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Healthy Italian Recipes - Appetizers

Updated on August 11, 2019
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I am interested in making some delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Easy, quick meals are also great.

Healthy Garden Fresh Bruschetta


Healthy Low Caloriel Brushetta Canape Recipe

Bruschetta is a delicious antipasto appetizer from central Italy that dates back to the 16th century. There are many variations of this delightful appetizer.

This dish is high in vitamin C, A and K, and it also contains lycopene, which is believed to guard against certain types of cancer.

Cooking Italian usually results in colorful, tasty food. This low-calorie appetizer is very attractive when served on a platter at a party.


  • 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

Tartine with Lentils


Healthy Tartine with Lentils with Fresh Vegetables


  • 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 cooktop, roasting red peppers deepens the flavor and removes the peppers skin, for some recipes that are enough in the oven under the broiler and get similar results,

Put the 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 with Peppers

Photo Courtesy of Lucullian Delights
Photo Courtesy of Lucullian Delights

Italian Pinwheels - Easy & Delicious Party Appetizer Recipe

Green Risotto with Fava Beans


  • 1/2 pound fresh, unshelled fava beans
  • 1/3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, shell the favas and discard the pods. Boil the favas for 4 minutes, strain and then immediately plunge into ice water. Let cool for 2 minutes then pierce the favas and squeeze them out of their skins. Separate 3/4 of the favas and puree in a food processor.
  2. In a separate large saucepan bring the broth to a simmer, and keep it hot. Meanwhile, in another large saucepan over medium heat, melt 1.5 tablespoons of the butter and add the onions. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes; do not brown the onions. Add the rice and cook, while stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the wine, increase the heat to medium, and stir constantly. When the wine has been absorbed, add a little of the hot stock. Once the stock is absorbed, add a little more; repeat this process, stirring constantly, until the rice is cooked through.
  3. To the cooked rice add the pureed favas, the remaining 1.5 tablespoons of butter, the rest of the favas and the cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the butter and cheese melt and the puree is incorporated evenly. Season with salt.

Summary of Healthy, Delicious Italian Food

These Italian appetizers and the risotto recipe are healthy and delicious. They all have healthy fresh vegetables and are fairly low calorie. They are perfect to serve at a party as they have a rather elegant look.

These recipes are simple and take very little time to prepare. Attractive food is always going to spark more interest from your guests.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Jackie Jacobs 

    6 years ago from USA

    Thanks for the great recipes. Voted up!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 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.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

  • applejuic3 profile image


    7 years ago from San Diego, CA

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

    Trsmd, Sounds wonderful. Thanks for your comment.

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    8 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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    Renee S 

    8 years ago from Virginia

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    The tartines sound delicious!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Laura Arne 

    8 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Carlsimmons, Thanks so much for your comment.

  • carlsimmons35 profile image


    8 years ago from San Jose, CA

    Wow, that tartines photo is awesome.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Habee, Thanks for the comment.

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    Holle Abee 

    9 years ago from Georgia

    Great ideas here!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Hello, hello, 

    9 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.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sandy, Thank you for your comments.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    9 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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

  • GPAGE profile image


    9 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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    Katie McMurray 

    9 years ago from Westerville

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    sheila b. 

    9 years ago

    I think I'll have one for lunch!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Simple Tim 

    9 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


  • Coolmon2009 profile image


    9 years ago from Texas, USA

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

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    Tom Whitworth 

    9 years ago from Moundsville, WV


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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    DaimondRN, Thank you for your comment.

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    Bob Diamond RPh 

    9 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

    So good, Pamela!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

  • breakfastpop profile image


    9 years ago

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


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