Monday, August 9, 2010

Low-Point Appetizers

I've always said that one of my favorite meals is simply, hors d'oeuvres. I could eat finger foods and hors d'oeuvres almost everyday. It's great being able to choose from a variety of bite-sized foods that are very pleasing to your palate. I have put together several ideas and recipes for low-point hors d'oeuvres that can be enjoyed at a party, or, if you're like me, anytime!
I have already begun finding more ideas and recipes for a Low-Point Appetizers, Part 2, blog that will give you even more low-point-appetizer ideas. Stay tuned! :)


Low-Point Black-Eyed Pea Dip


Ingredients:
- 3, 16 oz. cans Black-Eyed Peas (drained and rinsed)
- 1/2 to 1 cup diced Jalapenos (depending on "hot" you like it)
- 1 green pepper, diced (optional)
- 1 small jar of pimentos, (optional)
- 1/2 cup Fat Free Zesty Italian Dressing
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
Total servings = 10.5
Serving size = 1/2 cup
Points per serving = 1.5
(Dip with 9 Tortilla Chips = 3.5 total points)
(Dip with 22 Original Pop Chips = 4 total points)
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Low-Point Deviled Eggs
Ingredients:
- 6 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 1/3 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup fat free mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 3 Tbs. minced scallions or chopped chives (optional)
Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks to small - bowl. Reserve whites. In a bowl, mash yolks with a fork. Add cheese, mayo, sour cream, and scallions; mix well. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon yolk mixture into each egg white half. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and refrigerate.
Total servings = 12
Serving size = 1 deviled egg
Points per serving = 1 pt.
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Low-Point Chicken Salad Snack
Ingredients:
- 1, 4.5 oz. can Swanson Chicken (drained)
- 1, Tbs. fat free mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1 tsp. relish
- 1 small tomato
- 6 olives
- Package of Stone Ground Wheat Crackers (or the kind of your choice that are 60 calories for 3)
Mix can of Swanson Chicken, mayonnaise, mustard, and relish together. Cut small tomato in thin slices and layer 6 thin slices on 6 crackers. Put a small scoop of the chicken salad mixture on top and garnish with one green olive.
Total Servings = 6 crackers
Serving size = 1
Points per serving = .5 pts.
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Bagel Bites 
From the freezer section at the grocery store are also delicious for a nice appetizer and all flavors are only 1 point per bagel bite.