It’s a Party!

on December 1, 2011
Teresa Blackburn

Smoked Salmon on Roasted Potato Rounds

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.

Teresa Blackburn

Cajun Shrimp with Cucumber Ribbons

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.

Teresa Blackburn

Red Pepper “Chips” with Goat Cheese and Capers

Cut seeded, raw red bell pepper into bite size-triangles and top with goat cheese and capers.

Teresa Blackburn

Bacon-Cream Cheese-Scallion Nibbles

Stir crispy crumbled bacon and finely chopped scallions into softened low-fat cream cheese; spread on whole-grain cracker.

Teresa Blackburn

Dried Nectarines with Feta and Balsamic

Dried peaches, nectarines or apricots all work well; top each with softened feta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Teresa Blackburn

Smashed Green Pea Crostini

Using a fork, smash cooked green peas with lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper. Heap on toasted baguette.

Teresa Blackburn

Salad in a Glass

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.

Teresa Blackburn

Carrots-Hummus Nibbles

Top peeled raw carrots cut on the bias with any of your favorite brands of hummus.

Teresa Blackburn

Meatball Sandwich on a Stick

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.

Teresa Blackburn

Pumped-up Popcorn

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.

Teresa Blackburn

Tapenade-Stuffed Deviled Eggs

Remove yolks from boiled eggs and place half in a small mixing bowl. Add olive tapenade to taste and mix well. Chill before serving.

Teresa Blackburn

Butternut Squash-Gingersnap Rounds

Top mini ginger snap cookies with a dollop of mashed butternut squash and top with toasted shredded coconut.

Teresa Blackburn

Crispy Vegetable Bites with Ginger Dressing

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.

Teresa Blackburn

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Arugula Bites

Cut roasted tenderloin on bias; place a few leaves of fresh arugula in the center of each slice; roll up and secure with skewer.

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

It's a Party!

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

Teresa Blackburn

Tamari-Maple Toasted Almonds

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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