Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends. Before you tuck into a big dinner, there are many appetizers to enjoy. We love nibbling on snacks while drinking good wine. It can be easy to accidentally eat too many calories just with appetizers. Many are fried or covered in fatty foods. Moderation is key! You don’t want to spoil your appetite by overeating with the snacks.

1. Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

We all love shrimp as an appetizer, but why not serve it up on a veggie to get some extra nutrients?

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2. Cheese Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites

These Quinoa bites are exactly what your guests will need to tide them over until Thanksgiving supper is ready! Packed with protein and antioxidants, these bites will be gone faster than you can say Thanksgiving.

3. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Sweet Potatoes are so popular at Thanksgivings and make as an excellent substitute for crackers when you want some more natural carbs. Add a little avo and bacon with a squeeze of lime on top, and you’ve got yourself a hit appetizer!

4. Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms are wonderful to cook with because they absorb flavor and also are great for portion control. Fill up these little buttons of flavor with all your favorite fillings to create the perfect and easy gourmet app.

5. Quick 10 Minute Chicken and Avocado Roll-Ups

Needing to whip something up quickly for an appetizer? Swap out the chicken and replace with turkey as scrumptious appy before the grand meal.

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6. Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwich Appetizers

Everyone loves grilled cheese, and it especially tastes delicious on a chilly Autumn day after raking leaves before Thanksgiving dinner. Replace your regular cheddar with some smoked havarti or goat cheese and add some arugula for extra flavor.

7. Blue Beetroot Fold Overs

Have you ever considered using beets as a mini pita?! I haven’t either – until now.

8. Thai Chicken Sweet Potato Flatbread

Load up a sweet potato slice with all these gourmet fixings of pizza and slice into bite size portions for an irresistible appetizer.

9. Spinach Feta Pinwheels

These pinwheels will be a hit for everyone and are especially easy to make. The best part is, they aren’t too filling so you will still have room for the epic Thanksgiving supper!

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10. Mini Chicken Pot Pies

How about making them TURKEY pot pies?! These not only are wonderful as an appetizer, but also make a great side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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