! Mix up the flavors by adding bacon instead of ham or stir in spinach, mushrooms, and swiss cheese instead of ham & cheddar.


cooking spray
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped ham
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1/8 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp black pepper
4 large egg whites
1 large egg

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Grilled Okra and Tomato Skewers

Great as a side dish or appetizer. You can assemble the skewers the night before and brush with the olive oil mixture before grilling. Look for similar sized okra pods to ensure even cooking. 


2 small onions, each cut into 8 wedges
24 okra pods, trimmed
16 cherry tomatoes
4 tsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/8 tsp sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray

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Honey Vanilla Tofu Fruit Dip

A deliciously unique fruit dip – silken tofu amps up the protein and yields a creamy texture without the need for cream cheese. Serve with a variety of freshly sliced fruit for a great appetizer or side dish for a backyard barbecue. 

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1/2 cup silken tofu
1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey

1. Mix tofu with electric mixer until creamy.
2. Add vanilla yogurt and honey – mix to combine.
3. Serve with fresh sliced fruit.


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