Spinach and Goat Cheese Triangles

Spinach and Goat Cheese Triangles

These are similar to the spanakopita that my Greek neighbors in Pittsburgh used to make for parties, weddings, and graduations. I use goat cheese instead of feta, because I love its creamy texture and tart flavor. I substituted melted butter for butter-flavored cooking spray to achieve the ‘skinny effect’.

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage and Goat Cheese

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage and Goat Cheese

Fresh goat cheese adds tang and texture to this classic appetizer. If you can’t find turkey sausage, try chopping up spicy precooked chicken sausage instead, and skip the first step.

Teriyaki Chicken Salad

Teriyaki Chicken Salad

Fresh pear adds a juicy sweet component to this Asian-style lunch classic. Mix in a cup of whole-wheat pasta to make it a complete meal.

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

The hamburger is an American food icon. Easy to eat, a pleasure when cooked on the grill, substitute America’s favorite food with this lean, mean, protein machine, the turkey burger!

Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet and naturally creamy, this mash is a great substitute for regular mashed potatoes. I love to serve it along side fish, so you’re cashing in on vitamin E as well as tons of vitamin A from the mash.

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche

This gooey milk caramel is a South American favorite! It’s low-fat but caloric, so use it sparingly. I top low-fat cupcakes or serve it for dessert with apple and pineapple wedges.

Pizza Dough

Healthy pizza dough

I’ve tested so many different pizza dough recipes and this one is a combination of them. A great pizza has a crispy outer crust with a soft textured dough on the inside, baked perfectly in the hottest of ovens. If your oven doesn’t go up to 500° F or higher, I suggest purchasing an inexpensive pizza stone. Use your creativity to top this tasty crust. If you are using meats, seafood, or dense vegetables, pre-cook them before topping your pizza.

Zucchini Bites with Tapenade and Mozzarella

Zucchini Bites with Tapenade and Mozzarella

I devised this recipe as an alternative to the average, more caloric party appetizer. Compliment the juicy texture of zucchini by combining it with a light layer of salty, flavorful tapenade. It can be assembled ahead and popped in the oven while you are serving your guests drinks.