It’s a Party!

December 1, 2011

These low-cal, elegant (and easy!) nibbles will add a bit of healthy indulgence to your holiday celebrations.

Smoked Salmon on Roasted Potato Rounds Cajun Shrimp with Cucumber RibbonsRed Pepper “Chips” with Goat Cheese and Capers Bacon-Cream Cheese-Scallion NibblesDried Nectarines with Feta and Balsamic Smashed Green Pea Crostini Salad in a GlassCarrots-Hummus NibblesMeatball Sandwich on a StickPumped-up PopcornTapenade-Stuffed Deviled EggsButternut Squash-Gingersnap RoundsCrispy Vegetable Bites with Ginger DressingRoasted Pork Tenderloin and Arugula Bites It's a Party!Tamari-Maple Toasted Almonds
Roast sliced potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper at 375 degrees until golden. Cool; top with smoked salmon, low-fat Greek yogurt and fresh dill.
Toss sautéed, baked or steamed shrimp in a bowl with Cajun seasoning; place on skewer with cucumbers cut into long ribbons using a vegetable peeler.
Cut seeded, raw red bell pepper into bite size-triangles and top with goat cheese and capers.
Stir crispy crumbled bacon and finely chopped scallions into softened low-fat cream cheese; spread on whole-grain cracker.
Dried peaches, nectarines or apricots all work well; top each with softened feta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Using a fork, smash cooked green peas with lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper. Heap on toasted baguette.
Pour a bit of your favorite salad dressing into a shot glass and add a leaf of Romaine lettuce, a slice of pear and a thin slice of Gouda cheese.
Top peeled raw carrots cut on the bias with any of your favorite brands of hummus.
Thread cooked chicken meatball (purchased or homemade) and a cube of sourdough bread onto a skewer. Serve with your favorite homemade or jarred tomato sauce.
Toss warm popcorn in a large bowl with one of these tasty combinations: chile powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper; dill weed and garlic salt; or cocoa powder and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Remove yolks from boiled eggs and place half in a small mixing bowl. Add olive tapenade to taste and mix well. Chill before serving.
Top mini ginger snap cookies with a dollop of mashed butternut squash and top with toasted shredded coconut.
Bundle julienned raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and red, yellow and orange bell peppers and tie carefully with a chive or green onion top cut into strips. Serve with store-bought ginger dressing.
Cut roasted tenderloin on bias; place a few leaves of fresh arugula in the center of each slice; roll up and secure with skewer.
These low-cal, elegant (and easy!) nibbles will add a bit of healthy indulgence to your holiday celebrations.
Toss whole almonds (with skins) with tamari or soy sauce and maple syrup. Bake on a foil-lined baking sheet at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes, stirring every so often.
Roast sliced potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper at 375 degrees until golden. Cool; top with smoked salmon, low-fat Greek yogurt and fresh dill.Toss sautéed, baked or steamed shrimp in a bowl with Cajun seasoning; place on skewer with cucumbers cut into long ribbons using a vegetable peeler.Cut seeded, raw red bell pepper into bite size-triangles and top with goat cheese and capers.Stir crispy crumbled bacon and finely chopped scallions into softened low-fat cream cheese; spread on whole-grain cracker.Dried peaches, nectarines or apricots all work well; top each with softened feta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.Using a fork, smash cooked green peas with lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper. Heap on toasted baguette.Pour a bit of your favorite salad dressing into a shot glass and add a leaf of Romaine lettuce, a slice of pear and a thin slice of Gouda cheese.Top peeled raw carrots cut on the bias with any of your favorite brands of hummus.Thread cooked chicken meatball (purchased or homemade) and a cube of sourdough bread onto a skewer. Serve with your favorite homemade or jarred tomato sauce.Toss warm popcorn in a large bowl with one of these tasty combinations: chile powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper; dill weed and garlic salt; or cocoa powder and a dash of cayenne pepper.Remove yolks from boiled eggs and place half in a small mixing bowl. Add olive tapenade to taste and mix well. Chill before serving.Top mini ginger snap cookies with a dollop of mashed butternut squash and top with toasted shredded coconut.Bundle julienned raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and red, yellow and orange bell peppers and tie carefully with a chive or green onion top cut into strips. Serve with store-bought ginger dressing.Cut roasted tenderloin on bias; place a few leaves of fresh arugula in the center of each slice; roll up and secure with skewer.These low-cal, elegant (and easy!) nibbles will add a bit of healthy indulgence to your holiday celebrations.Toss whole almonds (with skins) with tamari or soy sauce and maple syrup. Bake on a foil-lined baking sheet at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes, stirring every so often.
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