Appetizers and Snacks

20 09, 2019

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

2019-09-20T07:20:24-04:00September 20th, 2019|Recipes|

Ingredients: 14 oz. (390g) canned artichoke hearts, drained 3 scallions, cut into 1 inch lengths 8 oz. (225g) cream cheese, softened 1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ Cup mayonnaise 10 oz. (280g) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and very well drained Method: • Throw all ingredients except the spinach into a food processor and pulse until the artichokes and the scallions are chopped up. Add the spinach and run just long enough to blend it in. • If you want to serve this as a hot dip, spread it in a casserole dish, sprinkle the top with a little paprika and [...]

9 08, 2019

California Sushi Bites

2019-08-09T07:26:11-04:00August 9th, 2019|Recipes|

All the flavour of sushi without the rice! These would be a great hand around at your next summer get together. INGREDIENTS 1 avocado Juice of 1 lemon 1 large cucumber, sliced into ¼" coins 8 oz lump crabmeat ½ C mayonnaise 2 tsp sriracha 3 green onions, thinly sliced (plus more for garnish if desired) Sesame seeds, for garnish Soy sauce for serving DIRECTIONS • Thinly slice avocado then toss slices in lemon juice. Top each cucumber slice with avocado and season with salt and pepper. • In a medium bowl, combine crabmeat, mayonnaise, sriracha, and green onions. Season [...]

2 08, 2019

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

2019-08-02T07:56:03-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Recipes|

Ingredients: 10 x 9-inch bamboo skewers soaked in water for 15-30 minutes 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or more to taste 1/4 cup olive oil 1 pound medium or large shrimp peeled (except for the tail) and deveined Method: 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cilantro, salt, pepper, cayenne and olive oil. Add shrimp and gently toss to coat. 3. Run one skewer through the fattest part of 7 or 8 shrimp (depending on shrimp size), nesting the shrimp so [...]

5 07, 2019

Bell Pepper Nacho Boats

2019-07-05T10:22:54-04:00July 5th, 2019|Recipes|

These would be a great hand around at a summer barbeque! Ingredients: 1 pound ground turkey (or your choice of meat) 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup salsa 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 3 bell peppers Additional toppings: Sliced Jalapeno peppers (free), diced avocado (¼ avocado = 1 fat), greek yogurt (½ cup = 1 protein or 1 dairy), sour cream (1 tablespoon = 1 fat), sliced green onions (free). Directions: ? Remove seeds, core and membrane from the bell peppers, then slice each one into 6 vertical pieces. Set [...]

28 06, 2019

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

2019-06-28T11:25:12-04:00June 28th, 2019|Recipes|

Ingredients: Chicken wings: 24 chicken wings - pointy bits removed and wings cut in half 250 g butter, melted 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp dried parsley 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper Blue cheese dipping sauce: 50 g blue cheese 50 g cream cheese 200 ml buttermilk 1 handful parsley 1 small bunch chives, roughly chopped Salt and pepper Method: Blue cheese dip: Combine all ingredients and puree with a stick blender or food processor. Chicken wings: Preheat the oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, mix [...]

21 06, 2019

Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Dill

2019-06-21T09:41:37-04:00June 21st, 2019|Recipes|

Recipe courtesy of 'The Looneyspoons Collection' Ingredients: 8 eggs, hard boiled and peeled ¼ cup minced smoked salmon 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp mustard 1 tbsp fresh minced dill, or ½ tsp dried ¼ tsp each salt, freshly ground black pepper and hot pepper sauce Pinch paprika for garnish (optional) Method: o For perfectly hard boiled eggs, place the eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan then add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove the saucepan immediately from the heat, cover and [...]

17 05, 2019

Creamy Cauliflower Hummus

2019-05-17T07:25:53-04:00May 17th, 2019|Recipes|

This alternate hummus tastes just like the chickpea variety, but is much lower in carbohydrates! Ingredients: 4 cups cauliflower, steamed 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juice and zest for garnish Pinch of cumin Sea salt and black pepper to taste Pinch of paprika (optional, as garnish) Method: o In a food processor, combine the cauliflower, tahini, ¼ cup of olive oil, lemon juice and cumin until smooth. Add more tahini or oil and salt and pepper to taste. o Scoop out the hummus from the food processor, and garnish with [...]

12 04, 2019

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

2019-04-12T07:29:30-04:00April 12th, 2019|Recipes|

If you like spinach artichoke dip and mushrooms, you will love these stuffed mushrooms. Serve them as an appetizer or side dish. INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 medium portobello mushrooms stems and gills removed 1 package frozen chopped spinach cooked and drained, 10 ounces 1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped, 14 ounce can 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature 2 tablespoons sour cream ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated 2 cloves garlic chopped Salt and pepper to taste 3 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded INSTRUCTIONS: • Brush mushrooms with olive oil, place on baking pan in center of oven and [...]

29 03, 2019

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

2019-03-29T08:25:47-04:00March 29th, 2019|Recipes|

Ingredients: 450g beef steak ¼ tsp each salt and pepper 3 tbsp lime juice 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp chili garlic sauce 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 tsp liquid honey 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced 1 cup carrot, thinly sliced 1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced 2 green onions, thinly sliced 12 large lettuce leaves (Romaine work very well) Method: • Sprinkle steak with a pinch each of the salt and pepper. Place on a greased grill and cook to desired doneness. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. • [...]

14 12, 2018

Festive Dips

2018-12-14T07:36:50-05:00December 14th, 2018|Recipes|

Serve these delicious dips side-by-side for red and green party hors d’oeuvres! Roasted Red Pepper Dip INGREDIENTS: • 1 7-ounce jar roasted red sweet peppers • 1 teaspoon vinegar • ¼ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder • ⅓ cup sour cream • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh cilantro or parsley • Assorted vegetables from your free list to dip! DIRECTIONS: 1) Drain roasted peppers. Chop and set aside 2 tablespoons of the roasted peppers. In a food processor bowl or blender container combine remaining roasted peppers, vinegar, lemon-pepper seasoning and garlic powder. Cover and process or blend until [...]

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