Whether you’re getting ready to host a fancy July 4th party or or a friend’s backyard summer barbecue, you’ll love these recipes in this collection. Healthy appetizers for Summer BBQs and July 4th are recipes that you can definitely afford to snack on before the meal – or make it the meal in itself! Don’t regret your choices the next day with heavy, fatty hors d’oeuvres. Make sure to offer your friends and family healthy options and keep everyone – and their bellies – happy!…
Healthy Appetizer Recipes
So the super bowl is coming up, right? I know, if you asked me when it is, I would be able to tell you. But I am excited for an evening of appetizers, I can tell you that much! These little Italian Roasted Potato Bites are going to be on the menu and probably won’t be any leftover! I love it when I can add appetizers to my healthy recipes index!
Italian Roasted Potato Bites Recipe
When I was a kid, my dad used to do most of the cooking. He was home with me and my brother in the afternoons and was able to make a good dinner for us most days. My mom worked so hard and came home late some nights.
When my dad cooked, he always had the music on. It just made him so happy. I can remember he learned how to make homemade french fries, though they weren’t straight – he cut them in round slices and then fried them. Of course they still weren’t totally healthy but at least they were without all the extra ingredients of bagged fries. Back then we didn’t have organic or all-natural options!
These Italian Roasted Potato Bites remind me so much of my dad’s homemade french fries. They remind me what an amazing dad he was and how much he enjoyed cooking for us and hanging out with us after school. I am so lucky to have had that growing up.
And so now, in my dad’s honor, I will make these potato bites for MY kids on Super Bowl Sunday, the day that they get to have appetizers for dinner and stay up for the halftime show.
- 1/2 Cup olive oil
- 2 Minced garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp fresh oregano
- 1 Tbsp cilantro
- 3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 Cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 Cup marinara sauce
- 1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease pan with light baking spray.
- Cut potatoes widthwise into circles.
- In a large bowl toss the potatoes and olive oil.
- Add seasonings one by one and toss until potatoes are fully coated with seasoning.
- Transfer potatoes to bake dish.
- Add some marinara sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Garnish with cilantro.
- Serve and enjoy.
Swap mozzarella cheese for cottage cheese to further reduce caloric intake.
This week is perfect for appetizers! My parents always liked to have a day full of appetizers on Thanksgiving and this Onion Bacon Dip Appetizer Recipe is perfect for a pre-turkey meal. Here’s something different than the usual onion dip with potato chips – shake things up a bit this year! This and more fabulous appetizer recipes can be found over at the complete healthy recipes index!…
Healthy appetizers are possible! All it takes is a little planning to be able to serve up appetizers that will save room for dinner and not leave you feeling guilty.
Whether it’s game day, holiday parties or family gatherings its best to try to prepare food in advance. If you are hosting a party, making food ahead of the event allows you to be more relaxed and enjoy yourself. Consider some of these ideas for easy healthy appetizers the next time you need make something. Make them well-enough ahead that you will have nearly everything made and will only have to thaw, warm up or open them and place them on the serving table.
Mini Quiches are easy appetizers that can be made and frozen up to a month or so ahead of time. Use prepared pie crusts cut into small circles and press them into muffin tins. Fill them with anything from chopped olive and mushrooms to tiny shrimp and eggs. Use your imagination to come up with sweet quiches as well as savory ones.
Snack and Party Mixes
Party Mix using different cereals can be made up to a month or so before needed as long as they are sealed tightly and people stay out of them until the party starts. There are many versions of this appetizer so find one your family enjoys.
Mexican is an Easy Appetizer Must-Have
Pepper-Jack Empanadas are triangle pastries made with phyllo dough. Make these by brushing butter over single layers of phyllo dough until you have three layers. Cut these into three inch wide strips. Place a small amount of filling – cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, chopped parsley, walnuts, egg, and ricotta – on one end and fold over into triangles. Bake them in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. If you plan to prepare ahead, place each appetizer on a baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, place them in a zip top bag and put them back in the freezer. The pastry would be placed on the baking sheet seam down to bake them.
Salsa Verde Wonton Tacos Tastes Better from Scratch
Taco Cupcakes from Texas Type A Mom
Salsa and Chips
Corn Salsa with Blue Corn Chips adds a colorful splash to your party table. This salsa can be made with fresh, frozen or canned corn. Add chopped tomato, minced jalapeno, chopped red onion, minced cilantro, minced garlic, lime juice and olive oil. The flavors become more intense the longer they are stored, up to three days in advance.
Nuts and Crackers
Spiced nuts are a great make ahead appetizer. Using your favorite nuts, you can make them savory, spicy or sweet depending upon the seasonings you use.
Cool Food Blogs
There are so many places to find good recipes for make ahead appetizers. Television cooking shows often demonstrate how to make appetizers as well as cookbooks, cooking blogs and magazines being easy to access. These are some of my favorite food blogs!
Gimme Some Oven
Pinch of Yum
100 Days of Real Food
Don’t Waste the Crumbs
My mom loves Thanksgiving and every year we do the same thing. We are very fortunate and thankful for our many blessings and we sure use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to think about these gifts in our lives. My family Thanksgiving used to include my grandparents, and every year my grandmother would make the pies, and we would have to wait until she finished them before they would come over, dressed to the nines, jackets smelling slightly of mothballs (oh the toxins!), pies in hand and Grandpa’s many keys jingling as he walked, his crooked gait slowing him down.
I’m not sure why Grandpa had to carry around so many keys, especially on a day like Thanksgiving, when he was coming over to hang out and the day didn’t involve opening any locked doors except his own front door at the end of the day! But I think they must have been some sort of comfort for him, as he never gave them up, no matter how hard we tried. I don’t know what it is about memories like that, but I can still hear the keys jingling and feel his warm hug.
We have tried to replicate Grandma’s pies each Thanksgiving since her passing, and whether or not we get close, Thanksgiving seems to be both different and more special for my family as we think about G&G and remember how important it is to enjoy our family and keep their memory alive.
I have compiled a list of Healthy Appetizers that I hope you will enjoy. Thanksgiving is such a special day but who says you have to go overboard and stuff yourself silly? Enjoy your friends and family and celebrate your health and happiness. Choose simple recipes so you can eat a special dish without exhausting yourself!
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10 Healthy Appetizers for Thanksgiving
Lighter Creamy White Bean Dip
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