A great array of spreads, dips, soups, and salsas to start off any dinner -- and all are heart-healthy, too.
This cold Lemony Pea Soup is a light and refreshing starter made for sipping. It's great when peas and mint are fresh and local, but works well with frozen peas, too.
This hearty Onion and Mushroom soup combines the natural sweetness of caramelized onions with the nutlike flavor of wild rice.
Curry paste, coconut milk, and lemongrass give this soup an Asian twist. Look for all three ingredients in the Asian food section of your supermarket or at an Asian market.
The spinach and roasted red peppers combine for a bright, colorful filling. The high-fiber and high-protein beans create a very nutritious snack or starter.
Goat cheese, with its intense flavor, is a delightful complement to dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Together, they make an ideal spread for entertaining or everyday snacking.
The smoky flavor of ham teams with a medley of vegetables to make this low-fat bean-and-beef soup a standout.
Tofu is right at home wrapped into wonton skins with intriguing Asian ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts.
If you like a mild salsa, use the banana peppers in this Fresh Tomato dip or topper. For a hot version, opt for one of the other pepper choices.
Minestrone is Italian for "big soup," and this one is big indeed -- full of zucchini, onion, and carrot.
The perfect balance of vegetable flavors in this creamy rich Roasted Fennel Soup (with just a hint of grapefruit) will have your guests asking for the recipe.
Take the plunge with carrots, celery, green pepper strips, broccoli flowerets, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber rounds. They're all yummy with this ranch dressing inspired dip.