Appetizer Recipes

Pomegranate Orange Salsa

I love salsa year round!  Especially when I can make it with seasonal ingredients like pomegranates and oranges!  This flavorful salsa is packed with nutrients, and it is perfect for serving with chips, over a salad, or spooned over some grilled tofu or other protein! Also it is festive so a good addition to your holiday table!

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Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer or finger food for a party!  These stuffed mushrooms happen to be vegan, gluten free and actually healthy!  Instead of being filled with cheese and breadcrumbs, I make a filling with walnuts, Italian flavors and a bit of nutritional yeast to give them a cheesy flavor!  They are delicious!  These would be the perfect thing to make for New Years Eve!

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Spiced Chocolate Roasted Chickpeas

If you are looking for a delicious but healthy appetizer or party snack, these roasted chickpeas are a great option!  They taste like dessert, but they are packed with protein and fiber!  Not only that, they are easy to make!  These would be perfect to whip up for your New Years party spread!

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Festive Charcuterie Board for the Holiday

This holiday season let’s spread holiday cheer by creating a wow-worthy charcuterie board when entertaining! Here are some tips and tricks to create one effortlessly:

1 Variety of Selection

Select special ingredients to elevate your charcuterie board like Merlot Bellavitano Cheese or a variety of season nuts, herbs, and fruits for garnishing.

2 Build Your Board

Start by placing key elements on the board first, like your cheeses and bowls to hold smaller ingredients. Use these as pillars to balance the layout and fill in the with supportive ingredients.

3 Made to Wow Styling

To give your board a wow-factor, add styling elements: delicately fold pieces of sliced meats, fan out crackers and bring in different shapes like baguette slices for added texture.

4 Festive Finishing

To create a sense of movement and depth on the board, use tiny bowls, low mason jars or layering on smaller marble boards to hold ingredients.

Tip:  To make your board feel extra festive, select ingredients that speak to the seasons like sprigs of rosemary or cranberries.

There is an array of products at Fresh & Natural Foods that would make great components for your charcuterie board. Come in and select what you like best. 

Happy Holidays!

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Spicy Beet and Carrot Fries with Lemon Tahini Dipping Sauce

Everyone loves french fries, but did you know you can make delicious fries out of other veggies too?  I like root vegetable fries because they are packed with nutrients, they are healthier than traditional fries and they are so pretty!  The ones I am sharing with you today are actually baked as well so they have much less fat than traditional fries and they pack more fiber since I am using beets and carrots instead of potatoes.  These are easy to make and so good, and I pair them with a simple lemon tahini sauce.  These are perfect as a side dish, or as an appetizer or snack.  Give this Spring twist on fries a try next time you are craving them!

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Vegan Mozzarella Pepper Roll Ups

If you are looking for a festive, easy and delicious vegan appetizer for the Holidays, these pepper rolls are an awesome option!  They comes together in about 15 minutes, look impressive and you would never even guess that they are vegan because the cheese I use, Miyoko’s kitchen mozzarella tastes like dairy cheese!  These also happen to be gluten free as an added bonus!

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Spicy and Sweet Holiday Nut Mix

If you are looking for a simple but easy snack recipe for Holiday entertaining look no further!  I love a good nut mix, and they are so easy to make.  Sure you can buy them at the store, but I sometimes find those mixes too salty, sugary or oily.  So, I make my own. It requires little time, and you can flavor them to your liking.  The one I am sharing with you today has only 4 ingredients.  This is one of my favorites, I use cholula hot sauce, mix it with some maple syrup, and add a little sea salt.  That is all!  It may sound like an odd combination, but it is so good!  Sweet, salty, and a little spicy.  Put out a bowl of this and they will be gone before you know it!

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Festive Sweet Potato Crostini

Sweet potato toast is pretty popular, so I thought, why not make it into an appetizer!  You can top it with delicious toppings after all.  The recipe I am sharing with you today has a creamy and delicious nut chevre (non-dairy cheese made from cashews that tastes just as delicious as the dairy version), sweet cranberries, and crunchy pecans.  These are super delicious and you can make them ahead of time and serve them.  These are the perfect thing to serve at a Holiday gathering or cocktail party!

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Spiced Pumpkin Hummus

Hummus is a healthy snack year round, but this time of year I like to give it a seasonal twist and add pumpkin!  I often times have canned pumpkin left over from another recipe I have made and this is the perfect way to use it.  Not only that, it adds nutrients as well!  This hummus doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie though, it is savory.  I add warming spices, cumin, coriander and chipotle powder to give this an exotic twist.  I like to make this at the beginning of the week, so I have something to snack on when I want something quick and healthy.  It is perfect with seeded crackers or veggies, or even spread on sandwiches!

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Cheesy Roast Beefy Crostini

It’s officially fall, and for me that means watching football and entertaining! While I enjoy the chips and dips and meat and cheese platters, I wanted to come up with an appetizer that would wow my guests. I put together some delicious toasts topped with gorgonzola cheese and rare roast beef. Definitely more sophisticated and so satisfying! This appetizer is a must try whether you’re watching a game or having an elegant dinner party they are sure to impress!

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