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If your parties seem like seas of hummus and sour cream-based dips, consider changing it up with a festive and flavorful tapenade made from canned beets.

Not only is this bright red spread a beautiful addition to a party buffet, it also comes together quickly and is low in fat and calories. Serve it with toasted baguette rounds, bread sticks or pretzels.

Balsamic Beet Tapenade

2 15-ounce cans beets, drained

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced

2 tablespoons honey

Zest of 1 orange

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Bread, toasted (to serve)

In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Process until mostly smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Serve with toasted slices of baguette or other crusty bread.

Makes 2 cups.

Nutrition information per 2 tablespoons of tapenade (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 23 calories; no calories from fat; no fat (no saturated; no trans fats); no cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; no protein; 1g fiber; 192mg sodium.