Our Best Appetizers Under 100 Calories
In some cases, the key to calorie restraint is about portions. Serving bite-size morsels that come in their own portion-controlled package, like Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie, adds a natural layer of restraint (as long as you can keep from eating the entire batch). And in other recipes it's all about smart ingredient choices. We substitute lower-fat ingredients when it makes sense (and when it tastes good), and we always try to serve appetizers with fresh veggies or fruit to round out the nutrition (and it also makes for a pretty presentation). At under 100 calories, each of these appetizers are sure to inspire your next gathering.
Blue Cheese and Chive Straws
Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes
This scrumptious low-cal finger food was developed by reader Abigail McMahon who was inspired by Ireland. "I love Ireland and the country's wonderful food. When I think of Irish food, the first items that come to mind are potatoes, salmon, and cheese." Luckily, this recipe has all three.
Crab and Celery Root Rémoulade
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon
Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise
Grilled Pepper Poppers
Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts
Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Mini Corn Bread Crab Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Bake the corn bread up to three days in advance, and keep in a zip-top plastic bag. Combine the sauce ingredients and assemble the crab cakes the night before; refrigerate separately. Any leftover crab cakes are terrific with a green salad.
Clams Casino with Pancetta
Green Olive and Artichoke Tapenade
This tangy spread is delicious as a dip with whole-grain crackers or spread on a sandwich of grilled vegetables (shown here). The olives are a great source of monounsaturated fats. Make this ahead and have it on hand for a party or simple lunch.
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