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Healthy Cooking Appetizers

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Walnut Date Spread

Walnut Date Spread

Walnut Date Spread

"Wanting to bring a different kind of sandwich to a meeting, I experimented with various spreads. This fruit and nut combination was a winner," say Leora Muellerleile of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. "A nice substitute for butter, it's wonderful on raisin toast. For fun, try adding cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg."

Apple Pie Tartlets

Apple Pie Tartlets

Apple Pie Tartlets

Good-for-you things come in small packages when you make a batch of the tiny apple pie treats shared by Mary Kelley, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sweet and cinnamony, these mouthwatering morsels are a delightful addition to a dessert buffet or snack tray. For convenience, you can prebake the shells a day or two ahead of serving.

Creamy Parsley Veggie Dip

Creamy Parsley Veggie Dip

Creamy Parsley Veggie Dip

Whether you use fat-free ore reduced-fat ingredients in this creamy dip for fresh vegetables, it makes no difference in taste, It's wonderful. I think it's best if made the night before.
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Ranch Yogurt Dip

Ranch Yogurt Dip

Ranch Yogurt Dip

This creamy concoction is a perfect dip for a variety of colorful veggies. Served in a cabbage bowl, it's sure to draw attention on a buffet table. "My guests never notice that this is lower in fat and sodium than traditional ranch-style dips," writes Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois.

Tortellini Appetizers

Tortellini Appetizers

Tortellini Appetizers

These cute kabobs from Pat Schmidt of Sterling Heights, Michigan will lend a little Italian flavor to any get-together. Cheese tortellini is marinated in salad dressing, then skewered into toothpicks along with stuffed olives, salami and cheese.

Layered Creamy Taco Dip

Layered Creamy Taco Dip

Layered Creamy Taco Dip

Layered in a pizza pan, this taco dip makes a pretty presentation! "I prepared this yummy spread for birthday parties and family get-together," says Janet Vrieselaar of Rosedale, British Columbia. "It's wonderful spread on baked tortilla chips or low-fat crackers. I never seem to make enough—it's always the first appetizer to go."

Garlic Bean Dip

Garlic Bean Dip

Garlic Bean Dip

"There isn't a bean that my family does not like, In fact, I serve one kind or another almost every day," writes Nancy Testin of Harrington, Delaware. "This is one of my favorite dips."

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

To make this easy appetizer, I halve a loaf of Italian bread, then top it with a blend of fresh basil, oregano, garlic and red peppers, tomatoes and cheeses. It's hard to eat just one slice! —Josephine Devereaux Piro of Easton, Pennsylvania

Creamy Herb Appetizer Pockets

Creamy Herb Appetizer Pockets

Creamy Herb Appetizer Pockets

I combined a creamy cheese sauce and an artichoke dip to come up with these bite-size morsels. The filling is tucked into triangles made from crescent roll dough—it's the perfect no-mess appetizer! —Tina Scarpaci of Chandler, Arizona

Low-Fat Stuffed Mushrooms

Low-Fat Stuffed Mushrooms

Low-Fat Stuffed Mushrooms

"I first tasted these fun mushroom appetizers at a support group meeting for diabetics," says Beth Ann Howard of Verona, Pennsylvania. "I couldn't believe how yummy they were. Since then, I've shared the recipe with friends and co-workers."

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.
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