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Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is coming and we are all looking forward to enjoying a delicious meal. With all the unhealthy, high calorie, high fat foods out there, I decided that I want to make some healthier appetizers to start Thanksgiving dinner. I found some healthy appetizer recipes and I would love to share them with you. Here are my favorite recipes for healthy Thanksgiving appetizers for you to try.

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers


Low Calorie Cheesy Bacon Dip

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Dates with Goat Cheese


Ranch Veggie Pizza


Oyster Sausage Stuffing


Homemade Cheese Crackers


Tomato Cheese Spread


Artichoke Pesto Deviled Eggs

healthy stuffed bell peppers

Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers


Squash Soup In Pumpkin Bowls

Gluten Free Pizza Acorn Squash Recipe

Gluten Free Pizza Acorn Squash

Pizza Acorn Squash

What are your favorite Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers? Share it with us below.

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Oyster & Sausage Stuffing Recipe


Most families have traditional meals and their own spin on the fixings. My family is no different. Every holiday meal we have a preset menu. John’s absolute favorite thing is my grandmothers Oyster & Sausage Stuffing. Even if we’re not having poultry this stuffing is present.

He was craving Granny’s Oyster & Sausage Stuffing last night so I headed to the store to get most of the ingredients. I was bummed they didn’t have fresh rosemary and I had to resort to using dried rosemary leaves, but if you can find it fresh definitely use that. I was also feeling lazy so I went with pre-shucked oysters from the seafood market  Hey, my mom is the master shucker when it comes to oysters, I always end up with cuts all over my hand!

This is a heavy and rich stuffing, a little goes a long way!

Oyster & Sausage Stuffing Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
  • 2 pounds bulk sausage, browned and crumbled
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh sage, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, deleaved and diced
  • ½ lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large loaf of day old bread, torn into small bits, roughly 8-10 cups
  • 1 pint of shucked oysters, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. And chop up your herbs and vegetables.
  2. Oyster & Sausage Stuffing Recipe Herbs
  3. In a large skillet cook the sausage, crumbling as you cook it.
  4. While you’re waiting on the sausage to brown start chopping your herbs, celery and onion. Add them to a large bowl as you go.Add in the lemon juice and zest.
  5. Add the bits of bread and oysters. Fold in the sausage.
  6. Pour the beaten egg over top of the mixture and mix well. Add the butter, mix then add the chicken stock and mix. Mix in salt and pepper according to your preference.
  7. Put the stuffing in a large casserole dish and bake for 1½ hours or until the top is golden brown.

Growing up on the Eastern Shore it’s hard not to incorporate fresh seafood in your traditional meals. It’s readily available and gives a touch of home to anything you eat. The oysters in the stuffing give off a distinct flavor, but the sausage plays it down so it’s not overwhelming. It’s one of those things you have to taste to believe.

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Copycat Recipe

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Copycat Recipe

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Copycat Recipe

When it comes to sweet rolls, one of my favorite is the cinnamon rolls from Cinnabon. It’s a blend of perfect sweetness and softness. But instead of buying we can all save a lot of money by making our own homemade cinnamon rolls. Before trying to make it at home, I thought it was hard to make but I was wrong, not only was it super easy the taste is absolutely a winner. You’ll never know the difference of the real thing with this Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Copycat Recipe. It’s so delicious and perfect with coffee or tea.

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Watermelon Citrus Mint Salad Recipe

Watermelon Citrus Mint Salad Recipe

Watermelon Citrus Mint Salad

I love spring/summer season because of all the fresh produce available. Watermelon is in season and one of my favorite watermelon recipe is this Watermelon Citrus Mint Salad Recipe.  This is the perfect spring salad, I just love the mix of sweet watermelon, citrus and yummy cheese. Continue reading

Greek Pasta Salad Recipes

Greek Pasta Salad Recipes

The story behind this recipes is a girl’s trip I took. I am not sure why but I always wanted to go to Greece. I finally had the opportunity to go to Greece a couple of summers ago. The taste of the fresh feta cheese has never left my mind. I have three kids and they love pasta. The problem is I am over pasta and sauce so I decided to dice up what I had on hand and I came up with this wonderful recipe for Greek Pasta Salad Recipes .

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Greek Pasta Salad Recipes


1 package of pasta

2 TBS of sea salt

and a dash of pepper

1/3 cup of

1/2 cup of tomatoes

1 cup of feta cheese

1 cup of virgin olive oil

1/2 cup of red onion

1/2 cup of red or green pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 cup of fresh parsley

You will cook the pasta as per the instructions on the box. Then you will cut and combine the ingredients above. You will poor those ingredients over the drained pasta.

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Greek Pasta Salad Recipes
Recipe Type: salad
Cuisine: Greek
Author: Cooking in
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
This is my favorite greek pasta salad
  • Greek Pasta Salad Recipes
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 package of pasta
  • 2 TBS of sea salt
  • and a dash of pepper
  • 1/3 cup of
  • 1/2 cup of tomatoes
  • 1 cup of feta cheese
  • 1 cup of virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of red onion
  • 1/2 cup of red or green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley
  1. You will need to cook the pasta according to the box
  2. Then drain the pasta and place it in a bowl to cool
  3. In the meantime combine the chopped ingredients above in a bowl
  4. once the pasta has cooled then combine and the ingredients. This is an amazing journey to Greece right in your kitchen
add Shrimp, Steak, or Chicken


You can kick up this recipe by placing it over spinach.

greek pasta salad

Another Greek Pasta salad Recipe idea is adding shrimp or chicken to this dish. If you aren’t in the mood for the past take the greek salad mix and place it in a wrap with ham , chicken, or shrimp. I have to say this taste great the second day as well as the first. One thing is for sure that this recipe reminds me of greece. It has become a family favorite and it is what I eat when I want to get back to my wonderful Greek vacation.

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