"This is a favorite standby of mine when I need a quick appetizer," says Kathryn Goecke of Montrose, Colorado. The creamy dill dip, with chunks of shrimp and cucumber, makes a nice change from the standard shrimp and cocktail sauce.
This hearty dip from Heather O'Neill of Dudley, Massachusetts won't last long at your next gathering. Green chilies, taco sauce and chili powder add zip to the appetizing blend of ground turkey, refried beans, cheese and seasonings.
Zesty chicken strips pass the trim-and-tasty test LaDonna Reed gives most of her recipes. "I prefer food that is low in fat but has lots of flavor," she notes from Ponca City, Oklahoma. "I made these chicken strips for supper one night...and they were a huge hit! They're simple to make, too."
"Cinnamon pairs nicely with maple syrup in this delicious dip," explains Cathy Liebert from Harland, Wisconsin. "It makes a wonderful coating for strawberries, bananas and apples...and it's a great way to get people to eat fresh fruit."
Feta cheese and spinach add Mediterranean flair to Sandy Rossier's mushroom caps. "They are delicious and filling," she pens from Brooksville, Florida. Try them for a simple entree, side dish or extravagant, sit-down appetizer.
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
Baked in miniature muffin cups, wonton wrappers make perfect little cups for these crunchy Southwestern bites. In addition to two different cheeses, green chilies and chives, Lyn Renwick of Charlotte, North Carolina seasons the cups with a hint of cumin.
From Annapolis, Maryland, Mitzi Sentiff writes, "People won't guess that this delicious dip, which is great for parties, is also low in fat. I love to serve it with a nice assortment of fresh vegetables for dipping."
The refreshing taste of these Mediterranean-flavored bites will have guests going back for seconds. But they can do so without guilt because this great appetizer is so healthful.
Joy Shind - Smyrna, Tennessee