Delicious gluten-free pick-me-up snacks to get your guests started!
These nourishing and elegant finger foods are ideal for festive get-togethers at your place and for toting to holiday soirees away from home. They’re healthy enough to offset the calorie-rich food that dominates the party season.
Easy crowd-pleasers like these guarantee successful and relaxed entertaining. No need for knives and forks.
PREP: 30 minutes
BAKE: 7 minutes
MAKES 8 TO 10 SERVINGS.
With a lively dairy-free, nut-free pesto, these stuffed mushrooms make your appetizer tray memorable. Giving the leafy herbs a quick dip in boiling water followed by an ice bath helps the pesto keep its color. Both the pesto and mushrooms can be prepared and chilled separately up to 2 days in advance.
Each serving contains 114 calories, 10g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 3g protein, 2Est GL.
Each tablespoon of pesto contains 59 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein, 0Est GL.
PREP: 30 minutes
MAKES 8 SERVINGS.
Offering a riot of wonderful flavor and textures, these whimsical chicken salad veggie boats are the perfect little bites for parties, potlucks or joyful family gatherings. They’re sure to fly off your appetizer tray. Poaching the chicken keeps the meat deliciously tender. Any extra chicken salad can be used for next-day sandwiches.
Each serving (4 boats) contains 95 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 24mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 5g sugars, 11g protein, 4Est GL.
Each ¼ cup of chicken salad contains 72 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 22mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 9g protein, 2Est GL.
PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 18 minutes
MAKES 12 SERVINGS.
Think of these meatballs as the MVP of your party spread. They’re easy to put together, full of nutritious Asian-inspired flavor and Instagram worthy. Sunflower butter is an ideal stand-in for more traditional peanut butter. Both the meatballs and sauce can be made a day or 2 in advance. The meatballs can be reheated in the oven or microwave, while the sauce may need to be thinned again with additional warm water.
Each serving contains 223 calories, 16g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 35mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 13g protein, 2Est GL.
Each tablespoon of Sunflower Sauce contains 79 calories, 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 2g protein, 0Est GL.
PREP: 35 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
MAKES 12 SERVINGS.
Blini, which are essentially just mini pancakes, are a perfect platform for delivering any number of party fare options. Here, they serve as a base for jazzed-up guacamole. Millet flour gives the blini a pleasant corn-like flavor, while mango adds sweetness to each bite. The blini can be made up to 3 days in advance; the guacamole is best prepared the day it’s served. For best results, do not replace the eggs in this recipe.
PREP: 25 minutes
BAKE: 15 minutes
MAKES 10 SERVINGS.
These two-bite brownies contain sweet potato, which gives them their fudgy appeal and natural sweetness. For a little surprise, go ahead and up the ante with a fiery cayenne kick. This recipe can be prepared and refrigerated up to 4 days in advance. If chilled, let brownie bites return to room temperature before serving. (They’re best at room temperature or slightly heated.) This recipe can be made egg-free; see instructions.
Each serving (2 bites) contains 345 calories, 15g total fat, 11g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 87mg cholesterol, 417mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 24g sugars, 6g protein, 31Est GL.
Contributing chef Matthew Kadey, RD is a registered dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press), The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook (Ulysses Press) and, Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure (VeloPress).