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EMILYT0082
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8/10/11 6:59 P

Fruit salsas! Served with homemade baked chips!



FIREHAZARDRAV
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8/10/11 4:55 P

Has anyone said edamame yet? I just put up a tasty way to cook edamame in the pods, that would go great with a glass of strong lemonade! :) And they're fuuuun to eat!



JIACOLO
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8/8/11 8:08 P

hummus and carrots



SUNSCREENISGOOD
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8/8/11 4:06 P

gazpacho!!!! Love it!



VETTRANGER
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8/4/11 9:21 P

Good summer fruits like strawberries, peaches, watermelons.



PATTYJO22
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8/4/11 5:58 P

That sounds great!



TERRIPAL1
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8/4/11 7:24 A

Greek yogurt with spices a bit of mayo (lite) for a dip with nice fresh veggies, carrots,cucumbers,cauliflower,celery!! Bon Appetit!




PATTYJO22
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8/3/11 10:07 P

Holy Guacamole! I just found the 100 calorie packs and they are so convenient. I think of it as a substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches and as a tasty appetizer with whole grain tortilla chips for lunch. Yum!



KNOX50
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8/3/11 4:09 A

guacamole



SHELBSYD
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7/17/11 10:23 A

My all time favorite is so simple, Caprese salad. Tomatoes sliced like for a sandwich and slices of fresh mozzarella,lay on a platter, sprinkle with fresh basil and drizzle some olive oil over it!

I also like grilled corn, grilled peppers, grilled onion. Once cooked and cooled, cut the kernals off the corn, dice the rest of the veggies, add diced tomato, a dash of salt & pepper, dash of paprika,a pinch of olive oil and a splash of lime juice. It is so good! You could kick it up a notch by adding some cayenne pepper! I serve mine in mason jars!



PATTYJO22
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7/13/11 12:24 P

I like grilled shrimp with tzaziki. You can skewer the shrimp with fresh veggies of choice (cherry tomatoes, chunks of eggplant, shallots, red bell pepper, or zucchini), marinade in a vinaigrette sauce or use low-cal bottled dressing (I like Newman's Own Low-Cal Balsamic Vinaigrette), serve with tzaziki. (a dip made with Greek yogurt mixed with chopped or pureed cucumber and garlic, a teaspoon of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) salt and pepper to taste, a squeeze of lemon or lime). Add a few toasted pita triangles and you have a great appetizer! Add a salad and you have a nice light summer meal. End with fresh berries spooned over mascarpone mixed with sugar to taste and a teaspoon (or less) of real vanilla extract. MMMMM...



JIACOLO
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7/11/11 7:05 P

Grilled asparagus is good too



LUC7KY
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7/11/11 12:14 P

I eat a 90cal fiber peanut butter and chocolate bar



SUPERSYLPH
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7/4/11 10:37 A

Laughing Cow cheese with Kashi crackers emoticon



PLACE-JE-PASSE
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7/3/11 9:58 A

One of my favorites is a slice of tomato, a slice of mozarella, and a basil leaf, skewered together and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.



SHOOPETTE
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6/30/11 5:11 A

Sliced tomatoes with a bit of olive oil and wakamé seaweed sprinkled on it. No need for salt the seaweed has plenty.



THISYEARSMODEL
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6/29/11 8:50 P

Hummus or salsa are two of my favorites. If budget isn't an issue and you have a tray you can fill with ice to set the platter on, shrimp with cocktail sauce is another. (Then you have an entree if everything else is high cal!)



MMUSICK85
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6/29/11 6:55 P

I love Cowboy Caviar - you can find the recipe on SparkRecipes.



JUSGETTENBY42
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6/29/11 2:13 P

tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese w/ balsamic reduction



DOOGALOOPS
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6/29/11 12:01 P

Fresh spinach, cucumbers, and avocado with a twist of fresh lemon and lime goes with any type of fish.



53HOTMAMA53
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6/29/11 11:13 A

lots of fresh vegi's. Mix a small amount of your favorite fat-free dressing with salsa for a wonderful dip!



BALDWINJ_03
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6/29/11 9:14 A

Hummus and fresh fruit



JIACOLO
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6/29/11 12:08 A

roasted chick peas are a fun and tasty treat



PINKCIS
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6/28/11 11:32 P

Definitely Salsa.



CAROLJ35
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6/28/11 7:06 P

Crunchmaster crackers (small rice ones) with Trader Joe's Pepper Spread.



JUHOEG
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6/28/11 6:39 P

salsa



LOURON
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6/28/11 5:48 P

Gaspacho and a dip made with a container of non fat plain yogurt mixed with dry vegetable soup with vegetables



EGRAMMY
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6/28/11 5:40 P

hummus and pita triangles



L*I*T*A*
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6/28/11 2:37 P

great ideas..........thanks



LAUROBNAT
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6/28/11 2:16 P

I love cold soups like gazpacho or carrot-orange soup. tasty and nutrious!



PLAINJANELLEN
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6/28/11 1:16 P

I like tabbouli and 3 bean salad.



PATTYCAKE17
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6/28/11 12:20 P

Bite-size fruits w/ a lite yogurt dip; cucumber chunks w/ grape tomatoes on toothpicks to dip in lite dressing . Fun and festive . emoticon emoticon emoticon



AGUEHIAN
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6/28/11 12:07 P

Good, healthy appetizer for the summer is fruits and only fruits.



ROSIE777
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6/28/11 11:30 A

Thank you for sharing, great ideas



DONNABRIGHT
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6/28/11 11:16 A

Love these ideas - thanks!



TOASTIE
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6/28/11 10:49 A

A parfait with layers of fresh fruit and low-fat, low-sugar vanilla yogurt.



MEGANLS
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6/28/11 10:43 A

Grill sliced pineapple or peaches. Also makes a good dessert is you make a chocolate sauce with semisweet chocolate and a half cup of pineapple juice.



MEGANLS
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6/28/11 10:42 A

Grill sliced pineapple or peaches. Also makes a good dessert is you make a chocolate sauce with semisweet chocolate and a half cup of pineapple juice.



L*I*T*A*
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6/28/11 10:18 A

raw veggies and dip



ALK272
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6/28/11 8:22 A

Nothing like fresh picked yourself strawberries, still warm from the sun!



KEELY128
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6/28/11 8:20 A

grilled veggies



ANNESYLVIA
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6/28/11 8:01 A

slice up peppers and hummus



JIACOLO
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6/28/11 7:57 A

I love veggies!



ANGIEN9
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6/28/11 6:09 A

I love quinoa!! Thanks for sharing some summer recipes. I enjoy making new ones often!!

Edited by: ANGIEN9 at: 6/28/2011 (06:10)


PLUSNOMORE5
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6/28/11 5:51 A

Frozen grapes



HEALTHYJ29
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6/21/11 5:15 A

LF spinach dip in bread bowl
10 oz frozen spinach thawed
1 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
1/4 c fresh chopped dill
1/4 c chopped parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped scallion
1 loaf round pumpernickel loaf or bread of choice

Drain spinach and squeeze liquid,chop finely
Mix other ingredients in large bowl and add spinach
Put in refrigerator for at least an hour
Remove inside of bread and cut inside into pieces. Place dip in center of bread bowl and serve with cut up bread



SNOOPY1960
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6/20/11 7:21 P

Make fruit kabobs and dip !!



FAT FREE FRUIT DIP

1 8oz container fat free vanilla yogurt
1 8oz container fat free cool whip - defrosted

Blend together and cool a few hours.

Serve with fruit on fancy toothpicks or short wooden skewers like strawberries, pineapple, melon, grapes etc etc


You can actually use ANY flavor yogurt but I find vanilla works best and more people like vanilla !!




Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 6/20/2011 (20:11)


RICCILYNN
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6/20/11 2:42 P

My favorite go-to has become any number of quinoa salads. They are light, healthy and YUMMY... and no mayo to worry about. SP recipes has one with black beans, corn and lime-cilantro vinegrette. In one of the last Food-TV magazines there is an ad for Pompei EVOO for a lentil and quinoa salad with mint, ginger, wine vinegar and some other seasonings that you toss with mixed greens that is outstanding! I'm bringing a big batch of it to my family reunion next month and don't expect to bring any home!



ANIKAJAC
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6/20/11 10:55 A

grilled shrimp salad

season one bag of shrimp (shelled already) size of shrimp on your preference
one to two fresh lemons squeezed (minus seeds be careful)
salt and black pepper
fresh dill (couple of springs chopped fine)

put on grill in either a grill pan or a shish kabob skewers cook until opague and pink
if no grill put in broiler in oven


let shrimp cool

make a sauce for shrimp
8 oz of low fat sour cream on non fat plain greek yogurt
one lemon fresh squeezed
black pepper and salt
fresh dill ( couple of sprigs chopped fine)
one half of small cucumber (deskinned and chopped super fine)
mix all together make sure shrimp are cooled and add shrimp to sauce

serve on whole wheat crisps, tortilla chips, pita pockets etc.



EKELLY22
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6/19/11 10:07 P

I'm looking for something to make this coming weekend for a get together. I wanted to bring an appetizer that was healthy and summer appropriate. Any ideas?



 
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