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Tasty appetizers that help make entertaining easy and fun.

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Whether you need quick nibbles to satisfy pre-dinner hunger pangs or you’re hosting a party, this collection of tasty, healthy appetizer recipes is sure to hit the spot. These appetizers are party-ready in 30 minutes or less, and the emphasis is on delicious and healthy ingredients. From crowd-pleasing dips and spreads to delicious canapés, you’ll find tasty ideas that will have people eating in no time, and all at 500-calories or less!

Salmon & Cucumber Mini Smorrebrod

salmon and cucumber mini smorrebrod Denmark is famous for creative open-faced sandwiches like these. Here, crunchy cucumber, fresh dill and cured salmon top thinly sliced rye bread for a simply spectacular appetizer -- or a great light lunch with a salad on the side.

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Mississippi Spiced Pecans

mississippi spiced pecans These mildly sweet and salty nuts are great to have on hand over the holidays. Rather than eating them by the handful, savor them in moderation by sprinkling a few onto salads or stir-fries.

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Watercress & Roquefort Eggs

watercress and roquefort eggs Peppery watercress and tangy Roquefort are a sophisticated addition to deviled eggs. We cut the amount of yolks in this recipe by half, saving an ample amount of calories and fat (about 54 calories and 5 grams of fat per yolk).

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  • Baby spinach (1 1/2 cups) with 2 Tablespoons Garlic-Yogurt Dressing (39 calories)
  • Steamed broccoli (1/2 cup) with fresh chopped herbs and a squeeze of lemon (22 calories)

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Sherried Mushrooms

sherried mushrooms These tender, juicy mushrooms work with just about any menu -- and they're a terrific low-cal nibble. Place a dish of toothpicks next to the serving dish and let guests help themselves.

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Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

lemon garlic marinated shrimp Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil makes a simple, elegant appetizer. If you have leftovers, turn them into a protein-packed satisfying lunch by tossing with an equal amount of drained canned white beans and chopped celery.

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Creamy Spinach Dip

creamy spinach dip This light spinach dip is made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. You'll save a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

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Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

roasted eggplant and feta dip There are countless variations on this classic meze (appetizer) in Greece; our version gets a kick from fresh chile and cayenne pepper.

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