Appetizers and Snacks

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

2018-12-14T07:36:50-04:00December 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 [...]

23 11, 2018

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Bites

2018-11-23T09:29:45-04:00November 23rd, 2018|Recipes|

These are delicious little bites that would be a perfect appetizer at your Christmas party! Ingredients: 12 large Brussels sprouts 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp dried thyme ½ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp garlic powder 5 or 6 slices of bacon Method: Pre-heat the oven to 400F (204C). Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts, then halve them lengthwise. In a bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, thyme, pepper and garlic powder. Add the halved sprouts to this mixture and toss to coat thoroughly. Lay down a slice of bacon and put a Brussels sprout about an inch from [...]

14 09, 2018

Lemon Peppered Almond Crackers

2018-09-14T08:08:13-04:00September 14th, 2018|Recipes|

Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups almond flour ¼ cup shelled raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest (optional) ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 3 tbsp water Method: • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. • Place all the ingredients except the water in a food processor; pulse until crumbly. With the motor running, in a steady stream, add the water until the mixture starts to come together. • Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Top with another piece of parchment [...]

13 07, 2018

Easy Edamame!

2018-07-13T08:15:01-04:00July 13th, 2018|Recipes|

Edamame are a mild-tasting green soybean, they are tender and slightly sweet. You can find them in the frozen food section of many grocery stores. Edamame is a great vegetable source of protein. EDAMAME GUACAMOLE Ingredients: 1 C frozen shelled edamame 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted 1 green onion, sliced 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp water 1 small clove garlic ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro Method: In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the edamame beans for 1-3 minutes until tender; drain and let cool to room temperature. In a food [...]

29 06, 2018

Caprese Skewers

2018-06-29T10:25:16-04:00June 29th, 2018|Recipes|

A great recipe for potlucks or your next backyard barbecue! Ingredients Cherry tomatoes Fresh mozzarella or bocconcini balls (roughly the same size as the cherry tomatoes) Extra virgin olive oil Fresh basil Balsamic vinegar (optional but delicious!) Salt and pepper Skewers Directions Put a bocconcini/mozzarella ball, a piece of basil, and then a tomato on each skewer. Place on a platter and repeat until finished with ingredients. If the bocconcini/mozzarella balls are too large you can cut them in half. Just before serving, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Count each skewer [...]

29 03, 2018

Stuffed Mushrooms

2018-06-04T14:34:06-04:00March 29th, 2018|Recipes|

A simple, yet fancy low-carb appetizer. It can also be enjoyed as a side dish to meat and fish dishes. Or try it for breakfast with creamy scrambled eggs or a plain omelet. Ingredients: 16 mushrooms 8 oz. bacon 1 – 2 tablespoons butter 7 oz. cream cheese 3 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon paprika powder Salt and pepper Instructions: • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). • Start by frying the bacon until really crispy. Remove and let cool and crush into crumbs. Save the bacon fat. • Remove the mushroom stems and chop them finely. Sauté [...]

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