Our Test Kitchen concocted this citrusy cream cheese spread accented with bits of dried fruit and tangy grated orange peel. Serve it as a snacking spread on low-fat crackers or for breakfast on English muffins or bagels.
White corn adds sweetness and salsa brings a little zip to this hearty meat-and-bean blends. "The recipe became an instant family favorite after my daughter served it at a birthday party," confirms Bobbe Hart of Holyoke, Massachusetts. "I's a snap to make, and guests gobble it up just as fast."
Writes Candy Snyder from Salem, Oregon, "Whether you serve these moist and tender chicken strips as an appetizer or main dish, they're sure to satisfy your hungry bunch. The five-spice powder and red pepper flakes add a bit of zip."
"With a crisp golden coating, these moist and tender bite-size pieces of chicken are greeted with enthusiasm whenever I serve them as a hearty snack or party appetizer," says Cathryn White of Newark, Delaware.
Kathy Stanaway's mouthwatering recipe makes enough for two pizzas. "Loaded with crumbled blue cheese, slices are always popular at card parties and New Year's Eve gatherings," writes the DeWitt, Michigan reader. "My kids also love this pizza—we sometimes make it as an alternative to the regular Italian variety.—Kathy Stanaway, DeWitt, Michigan
Here's a fun way to serve zucchini..provide a low-fat alternative to high-calorie nachos. Our Test Kitchen sprinkled zucchini slices with cheese, seasonings and bacon bits, then heated them in the microwave. Even kids will eat their veggies when you serve them as a side dish or snack.
Here's a light twist on traditional egg rolls that are often stuffed with heavy fillings and then deep-fried. Your guests will never guess that these tasty bites are loaded with healthy ingredients.
—Kara De la vega of Suisun City, California
When entertaining, I rely on this make-ahead dish that's full of peppers, eggplant and zucchini. Low on sodium, it gets its delicious flair from garlic, basil and thyme. We like it on homemade bagel chips.
—Margaret Potempa of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
No one will ever suspect that this creamy party classic is lower in fat than the much loved original. The combination of artichoke hearts, spinach and Parmesan cheese gives it great flavor.
—Michelle Wentz of Fort Polk, Louisiana
Whenever I go to a party, friends and family hope I bring these appetizers with me. The crab filling is also good piped onto celery or used as a cracker spread. Range the horseradish to suit your tastes.
—Debbie Bloomer of Omaha, Nebraska