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 February 1, 2013  Posted by  Food
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It’s a struggle to find something unique to bring to parties. Sure, guacamole and chips are delicious, but it’s a bit ridiculous when five people bring a batch. Mix it up with these affordable, healthy, vegetarian snacks.

Your friends will be impressed by how yummy they are, and you’ll be thrilled by the low cost and ease of each recipe. Do you have other go-to party appetizers as an alternative to wings and chicken? Leave us a comment below with your favorite recipe.

Cucumbers with Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip
Queso, hummus, guacamole, and artichoke cheese dip are common fare for Super Bowl bashes. Mix it up without splurging with this easy-to-make dip from Fit Sugar. You’ll just need a tub of Greek yogurt and some common staples: lemon, parsley, garlic and chives. Chop up some cucumbers to pair with it and you’re done.

Topped Popcorn
Popcorn is easy to make, affordable and low in calories, but it can be a bit boring. Mix it up by drizzling melted chocolate on top and tossing in some finely shredded coconut. Or make it savory by adding cheese, or combine nutritional yeast and cumin for a cheesy vegan batch. Simple taco or chili seasoning packs are quick, tasty choices.

Edamame and Pear Crostinis.
Replace high-fat guacamole with this inventive, low-cal dip from Health magazine that pairs well with crackers or toasted baguettes. You’ll need edamame, mint, Romano cheese, a pear and staples like olive oil, salt and pepper. Takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries 
About.com’s sweet potato french fries are healthier (and tastier) than their fast-food cousin and are a cinch to put together. Just cut three large sweet potatoes into wedges and toss with olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika and salt. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Pair with ranch dressing or barbecue sauce.

Healthy Seven-Layer Dip
Dipping fried tortilla chips in a good seven-layer dip is one of my favorite game-day guilty pleasures, but this Fit Sugar recipe lightens up this favorite dip without sacrificing flavor. Just layer Romaine lettuce, avocados, Greek yogurt, black beans, tomatoes or pico, cheddar cheese and olives in a clear bowl and serve with baked corn or tortilla chips.

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Jenny Willden

Jenny Willden loves living frugally and has been sharing deals since before Groupon existed. She’s never met a sale she didn’t like and enjoys attending free events from farmers’ markets to llama fests. Jenny edits Outdoor Sports Guide magazine in Salt Lake City and writes for Adventure Traveler Online, where she shares her passions of outdoor adventuring and travel. When she's not traveling, you’ll find her exploring Utah’s mountains by horse or snowboard. A lifelong writer, she has been published in The Washington Times, Digital Scrapbooking, Simple Scrapbooks, Salt Lake City Weekly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Zions Bank Community. She appears occasionally on the Utah daytime television program, KSL Studio 5, to talk about outdoor recreation. Jenny owns and operates Salt Lake City on the Cheap.

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