The amount of recipes out there for every kind of Thanksgiving side dish, turkey, and pie is more than anyone can count. But when it comes to Thanksgiving appetizers, it seems there’s never enough.

I’ve rounded up my favorite healthyish appetizer recipes for Thanksgiving. My go-to? Smoked Trout Dip, every time.

Make Ahead Tips

Any dips (hummus, labneh or veggie dip) can be made 3 days ahead of time. Meatballs can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and reheated over low on the stove top. Alternatively, you can prep and bake the meatballs as directed and freeze up to 1 month in advance. Wait to toss the meatballs with the sauce until you’re ready to serve.

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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