Is it possible to make low-fat appetizers that are satisfying and tasty?
- twodales Dec 28, 2010 07:47 AM
With the New Year coming I thought I would try to find some healthy but delicious appetizer recipes to serve my guests. If they are trying to lose weight, I don't want to sabotage them. I would at least like to offer them an alternative. Have you had any success in this area? Would you like to share?
Happy New Year all!
Cucumber cups are popular these days...you could fill them with a yogurt or hummus mixture and top with chopped radish for a "wow! green and red!" effect...also, nuts offer good fats tho' high in calories, so maybe a dish of spiced walnuts or almonds? Also, there's a recipe for Spicy Carrot dip around also that might be an option?
Dips, toppings and sauces made with 0% Greek Yogurt are low fat and very good for you, especially when you're dipping vegetables.
Marcona almonds are a real treat.
Olives and Giardinara are low cal, but high in salt.
Serve belgian endive for dipping, instead of bread.
Make/serve breads that are lower in the glycemic index, such as whole wheat pita or socca.
Use almost fat-free ground chicken or turkey vs. ground beef in nibbles such as mini-meatballs. Serve with marinara.
Spring rolls with a high proportion of lettuce with dipping sauce
Crab Rangoon dip with low fat cream cheese(or no fat, but I am not a fan of it)
lettuce wraps with Asian chicken
hummus with veggie tray
I make crabmeat (or steamed chopped Maine shrimp) mixed with homemade cocktail sauce - serve with stoneground crackers.
I find myself making healthy spreads and dips all the time now, quick and easy and everyone goes for it big time. Goodhealthgourmet's Healthy Black Bean Dip is top of my list, then any of these: tapenade (I especially like to make it with figs), hummus, baba ganoush, caponata, ajvar or an anitpasta platter with roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, olives and so on. Put out some crackers, some Italian bread, some pita, or whatever catches your fancy to complement it. I can eat any of the above with no bread at all though.
See, I told you it was a crowd pleaser! And so easy to throw together at the last minute.
Just remembered, I visited my friends from Morocco recently and their sister in law made such a gorgeous platter of hummus and babaganosh served traditionally on cucumber slices and olives on top, homemade pita on the side. Gotta remember that for my next appetizer menu. And a chef I know at a local yacht club, who is from "Persia", makes seared tuna served the same way, only for people he knows though.