These easy appetizers take no more than 15 minutes of prep and range from slow-cooked spinach and asparagus dip to cheese-stuffed mushrooms. All clock in at 250 calories or less.
1. SWEET & SPICY CHICKEN MEATBALLS | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Meatballs are a perennial crowd-pleaser for good reason. These meatballs are made with lean ground chicken instead of beef and topped with a homemade sweet and savory sauce. Recipe makes 20 servings at 1 meatball each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 104; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 395mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 12g
2. ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS & SWEET POTATOES | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Go beyond crudites with this roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato appetizer. This dish has 5 grams of fiber and will max out your vitamin C quota for the day. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/4 dish each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 234; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 579mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 6g
3. SLOW COOKER SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP | LOVE & ZEST
Requiring just 5 minutes of prep time, this six-ingredient spinach artichoke dip is made in the slow cooker for easy transportation to your next potluck. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1/8 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 136; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 32mg; Sodium: 280mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 10g
4. GRILLED PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED ASPARAGUS | SKINNYTASTE
With just 10 calories and 5 grams of protein per spear, this elegant appetizer comes together in only 30 minutes. Recipe makes 4 servings at 4 spears each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 40; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 278mg; Carbohydrate: 1g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 5g
5. HERB & GOAT CHEESE-STUFFED MUSHROOMS | THE ROASTED ROOT
A classic appetizer at parties, traditional stuffed mushrooms are packed with calories. This version is filled with herbs and tangy goat cheese and contains only 70 calories per ‘shroom. Recipe makes 15 servings at 1 stuffed mushroom each.