Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms – a Gluten Free Holiday Appetizer

Do you have family members and friends that are always on the hunt for gluten free options at your holiday parties?

Gluten Free Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

I certainly do, so this past week I’ve been experimenting with appetizer recipes that will please my gluten free buddies. These cheesy stuffed mushrooms rose to the top of the list in no time flat.

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Skinny Potato Skins with Sour Cream and Bacon Appetizer

If you know me, you know I’ll do almost anything for potato skins loaded with all the fixins.

Skinny Potato Skins with Sour Cream and Bacon

Skinny Potato Skins with Sour Cream and Bacon

The problem with the typical potato skin is that it’s loaded with calories. Just one small, delicious, potato can contain as much as 140 calories when topped with cheese and bacon. I’m sorry, but a potato skin isn’t worth the calories unless it’s topped with cheese and bacon.

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Garlicky Beef Wrapped Asparagus – The Perfect Appetizer for Beef Lovers

If the thought of one more bite of summer squash (namely zucchini) sends you over the moon, then this asparagus and beef appetizer is for you.

Garlicky Beef Wrapped Asparagus Appetizers

Garlicky Beef Wrapped Asparagus Appetizers

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Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes

Do you have plans for Easter Sunday? 

Berry Stuffed Crepes

Berry Stuffed Crepes

Czech Crepes filled with Berries and Cream

Here at the Rimkus house, we’ve decided to serve brunch this Easter. In fact, I thought a crepe bar would be a whole lot of fun, so crepes it is!

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Easy and Healthy Football Party Appetizers

In our house, Super Bowl Sunday is all about football. The food comes in a close second place.

Darling Baby Jason

Darling Baby Jason

When my son was a toddler, who knew his life’s passion would be football?

We certainly didn’t, but here we are 30 years later still going to Friday night high school football games. Jason’s a head coach these days, and loving every minute of it.

My Son Head Coach

Head Coach Jason

It’s easy to conclude that football is a big deal in our house, and so is Super Bowl Sunday.

But let’s not forget the food!

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Spicy Three Bean Dip with Chips

When I need a go-to recipe, I count on friends to come through.

Family tested recipes are all well and good, but why not mix it up and serve up something new?

Carol's Three Bean Dip

Carol’s Three Bean Dip

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Easy Salmon and Cream Cheese Dip

When it comes to last minute appetizer recipes, this salmon dip from Angie’s Recipes tops my list.

Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizer

It doesn’t get any easier than mixing together a can of salmon, cream cheese, sour cream, a splash of zesty lemon and some mild green onions.

Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizer

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I’ve Run Out of Ideas For Easy and Healthy Holiday Appetizer Recipes!

I’m bored with the same old appetizers. The thought of another platter of vegetables with Ranch dip might just send me over the edge. 

I don’t want to see plates of crackers and cheese, or those little smoky sausages smothered in barbecue sauce for a long time to come. That’s when I decided to visit my fellow food bloggers to see what they’re serving up this holiday season and share their healthy holiday appetizer recipes with you.

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Bacon! Cucumber, Goat Cheese and Bacon Appetizers

My husband and I need to lose a few pounds before the holiday season tests our self control and those few pounds turn into many.

Axing calories means eliminating the extras in the pantry.

Extras are anything that doesn’t fit into a weight loss scenario like the Pop chips I adore, the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Mike lives on, and the bacon bits we sprinkle on salads.

Goat Cheese, Cucumber and Bacon Appetizers

Goat Cheese, Cucumber and Bacon Appetizers

The dilemma was what to make with my stash of bacon bits, containers of low fat cream cheese, and tart crumbles of goat cheese that I have to get rid of before diet day.

I’d rather have needles poked into my eyes, before I’d throw food into the trash!

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Shrimp Salad with a Spicy Garlic Chili Dressing

When I can serve the same dish two days in a row and there’s not a complaint to be heard about leftovers, then that’s a meal I’ll serve again.

Spicy Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp Salad

This salad recipe was incredibly easy to pull together thanks to a carton of lemony yogurt and a container of pre-cooked salad shrimp.

Spicy Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp Salad

We served our salad on a bed of fresh-from-the-garden red lettuce leaves with a handful of walnuts and celery tossed in for crunch.

Spicy Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp Salad Appetizers

Spicy Shrimp Salad Appetizers

Our shrimpy creation held up so well that we turned it into an appetizer scooped onto garlic toasts. You just can’t beat those double-duty meals.

Happy, healthy cooking!

Shrimp Salad with a Spicy Garlic Chili Dressing

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Low Fat Lemon Yogurt
  • 1 small lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup green onion, sliced
  • ½ cup walnut pieces
  • 1 ½ cups celery, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked salad shrimp
  • 8 cups salad greens

Instructions

  1. Mix yogurt, lemon juice and zest, walnut oil, garlic chili sauce and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.
  2. In a larger bowl add red peppers, celery, green onion, toasted walnuts and shrimp. Combine well with yogurt mixture and chill.
  3. Serve over lettuce.
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Serving size: 4
Calories: 446

Weight Watchers PointsPlus 11
Total Fat: 17.44g
Cholesterol: 365mg
Sodium: 1711mg
Total Carbs: 21.45g
Dietary Fiber: 4.46g
Sugars: 12.24g
Protein: 45.52g



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