Tasty Diabetic Appetizer Recipes

Having diabetes doesn't mean forgoing yummy appetizers and finger foods. Start planning a party with these bite-size recipes that won't derail your diabetes meal plan. We've reduced carbs, fat, and calories to give healthful spins to appetizers, starters, and hors d'oeuvres.

Mini Nacho Cups

Baked tortilla chips and reduced-fat cheddar cheese keep these Tex-Mex morsels diabetes friendly.

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Veggie Bruschetta

This versatile veggie sauce makes an extraordinary appetizer when spooned on toasted French bread slices. Roasting the veggies (think plum tomatoes, sweet peppers, and onions) helps bring out their fantastic flavor. The recipe makes 36 servings, so these diabetes-friendly appetizers are great to make for a big party.

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Greek-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

Perk up any appetizer buffet or antipasto tray with these tempting mushrooms brimming with broccoli, feta cheese, garlic, and oregano.

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Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Roasted red sweet peppers, hard-cooked eggs, and olives combine with salmon for a savory appetizer.

Tip: No smoked salmon on hand? Use drained canned tuna instead.

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Olive-Pepper Spirals

These easy-to-make spirals have a delicious olive-caper filling. No one will know this party food is diabetes friendly.

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Walnut and Olive Quesadillas

These Mexican-style appetizers with an Italian spin are brimming with provolone and mozzarella cheeses as well as ripe olives and walnuts.

Bonus: At less than 100 calories per serving, this cheesy appetizer won't derail your diabetes meal plan.

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White Bean and Tomato Bruschetta

Almost everything for this savory appetizer can be made in advance. Assemble and heat just before serving, then relax and enjoy the party!

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"Fried" Onion Rings

Believe it: These crispy baked onion rings are low in carbs and fat free -- perfect for a diabetes meal plan!

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Deviled Eggs with Spicy Crab

Crab and chutney atop the deviled egg mixture make these appetizers extra delightful.

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Tomato-Ranch Bean Dip

This creamy dip -- based on a can of beans rather than sour cream or mayonnaise -- is high in flavor and low in fat and calories.

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Rice Cracker Trail Mix

This trail mix combines healthful nuts and dried fruits with crispy rice crackers. Perfect for a party, the yummy mix gives guests something healthful to munch on.

Tip: Crystallized ginger provides an unexpected bite. Look for it with the spices at your supermarket.

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Thai Spinach Dip

This stir-together treat delivers big peanut flavor with a hint of heat.

Bonus: The dip takes just minutes to prepare!

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Light 'n Crisp Egg Rolls

Chopped water chestnuts add extra crunch to the savory filling in these yummy appetizers.

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Pesto and Tomato Bruschetta

Arugula adds a twist to the traditional Italian pine nut pesto. Each serving has only 3 grams of total fat.

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Sweet Party Mix

With only 31 calories per serving, this crunchy mix is a smart choice for diabetes meal plans.

Tip: For extra protein and fiber, replace 1 cup of the corn or rice cereal with bite-size wheat square cereal.

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Spinach-Roasted Red Pepper Dip

When it comes to sensible party fare, it's hard to beat this tempting dip that's loaded with spinach, sweet peppers, and yogurt. Yum!

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Creamy Peanut Dip

This velvety dip is made with three simple ingredients -- peanut butter, fat-free milk, and fat-free whipped dessert topping.

Tip: For eight servings, double the peanut butter mixture and serve it with a red pear and a green one.

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Basil-Garlic Tomatoes

Cream cheese, sour cream, and garlic combine for a super-creamy filling that works fabulously with tiny tomato halves. Enjoy one of these party-pretty appetizers -- they only have 31 calories and 4 carb grams per serving!

Tip: If you like, try these colorful tomato tidbits with snipped fresh thyme or oregano in place of the basil.

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Fiesta Rolls

These pinwheels filled with hot and sweet peppers are packed with flavor. Perfect for a party, the rolls can be made six hours in advance.

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Pepper Dip

A sweet pepper puree, horseradish, and bottled hot pepper sauce blend with cream cheese and mayonnaise for a dynamite dip for veggies or breadsticks.

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Pepper-Steak Quesadillas

Jicama, a root veggie especially popular in Latin America, adds crunch and flavor to these easy quesadilla appetizers.

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Tiny Broccoli Quiches

Purchased piecrust helps cut the prep time for these tiny cheese-and-broccoli appetizers.

Bonus: Substituting liquid egg product for the whole eggs cuts fat and cholesterol.

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Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups

Light cream cheese keeps the calories down and holds these pretty pinwheels together.

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