Planning a party? If so, you’ll need some healthy appetizers and small bites to get things rolling.
To be honest, you might want to just do an appetizer-only get together. Sometimes a “small bites” party can actually be more fun than the whole formal sit-down thing. Making the food for a dinner party can be an all-day (or two day!) affair, but making just appetizers is easy as pie. Easier actually.
Stop By Costco Before You Send Out Your Evites
If you don’t use your membership to Costco for anything other than stocking up for entertaining, then your membership is still worth it.
I just can’t imagine entertaining without going to Costco first (and by the way, Costco’s Kirkland brand wines and champagne are absolutely incredible, especially for the low price.)
Healthy Appetizers To Get the Party Started!
The Easiest Stuffed Mushroom Recipe in the World
This is such an incredibly easy recipe that I’m almost reluctant to call it a “recipe.” But, because it’s always such a hit and because jumbo stuffed mushrooms always look so festive and fun I just had to include it. Plus, it’s one of my standby go-to healthy appetizers I serve when I’m too stressed think.
- 16 large white mushrooms, stems removed
- 1 cup prepared tabouleh (such as Hannah brand available at Costco)
- 3/4 cup Costco’s signature Kirkland’s Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel.
- Arrange mushrooms on a large lightly oiled cast-iron skillet or baking sheet. Stuff the mushrooms with a generous amount of tabouleh and sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mushrooms are piping hot. Cool for 8 to 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
Easy Edamame Hummus on Crostini
This is another one of my favorite go-to healthy appetizers because 1) it’s easy and 2) it’s always such a crowd pleaser, even with guests who aren’t necessarily “into” clean eating.
For the Sprouted Whole Grain Crostini:
- 6 to 8 slices sprouted whole grain bread (such as Food for Life “7 Sprouted Grains Bread”)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Unrefined sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Using kitchen shears, trim the crust off each piece of bread. Cut the bread diagonally, forming triangles. Use a small basting brush and lightly brush the tops of each piece of bread with extra virgin olive oil. Season bread with salt.
- Place bread slices in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until brown and crispy. Remove from oven and spread with edamame hummus (recipe below).
For the Edamame Hummus:
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 5 cloves finely chopped garlic, divided
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen organic edamame beans, thawed
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Unrefined sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Black olive slices, optional
- Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and half of the garlic (set the remaining raw garlic aside); sauté 2 -3 minutes, or until shallots and garlic are soft. Remove from heat.
- Add the edamame beans, parsley, lemon juice, sautéed garlic and shallots and reserved raw garlic to a food processor; process until smooth and creamy. Season with unrefined sea salt and pepper to taste. Spread edamame hummus on top of the crostini. Serve at once.
Note: If you don’t have enough time to make the edamame hummus you can simply top the crostini (made from sprouted whole grain bread) with any of the following:
- Hannah Olive Spread (available at Costco)
- Hannah Brushetta (available at Costco)
- Hannah Hommus (available at Costco)
Green Pea Blinis with Caviar and Smoked Salmon
And finally, if you have the time and inclination to make the ultimate in healthy appetizers then you absolutely must give the Green Pea Blinis with Caviar and Smoked Salmon a try.
If you’ve never had blinis you are missing out. A blini is sort of like a mini pancake but they have a fluffy ethereal lightness that is pretty hard to describe. To make them more nutritious (and pretty too!) I make mine with green peas. If you have kids in the house they will most likely gobble the green pea blinis up before you have a chance to top them with the caviar and smoked salmon…so you might want to double the recipe! And by the way, yes, I know caviar is pricey but Costco sells it at a fair deal. And besides, you only need a dab.
- 1/2 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
- 1 cup warm almond milk
- 1 pastured free-range egg, separated
- 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup crème fraîche
- 8 ounces smoked salmon, sliced into thin strips (look for Costco brand Kirkland’s Signature Smoked Salmon)
- 1 (3.5-ounce) jar black caviar, drained and lightly blotted dry with a paper towel
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- In a blender, combine the peas, warm almond milk and egg yolk; process for 1 minute, or until smooth and creamy.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Mix in the puréed pea mixture. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and let sit in a warm environment for 30 minutes.
- Whisk the egg white until stiff but not dry and fold into the batter.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and put in a large ovenproof plate. Heat 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high, tilt pan so the oil coats evenly. Drop batter into the skillet 1 tablespoon at a time. Cook blinis until edges are just lightly browned, about 2 minutes; flip with a spatula and cook for about another minute on the other side.
- Transfer blinis to the warmed plate, and keep warm in the oven while cooking the remainder of the batter.
- To serve, place a dollop of crème fraîche on each blini. Top blinis with smoked salmon strips, a small dollop of caviar, and minced onion. Serve at once.