I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a big appetizer girl. If apps are being served at a party, I tend to be full by the time dinner’s served because I usually enjoy my fair share of the bite sized snacks! 🙂
To start the new year off on a healthy note, I’m sharing my favorite light but satisfying appetizer recipes. These recipes are guilt-free and will allow you and your guests to enjoy as many apps as you’d like at your next cocktail, dinner or viewing party!
1. Grilled Shrimp & Avocado Salsa
This salsa gets the top spot on the list because it’s SO good. It’s also easy to make in larger quantities, so no matter how many friends you’re having over – there can be plenty to go around. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!
2. Easy Skinny Turkey Burger Sliders
If you’re a fan of burgers but hate the calories that come along with it, these turkey burger sliders are the perfect option. They are only 150 calories per serving – a tasty healthier option to serve at any gathering!
3. Fresh Herb Tomato Crostini
These crostinis are packed full of flavor! Note that you should prepare the tomato & herb topping a night or two before you plan to serve for the best result taste-wise. They are both refreshing & delicious!
4. 5-Minute Blistered Shishito Peppers
If you need to make something FAST — these blistered shishito peppers only take 5 minutes. Throw them in a cast-iron pan with some salt and lemon and you’re pretty much set!
5. Baked Hot Crab Dip
This is the perfect dip to serve on football Sunday or really just about any day of the week. Made with sweet lump crap, shredded cheese and jalapeños for a little heat – your guests are sure to love this one!
6. Crispy Potatoes with Vegan Nacho Sauce
For all my vegan friends out there (and my non-vegan friends because this sauce is SO good) – here’s one you have to try! Who doesn’t love potatoes dipped in cheese — especially a cheese sauce that’s guilt-free?
7. Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Everyone loves buffalo chicken dip – so why not serve it quesadilla style? I recommend using healthy or whole wheat tortillas to keep this light – and sub the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.
8. Avocado Fries with Lime Dipping Sauce
If you can’t tell yet, I’m a big avocado fan — and if you are too you’ll love this recipe. These fries can either be baked in the oven or in an air-fryer if you have one. The dipping sauce is one-of-a-kind. I want to put it on everything!
9. Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
These elegant smoked-salmon pinwheels are keto-friendly and are a fresh snack for guests to enjoy prior to their meal (not to mention low carb without the bagel!)
10. Loaded Sweet Potato Bites
If you love classic potato skins – but are looking for a healthy alternative – this is it! Again these are perfect to serve while for any kind of sports viewing party or just while having some friends over for a relaxing night!
11. Mini Zucchini Pizzas 3-Ways
You don’t have to feel guilty about having 5 or 10 of these! These mini-pizzas have a zucchini base, and are covered with several fun toppings such as cheese, bacon, pesto and corn!
12. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites
These spinach artichoke quinoa bites are a healthy spin on everyone’s favorite spinach artichoke dip — and they’re gluten free! Heat up some tomato sauce for dipping and your appetizer is ready to be served.
13. Cauliflower Popcorn Bites
Seasoned to perfection, cauliflower popcorn is a great app to make & snack on while watching a movie or relaxing on the couch with friends.
14. Bacon Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers
These salty & savory roasted jalapeño poppers are sure to please a crowd — and when you dip them in the savory-sweet jelly, it’s the most delicious combo!
15. Healthy Five Layer Mexican Dip
I’ve been looking for a healthy version of layered Mexican dip for quite some time – and this one is d-e-l-i-cious. If you don’t believe me, just read the reviews! This is absolutely worth making for your next taco Tuesday or viewing party!
Do you have a favorite go-to healthy app recipe? If so, please share in the comments below! I’m always looking for new healthy apps to try!