These are the days of eating healthy. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people want to know some interesting, yet healthy appetizers. Although there are a number of appetizer ideas which one can make use of, healthy ones are hard to come by. More and more people are turning to the Weight Watchers diet for various reasons apart from losing weight. For a number of people, it has become a way of life, rather can I say healthy life? Hence, they are on the lookout for new recipes, especially new and healthy Weight Watchers appetizer recipes. Without wasting any more time, we will turn our attention to these appetizer recipes.
Easy to make Weight Watchers Appetizers
One can be very creative with appetizer ideas. As a matter of fact, one can make use of a number of snack recipes as appetizers and vice versa. Here are some recipes which can also be changed according to your preference. If you are a vegetarian, then you can replace the non-vegetarian ingredients with vegetarian ingredients of your choice and relish these interesting recipes. Apart from vegetables, you can also make use of different types of cheese, soy chunks, etc., to replace in the recipe. Similarly, if you prefer fish to chicken or meat, then you can accordingly make the changes to the recipes. Likewise, you can convert a vegetarian recipe into a non-vegetarian recipe as well. However, you will have to vary the cooking time accordingly.
This is one of the Weight Watchers appetizer ideas which can also be used as a snack. It is a low calorie vegetarian appetizer, which can also be served at a party.
- 3 medium-sized zucchini
- 30 baby spinach leaves
- 5 tbsp whipper chive cream cheese
- 15 basil leaves
While you get the zucchini ready, preheat the oven to 450º Fahrenheit. Spray non-stick cooking spray on a cooking sheet and place thin zucchini strips on the sheet. Sprinkle salt and pepper on zucchini strips and spray a little cooking spray on the zucchini. Roast the strips in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes Now on each of the zucchini strips place 2 spinach leaves and one basil leaf with a small drop of cream cheese. Roll the zucchini strips into a roll and place them in the refrigerator for at least 20 to 25 minutes before serving. Enjoy a cool appetizer.
This is one of the easiest to make appetizer recipes. The flavors of shrimp along with the mayo and avocado gives it a buttery texture and taste.
- 8 oz deveined, peeled and cooked shrimp
- ½ medium avocado, cut into 24 slices
- ½ large cucumber, de-seeded and cut into 24 slices
- 2 tbsp radish grated
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- ¼ cup low calorie mayonnaise
- 1 tsp wasabi paste
- ½ tsp soy sauce
In a mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, wasabi paste and soy sauce until a thick and smooth paste is formed. Place cucumber slices on a dish and spread a small dollop of mayonnaise mixture on the cucumber slices. Now place avocado slices on the cucumber slices and then shrimp. Top the shrimp with grated radish and mint leaves. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before you serve the appetizer.
Here is an interesting Weight Watchers soup recipe. Personally I am very fond of this soup recipe and make it very often, as it makes for a perfect appetizer cum meal recipe for me.
- 1 pound skinless and boneless chicken breast
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 can enchilada sauce
- 4 oz low fat cheese
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 1 cup polenta
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 tsp chili powder
- oil 1 tsp
- salt as per taste
- 3 cups water
Boil chicken breast in a pot and keep it aside. In another pot, heat oil and sauté onions and garlic over low heat, till the onions are translucent. Then add chicken broth and bring it to a boil. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of water with polenta and whisk, till well blended. Add the polenta mixture to the chicken broth mixture, along with remaining water, kidney beans, enchilada sauce, chili powder and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil. In the meantime, shred boiled chicken into small bite size pieces and add it to the broth mixture. Let the soup simmer for half an hour to 45 minutes over low heat, till it thickens. At last add grated cheese to the soup and continue to stir, till cheese melts and serve hot.
If you are in mood for some ‘cheesy’ appetizers, here is the recipe for you. Although it will take some time to bake it is no doubt worth the wait.
- 1 pound low fat shredded feta cheese
- 16 ounces phyllo dough, at room temperature
- 2 eggs beaten
- ⅓ cup low fat butter
- ¼ cup basil leaves, chopped
- ¼ tsp white pepper
Mash cheese in a mixing bowl, add beaten eggs, basil leaves and white pepper and mix well. Cut the dough sheets into 2 inch strips. Place the strips in a damp cloth, so that the strips do not dry off. Place the cheese mixture about 1 teaspoon at one end of the strip and fold the strip into triangular shape. Once all the triangles are ready, place them on a greased cookie sheet. Brush the triangles with butter and bake them in preheated oven at 400º Fahrenheit for about 12 to 15 minutes, till they are puffed and golden in color. Serve them warm.
These were some simple and tasty Weight Watchers appetizer recipes, which you can try. Some of the recipes mentioned here can also be used as snacks as well. Not to forget they can also be served at parties, since they can be made in advance and you will not have to work in the kitchen when everyone is enjoying the party.