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Healthy Cooking Appetizers

Find Healthy Cooking Magazine appetizers for a healthy start to your dinner or meal. Get appetizers from our Healthy Cooking Magazine.

Fabulous Fruit Spread

Fabulous Fruit Spread

Fabulous Fruit Spread

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.

Meaty Salsa Dip

Meaty Salsa Dip

Meaty Salsa Dip

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."

Saucy Turkey Meatballs

Saucy Turkey Meatballs

Saucy Turkey Meatballs

It's easy to turn lean ground turkey into these moist, tender meatballs. Ideal for informal gatherings of family and friends, the appetizers feature a tangy sauce that my guests find delicious.—Janell Fugitt, Cimarron, Kansas
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Couscous-Stuffed Mushrooms

Couscous-Stuffed Mushrooms

Couscous-Stuffed Mushrooms

"Because so many people are watching their weight nowadays, I came up with these light bites that everyone enjoys," writes Lee Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri.

Garlic Ginger Chicken Strips

Garlic Ginger Chicken Strips

Garlic Ginger Chicken Strips

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."

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Our Test Kitchen staff had a ball dressing up sweet bite-size rice cakes with a simple spread and colorful fruits. Try them with a combination of your favorite flavors.

Blue Cheese Appetizer Pizza

Blue Cheese Appetizer Pizza

Blue Cheese Appetizer Pizza

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

Cheesy Zucchini Rounds

Cheesy Zucchini Rounds

Cheesy Zucchini Rounds

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.

Beef 'n' Cheese Dip

Beef 'n' Cheese Dip

Beef 'n' Cheese Dip

I combined two favorite recipes and trimmed them down to create this yummy fondue-type dip. It's great for receptions, parties and get-togethers. It was a hit with the guys at our house last Christmas! —Heather Melnick of Macedon, New York

Phyllo Turkey Egg Rolls

Phyllo Turkey Egg Rolls

Phyllo Turkey Egg Rolls

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

Mediterranean Salsa

Mediterranean Salsa

Mediterranean Salsa

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
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