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Superbowl Appetizer Menu

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The superbowl calls for party food, which unfortunately can oftentimes be laden with fat, calories, and sodium. This collection of recipes will give you the flexibility of preparing appetizers that you are used to eating at the superbowl with a fraction of the calories and fat that you might find in the original dishes.

1. Boneless Buffalo Wings

Kimberley K. Eggleston
We love buffalo wings, but they are typically not the healthiest of party treats. These boneless buffalo wings, made from chicken breast tenders and little added fat, will taste great while not ruining your diet. Prepare the Blue Cheese Dip listed below to serve along these hot and spicy bonless "wings."

2. Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

Here's the accompaniment for the boneless buffalo wings above. By using fat-free sour cream, the calories and fat in this blue cheese dip are at a fraction of those found in a regular blue cheese dip.

3. 7-Layer Dip

Kimberley K. Eggleston
Okay, perhaps this should be called six-layer dip since there are technically six layers in this dish. However, most of us know this popular recipe as seven-layer dip, and serve it with fresh tortilla chips. Just making a few minor changes, such as using fat-free refried beans and reduced-fat cheese and sour cream, make this simple-to-prepare dish easy to transform into a low calorie appetizer.

4. Baked Tortilla Chips

Kimberley K. Eggleston
A bowl of chips is a must-have at any superbowl spread. While there are many commercial varieties of chips that are now much lower in fat and calories than their original counterparts, these baked tortilla chips are far less expensive to prepare. You can also prepare them, and serve them fresh out of the oven for added eating pleasure!

5. Oven Fried Zucchini Sticks

Kimberley K. Eggleston
Serve these crispy zucchini sticks with either a low fat ranch dressing or marinara sauce for a low calorie dipping solution. Depending on how much of a "kick" you like, add a little more or a little less ground red pepper to the bread crumb mixture.

6. Roasted Red Pepper and Bean Spread

This spread is wonderful as an appetizer served with crackers or baked pita chips. The base of the spread consists of high fiber and high protein white beans, making it a healthful addition to your diet. In addition, the roasted red peppers give it a terrific, smoky flavor.

7. Garlic Pita Chips

Kimberley K. Eggleston
These pita chips are flavorful enough to be eaten alone. However, they are even better accompanied by a low-calorie spread, and served as a tasty appetizer or wholesome snack. A great accompaniment is the roasted red pepper spread mentioned above.

8. Vegetable Pizza

Kimberley K. Eggleston
Here is yet another fantastic finger food. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you like on this pizza. Though the recipe calls for broccoli, celery, carrots, and green onion, you may experiment with tomatoes, cauliflower or other tasty veggies that your company might enjoy.
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