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Appetizers

Dips

Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

I’ve been looking for healthier, plant-based snacks to have around the house while working from home, as well as to share with friends now that we can socialize again. Cauliflower in particular seems like a good option, since it’s chock full of vitamins and nutrients, has tons of fiber, and is low in calories. This delicious dip is as easy as chopping and roasting veggies, and then blitzing them in the food processor, and lets you snack and still feel good about yourself.

Yield: 6 appetizer servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Breads

Muffin Tin Pizza Bombs

These tasty hand-held pizza bombs are fun to make with kids and can be stuffed with whatever “toppings” each person likes.

Yield: 12 pizza bombs Total time: 40 minutes
Dips

Roasted Fennel & White Bean Dip

I was drawn to this bean-based dip thinking it would be healthy, but realized how decadent it was after liberally brushing the crostini in butter and blending the copious amounts of olive oil and grated cheese into the dip. I’ll try to lighted it the next time I make it, but for now just consider it a luxury.

Yield: 12 appetizer servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Munchies

Grilled Flatbreads Topped with Peach, Prosciutto, & Burrata

Grilling pita or slices of nice bread and topping them with grilled peaches, prosciutto, burrata, balasmic glaze, and basil, is a beautiful way to serve an elegant appetizer or light entreé for a girls’ night in.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Munchies

Pigs ‘n Blankets

After spending a summer afternoon playing in the pool, kids devour these cocktail sausages baked in crescent rolls.

Yield: 24 pieces Total time: 30 minutes
Munchies

Cranberry & Brie Puffs

These easy, festive puff pastry bundles of brie and cranberry sauce (or raspberry jam, or fig preserves) are delightful party appetizers.

Yield: 12 puffs Total time: 35 minutes
Dips

Pineapple Salsa

This is the perfect summer salsa thanks to diced fresh pineapple, which is much easier to slice into than I used to think. Red bell pepper and red onion add color, and cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice add mouth-watering flavor.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups Total time: 15 minutes
Breakfasts

Pressure Cooker Boiled Eggs

“Boiling” eggs in an electric pressure cooker gives you consistent results and eggs that are really easy to peel.

Yield: 6 eggs Total time: 30 minutes
Munchies

Soy Eggs

We’ve fallen in love with the soy-marinated boiled eggs found at ramen shops and the festivals at Leo’s school, and they’re so easy to make at home. We use medium-boiled eggs (though the little dude likes them hard-boiled), and soak them in a solution of soy sauce, sherry vinegar, and sugar.

Yield: 6 eggs Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Dips

Mom’s Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Salsa is standard party fare, but this fresh, holiday-themed version with chopped jalapeño, red onion, avocado, cranberries, and cilantro is a delightful surprise. It went quickly when mom took it to a recent holiday get-together.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes