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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.

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."

Fresh Veggie Pizza

Fresh Veggie Pizza

Fresh Veggie Pizza

There's no need to bring confetti to your next snack-time gathering. Just carry in this colorful pizza that's topped with a rainbow of crunchy vegetables! Writes Brooke Wiley of Halifax, Virginia,"Guests usually don't even guess this delicious pizza is low-fat."

Chicken Salad Wonton Stars

Chicken Salad Wonton Stars

Chicken Salad Wonton Stars

This recipe packs a bite-size punch of creamy chicken salad wrapped in a crispy shell. "These yummy wonton cups make a great appetizer for a ladies' luncheon or a fun snack anytime," assures Starr Tharp of Parchment, Michigan
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Tomato Black Bean Salsa

Tomato Black Bean Salsa

Tomato Black Bean Salsa

This fresh-tasting medley bursts with homegrown garden goodness, including tomatoes, red pepper and crunchy corn. "Serve this salsa in the traditional way with baked tortilla chips and veggies—or as a condiment for fish," suggests Chris Schnittka of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Asparagus in Puff Pastry

Asparagus in Puff Pastry

Asparagus in Puff Pastry

This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers. Fast and easy, the golden bites are always a huge hit. I make and freeze batches of them during asparagus season for dinner parties throughout the year. —Dianne Werdegar of Naperville, Illinois

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

To trim down traditional guacamole, I experimented with asparagus instead. My husband and our three hungry sons say this chunky low-fat version is as tasty as the original. I love the guilt-free dipping. —Judi Hammer of Litilz, Pennsylvania

Fruit 'n' Nut Spread

Fruit 'n' Nut Spread

Fruit 'n' Nut Spread

Go ahead...spread on Caralyn Berigan's toast topper a little thick. "I adapted it from a higher-calorie spread without losing its fruity flavor," she reports from Golden, Colorado. "It's excellent on bagels, whole wheat toast and muffins."

Warm Fruit Medley

Warm Fruit Medley

Warm Fruit Medley

The gently spiced compote our Test Kitchen staff created is comfort food at its healthiest. Spotlighting wonderful fruit like pears, cherries, apricots, pineapple and cranberries, it makes a beautiful dish that's perfect for a holiday brunch or buffet.

Herbed Cheesy Veggie Dip

Herbed Cheesy Veggie Dip

Herbed Cheesy Veggie Dip

A variety of herbs sparks the flavor of this creamy mixture, which is great for dipping fresh veggies of all kins. "Even with low-fat ingredients, this tempting dip tastes terrific," relates Tracy Morgan of Louisville, Tennessee.

Savory Swiss Cheesecake

Savory Swiss Cheesecake

Savory Swiss Cheesecake

Big on Swiss cheese flavor, this creamy appetizer is irresistible at a festive buffet table! "I serve this savory cheesecake before a holiday meal several years ago, and it was the hit of the evening," confirms Marjorie Turner of Poquoson, Virginia. "Almost everyone asked for the recipe>"

Cauliflower Hors D'oeuvres

Cauliflower Hors D'oeuvres

Cauliflower Hors D'oeuvres

These crispy baked tidbits are an appealing alternative to deep-fried fare. A coating of Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, basil and ground mustard infuses a burst of flavor into each bite. "I make these appetizers for parties at our condo, and it's always the first plate to be emptied," writes Dorothy McNeill from St. Petersburg, Florida.
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