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Jumpstart 2017 With Healthy Appetizers Your Guests Won’t Refuse

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
Whether your 2017 New Year’s Resolution is lose weight and eat healthier, or if you simply lead a healthier lifestyle in general,

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is here and gone. All the planning and preparing was well enjoyed and family and friends were beyond satisfied by all the delicious dinner and treats, but it’s now officially a new year, which means getting back to routine and creating new ones to follow.

Whether you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and focus on weight loss, or if you already feel like you have that down and are just continuing with that trend in your life, you may be concerned with food options when hosting or attending a part. Don’t fret though, we have four delicious and HEALTHY appetizer options that will satisfy any food crazing, without putting a dent into your new and improved, healthy self.

Here are four healthy appetizers that you must try today!

Chili Lime salmon satay

These healthy dinner party appetizers not only taste fabulous but are also gluten free! You can order our mouth-watering Chili Lime Salmon Satay here or simply make your own with this easy recipe.

Ingredients

For the Marinade

  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • A handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder (or to taste)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Recipe

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds Atlantic salmon cut into chunks
  • Olive oil
  • Skewers

Preparing the Marinade

Blend together the lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and garlic to form a smooth paste. Mix in the chili powder, salt and pepper.

Instructions

  1. Marinade the chunks of salmon in a covered bowl or a zip lock bag in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat your barbecue or grill.
  3. Thread the marinated chunks on to skewers (about 3- 4 chunks on each skewer depending on the size of the chunks and skewers).
  4. Arrange on the barbecue or grill and lightly brush with olive oil and cook for 5 – 6 minutes turning occasionally until the salmon is cooked.


Moroccan spiced lamb meatballs


These oven baked meatballs are delicious. If you feel like having a cheat day, there's no harm in frying these bad boys, since it will still keeping the calories low. For those completely against even lightly fried foods, these meatballs can be grilled or cooked in an air fryer while still keeping the taste of the spices intact.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean lamb mince
  • ¼ cup finely diced white onions or shallots
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground pepper

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. (Tip: Using your hands ensures a really even mix). Serve hot skewered on toothpicks with a yogurt or harissa dip.
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. (Tip: Using your hands ensures a really even mix).
  2. Cover and let the meat absorb the flavors for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  4. Roll into bite sized meatballs.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until they are cooked through the middle.
  6. Serve hot skewered on toothpicks with a yogurt or harissa dip.


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teriyaki chicken dumplings


Add a slightly exotic touch with these dumplings. These are steamed, rather then fried, making them the perfect healthy appetizers for your party.

Ingredients

  • 200 grams minced chicken
  • 100 grams water chestnuts, rinsed and sliced
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 20 fresh flour wonton wrappers
  • Flour
  • A bowl of water


Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together well (except for the wrappers, of course!) in a large bowl.
  2. Dust a flat work surface lightly with flour and place your wonton wrappers on it.
  3. Place a teaspoon of mixture in the center of each wrapper and bring opposite corners of a wonton wrapper together and pinch to seal them. Do the same with the other two corners, making sure that there is no air trapped inside the wontons.
  4. Dip your fingers in some water to help seal the pastry.
  5. Steam in a bamboo steamer for around ten minutes until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.


Serve with a soy-based dipping sauce. You can try our Teriyaki Chicken Dumplings for your dinner party here.


sweet potato bites with goat cheese and cranberry

This vegetarian recipe is the perfect healthy-winter food, especially for the month of January.

Ingredients

  • 8 sweet potatoes
  • 3 small rounds of goat’s cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flat leaf parsley to garnish

This makes approximately 48 bites

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes. Slice them into 1 centimeter thick circles, leaving the skin on.
  3. Toss the sweet potatoes in olive oil along with salt and pepper until they are well coated.
  4. Place on a well lined baking tray and roast in the oven 20 minutes.
  5. Turn them over halfway through the cooking time and cook until golden brown.
  6. Remove any excess oil using kitchen paper.
  7. Place the potato rounds back onto the baking tray and add a dollop of cranberry sauce to each.
  8. Slice the goat’s cheese into thick pieces and place on the baked potato circles next to the cranberry sauce.
  9. Grill until the cheese melts and garnish with the flat leaf parsley.
  10. Serve hot.