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  1. 9 Surprising Recipes that Make Great Football Party Appetizers

    Football season is in full-swing, and you’re probably attending (or hosting) a party or two. It’s great to celebrate with friends, but parties can also mean lots of calorie-laden, unhealthy foods that can quickly turn into an expanding waistline.

    Luckily, there are plenty of creative options that you can whip up in place of things like buffalo hot wings and creamy spinach dip that will leave you feeling just as satisfied.

    1) Greek Yogurt Onion Dip

    Shallots, chives and olive oil mix with Greek yogurt for a tasty, complex dip that goes great with veggie sticks, low-salt pita chips or pretzels.

    Serves: 6 (1 ½ cups)
    Calories: 70 per serving


    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 cup chopped shallots (about 2 large shallots; 1/3 pound)
    Kosher salt
    1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    1 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
    1/4 cup 1-percent milk
    1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
    Freshly ground black pepper

    Get the full recipe at Food Network

    2) Shrimp Salsa

    Shrimp meets salsa in this delectable dip that pairs perfectly with tortilla chips or low-sodium wheat crackers. It’s simple, light and unique.

    Serves: 12
    Calories: 26 per serving


    1/2 pound salad shrimp
    2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
    1/2 red onion, diced
    1/4 cup minced cilantro
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Get the full recipe at AllRecipes

    3) Feta and Spinach Tartlets

    If you’re into anything Mediterranean, you’re taste buds will go nuts over these feta and spinach tartlets that bring Greece alive in a crunchy phyllo dough shell.

    Serves: 30
    Calories: 35/serving


    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 small shallot
    1 clove garlic
    tsp. ground nutmeg
    1 bag baby spinach
    1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese
    c. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
    1 large Egg
    30 mini phyllo shells

    Get the full recipe at Country Living

    4) Spicy Peanut Chicken Skewers

    Take your skewer recipe to the next level with tastebud-blowing spicy chicken skewers inspired from peanut butter chicken satay. The peanut butter balances the rice vinegar, soy sauce and other ingredients and keeps the chicken at moist perfection.

    Serves: 6
    Calories: About 160/skewer


    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1/3 cup olive oil
    6 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
    6 tablespoons whole milk, divided
    5 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
    1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
    12 bamboo skewers
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1/4 cup sambal oelek
    18 grape tomatoes
    2 medium yellow squash, very thinly sliced
    2 medium zucchini, very thinly sliced
    Black sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
    Chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional)
    Lime wedges, for serving (optional)

    Get the full recipe at Foxes Love Lemons

    5) Spinach Artichoke-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Spinach artichoke-stuffed anything is pretty darn amazing, but add them to some tasty, fresh mushrooms and you’re really in for a treat. Plus, they’re easy to make and the perfect quick party treat.

    Serves: 2 ½ dozen
    Calories: 51/mushroom


    3 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup sour cream
    3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
    1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
    1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
    30 to 35 large fresh mushrooms, stems removed
    Additional shredded Parmesan cheese

    Get the full recipe at Taste of Home

    6) Cauliflower Popcorn

    Move aside popcorn, because these bite-size cauliflower nuggets are just as munch-worthy. They’re roasted with garlic and parmesan and are the perfect unexpected party snack.

    Serves: 5 cups
    Calories: 100 calories/cup


    8 c. small cauliflower florets, stems trimmed
    3 tbsp. olive oil
    1/4 c. Grated Parmesan cheese
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. turmeric
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Get the full recipe at Good Housekeeping

    7) Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

    Asian flavors inspire these low-calorie lettuce wraps that include pork, ginger, chestnuts and sesame oil. These mouth-watering morsels absolutely taste as amazing as they look.

    Serves: 24
    Calories: 54/lettuce wrap


    1 pound lean ground pork
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1/4 cup hoisin sauce
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
    2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce
    1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
    4 green onions, chopped
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    24 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

    Get the full recipe at Taste of Home

    8) Tabouleh-Stuffed Peppers

    Give stuffed peppers a bit of additional crunch with tabouleh combined with flavors like garlic, mint, coriander and more. Are you going to wow your guests with them? Yes, that’s for certain.

    Serves: 30
    Calories: 38/pepper


    1 cup bulgur
    1 cup hot water
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    2/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoons ground coriander
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
    1 pound fresh sweet mini peppers

    Get the full recipe at Live Best

    9) Crispy Baked Chickpeas

    Keep the snack guilt-free without skimping on flavor with these crispy baked chickpeas that are tossed with baked and tossed with truffle salt.

    Serves: 8
    Calories: 110


    2 cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
    1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon truffle salt or sea salt

    Get the full recipe at The Lemon Bowl



    Author: Caitlin H
    Diet-to-Go Community Manager

    Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.


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