Low-Calorie Appetizers and Party Foods
Get a healthy take on party foods with our low-calorie appetizers like crostini, chips, dips, potstickers and more.
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Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip
Giada does away with the cream in her easy-to-make dip, using cannellini beans to help thicken the chips-ready mix so you can indulge without the guilt.
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Chuck's Crab Cakes
Spiked with Dijon mustard and sriracha, Chucks spicy mayo is so flavorful, you'll only need a tiny dollop to go with this iconic seafood appetizer.
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Sweet and Sassy Nuts
Turn heart-healthy nuts into an irresistible snack by coating them in a simple mix of brown sugar, cinnamon and ground chipotle.
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Game Time Chili
Bobby scores with this take on a game-day classic. Instead of beef, he uses less-fatty ground chicken simmered in a delicious stew of diced tomatoes and fiber-rich beans.
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Healthy Seven Layer Dip
Dips are notorious diet killers –– but not this lower-calorie version, which contains fresh vegetables and and low-fat dairy.
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Lettuce Cups With Tofu and Beef
Though lettuce wraps may seem like a healthy menu option, the fillings are often made with high-calorie, high-sodium sauces. Ellie uses a moderate amount of sweet hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce and powerful chili-garlic paste to flavor her lettuce cups, and she saves calories by mixing lean ground beef with tofu.
Get the Recipe: Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef
Grilled Corn Salsa
Simplicity is the secret in Michael Chiarello's fresh corn salsa. The sweet yellow kernels are mixed with red onion and vine-ripe tomatoes, then topped with extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.
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Sweet Pepper Crostini
Giada's sweet pepper crostini is a simple and light appetizer that's perfect for any party. Smoked mozzarella has a strong, nutty flavor a little goes a long way.
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Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Most artichoke dips can be a killer when it comes to calories, but not Ellie Krieger's version. With reduced-fat sour cream, part-skim mozzarella and light cream cheese, she slims down the classic dish so you can indulge.
Get the Recipe: Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Grilled Polenta Crackers With Roasted Pepper Salsa
Rachael Ray's thinly sliced polenta crackers come out lightly charred and topped with a refreshing mixture of red pepper, parsley, black olives, capers and white onion.
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Hummus with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Spanish paprika, lemon juice and sun-dried tomatoes help spruce up Mark Bittman's take on the Middle-Eastern favorite made from mashed heart-healthy chickpeas.
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Cracked Pepper Potato Chips
Potato chips are the epitome of crave-worthy snacks but they also happen to be one of the most caloric. Make Ellie Krieger's, however, and you can enjoy crispy, pepper-speckled potatoes with a fraction of the fat.
Get the Recipe: Cracked Pepper Potato Chips with Onion Dip
Five-Layer Mexican Dip
By scaling back on each layer and subbing out caloric refried beans for a homemade chipotle-lime black bean dip, Ellie Krieger proves that Mexican doesn't have to mean unhealthy.
Get the Recipe: Five Layer Mexican Dip
Fish Tacos With Chipotle Cream
Ellie's chipotle cream made with yogurt, mayo and chipotles in adobo is so flavorful, you only need to dress these lean fish tacos in a tablespoon of the sauce.
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Spicy Ginger Chicken in Lettuce Cups
It only takes half an hour to whip up this refreshing and versatile meal. Simply mix browned chicken with diced vegetables, then dress the lot in a spicy ginger sauce.
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Schiacciata Con l'Uva: Focaccia Topped With Grapes
This sweeter, lighter take on pizza a marker of the Italian grape harvest calls for the dough to be topped with fresh grapes, rosemary and a sprinkling of sugar.
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Three Bean and Beef Chili
Extra-lean beef and three types of fiber-filled beans assure maximum heartiness in Ellie Krieger's healthier chili.
Get the Recipe: Three Bean and Beef Chili
Sweet Potato Wedges With Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Simply skewered and grilled sweet potatoes make a perfect side dish or party app. With a little bit of curry powder and cayenne pepper, they have a little kick and are nicely complemented by a cooling yogurt-mint-citrus dipping sauce.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Wedges with Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce
De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket lovers rarely can have just one, so do your guests a favor and help them snack guilt-free with Hungry Girl's leaner take on this favorite app.
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Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada
The beef in these tacos needs little more flavoring than a spicy, briny marinade of pickled jalapeños. Grilled to your liking, they are packaged with onion, cilantro and potent salsa de arbol.
Get the Recipe: Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada
Holy Moly Guacamole
Hungry Girl lightens her guac with grape tomatoes, Greek yogurt and peas so you won't overload on high-fat avocadoes (though nutrient-rich, they can be dangerous).
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Humble Home-Cooked Beans
High in protein and low in fat, cannellini beans are ideal for snacking. Try Jamie Oliver's, speckled with parsley and served with sliced sourdough toast.
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Exploding Chicken Taquitos
Great as an appetizer or a light dinner recipe, these baked taquitos possess all the flavor of the favorite fried dish thanks to taco seasoning and fragrant salsa, but they are only 100 calories per wrap.
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Tofu and Edamame Falafel With Tofu Tahini
High-protein tofu and edamame are heavily seasoned and lightly fried, making them bite-sized indulgences with nutritional benefits.
Get the Recipe: Tofu Edamame Falafel, Tofu Tahini
Lord of the Onion Rings
Seasoned with garlic and onion powder, coated in high-fiber bran cereal and baked until golden brown, Hungry Girl's lighter onion rings are the perfect alternative to otherwise greasy fried fare.
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Spiced Pita Chips
Count on cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper to give Ellie Krieger's baked whole wheat pita chips a tasty zing.
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Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins
Potato skins don't usually fall under the "low calorie" header, but Ellie Krieger goes heavy on the broccoli and light on the cheese and bacon so you can munch on more than just a few.
Get the Recipe: Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream
Crab and Avocado Duet
Flavored by lemon juice, Dijon mustard, chives and zingy white pepper, this anything-but-mild crab and avocado makes a perfect cracker topping.
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Prawn and Chive Potstickers
Ching's chive, shrimp and water chestnut-filled dumplings are best when dunked in her delicious homemade soy dipping sauce.
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Steamed Artichokes With Almond Saffron Dip
If steamed artichokes sound a little boring, Ellie's light almond saffron dip, made with yogurt, lemon juice, parsley and onion, will elevate the vegetable.
Get the Recipe: Steamed Artichokes with Almond Saffron Dip