Introduction to Appetizers

Appetizers are usually reserved for formal meals and when guests come over. They are traditionally high in calories and often deep-fried. However, a meal consisting of a few, small, healthy appetizers can be an interesting and varied alternative to one large unhealthy entrée.

In this chapter you will find recipes for appetizers, which are healthier than traditional appetizers. You will see that the sauces are made with fruits and vegetables, therefore giving these dishes bold colors, while keeping the fat and sodium content relatively low.

Appetizers can make meals more interesting, but be sure to remember the following:

  • Modify an appetizer recipe which calls for deep-frying, by spraying with vegetable oil and then baking.
  • Sauces and chutneys can be very high in sodium. Keep an eye on the amount of salt you add to these items. Replace salt with extra herbs and spices so that the flavor is maintained.
  • Use fat-free sour cream or yogurt for creamy dips; and experiment with salsas and dips that are made of fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Vegetables make great fillings in appetizers. Experiment with your favorite appetizer recipes and replace the meat with vegetables, such as: spinach, cabbage, broccoli, carrots and mushrooms.

So remember, a meal consisting of a few healthy appetizers can be an interesting and varied alternative to one large entrée.

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