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Healthy Cooking Appetizers

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Ginger-Cranberry Chutney Spread

Ginger-Cranberry Chutney Spread

Ginger-Cranberry Chutney Spread

"I first became acquainted with chutney while I was serving overseas," writes LaVonne Wettering of Clermont, Florida. "I prefer a tart, rather than a sweet, taste—and that's just what the ginger, apple juice and lemon juice bring to the ruby-red spread. I usually serve it with cream cheese and crackers, but it's wonderful with turkey slices and pork chops, too."

Low-Fat Fruit Dip

Low-Fat Fruit Dip

Low-Fat Fruit Dip

"This fruity dip is easy to prepare and so refreshing for summer get-togethers or brunches," writes Linda Venema from Fulton, Illinois. "The secret ingredient is the lemon-lime soda. It adds a little extra zing." Crushed pineapple and coconut extract bring a hint of the tropics to the creamy dip. Serve it with strawberries, grapes and bite-size melon pieces.

Potato 'n' Roasted Pepper Quesadillas

Potato 'n' Roasted Pepper Quesadillas

Potato 'n' Roasted Pepper Quesadillas

“This is a nice change of pace from other meatless meals,” suggests Jill Heatwole of Pittsville, Maryland. “Using reduced-fat cheese trims calories without cutting flavor in the mouthwatering quesadillas.”—Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland
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Quick White Bean Dip

Quick White Bean Dip

Quick White Bean Dip

From Benton Harbor, Michigan, Katina Tanner sends a low-fat party starter. "This is a wonderful way o use fresh basil," she says. "Increase the amount of herbs if you like or replace the pita chips with crackers for variety."

Veggie Pizza Crescent Squares

Veggie Pizza Crescent Squares

Veggie Pizza Crescent Squares

This hearty, creamy and full-bodied veggie pizza, served as an appetizer, brought oohs and aahs from our tasting panel at first sight. The dish, from Sandra Shafer of Mountain View, California is completely packed with good-for-you cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and other vegetables.

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

For a light bite, Elaine Sweet created these pretty appetizers. “I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things,” says the Dallas, Texas reader. "This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta."

Asparagus Spanakopita

Asparagus Spanakopita

Asparagus Spanakopita

Fresh asparagus gives traditional Greek spinach pie a tasty twist in this recipe from Dean Paraskeva of La Mesa, California. Served with a mild dill sauce, these crispy light squares make a perfect first course for a special-occasion dinner.

Couscous Caps

Couscous Caps

Couscous Caps

Couscous makes a pleasant change from bread crumbs in these savory appetizers—and provides nice texture. —Kendra Doss, Kansas City, Missouri

Grilled Caponata Bruschetta

Grilled Caponata Bruschetta

Grilled Caponata Bruschetta

An amazing combination of vegetables goes into this flavorful veggie medley. And at less than 65 calories each, you don't have to stop at just one! Sonya Miller - Austin, Texas

Herb Cheese Bread

Herb Cheese Bread

Herb Cheese Bread

A flavorful combination of herbs makes this cheese-topped loaf a welcome addition to most any menu. In fact, we couldn't believe how light the buttery slices were when compared to frozen breads found in the grocery store. —Test Kitchen

Light and Delicious Guacamole

Light and Delicious Guacamole

Light and Delicious Guacamole

“My husband told me this is the best guacamole he’s tasted!” Now you can enjoy a classic dip without any guilt. If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, lime will work, too. Lisa Sievers - Philipsburg, PA
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