3-Ingredient Appetizers + Treats For The Holidays

Hosting made easy.

December 18, 2015
Roasted figs
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF JOELLE CHARMING

Oh, appetizer season—the time of year when it's perfectly acceptable to pile a bunch of tiny and delicious things onto a plate and call it dinner. Or if you're the one playing host, agonize over what impressive yet insanely simple small bites you'll serve while you wrangle a turkey and six sides in the other room.

A quick Google search reveals that all stupid-easy appetizers require some combo of cheese, bacon, and dates. Now, we're not knocking bacon (despite what you've heard, it's not going to make you drop dead) or cheese or dates, but our taste buds are bored. 

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So, we scoured the blogosphere for two- and three-ingredient apps and treats that you haven't made a million times before. And, of course, we kept an eye out for clean ingredients, like fresh herbs, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and organic produce. Give these small bites a go and you'll never set out the boring brick of cheese and sleeve of crackers combo again.

Cinnamon Pear Chips

baked asian pear chips
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE HEALTHY MAVEN

Instead of dumping a bag of sad looking potato chips into a bowl, take a few extra minutes to bake these sweet and addictive Asian pear chips from The Healthy Maven. Your guests will thank you.

Roasted Figs

Roasted figs
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF JOELLE CHARMING

Drizzled with balsamic and topped with goat cheese crumbles, these roasted figs from Joelle Charming are nothing shy of Instagram-worthy. 

Three-Ingredient Chicken Wings With Herbs + Honey

3 ingredient chicken wings
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE ROASTED ROOT

Forget what you think you know about wings. They don't have to be fried and covered in Buffalo sauce. This cleaned-up version of the sports-bar staple from The Roasted Root is a prime example. They're Paleo-friendly and use only a squeeze of honey and some fresh herbs for flavor.

Chimichurri Shrimp

chimichurri shrimp
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GIMME SOME OVEN

In case you're unfamiliar, chimichurri is an amazing blend of fresh herbs (parsley, oregano, and cilantro), red onion, citrus, garlic, vinegar, and a few spices. Talk. About. Flavor. Whether you DIY ahead of time or buy it from the store, the sauce pairs perfectly with quick sautéed shrimp in this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

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Key Lime Pistachio Bites

pistachio bites
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE HEALTHY MAVEN

Looking for a treat that isn't drowning in added sugar? These key lime pistachio bites from The Healthy Maven are the perfect mix of salty and sweet, and they're made with just limes, dates, and pistachios. 

Two-Ingredient Paleo Fudge

paleo fudge
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GLUTEN-FREE GIGI

You can have fudge—indulgent, creamy, chocolately fudge—using only two ingredients (and no added sugar) when you make it using this recipe from Gluten-Free Gigi

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Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms

pesto mushrooms
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GIMME SOME OVEN

One word should have you hooked on these mini mushrooms from Gimme Some Oven—pesto. The spread alone makes any appetizer worth hoarding, but add meaty mushrooms and a shave of Parmesan and you've got a throw-together appetizer that'll have people talking.

Coconut Macaroons

coconut macaroons
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GLITTER COTTAGE

Got a Santa-size sweet tooth but no patience to deal with cookie dough? Make these two-ingredient macaroons from Glitter Cottage. Go for unsweetened coconut and sweeten with a no-cal stevia sweetener to keep sugar grams in check.

This article originally appeared on Eat Clean.

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