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Healthy Cooking Appetizers

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"One chilly Easter, my creative clan was looking for an appetizer that would break family traditions and warm hearts...and we came up with these spicy bites filled with shrimp and crabmeat," relates Tarsia Nichols from Prineville, Oregon.
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Chili-Lime Shrimp Kabobs

Chili-Lime Shrimp Kabobs

Chili-Lime Shrimp Kabobs

Lime and chili add a kick that really make this recipe pop. Plus, the grilled peppers are a great way to get my family to eat veggies. —Libby Walp, Chicago, Illinois

Spinach Bacon Tartlets

Spinach Bacon Tartlets

Spinach Bacon Tartlets

These delicious bites make a lovely presentation and yes, real men WILL eat quiche…especially these mini versions! Linda Evancoe-Coble—Leola, Pennsylvania

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Our college-age daughter, two of her friends and a nephew ate a quart of this salsa with chips in one sitting. They loved it so much that they each took a quart home with them. So be sure to make lots! —Carol Carpenter, Jansen, Nebraska
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Spicy Chunky Salsa

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Vinegar adds a refreshing tang to this sweet tomato salsa. It's wonderful as is, but for more heat, leave in some hot pepper seeds. —Donna Goutermont, Sequim, Washington

Makeover Mini Bacon Quiches

Makeover Mini Bacon Quiches

Makeover Mini Bacon Quiches

I asked the Taste of Home Test kitchen to help lighten up the Mini Bacon Quiches recipe my friends and family love—but not to touch the bacon! Calories, fat and sodium were slashed—but not one lick of real bacon flavor! —Julie Hieggelke, Grayslake, Illinois

Apple-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Apple-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Apple-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

It takes just six ingredients and 20 minutes to put together this beautiful bruschetta from Laura Lunardi, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Crunchy apple and warm goat cheese top these crispy treats.

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

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Here’s a fabulous alternative to battered and deep-fried shrimp. Coating the shrimp with panko breadcrumbs, spraying with cooking spray and then baking give this appetizer a wonderful crunch without all the saturated fat and calories of deep-frying. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri

Avocado Bean Dip

Avocado Bean Dip

Avocado Bean Dip

I love guacamole! But I add beans to boost the amount of fiber in this version. It has a texture similar to hummus and is perfect for dipping chips, pita or veggies. —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

This easy spread is based on several different relishes and spreads I've tasted or made before. I love the sweet and spicy combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

“I entered this recipe in a local fair, and it took first place! This is one of my favorites because all of the ingredients (except for the lime juice) came directly from my garden and bee hives.” —Carolyn Butterfield of Lake Stevens, Washington
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