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10 healthy snacks to serve at a party that aren't hummus

December 4 2017 by Holly

Trying to add some healthier snacks to your party spread this holiday season? Our taste expert Holly lets us in on some of her favorite finger foods.

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Traffic Light Dips

OK so we lied, the first thing on the list is hummus, but it's the only one we swear! And it only makes the list because it is by no means your everyday hummus.

Hummus base:
Blend together 1 can of drained chickpeas, 2 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1 tsp tahini, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp creme fraiche, 2 tbsp water, juice of 1 lemon.

Add a red bell pepper and 1 tsp cayenne pepper or paprika.

Add a yellow bell pepper and 0.5 tsp turmeric.

Add half cup chopped fresh parsley or basil, half cup chopped spinach.

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Easy homemade tortilla chips

I love making these instead of relying on the fried version. They taste so much more wholesome, don’t take more than 5 minutes to make and you can experiment with all kinds of seasonings.

  1. Buy some wholewheat/seeded tortilla wraps.
  2. Slice them up into your desired tortilla chip shape, we like mini squares or long triangles.
  3. Put them on a baking tray, drizzle with olive olive and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.
  4. Serve with homemade guacamole.
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zucchini veggie rolls

These look so professional and are an easy way to re-invent the classic cucumber and carrot crudites we know and love.

  1. Slice zucchini lengthways into strips (2mm thick)
  2. Cut carrots and/or cucumber and/or bell peppers into thin 8cm long sticks, about 5mm thick.
  3. Spread a thin layer of pesto or sundried tomato paste on the zucchini strip.
  4. Lay about 3 carrot/cucumber/pepper sticks perpendicular at the end of each strip, roll them up in the zucchini and stand them up to present.
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Parm eggplant bites with romesco sauce

I love a good aubergine parmigiana so this is an easy, clever way to make it into a delicious party snack.

To make the parmesan-baked eggplant:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Peel an eggplant and cut into small 2cm cubes.
  3. Whisk two eggs in a bowl and add a pinch of black pepper.
  4. Grate 60g parmesan cheese into another bowl.
  5. Dip the eggplant cubes in the egg and then the cheese and then lay on a lined baking tray.
  6. Bake until golden.
  7. Once cooled, add a cocktail stick to each and serve.

To make the romesco sauce:

  1. Chop up a red bell pepper and lay on a baking tray, along with whole cherry tomatoes and 2 garlic cloves. Drizzle in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until soft.
  2. Blend the pepper, tomato and garlic. Add 3 sprigs of fresh basil and parsley each and blitz again.
  3. Serve as a dip alongside the parmesan-eggplant bites.
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Squash & Sesame cubes

Sweet, creamy butternut squash coated in toasted sunflower seeds makes a very satisfying combination of flavors and textures. Better yet, these party bites also look very sophisticated.

  1. Cut a butternut squash into cubes and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and leave to cool.
  3. Pre heat the oven to 350F
  4. Add a mix of 1tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp honey, a sprinkle of chili powder, and 1 cup of sunflower seeds to the squash. Stir so all the squash is coated.
  5. Lay the squash on a lined baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes.
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Turkey Meatball Skewers

Turkey is a complete source of protein and one of the leanest meats there is. I love adding veg to my meatballs for extra flavor and moisture.

  1. Pre heat the oven to 390F.
  2. Grate 1 zucchini and 1 carrot into a bowl. Add 300g of turkey mince. Add 1 egg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together.
  3. Line a baking tray.
  4. Roll the mixture into meatballs and lay on the baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, add a cocktail stick to each and serve.
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Quail’s Eggs with dukkah spice

I don’t know what it is about eggs and the moroccan spice, dukkah but they taste so good together. Use quail’s eggs, rather than chicken eggs as they are bite-sized, so are perfect for party food.

  1. Hard boil the quail’s eggs (3 minutes).
  2. Mix together 2 tbsp sesame seeds, 2 tbsp blitzed cracking black pepper nuts and a tsp of dukkah spice.
  3. Once cooled, peel the shell off the quails eggs and serve alongside the spice mix.
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Fancy Cucumber Canapes

  1. Slice cucumber into 5mm slices
  2. Mash avocado, add the juice of 1 lemon, a pinch of salt and black pepper and use a teaspoon to drop a little on each piece of cucumber

Topping 1: Slice 100g of smoked salmon into 3X3cm pieces, finely slice 2 sprigs of dill and sprinkle on top

Topping 2 (vegan): Add cheese flavored cashews or walnuts or protein cashew kick or dill pickle and pepper crunch on top

  1. Add a 1cm wide drop of the avocado mix and some salmon to each cucumber piece
  2. Finely slice 3 sprigs of dill and sprinkle on top of the canapes to garnish
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Chicken two ways: Thai Satay & Fajitas

  1. Pre heat the oven to 390F.
  2. Cut about 500g of chicken breast into bite sized chunks and separate into two bowls.
  3. To the first bowl, add 2 tbsp of peanut butter (microwave for 30 seconds to liquidize), 1tsp chili powder, juice of 1 lime, 1 tbsp desiccated coconut and rub into the chicken.
  4. To the other bowl, add 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp papika, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper and rub into the chicken.
  5. Cut 2 bell peppers and half a pineapple into chunks for the thai satay skewers) and 2 bell peppers and 2 onions into slices (for the fajita mix).
  6. Skewer 1 piece of chicken, bell pepper and pineapple onto a stick each, lay the skewers onto a lined baking tray and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes and serve.
  7. While the thai satay chicken cooks, heat up a pan and fry the fajita spiced chicken, peppers and onions. Once cooked, add in 1 chopped up avocado.
  8. Cut 3 wholewheat tortilla wraps into eighths and fill each piece with chicken fajita mix, skewer with cocktail stick to keep closed and serve.
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graze sharing bags

Sick of serving your guests the same old chips? Mix things up with Sharing Bags of your favorite snacks!

With each bag holding 4 times the amount of a standard snack pack, this is the best value way to graze. The resealable bags also make them really easy to dip in and out of, so you can keep your snacks fresh between parties.

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By Holly, assistant taste expert.

Holly is the newest member of the taste team, working with Bobby to make sure our snacks are always the best they can be. She's got a sweet tooth and especially enjoys working with chocolate and creating our unique deconstructed desserts.

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