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10 Football Party Appetizers

Share and savor these easy, healthy game-day treats

TV remote with a bowl of chips and football, 10 Football Party Appetizers

Serve up some of these flavorful, yet still healthy, recipes at your gridiron gathering. — Photo by Steve Cukrov/Masterfile

6. Chicken Satay by Fran McCullough

Most popular party chicken dishes are fried, making them high in fat. Baking cuts the fat but keeps the flavor in this Thai satay with roasted peanuts and curry powder. (Can be served as a main dish, too.)

Per serving: 7 calories, 0g fat, 1g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 1g fiber

7. Hena's Finger Potatoes by Suneeta Vaswani

Spice up American football with an Indian side dish. Cumin and hot pepper combine with mango powder and raisins that make an alluring fragrance as they cook with the potatoes.

Per serving: 156 calories, 5g fat, 25g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 3g fiber

8. Melon and Nectarines with Parma Ham by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

With melons now in season, take advantage of the harvest with this recipe. These appealing hors d'oeuvres take no time to prepare — just spear all the ingredients on toothpicks and you're done!

Per serving: 73 calories, 2g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 1g fiber

2, 4, 6, 8, veggies make your party great!

9. Stuffed Vegetables by Joyce Goldstein

This vegetarian recipe can be served as an appetizer or main dish. The variations will create a full platter with a rainbow of options for guests.

Per serving: 155 calories, 9g fat, 17g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 1g fiber

10. Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves by Jennifer Felicia Abadi

Make a full platter with these stuffed grape leaves by adding hummus, pita and your favorite Mediterranean grain salad. Lemon, mint and pine nuts are a refreshing touch for your party.

Per serving: 97 calories, 8g fat, 6g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 0g fiber

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