Three Easy Recipes To Entertain

Charcuterie Board

The holidays (again) are just around the corner! Seasons are changing, weather is shifting (sort of, I’m in LA :p) and we are gearing up for spring and summer. I’ve rounded up three easy recipes to entertain a party for Easter! I love the holidays surrounding spring time because it’s just a great transition to new themes of recipes and ingredients in season. These three recipes are easy, fast, simple and can all be purchased at the Whole Foods Market 365 in Santa Monica, CA! This time on my shopping trip, I spent time in their cheese + charcuterie section a long with their amazing pastas and ready made pesto sauces. Read more for the full recipes for the most perf Easter recipes!

Cheese & Charcuterie Board

You can mix and match whatever you’d like for this. We used the below but there are SO many ways you can switch it up. Pick whichever kind of meats you prefer and cheese you like and it will make the most amazing personalized board. Generally, charcuterie and cheese boards are made up of one soft cheese and one hard cheese, with fruit, nuts and cured meats. Go crazy! Whole Foods Market 365 has a huge selection of this so you seriously can’t go wrong!

Directions:

All you really need to do is prep your ingredients and place them on your platter. You can use a cheese board, a cutting board or even a plate. I like to place on the cheese first, then the meats, and then the little toppings like cornichons and nuts.

TIP! you can definitely make this ahead of time and store covered in your freezer. It’s a great party favorite and you really can’t go wrong.

What you’ll need:

  • cornichons
  • goat Milk/Brie Cheese Wheel
  • gouda
  • djon mustard
  • parmesan crackers
  • raisin crackers
  • 2-3 mandarins
  • Prosciutto
  • Macadamia nuts
  • blackberries
  • calabrese
  • red pepper
  • basil for garnish
  • you can also serve some toasted baguette as well
Charcuterie Board

Pesto Pasta with Spicy Miso Mushrooms

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for the fettuccine, once boiling, place pasta in for about 1-2 minutes until al dente.

Place in a pan with the pesto sauce, a little bit of olive oil and water if needed.While thats getting ready, make your miso mushrooms for the topping. Heat olive oil in a pan and add your mushrooms first. Let them sweat and add salt and pepper and let them sauté for 10 minutes.

After that, add sliced garlic, miso paste, Sriracha chili sauce/oil of your choice, sesame oil, soy sauce and let that caramelize a bit for another 15 minutes.

At this point, your pasta with the pesto should be ready. Time to plate! Add your pesto fettuccine and top with the spicy miso mushrooms.

Tip! Serve and cook in one skillet so its less mess (+ great presentation!) and you can serve “family” style so everyone can get their own serving.

Ingredients:

To make the mushrooms:

  • 1 lb assortment of mushrooms 7 cloves sliced garlic
  • 3 mushroom boxes
  • 1 tsp garlic miso paste
  • 1/2 T tsp chile oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 T soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • garnish: lemon, cilantro last salt and pepper to taste

 

 

 

 

Pesto Pasta

Mix n’ Match Salmon + Zucchini Toasts

Directions:

Start to grill your salmon with paprika, Chile flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper about 4-5 minutes on each side until seared and cooked through. Set aside and sprinkle on 1 lemon zest and 1 lemon juice.

While thats grilling, shave your zucchinis and mash 2 avocados and toast your bread of choice.

Time to assemble! Take your toasted bread and add on your mashed avocado, ribboned zucchini, the cooked and flakey salmon and top with sesame seeds. Make this vegan by removing the salmon and serving it with just avocado and zucchini.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chile flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 2-3 zucchinis (shaved with a peeler)
  • 2 avocados (mashed)
  • Bread of your choice (we used whole wheat sliced bread) It would also work really well with crostini as little appetizer bites.
  • 2-3 filets of Scottish salmon

 

 

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Salmon Toasts