Let the holiday party season begin! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the stressful rush to Christmas is on it's way. Shopping needs to be done and parties to attend. This means you are probably short on time and stressed to get it all done. But making appetizers to bring to parties doesn't have to be hard. There are plenty of ways to make healthy and easy appetizers that will be appreciated by any host of a holiday party.
Some really quick tips to help when you need a holiday appetizer fast:
Rely on supermarket prepared foods. You can usually find already chopped vegetables that can be paired with organic hummus or an organic dip.
Look for frozen options. With the popularity of cauliflower crust, the local grocery store now sells organic cauliflower crust pizza. Simply heat and cut the pizza into bite sized pieces.
Look for fresh options at club stores. I bought Organic Cauliflower bites at Costco a couple of months ago. The bites are similar to a tater tot in size but contains only organic ingredients. Pair it with a sauce or not.
Below are fast recipes that will easily become crowd favorites. Don't be surprised if you are asked to make the dish again for a different party!
Sweet Potato and Avocado Bites from Blissful Basil. These are healthy and fast. Ready in just 30 minutes, the bites look very festive since the sweet potato is topped with mashed avocado and a tomato slice. Click here for the recipe.
Asian Holiday Meatballs from Abbey's Kitchen. Everyone loves little meatballs for holiday parties. This recipe doesn't disappoint. The sauce is a combination of hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, apple sauce, apple butter, soy sauce and sesame oil. While this sounds like it will take a lot of time, the recipe states a total of 33 minutes is needed. Click here for the recipe.
Mini Hummus & Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Bites from Cookin Canuck. This is genius! The phyllo bites are defrosted and stuffed with hummus, then topped with the red pepper and some chopped cucumber. Click here for the recipe.
Mini Cheese Ball Bites from Five Heart Home. This is a great idea because the cheese balls, after they have chilled, are rolled in pecans (you can substitute for another nut) and then skewered with a pretzel stick. Click here for the recipe.
Easy Cucumber Bites from Healthy Ideas Place. This is a fun delivery of hummus because the hummus in on top of the cucumber. This makes it easy to eat and minimizes mess. Click here for the recipe.
Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms from Jo Cooks. You don't have to tell anyone these are vegetarian. The mushrooms are stuffed with red peppers, onions and cheese. This is an appetizer you can feel good about bringing to a party. Click here for the recipe.
15 minute Chicken Salad Bites with Cranberries and Walnuts from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. This chicken salad is versatile enough to be placed in a phyllo dough cup, celery sticks, crackers or lettuce cups. Click here for the recipe.
Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp from The Recipe Critic. Shrimp is an easy ingredient since it cooks so fast. This recipe is ready in 30 minutes and looks like it took forever to cook! Click here for the recipe.
Caprese Salad Bites from Homemade Food Junkie. This is a quick appetizer since you simply thread all ingredients onto a skewer - DONE! Click here for the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken and Celery Bites from Betsy Life. This is a take on buffalo chicken wings. Use chicken breast that are cooked and shredded. Add in traditional blue cheese and stuff the celery sticks. You have all the tastes of buffalo chicken wings. Click here for the recipe.
I hope you enjoyed this compilation of healthy and easy appetizers. If you make any of the above, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heather_lee_donahue and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!