10 Party Snacks Worth Celebrating

Whether you're heading to a New Year's Eve potluck or hosting a birthday party, appetizers are a must. Here are some of our favorite, low-calorie hors d'oeuvres.

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Low-Calorie Pierogi Recipe
Gibson & Smith

1. Roasted Potato & Cauliflower Peirogi

While protein-rich Greek yogurt and milk are a harmonious egg substitute, this modernized dish also harkens back to time-honored recipes by calling for mild and nutritious farmer’s cheese, a light variety similar to cottage cheese.

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Maya Visnyei

2. Cheddar Cornbread Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers are generally laden with cheese, breaded and deep-fried – not exactly a clean snack! We reduced the cheese and mixed it into a baked cornbread batter. Serve these with your favorite salsa and a bit of sour cream.

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3. Chevre & Herb-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Tangy and sweet goat’s milk chèvre forms the savory, calcium-rich base of this visually appealing appetizer.

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Goat Cheese Fondue

4. Goat Cheese Fondue

This fondue is a light, clean twist on a dish of melted cheese that’s bound to please. Try Aimee Olexy’s goat cheese version for a great appetizer or winter warmer.

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Thai Chicken Endive Boats

5. Thai Chicken Endive Boats

Impress your guests with these mouthwatering endive boats – with only 35 minutes of work! Bean sprouts, carrots and cilantro are tossed with seasoning then topped with chicken breast and creamy peanut sauce to make the ultimate exotic appetizer.

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6. Stuffed Dates with Ricotta

This intensely satisfying treat, infused with traditional Middle Eastern flavors, relies on dates for its sweetness – remember to use pit-in dates; they contain more moisture than their pitted counterparts.

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Andreas Trauttmasdorff

7. Mini Crab Cakes

Crab cakes often include little-to-no actual crustacean, but Food Network star Ellie Krieger’s recipe lets the crab shine through by only panko-crusting the exterior.

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lettuce wraps

8. TLT Lettuce Wraps

Replace the bacon in your BLT with lean tuna and you’ve got a CE-approved snack or easy app. We’ve also swapped out the bread for Boston lettuce for a sushi-inspired mini-meal – with each wrap packing a mere 52 calories!

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tomato tartines recipe

9. Tomato Tartines

Ingredients vary widely when it comes to these trendy, French bistro-style, open-faced sandwiches. Start with our basic recipe for snack time and, later on, try adding lean chicken, turkey, fish or more vegetables for a heartier meal.

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Melted Cheese Mexican Dip Recipe
Yvonne Duivenvoorden

10. Poblano & Mushroom Queso Fundido

We lighten up the traditionally rich Mexican appetizer queso fundido, Spanish for “cheese fondue,” with Greek yogurt and cream cheese.

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