New Year’s Eve Recipe Countdown! 

Get the party started with a healthy no-bake appetizer!

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Need a tasty, easy hors d’oeuvre to serve at your New Year’s Eve bash? My go-to recipe is Italian lollipops. It’s the ultimate finger food A.K.A. Caprese Bites and it’s always a hit. Simply thread fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine) and cherry tomatoes on wooden toothpicks or skewers; drizzle with olive oil, and let the nibbling begin. When I’m in a hurry, I buy marinated mozzarella balls and skip the olive oil. This recipe is for a bite, but you can repeat the layers and make a kebob like the photo. Some of my other favorite light bites are Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, – both on my app Time to Eat Healthy.

Caprese Bites

16 Serving

Prep Time = 15 minutes

Cooking Time = 0 minutes



  • 1 pint cherry, tomatoes
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 16 fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, optional
  • black pepper, optional


  1. Wash and dry tomatoes and bail leaves.
  2. Fold basil leaf around cherry tomato, then spear on a 4-inch-long skewer or toothpick. Add a mozzarella ball.
  3. Drizzle caprese bites with olive oil; add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 131 calories, 7 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrate, 11grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 35 milligrams cholesterol, 0 grams fiber, 26 milligrams sodium


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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