Healthy & Gluten Free Party Foods

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When you’re planning a party and you know that some of your guests have food allergies it can be difficult to find something that is delicious and fits the bill.  King Soopers Dietitian Jeannie Schwendtner shows us how to create some great treats anyone can eat and enjoy.


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Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball

2 (8oz) packages Kroger Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt, softened

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. dried dill

¾ tsp. garlic powder

¾ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. black pepper

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 Tbsp. dried)

2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped (or 1 Tbsp. dried)

¼ cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese

¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped


Place cream cheese Greek yogurt in a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat until smooth. Add Worcestershire sauce, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, parsley and chives. Mix until well blended. Taste and adjust spices to your liking.  Add cheese and mix well. Refrigerate mixture for at least an hour. Using your hands, form into the shape of a ball. Place chopped pistachios on a plate, and roll cheese ball in them, so that it is covered.

Chocolate Chia Truffles

1 cup pitted medjool dates

½ cup almond butter

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, plus extra for rolling truffles in

½ tsp. vanilla extract


Place dates, almond butter, chia seeds, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and vanilla in a food processor. Blend until the ingredients come together in a large ball.  Form mixture into 10 balls. Roll in extra cocoa powder. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving.


2 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

½ cup brown rice flour

½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 egg

Juice of 1 lemon

¼ cup minced onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. red pepper flakes



2 ½ cups tomato sauce

1/3 cup tomato paste

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. salt

For sauce, combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, lemon juice, sugar, onion powder, and salt in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes; keep warm.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking pan with non-stick spray.

Combine all falafel ingredients in a food processor; process until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place falafel 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Lightly spray with cooking oil spray and bake 15-20 minutes, turning once.

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