Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers

Tomato and Mozarella Skewers

Tomato and Mozarella Skewers


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy

Comments: This is a quick and nutritious appetizer or side dish.
Ingredients:

4 ounce(s) miniature mozzarella cheese balls
4 ounce(s) tomato(es), grape or cherry
1/2 cup basil, fresh
2 teaspoons olive oil, extra virgin
2 teaspoons vinegar, balsamic

Preparation: Drain mozzarella from water. Use small skewers and alternate with a tomato, a piece of cheese, and a basil leaf placing about 3 of each per skewer. Place on a platter and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with cracked black pepper if desired.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 108 calories, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 5 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, .5 g dietary fiber, 19 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 3

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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Appetizer Recipe

Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: This is a simple and delicious appetizer and great for parties!

Ingredients:

6 ounces smoked Salmon
4 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 less fat
1 cucumber, english
1/4 onion(s), red
2 tablespoons capers

Preparation: Slice cucumbers and spread cream cheese on top of each slice. Top with a piece of salmon and garnish with chopped onions and capers. Arrange on a platter and serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 140 calories, 6 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 19 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 190 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 4

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Fresh Salsa Low Calorie and Delicious

Fresh Salsa
Comments: This is easy to make and so much better than the prepared version. Use it in omelets, over fish or chicken, or topped on a southwest salad.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:

4 tomatoes, Roma, or any, seeded and chopped
1/2 onion, red, chopped
1 jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 lime, juice only
1 tablespoon cilantro, fresh, or more, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 25 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 290 mg sodium; WW Points Plus Value 0

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Ham and Artichoke Rolls

Ham and Artichoke Rolls

Ham and Artichoke Rolls

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: This is a simple and delicious low carb appetizer.

Ingredients:
12 ounces ham, lean, sliced
4 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 less fat, softened
6 ounces artichoke hearts,marinated, drained and chopped

Preparation: Place ham slices on a cutting board. Spread cream cheese over ham. Arrange artichoke hearts along one edge of ham, then carefully roll into a log, slice and serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 120 calories, 7 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 10 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 780 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 3

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Asparagus with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Asparagus with Asian Dipping Sauce

Asparagus with Asian Dipping Sauce


I have to say, this is a great way to get your kids, husband, guests to eat more vegetables. The dipping sauce is also good with blanched broccoli, green beans, cauliflower or other favorite veggies.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: This is a great appetizer or side dish even your kids will love! For Vegan…use a vegannaise and substitute agave nectar for the honey.

Ingredients:

1 pound asparagus, fresh
1/3 cup mayonnaise, light or reduced fat
2 teaspoons sesame oil, dark, or more if desired
2 teaspoons soy sauce, low sodium
2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vinegar, rice, seasoned

Preparation: Clean asparagus and cut tough ends off. Place about 6 cups of water in a large pot. Bring water to a boil and add salt. Drop asparagus into the boiling water and cook for only about 1 minute or so until crisp tender. Remove asparagus and place in a pitcher or large bowl of ice-water to stop the cooking process and retain brightness of color. Drain asparagus, place on a serving platter. For the sauce, mix remaining ingredients and serve in a small bowl next to the asparagus. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving (approx): 120 calories,10 g fat,1.5 g saturated fat, 2 g protein, 7 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 250 mg sodium; WW points plus value 3

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs


Serves: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: These make a great snack or side dish.

Ingredients
6 eggs, large
2 tablespoons mayonnaise, light or reduced fat
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
6 olives, black, pitted, finely chopped
1 tablespoon onion(s), red, finely chopped
1 green onion(s) , chopped, as garnish

Preparation: Place eggs in a medium sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover, then turn heat off, leaving cover on pan for 15 minutes. Place eggs under cold water to stop the cooking process. Peel eggs and cut in half. Remove yolks and place them in a medium mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients except for green onions. Mix well, then spoon filling into centers of eggs. Garnish with green onions and black pepper or paprika if desired.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 130 calories, 9 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 9 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 210 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 3

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Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms


These are great for the holidays, and who doesn’t like Brie Cheese?

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Comments

These are a simple and delicious appetizer: the garlic and herbs add great flavor, and who doesn’t like Brie cheese? You could also use low fat mozzarella cheese or other favorite.

Ingredients:

1 pound mushrooms, Crimini or button or combo
8 ounces cheese, brie
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter, light
1 tablespoon garlic, bottled minced
2 tablespoons parsley, fresh, chopped
2 green onion(s) , finely chopped

Preparation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove stems from mushrooms and pat dry. Melt butter and olive oil in a microwave safe bowl. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet and drizzle with butter and olive oil mixture (you could also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor). Toss to coat. Arrange mushrooms with hole sides down and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes until just tender. Turn mushrooms over and place one piece of cheese in the center of each. Top with chopped garlic, parsley and green onions. Place back in the oven and bake for about 6 to 8 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm on a tray or platter.
Nutrition

Per Serving (2 each)About: 140 calories, 10 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 6 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 270 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 4

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Cheese Spread with Black Olives and Celery

Cheese Spread with Black Olives and Celery

Cheese Spread with Black Olives and Celery


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: Easy make ahead appetizer or snack.

Ingredients:

4 wedges cheese, Laughing Cow Light, or other soft low fat cheese
8 stalks celery
1/4 cup olives, black, pitted, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
Preparation: Unwrap cheese and place in a small mixing bowl. Add chopped green onions and black olives and mix well. Spread on celery sticks and chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 60 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 3 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 450 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 2

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Melon and Cheese Skewers

Melon and Cheese Skewers
This is a healthy,quick and substantial snack, appetizer or picnic item, and also great for parties.

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

1/2 cantaloupe
1/4 watermelon, seedless, small
1/4 honey dew melon
8 ounces cheese, low fat cheddar, or any favorite
20 mint leaves, or basil

Preparation: Cut melon and cheese into bite sized pieces. Remove mint leaves from stems. Thread ingredients through skewers, alternating as shown. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 150 calories, 5 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 9 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 220 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 4

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