9 Healthy Whole Food Appetizers For The Holidays

We’ve been doing a video series on quick, easy appetizers to help everyone have a healthy and happy holiday season. After all, who needs to stress about food, right? That’s why we’ve been making them as easy as possible.

There’s just one problem.

I have so many more ideas I’d like to share and I’ve run out of time. So I’ve decided to round up some of our other heathly and/or easy appetizers that are perfect for the holidays, many of which are grain free and dairy free. Stick with us on Tuesday when we’ll be sharing one of our most favorite holiday appys done 4 ways! Also, just a heads up that this upcoming Tuesday will be our last episode of TV Tuesday until the New Year.

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Fun Appys for the Holidays

Vietnamese Fresh Rolls

We’ve included a video here, so if you’ve never made Vietnamese fresh rolls  before you can see how easy they are to put together. Not only are they fast to make, but essentially they are raw friendly as no cooking is involved unless you choose to put in meat or cooked veggies. What I love about this recipe it that I can put whatever I have in my fridge in these tasty wraps. The dipping sauce can even be altered to be made with almond butter if there is a peanut allergy. Believe it or not, these can be made grain free too. Watch the video to find out how.

Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

Another great holiday appetizer because the possibilities are almost endless. We’ve included another video here to show you how easy it is to make them. These can also be made using a variety of fruit and vegetables, or you can get fancy and make them with sushi grade raw fish or shrimp.

Roasted Bone Marrow with a Parsley Coulis

Not for the fussy eaters in your life, this decadent, starter is best served at New Years to accompany an elegant dinner. This rich and buttery appy is wonderful in small amounts so you can use smaller bones too and still feel like you’ve had enough. The parsley coulis helps balance out the richness beautifully.

Easy Beet Bruschetta

One of my favorite Vegetarian appetizers and to be honest I love this one for lunch or a fast dinner on the fly. Place the topping on smaller pieces of toasted bread or crostinis so people won’t fill up on bread. Or better yet, pile this bruschetta mixture into lettuce cups for a great low calorie and grain free option. The goat cheese is a lovely compliment to the sweetness of roasted beets.

Thai Coconut Curry Mussels

This is a fun appy because everyone can help themselves to a few. Though best served warm or hot, they are just as delicious at room temperature. These are probably best for a “grown ups only” kind of party…

Tapas Style Roasted Peppers and Almonds

You’ll be utterly amazed how tasty these peppers are. My girlfriend hates peppers and I got the “These are pretty good, I could even eat some of these” nod of approval when I made these last year. Try some of these roasted peppers so your guests get a few veggies in before dinner. Bonus!

Walnut Feta Dip

When Joshua and I started on our whole food journey, this was one of the first dips we fell in love with. We couldn’t get access to tahini, so a hummous recipe was not possible. I now have a full repertoire of bean dips that don’t require tahini, but, at the time, finding a protein packed dip to make from scratch using easy to find ingredients was more challenging as a newbie. We are so happy to have found this easy Molly Katzen recipe. Not only does it make for a great everyday snack, it is also great for the holidays and entertaining since it’s likely to be one that no one has tried before.

Savory Mini Pancakes with Guinness Cheddar

This easy recipe is sure to be a hit with the kids. I mean, really. Mini pancakes? Who doesn’t love mini pancakes? You can make a big batch and even serve some with fruit after dinner. It’s amazing how a few sophisticated toppings can take this to a whole new level. Smoked salmon, caper and creme fraiche would be delightful or try it with brie and honey. Maybe blue cheese and apples are more your thing? Whatever floats your boat, the possibilities are endless. Crackers need not apply!

Spring Pea and Avocado Crostini

I know spring peas are not in season, but if you happen to freeze some when they were in peak season, then try pea and avocado in this fun and tasty way. It’s a great way of stepping out of the comfort zone of the usual guacamole and chips that so frequently greets us at the appy table.

What will you be serving up for appetizers this holiday season? Do you have a healthy family favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay tuned for out last holiday appetizer episode this Tuesday!


I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, and Fat Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

7 Responses to 9 Healthy Whole Food Appetizers For The Holidays

  1. mjskit December 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    All of these sound so good, I don’t know which one I want to try first. I’ve just recently become a fan of mussels so that one looks like a must try along with several of the others (walnut feta dip, pancakes….) :) Great collection of appetizers! Thanks!

    • France Morissette December 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

      Thanks MJ. I haven’t made those little mini pancakes in a couple of years, but I suspect they’ll be making an appearance again this year.

  2. inspirededibles December 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    What a great idea for the holidays – most of us know what the main dish/es will be but it’s those fun appetizers that can be the real game changers. Love all of the wholesome goodness in this collection of beauties. Isn’t the combination of pea and avocado heavenly? Wishing you both a beautiful Christmas! xx.

    • France Morissette December 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      It is so true. The stuffed dates with goat cheese is a great example of that. The most common recipes have them wrapped in bacon and baked. That makes each of these bites a whopping 150 calories each. That might not seem terrible, but have 3 of them and a few other nibbles of cheese and crackers and dips and one could easily be doing some caloric damage!

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities December 20, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Those all look fantastic, I especially love those TAPAS STYLE veggies! :)


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