Tuesday, January 22, 2019

South of the Border Healthy Game Day Appetizers

South of Border Appetizers
Turkey Avocado Roll Ups 
Cook's Notes: A healthy light perfect party snack or an easy lunch idea. You can add variety here by switching out the type of cheese, using ham instead of turkey, vegetarian by adding in more veggies and by using a different flavor wrap. Recipe from dinneratthezoo.com  and one wrap makes 10 pinwheels. 
  • Spinach flavored wraps 
  • Roasted deli turkey
  • Torn spinach leaves
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Prepared avocado dip or guacamole
  • Optional 3 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
  • Lay your tortillas flat. Spread 1/4 avocado dip on each tortilla.
  • Layer with cheese, spinach, turkey and bacon bits if using. Roll the tortilla lengthwise tightly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1-2 hours. 
  • Use a serrated knife and cut crosswise into 10 pieces.  
Skinny Taco Dip
Cook's Notes: It's a light and zesty appetizer that will be serious crowd pleaser. It is lightened up with light cream cheese and yogurt. How zesty it is depends on your salsa choice mild or hot. Recipe adapted from thecreativebite.com 
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup each your favorite salsa and fat free yogurt
  • 1 TB. taco seasoning mix (dry)
  • 1 cup diced lettuce
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  •  1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
  • Guacamole, dollops or diced avocados
  • 2 green onions, diced  
  • Combine  the softened cream cheese, yogurt, salsa and taco seasoning. Beat until smooth.
  • Spread out on a plate and refrigerate 1 hour. 
  • Top with remaining ingredients and serve with chips.    
Gluten Free Guacamole Cheese Appetizers 
Cook's Notes: when using Tostitos Scoops (Chips) They’re labeled gluten-free and included on Frito Lay’s gluten-free list. Keep in mind that there’s always a number of broken ones in the bag, so if you want a full tray to bring to a party, pick up two bags so you’ll have enough intact scoop chips to use. Also, add guacamole right before serving so chips don't get soggy.

A timesaver- using store bought guacamole that is gluten-free. Just be sure your guacamole store bought or homemade has a good amount of lemon or lime juice so that it doesn’t turn an unappealing brown color as it sits out at the party.
Cherry or grape tomatoes are perfect to give you firm, small slices for these.
Cilantro – a little goes a long way for flavor!

  • 1-2 bags of Scoops
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Prepared Guacamole
  • Shredded Mexican Cheeses or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Snips of cilantro
  • Arrange Scoops in single rows on a serving tray. 
  • Fill each with a tablespoon of guacamole.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and top with a tomato piece.


  1. it was and seems more on the healthy side would also be good with a bowl of soup


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