Healthy Italian Recipes - Appetizers

Healthy Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Photo Courtesy of Simply Recipes
Photo Courtesy of Simply Recipes

Healthy Low Caloriel Brushetta Canape Recipe

Bruschetta is a delicious appetizer from central Italy that dates back to the 15th century. There are many variations of this delightful appetizer. Cooking Italian usually results in colorful, tasty food. This low calorie appetizer is very attractive when served on a platter at a party.

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
  • 14 slices French bread ¾” thick
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced (plum tomatoes work well also)
  • ¼ cup of red onion
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 14 fresh basil leaves .

Rub the garlic clove over one side of each slice of bread. Place bread garlic side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, oil, finely minced basil, salt and pepper.

Spoon about 2 tbsp. onto each piece of toast with the garlic side up. You could sprinkle the canapé with a light amount of your favorite low-fat shredded cheese, usually mozzarella. Top each canapé with a basil leaf.

Yield is 14 servings. This dish only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and it is well worth the effort.

Brushetta Instructional Video

Red Pepper

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Serving Platters

Hand Painted Toscana Bees Oval Platter From Italy
Hand Painted Toscana Bees Oval Platter From Italy

As the name infers, the pieces in this collection are all produced in beautiful, sun-drenched Tuscany. This region of Italy has been famous throughout the world since the 14th century for its production of exquisite, handmade pottery.

 

Healthy Tartine with Lentils and Fresh Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • Italian sliced bread cut into canapé sized pieces
  • 1 pound of brown lentils, dried
  • Several broccoli florets
  • 2 Grilled red peppers in extra virgin olive oil
  • Toasted sunflower seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil

You can also roast fresh red peppers on the grill, over your gas cook top, roasting red peppers deepens the flavor and removes the pepper's skin, for some recipes that is enough in the oven under the broiler and get similar results,

Put bag of lentils in water and overcook them until can mash them a little to make a slightly lumpy puree. Drain lentils. .Add a little salt and olive oil before you let the lentils cool.

Use fresh broccoli florets (frozen will work if you can’t get fresh). Break up into small pieces. Fry them in pure virgin olive oil, adding a little salt, until they are soft and have a slightly fried look.

Cut grilled red peppers into thin strips.

Toast the sunflower seeds in a non-stick pan until golden.

Take out the canapé bread and spoon a layer of lentil puree on each piece, then put the broccoli florets on top and add the red pepper strips. Top with sunflower seeds and they are ready to be served.

Tartines

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Photo Courtesy of Lucullian Delights

Summary of Healthy, Low Calorie Appetizers

These Italian appetizers recipes are healthy and delicious. They both have healthy fresh vegetables and are low calorie. They are perfect to serve at a party as they have a rather elegant look. The recipes are simple and take little time to prepare. Attractive food is always going to spark more interest from your guests.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Healthy, Italian appetizers. I am in heaven. I'm hitting print and I thank you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

BPOP, I'm glad you will get to try these recipes. Thanks for your comments.


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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

So good, Pamela!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

DaimondRN, Thank you for your comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

The bruschetta looks delicious thank you for the recipe!!!!!!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Sounds like a nice recipe to try. Keep them coming, you select some good ones :)


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Simple Tim 6 years ago

Hi Pamela! Delicious hub! I love Bruschetta. The Tartines look incredible too, its such a simple starter yet looks so elegant without much effort at all! Besides that its also a geat way to get rid of bread for everyday family meals..why not treat the family to a delicious appetizer..They will definitely appreciate the cook:)

Bye for now

Tim


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I hope you enjoy the bruschetta. Thanks for your comment.

Coolmon, Thanks for the compliment and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

Simple Tom, I'm glad you will use the recipes in your family gatherings. I think that is fun also. Thank you for your comment.s


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I think I'll have one for lunch!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sheila, Sounds good to me. Thanks for the comment.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Healthy Italian Recipes - Appetizers are really fantastic and light, Love the tomatoes bruscetta and bread... :)


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

LOVE all of your food choices here! Thank you for all of these great ideas! Always wonderful reading your articles......G


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

GPAGE, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

What an excellent article this is, I enjoyed reading and visualizing every detail, so well written. All the perfect fits for a nice cozy event. Thumbs up and the above


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene, Thank you so much for your kind remarks girlfriend.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Low Cal Brushetta Canape looks so good. And healthy too.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sandy, Thank you for your comments.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

They all sound so great and I am getting so great hahaha Thank you for your lovely recipe. Come handy over the weekend while we are stuck on the TV watching fooball.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comments.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great ideas here!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, Thanks for the comment.


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carlsimmons35 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

Wow, that tartines photo is awesome.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Carlsimmons, Thanks so much for your comment.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Lovely, can't wait to try. The pictures are great too


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Healing Touch, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.


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CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

The tartines sound delicious!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

CJames, I hope you will get to try them and enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.


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lovelypaper 5 years ago from Virginia

Those appetizers look so delish. I've never tried Brushetta.


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

on a small skewer, or a large toothpick, skewer one cherry tomato, a folded basil leaf, and a chunk of mozarrella cheese. place them all on a platter,drizzle a little olive oil over it, sprinkle with course salt and fresh ground back pepper. it's easy and delicious!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

lovelypapte, I hope you will try and enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

Trsmd, Sounds wonderful. Thanks for your comment.


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applejuic3 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

i absolutely love bruschetta so i will definitely be trying this one soon!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

applejuic3, I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate your comment.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

italiangourmet, I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for your comments.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Yummy appetizers you have given us here, Pamela. Love bruschetta and your lentil one is a new one for me. Must give it a try sometime soon. These are definitely healthy ones as well as delicious. Thanks! Up and useful votes.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, I also love bruschetta as it is so good. Thanks for your comments.


toplaptopreview 3 years ago from USA

Thanks for the great recipes. Voted up!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

toplaptopreview, I'm glad you like the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

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