Posts Tagged ‘appetizer’

Happy Hanukkah!

Last night we went to our first Hanukkah party! Our friend, Chait (her name is actually Sarah) did a beautiful job hostessing!

She even filled the ice cubes with cranberries!

Here are some of the delicious treats she had for us- and this isn’t even all of them:

Punch: I was not able to taste, but looked and smelled good!


Authentic Hummus:


Delicious Guac:


Her special family recipe salad:


Spinach Rolls – made by Jackie!


Pesto Polenta Rounds:


Crackers for covering with goodies:

Hot artichoke dip:

Brie and Cranberry Goat Cheese:


Fresh Veggies:


Toppings for the Latkes which I somehow missed. I think I was waiting for the hot ones to come out of the oven…


Coconut cookies:

Dreidel Cookies I made – notice my attempt Hebrew:


My fun and festive beverage of Sprite Zero and cranberry ice cubes. The diet pop was a treat, I try to avoid it normally and stick to water. But when everyone else is drinking fun punch, and wine – you just need a little Sprite 🙂


Thanks for having us Chait, we had a wonderful time!


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Thanks to Nasoya for sending me some coupons for some of their great products. I used the wonton wrappers to make some fun appetizers for the party on Saturday night. I am excited to use the Egg Roll wrappers for baked egg rolls on Thurs.

Turkey Stars (also known as Sausage Stars)

  • wonton wrappers – I used 36
  • 1 package of Honeysuckle lean turkey sausage
  • 1 c. 2% natural cheese
  • light ranch dressing
  1. Cook sausage until done.
  2. Bake unfilled wonton wrappers in muffin tins at 350 until golden brown
  3. While those are baking: mix cooked sausage, cheese, and 1/3 c. light ranch.
  4. When wontons are done, fill the little cups with the sausage mixture and bake again until cheese is melty.


Baked Goat Cheese Triangles

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 tube of cranberry goat cheese from Trader Joes
  1. Put a small amount of goat cheese on the corner of a wonton wrapper.
  2. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle.
  3. Wet the sides of the wonton to seal it together with the cheese inside
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm!

Next time I would brush them with a little whipped egg to get rid of the white powder on them and make them shiny. I might also make a dipping sauce to serve them with!



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One of my best friends, Jen, is due with her first baby at the end of November, so we had to celebrate!

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Classic Cucumber Sandwiches


Pesto 5 – Cheese Tortellini


Pretzels and Carrots with Hummus


Apple Dip and apples


Ceasar Salad with Chicken on the side



Onesie Cookies



Baby Rattle Cupcakes



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If you are looking for something super easy, quick and low fat for a tailgate appetizer this fall, I have an idea for you!


  1. Buy 2 boxes of soft pretzels from the freezer section of the grocery store. (160 cal and 1 gram of fat – they are made with white flour, but it could be a lot worse!)
  2. Cook pretzels in the microwave adding salt as desired.
  3. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  4. Serve on a platter with different kinds of mustard – I used spicy and honey mustard.

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Where did the weekend go?! From moving our friends into their new house, to our marathon training run, to church, errands and Brady’s soccer game – the weekend flew!

We had our neighbors over for dinner and I wanted to make a quick, easy and healthy appetizer so this is what came together.



So fresh and So easy!

  • fresh French or multigrain bread
  • light ricotta cheese – low fat
  • 1 tbs. balsamic dressing
  • salt and pepper
  • basil leaves
  • fresh tomato, sliced
  1. Cut bread into thin slices
  2. Top with ricotta, balsamic, salt and pepper mix
  3. Then top with a basil leaf
  4. Finally a tomato slice!

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Mom’s Awesome Appetizer

My mom threw this delicious appetizer together on Saturday while we were waiting on dinner! IMG_5321.JPG

  • 1 Boboli pizza crust – thin crust
  • a little leftover onion dip (cream cheese and onions and a few spices)
  • fresh tomatoes
  • artichoke tapenade
  • cheese
  1. Preheat the oven for 400 degrees
  2. Cover the Boboli with the onion dip – or you could use white pizza sauce
  3. Top with sliced fresh tomatoes, artichoke spread and cheese.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crunchy.
  5. Enjoy!

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Something to make

I can’t believe it is already Thursday! I don’t know what I am going to do when I actually have to go to work. Ahh! Not long left…

So today was packed with running, shopping and cooking with my cousin Emily. We made a few fun recipes that I will post tomorrow. I have a long to-do list for tomorrow, so I will be up early for a run! My updated marathon training plan is coming.

Something you should make:

before the oven:


after baking:


We had these at the lake last weekend and they were amazing!

  • fresh mozzarella – cut into pieces
  • fresh basil – cut into strips
  • small pieces of bread or little crustini that come ready to use – these are from Costco
  • roasted red pepper tapenade or another flavor
  1. Place bread pieces on cookie sheet
  2. Cover with tapenade
  3. Place cheese on top
  4. Place fresh basil on top
  5. Bake at 400 for a few minutes or until cheese melts


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