Super-Fast and Easy Appetizer Recipes
Got 5 minutes? We've got your recipes for healthy party food
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
It's that time of year when even non-football enthusiasts gather around the television for a few hours to watch a predictably spectacular football game (and half-time show) satisfaction guaranteed.
If only we could say the same for the often super-caloric Super Bowl party food!
But this year you can have your Super Bowl appetizers and eat lighter, too. Check out our four appetizer recipes, each of which you can whip up in five minutes or less. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in a flash, with nary a touchdown or pass completion missed.
Super Bowl Ranch Dip and Veggies
You can add food coloring to this dip to show which team you are rooting for!
1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dip (1 ounce)
Makes 8 servings of dip.
Per 1/2 cup of ranch dip served with fresh veggies (1/2 cup carrot sticks, 1/2 cup celery sticks and 4 cherry tomatoes): 180 calories, 9 g protein, 34 g carbs, 0.4 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 900 mg sodium (because of the ranch powder). Calories from fat 2 percent.
Football in a Blanket Bites
Serve these with ketchup, mustard, or even BBQ sauce!
1 can refrigerated reduced-fat crescent rolls
Makes 16 Bites (8 servings).
Shrimp Taco Dip
Serving suggestion: Serve with lots of reduced-fat tortilla chips!
8-ounce block of light or 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
Makes 8 servings.
1 serving of the dip: 154 calories, 11 g protein, 8 g carbs, 8 g fat, 4.8 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 560 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 49 percent.
Jalapeno Cheese Spread
1 block (8 ounces) light cream cheese
Makes 8 servings.
1 serving of the jalapeno cream cheese spread: (not including crackers) 94 calories, 3 g protein, 10 g carbs, 4 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 0.1 g fiber, 137 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 44 percent.
Originally published Jan. 23, 2004
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