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100+ Healthy Holiday Appetizer Recipes + Cocktail Party Menu Planning Tips

100+ Healthy Holiday Appetizers & Cocktail Party Tips

You'll want to bookmark (or Pin) this collection of 100+ Healthy Holiday Appetizer Recipes and refer back to these tips for planning a cocktail party menu.  Pictured top to bottom, left to right: Black Bean, Pomegranate and Avocado Salsa (Two Peas and Their Pod), Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Ginger Sauce (Joyful Healthy Eats), Spicy Tuna Avocado Cucumber Appetizers with Pickled Ginger (Jeanette's Healthy Living), Caprese Bites (Cooking On The Front Burners), Thai Chicken Skewers with … [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Fig Pomegranate Whole Grain Salad Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Fig Pomegranate Whole Grain Salad - this jewel toned salad is packed with goodness - barley, farro, quinoa, sorghum, roasted butternut squash and rainbow carrots, pomegranate seeds. A gorgeous Holiday salad!

This Roasted Butternut Squash Fig Pomegranate Whole Grain Salad is a stunning addition to any holiday menu. Recently, I finished an 11-week Bible study with an amazing group of ladies. I really enjoy doing Bible studies because it forces me to sit still and reflect on my life and check myself to see if I am being the best person I can be. Of course, the answer is always no, but I learn something about myself each time, and what I need to improve upon. This particular study really made me … [Continue Reading...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Tortilla Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Tortilla Soup-4

We've been having some cold, blustery days lately so hearty soups, chili and stews have been on my mind a lot. My youngest son loves all things chili. I actually think I could make chili every day and he'd never get sick of it. This Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Tortilla Soup was my way of making chili in another form, just to mix things up a bit. This recipe is so easy - you just dump everything into a slow cooker and let it cook away. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, frozen corn, black … [Continue Reading...]

Kale Apple Carrot Blue Cheese Pecan Salad Recipe {Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway}

Kale Apple Carrot Blue Cheese Pecan Salad

This jewel-toned Kale Apple Carrot Blue Cheese Pecan Salad adds a festive touch to holiday meals. I love jewel toned salads during the holiday season - red curly kale, Ambrosia apples, purple carrots and red onions - tossed together, they just seem more festive than your average salad. Add some toasted pecans and crumbled blue cheese, and you're in business. Recently Hamilton Beach sent me their Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor to try out. I remember when my mom got her … [Continue Reading...]

Chestnut Praline Latte (Dairy-Free/Vegan)

Chestnut Praline Latte - creamy and delicious, this latte is a healthier version of Starbuck's newest latte. Made with real chestnuts and pecans, and cashew milk to make this dairy-free.

Cozy up to a mug of this Chestnut Praline Latte, a healthier and dairy-free version of Starbuck's latest holiday latte, made with real chestnuts and pecans. Have you tried the newest Starbuck's Chestnut Praline Latte? Recently, I saw an article that said this latest drink does not actually contain any chestnuts or nuts in it. The name certainly is enticing - it conjures up images of folks sitting in front of a toasty fireplace, curled up on the couch with a cozy blanket during the … [Continue Reading...]

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Stuffed Dates with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze - just four ingredients - super easy and delicious - perfect as a last minute appetizer idea!

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are the perfect last minute appetizer that guests can nosh on while you get the rest of the food on the table. I made these little nibbles for the book signing party at my house last month as a last minute thought. I'm horrible at gauging how much food to make for parties and usually err on the side of having too much. I'm so glad I made these because everyone was hungry when they got to our house. Chef Bill Kaliff of Festivities (a local … [Continue Reading...]

Thai Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Thai Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce - I made these for our cocktail party and they were devoured! I will double the recipe next time.

Your guests will fight over these Thai Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce. If you've ever had chicken satay with peanut sauce, then you know how addictively delicious they are. You all have seen almost all the appetizers I made for the book signing party we threw a few weeks ago (Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, Endive Stuffed with Old Bay Crab Salad, Thai Chicken Skewers with Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce, Spicy Ahi Tuna Avocado Cucumber Appetizers with Pickled Ginger), but I still have a few more … [Continue Reading...]

Spicy Tuna Avocado Cucumber Appetizers with Pickled Ginger

Spicy Ahi Tuna Cucumber Avocado Appetizers with Pickled Ginger - I made these for our holiday cocktail party and they were the biggest hit of the night!

These Spicy Tuna Avocado Cucumber Appetizers with Pickled Ginger are so elegant and a special appetizer that will wow your guests. I have admit that I am really proud of these Spicy Tuna Avocado Cucumber Appetizers with Pickled Ginger. Every once in a while, I come up with something that I have no idea how it happened, but my creative juices get going, and this is what I end up with. Some days, I feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen and believe me, the mess I create shows … [Continue Reading...]

Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast Recipe {Everyday Maven Baby Shower}

Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast - this is the only pot roast I make for my family - it's comfort food at its best

This Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast is comfort food at its best, perfect for a chilly winter day. Today, a group of bloggers and I are throwing a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower for the very talented Alyssa from Everyday Maven! Alyssa's blog features clean, mostly paleo recipes.  I met Alyssa a few years ago at BlogHer Food in Seattle and she is super sweet. She's having her second boy (yah - another mom of boys!) and we know how busy she's going to be, so, we put together a collection of clean … [Continue Reading...]

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Oat Sorghum Cookies

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Oat Sorghum Cookies - these are a wonderful addition to your holiday cookie tray - they're healthy and naturally gluten-free too!

These Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Oat Sorghum Cookies are perfect for your holiday cookie tray. Made with whole grain oat flour and sorghum flour, they're a healthier holiday treat. I don't bake much, but Christmas time is the one time of the year when I make a lot of cookies. Everyone's got their favorite Christmas cookies, but I love trying new cookie recipes each year. You never know...you might find a new cookie recipe you want to add to your cookie repertoire. Years ago, I used … [Continue Reading...]

Endive Stuffed with Old Bay Crab Salad

s Stuffed With Old Bay Crab Salad - this is an elegant and easy holiday appetizer that will WOW your guests!

Endive Stuffed with Old Bay Crab Salad is an elegant holiday appetizer that can be assembled last minute. I'm originally from Maryland so crabs and Old Bay seasoning holds a special place in my heart. These Endive Spears Stuffed With Old Bay Crab Salad are another one of the appetizers I made for our friend's book signing party recently and they were a huge hit. I wanted to include some vegetables into the appetizer menu without the typical crudite platter. Endive leaves or spears are the … [Continue Reading...]