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Appetizers, Snacks, & Small Bites

Veggie Quinoa Bites

Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them a perfect addition to your children’s lunchbox. *Originally posted August 2014. Updated September 2020. This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. Back to School Meal Prep This time of year is especially crazy with the summer winding down and getting the kids…

Lightened-Up Esquites {Mexican Street Corn Salad}

Take traditional Esquites Mexican street corn salad for a healthier spin with this lightened up version made with low-fat Greek yogurt. The perfect party food paired with tortilla chips or side dish for your next Taco Tuesday! Pin this Recipe I was compensated for writing the original article, “Sweet Summer Corn,” and developing the recipe found in the August 2016 issue of Today’s Dietitian….

Homemade Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon is quick and easy to make, has just two ingredients, and no added sugar. Make it the traditional way on the stovetop more quickly in the Instant Pot. This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. Guess what?! I have another apple recipe for you today* and this time it’s one I…

Creamy Pureed Mushroom Soup + 6 Things to Know About Mushrooms

Learn all about mushrooms and then satisfy your cravings for an umami-rich meal with this thick and creamy pureed mushroom soup – no cream added! Pin the Recipe Originally posted March 2016 following the sponsored Mushroom Council farm tour. Updated September 2019 as part of a sponsored campaign for Mushroom Month. As always, all opinions are my own.  September is a…

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers

Refreshing watermelon and mint complement salty feta in this sweet and savory pairing, that’s a perfect easy, healthy, and flavorful appetizer for a summer party.   Pin this Recipe It’s hard to believe (especially because the weather doesn’t feel like it), but the month of May is almost over and with Memorial Day a week away we’re about to start…

Steamed/Instant Pot Artichokes Vinaigrette

Ever make artichokes vinaigrette? They’re an easy side dish or appetizer perfect for sharing with friends and family. Pin the Recipe This page also contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. During college I studied abroad in Florence and lived with seven other girls. To this day two of them are among my closest friends, including my “twin”…

3-Ingredient Minty Pea Dip

This bright and refreshing dip is quick and easy to make, requires only three ingredients, and can be used in a variety of ways. Pin the Recipe I have a really quick and easy recipe for you today. This 3-Ingredient Minty Pea Dip probably falls within the top 5 easiest recipes you will ever make. I promise! So let’s get…

Quick & Easy Parmesan Crisps

Impress your guests with these gourmet-looking Quick and Easy Parmesan crisps, perfect for your next cocktail party!  Pin this Recipe Some things seem more difficult than they are. Parmesan crisps are one of them. In the past, when I have seen these crisps out at restaurants I have thought, “these are so delicious and pretty, but they’re probably hard to make. And…

Beet & Grapefruit Carpaccio with Goat Cheese

This refreshing, vibrant, and delicious Beet & Grapefruit Carpaccio is so easy to make and will take away your winter blues! Pin this Recipe This post was sponsored by Winter Sweetz Texas Red Grapefruits as part of a previous partnership. I only work with brands and organizations that I believe in and as always all opinions are my own. This…

Holiday Appetizer Board with Red Onion Jam

Kick off your holiday gatherings on a delicious foot by serving a beautiful appetizer board including cheese, vegetables, whole grain crackers, and a reduced added sugar red onion jam. Pin this Recipe This post was sponsored by SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener as part of an ongoing partnership. I only work with brands and organizations that I believe in and as always…

Roasted Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup

Smooth and creamy roasted butternut squash sweet potato soup is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving meal!   With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it was time to update the photos and recipe for my favorite fall and winter soup. This roasted butternut squash sweet potato soup came about six years ago when I received winter squash and sweet potatoes in…