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Mini Stuffed Potatoes
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Cheesy Crab Dip
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Sausage and Pepper Heroes
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Butternut Squash Cincinnati-Style Chili
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Rocky Road Brownies
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More Quick Bites
Shrimp & Dip
Ten large shrimp weigh in at about 55 calories. Serve with cocktail sauce or bottled reduced-fat dressing, such as honey mustard, Caesar, or ranch (for roughly an additional 35 calories per tablespoon).
Spread 1/2 teaspoon fat-free Thousand Island dressing on party-size pumpernickel bread slices. Top with 1 tablespoon sauerkraut, and 1/2 slice each turkey and reduced-fat Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace). Heat gently until cheese melts.
Pita Crisps and Creamy Hummus
Cut pita into 6 wedges and split; brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes. In a food processor, blend 1 can drained chickpeas, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 2 cloves garlic, and 2 tablespoons each light cream cheese, lemon juice, and olive oil until smooth.
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—Mix equal parts cold light beer and diet lemon soda or ginger ale for a shandy—a refreshing twist on a spritzer.
—Flavor a glass of seltzer with a teaspoon or two of creme de cassis or framboise to create a festive cocktail.
—For a spin on a Cuba Libre, add a splash of vanilla-infused vodka and a twist of lime to Diet Coke.
Originally published in the February 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.