If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, you’ll need plenty of tasty snacks to keep your guests satisfied until midnight. Atkins has plenty of ideas for delicious and easy low carb New Year’s appetizers that guests are sure to love. Follow New Year’s traditions this year by enjoying the following finger foods:
Since green is the color of cash, many people consume greens on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to encourage prosperity in the coming year. Even if eating your greens doesn’t make you rich, it will certainly make you healthy! You’ll get your greens in multiple forms when you bake these Baked Artichoke-Parsley Cheese Squares; they’re perfect for a New Year’s Eve party since you can pick them up with your fingers.
Fish is a popular food to eat around the new year for reasons similar to greens: a fish’s scales resemble money. Furthermore, the fact that fish swim in schools implies an association between fish and abundance. Make these mini Salmon Stuffed Zucchini bites for a low carb way to enjoy salmon this New Year’s.
Pigs represent progress in many countries because they never move backward and push their snouts forward when they root for food. A simple way to include pork in your spread of New Year’s appetizers is with these low carb Scallops Wrapped in Bacon. Serve them on toothpicks so they’re easy for your guests to grab and eat.
“Lucky” legumes like beans, lentils and black eyed peas also symbolize money in many countries, particularly in the Southern region of the United States, and these Lentils with Toasted Pepitas make a delicious side or snack that vegetarians will love. Alternatively, try this main course of Ginger Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash and a Lentil Salad; it’s made with both pork and lentils for double the New Year’s luck!
Round foods, especially round fruits, are popular New Year’s foods since they represent coming full circle and resemble coins. Add some sweetness to your New Year’s Eve party with Fresh Fruit Kebabs with Almond Crème—they’re loaded with round raspberries, blackberries and strawberries for a low carb and healthy dessert. If you’re in search of savory round New Year’s appetizers, these Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage and Mozzarella should do the trick. Use pork sausage for even more New Year’s luck!
Make these low carb New Year’s appetizers and ring in 2014 on a delicious, healthy and fortunate note. Explore our extensive recipe database for more party food ideas and get cooking!