Dips, Sauces and Spreads
Starter Soups and Salads
Thai Inspired Squash and Lentil Dip
This is a great dip for veggies or pita chips! The combination here is just crazy delicious…only problem is you won’t be able to stop eating it!!
Lentil Kale Filo Pockets
This elegant dish can be served as a main course or appetizer to impress company! Make a big batch and freeze on a baking sheet overnight, and then transfer to freezer bags. They will last for about 6 months in the freezer. When you are having company, pop a couple out of the freezer and bake!
Sweet Potato Taco Boats
Omg! These are amazing and just so east to prepare! The creamy sweet potato mixed with the beans, jalapenos and avocado – wow! A perfect dinner or appetizer! This recipe serves 2 for dinner or 4 as an appetizer.
Roasted Eggplant and Pomegranate Salad
The pop from the pomegranate “jewels” pairs so perfectly with the creamy eggplant in this delicious dish. Use it as a starter salad or a dip for veggies, chips or crackers.
Kale & Sweet Potato Slaw with Cranberries and Pecans
This is a really hearty salad for any meal! And yes ... the sweet potato is added raw and it is delicious!! Bring this salad to your next potluck and you will be the hero! This will make a very large salad, but it will keep in the fridge for a few days if you have leftovers.
Leek and Potato Soup
A deliciously creamy and comforting classic!
Cheesy Garlic Bread Balls
These are a really addictive appetizer! Everyone can just pull at the garlic bread balls and munch away! Perfect for game day or just a fun informal gathering.
Roasted Tomato and Gruyere Tarts
This is a really nice tart to serve for a lunch get together with a big salad or as something to munch on with a big bowl of soup! You can roast the tomatoes up to 1 week in advance and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Mediterranean Roasted Tomatoes
This is a delicious appetizer served with some crusty bread for dipping or as a nice veggie side! Roasting the tomatoes really brings out their natural sweetness, the olives and feta add that Mediterranean salty touch! Try it once and you will be addicted!!
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
Parmesan Zucchini sticks that are baked?? Yes, that’s right! Really crispy on the outside and oh so tender on the inside!
This is a really great spread for your morning bagel or some crackers for an afternoon snack! It’s a wonderful alternative to peanut butter! This recipe will make about 1 cup of Almond Butter. It will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1 month. Note that in order to get proper consistency on this butter you need a really powerful blender such as a Vitamix or a Ninja.
Labneh Topped with Zaatar
This is just a perfect combination for a really creamy dip with a Middle Eastern twist! I love that it is also super simple to whip up in a hurry! Put it in the center of a big tray of raw veggies and snack away. You can also serve with pita wedges or tortilla chips.
A really fun and different way to serve pizza! Great for a game day party! Your guests can pull apart the rays and dip in marinara sauce!
Grilled Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Basil
This is a great appetizer to serve when hosting a casual get together! Put out the cubes of polenta with a nice bowl of roasted tomatoes and let your guests top their polenta bites with the beautifully caramelized morsels of tomatoes! You can make the roasted tomatoes up to 1 week in advance. The polenta can be made a couple of days before, but cut and bake just before your guests arrive.
Lemony Celery and Portobello Salad
This is a great change from a routine green salad. It is really easy to put together and it is really fun to eat, really fresh, lemony and crunchy!
Hasselback potatoes are a Swedish classic! Pull apart the crispy wedges and see for yourself why they are just so popular! Part fries, part potato wedges and part baked potato! In my version I flavor these delicious little bites with garlic and rosemary.
Smoky Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
This dish is so creamy and smoky – really delicious! Serve it as a side salad or as an appetizer with some pita chips for dipping.
Zaatar Tomato - Cucumber Salad
This is a really simple salad to put together, but extraordinary because of this incredible spice mix Zaatar. It really makes the salad special! It’s a great addition to any brunch table or a side salad with a nice dinner.
Spiralized Shoe String Potatoes
These are crazy addictive!! They come out super crispy and tasty – from the oven – no deep frying necessary! You will need a spiralizer to create the shoe string effect here.
Spicy Ginger Edamame
Edamame are soy beans sold frozen in their pods. Thye are often served in Japanese restaurants as a starter sprinkled with sea salt. I thought it would be fun to spice them up a bit!