Appetizers

Sometimes the tastiest food is before dinner starts! Our appetizers set the table for the meal to come, or they can keep your guests tied over during the party. This selection of dips and appetizers are healthy and nutritious.

Artichoke Dip

Mary Clark, Certified Nurse Practitioner at Cleveland Clinic, shares her amazing Artichoke Dip. Her secret ingredient is fried onions!

Cheese Ball

Mary Clarkin, Certified Nurse Practitioner at Cleveland Clinic, shares her Cheese Ball recipe. It's one of Mary's favorite recipes and always a big hit at family gatherings and during the holidays!

Zucchini Boats

These veggie-stuffed boats make a great summer dish and are made with cornbread stuffing, shredded carrots, onion and low-fat cheese. They are also wonderful paired with any meat.

Sweet Potato Hummus

A unique twist on a traditional hummus recipe! Enjoy this delicious and healthy Sweet Potato Hummus recipe with friends and family. They'll be sure to enjoy the combination of red peppers, sweet potatoes and fresh garlic.

Healthy Pita Chips

Enjoy this recipe for home-made, healthy pita chips with friends or treat yourself. With only four ingredients and a few easy steps, you can whip these up in no time!

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

Italian bruschetta is a wonderful way to capture the flavors of ripe summer tomatoes, fresh garden basil and garlic.

Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped in Prosciutto

This easy, tasty recipe gives a wonderful blend of sweet and salt to sweet potato wedges. Fantastic prosciutto is wrapped around sweet potato wedges and baked until it’s crispy and mouth-watering. Mix with basil leaves to create a popular new treat. Add a kick to traditional potato wedges with this innovative flavor combination!

Cream Cheese Vegetable Dip

Nothing tastes better than a creamy dip with fresh vegetables and herbs served with toasted pita bread. Nonfat and low-fat cream cheese are mixed together to cut down on the saturated fat, but not on the delicious taste. Tofu is added for smoothness, which gives it a rich taste as well as extra protein – a win-win recipe!

Guacamole Goes Mediterranean

Regular guacamole gets a different flavor with this Mediterranean alternative. Feta cheese, rice vinegar and dried oregano leaves add a delicious taste to traditional guacamole. Shake things up by combining two different flavors into one mouth-watering dip. This dip definitely satisfied the cravings of this avocado and feta addict.

Eight Layered Greek Dip

This is a go-to, make-ahead recipe when you want an impressive knockout appetizer. Hummus, feta cheese and Kalamata olives come together to create an exotic taste for your next gathering. Not only does this Greek Dip taste great, it’s low in calories as well. Move over Mexican — this Mediterranean-inspired dip will be your new party favorite! Serve with pita chips.

Wild Guacamole

This guacamole dish is ideal to use as a dip for chips, vegetables or as a zesty sandwich spread. Mix in cumin, kosher salt and ground pepper to make this guacamole wild! This guacamole adds a bite to any chips dipped into it and the fresh ingredients really help the spices to stand out.

Pizza Popcorn

Take some time off and invite your friends over for movie night and some pizza — pizza-flavored popcorn, of course! Combining two great flavors doesn’t even have to be unhealthy. A mixture of spices mixed with buttery spread brings out the delicious taste of pizza when it is drizzled over popcorn. You’ll never have to choose one over the other again.

Great Guacamole

It isn't really a party without guacamole. Low in saturated fat, this guacamole dip tastes great on any chip, cracker or veggie. Hot peppers, garlic, and tomato slices can give this dip an extra “kick." Guacamole is a favorite for any dipping occasion, and now we know that it's loaded with "good" fat!

Mediterranean Roll-Ups

These Mediterranean Roll-Ups are extremely tasty, especially with the hummus and tabouli!

Submitted by Zonya Foco, RD, author of Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go! Visit zonya.com for more great recipes and tips.

Chicken Teriyaki "Wings"

These chicken “wings" are a healthy version of the traditional favorite. By using low-sodium soy sauce and rice vinegar, you can make healthier chicken “wings" without sacrificing taste. They will fly off the platter at your next family gathering!

Endive Mango Fig Appetizers

These Endive Mango Figs are a delicious treat, low in calories and fat. The figs are covered with a low-fat cream cheese spread and your favorite fruits and nuts. Make each fig your own by covering it with a unique topping. Give it a try and they'll be coming back for more!

Salsas

Want a twist on the "classic" salsa? Consider adding raspberries, apricots or even pineapple or mangoes to your recipe. It adds a healthy "kick" and a new taste you're sure to love!

Bruschetta

This healthy appetizer takes only minutes to prepare but offers a lasting taste. Simple ingredients are combined to make an easy-to-serve dish. A combination of tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and parmesan cheese cover bread, making bruschetta a tasty snack or a complete meal.

Hummus

Hummus has become a very popular dip – it is low in fat, vegetarian and full of protein. Try it with variations, or the traditional way on a toasted pita wedge, baked tortilla or your favorite whole-grain cracker. It’s also a delicious and healthy alternative to mayonnaise on a burger!

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a popular type of Middle Eastern salad made from bulgur, parsley, mint and tomatoes seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. This tabbouleh recipe uses extra lemon juice and more fresh herbs. The result is incredible – a delicious taste of lemon with every bite of grain and a burst of freshness from the blend of fresh herbs with every mouthful!