Bruschetta seems like a trendy, modern appetizer, but it actually dates back to 15th century Italy when hunks of bread were rubbed with garlic and olive oil, topped with seasonings and heated to a crisp over open flames on a grill. This updated version gets its rich, smoky flavor from sundried tomatoes and feta cheese, with chopped cashews sprinkled on for added crunch. Use storebought Italian bread to save time!
Homemade is always best, but when cooking from scratch isn’t possible, it’s OK to compromise! In this recipe, plain-flavored prepared hummus is jazzed up with chopped dill and smoked paprika—providing zesty, fresh flavor with very little effort. Make it for everyday snacking or a pleasing party appetizer, served alongside healthy veggies, crackers or tortilla chips.
Raw veggies, hot pretzels, potato wedges, chicken tenders—everyone’s favorite snacks are even tastier dunked in honey-mustard sauce! Pass on preservative-laced, artificially flavored, squeeze-bottle varieties. This simple recipe calls for just three ingredients and is easy enough for the kids to make.
Enjoy fries with your veggie burger—but try these colorful, nutritious sweet potato wedges instead of the classic white-potato “straws.” Filling and full of flavor, they’re made with a light olive oil and agave nectar glaze and baked—not deep fried—for a crispy, healthy side.
Pureed pumpkin is perfect for making silky pies and moist muffins. But don’t limit your use of this favorite fall ingredient to dessert recipes! Like potato pancakes, these savory pumpkin cakes are served as a side dish and can be dipped into applesauce or cashew cream.
Think outside the salad bowl for a delightful way to use your favorite cool, crisp veggie. Sliced cucumber rounds are topped with a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of chia seeds to create the perfect taste and texture sensation. Enjoy as a healthy snack or refreshing side with any meal.
Marinated in a zesty orange-sage dressing, then stuffed with a unique mixture of arugula and almonds, these Portobello caps are overflowing with freshness and flavor. Serve them as an impressive dinner party appetizer, or enjoy as a light main course.
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