Loaded Cheese and Salami Board

Loaded Cheese and Salami Board

My go-to for summer entertaining: this cheese and charcuterie board. Filled with cheddar cheese, habanero cheese, olives, assorted salamis + more. You can make this ahead of time for a party and place in the fridge, or sometimes I just like to snack on it for dinner with some fresh and toasted baguette or crackers - totally up to you! What I like to do is make a sandwich with crackers, mustard, cheese and the salami’s, yum! For this charcuterie and cheese board, I used an assortment of Cabot Cheese to assemble the board. 

Loaded Cheese and Salami Board
Loaded Cheese and Salami Board

Ingredients

Olives, Cabot Cheese Habanero, Cabot Cheese Seriously Sharp Aged Cheddar, sun dried tomatoes, grapes, okra chips, Calabrese salami, strawberries, mustard

Directions

All you need to do is get your favorite cheese board or platter, place on your cheeses first, then your meats, then add on your small bowls for mustard, olives or anything else you prefer. Then generously spread around your fruit - grapes, strawberries as well as sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with cheese spreaders and knives - enjoy! 

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Loaded Cheese and Salami Board
Loaded Cheese and Salami Board

Jalapeño Vegan Queso

Jalapeño Vegan Queso

How to: Jalapeño VEGAN queso; filled with a base of soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, roasted jalapeños and Califia Farms almondmilk. Creamy + dairy free. Dip with your favorite chips, guac and pico de gallo. This will also work perfectly as a spread on sandwiches or even pasta! 

Jalapeño Vegan Queso

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 2 red tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 white onion
  • 1/4th cup nutritional yeast
  • 1⁄2 of one large potato
  • a little over 1/4th cup shredded carrots
  • 1⁄4 tsp chili powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp cumin
  • 1⁄4 tsp garlic
  • 1⁄4 tsp sea salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1⁄4th cup Califia Unsweetened Almondmilk

Toppings + Garnish

pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, tortilla chips

Directions

Start by heating up a pan with water until it boils, add in your cashews and let simmer until the cashews are soft. Strain and set aside. (you can also soak your cashews overnight with water, you just need them softened!)

In the meantime, set up your oven to broiler and roast your tomatoes, jalapeños and onions for about 20 minutes, until all the vegetables are charred.

In a blender or food processor, mix your soft cashews, charred jalapeño, tomato and onions, nutritional yeast, 1/2 steamed potato, carrots, chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and almondmilk. Blend for about 10-15 minutes (or more) until a thick and creamy dip forms. Tip: It may take a while to blend everything together to make it a creamy queso like consistency, be patient!)

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before serving with tortilla chips, pico de gallo and guacamole.

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Jalapeño Vegan Queso
Jalapeño Vegan Queso

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

Butternut Squash “Mac N’ Cheese” Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

This Butternut Squash “cheese” stuffed shells recipe is the perfect alternative to a cheesy mac’ n cheese or stuffed pasta shells sauce. Not to mention it’s SO easy! We cooked up these stuffed shells that are filled with roasted butternut squash, sautéed spinach, sage and mixed with Calfia Unsweetened Almondmilk and nutritional yeast. Read on the full recipe and lotsa pics!

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Directions:

  1. Start by making your roasted butternut squash. Cook the cubes in a 400 degree oven until cooked through and tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. (keep your oven on for when it’s time to put in the pasta).

  2. Place your squash blender with 1/2 cup soaked cashews (just put them in water overnight), my 5 spice, nutritional yeast, cayenne and olive oil. Blend until a thick paste/sauce forms. This will be for your stuffing.

  3. Split the paste into half and leave the other 1/2 in the blender and add an 8oz can of tomato sauce or tomato sauce of your choice, the other 1/2 raw cashews and 1/4th cup of almondmilk until a sauce forms, this will be the mac n cheese sauce. Set aside both the paste for stuffing and the sauce.

  4. Start to sauté your spinach. All you have to do is heat a pan with 1 tsp olive oil and add in spinach until it wilts. Optional to add in sage to fry it up as well. Once done, mix this with the butternut squash paste for the stuffing.

  5. While the spinach is sautéing, boil your pasta according to the package instructions, drain. You want them al dente.

  6. Get a baking dish and place your butternut squash sauce on the bottom layer of the dish. Then, gently place the shells in your pan or baking dish and start to stuff them with your paste mixed with the sage and spinach. Top with more sauce and place in the oven just so everything is the same temperate and the flavors can combine, for about 10-15 minutes.

  7. Top with either pine nuts or cashews, spinach and sage. Serve along side extra sauce if someone wants more! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4th cup Califia Unsweetened Almondmilk
  • 3-4 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews (in water overnight, allows for easy and smooth blending and sauce)
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (this is optional! if you want to use all soaked, you can) Lindsey's 5 spice: 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp chile flakes, 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 2-3 tsp good olive oil
  • 1 box of large pasta shells
  • 2 cups spinach
  • sage for garnish
Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Charcuterie + Cheese Board ft. Marinated Olives

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There is legit nothing better than a big cheese and charcuterie board, right? This is my take on a Mediterranean/Antipasto board with all types of goodies including prosciutto wrapped bread sticks, flatbread, salami, mint and marinated manzanilla olives (the ones I used are from Spain!) with mozzarella, garlic and rosemary. All you need is a big board and to organize all your ingredients and then start to assemble. It's the best just for dinner for 2 (or 1, guilty!!), a bigger dinner party or a holiday party, get together. Who's bringin' the wine? 

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Full Items + Recipes for the Marinated Olives:

  • crackers
  • proscuitto 
  • breadsticks
  • almonds 
  • mint
  • charcuterie meats 
  • pita or flatbread
  • grapes 
  • tomatoes
  • feta cheese (cubed. chopped 1 tsp rosemary, mint, pepper, 1/2 tsp oil + mixed!) 
  • hummus

For The Olives: 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 sprigs rosemary 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/6 cup mozzarella 
  • 8 cloves garlic 
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1/6th cup Manzanilla Olives

Directions:

  • Assemble all your ingredients. Cube and make your feta cheese mixture.
  • Mix and stir your marinaded olives. You can save this overnight or wait till it's marinaded 30-1hr. 
  • Serve + enjoy! 

#haveanoliveday #ilovespain #healthylifestyle

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Prosciutto Bites with Sriracha Butter

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With the New Year coming up, this appetizer is perfect for a party and super simple to make. The saltiness from the prosciutto and the brie go together with the spiciness from the Sriracha butter and then pair with a perfect crunch bite from the cracker!

The Sriracha used to make the the butter is from Hatchery , as well as the Laguna Salt smoked salt topping. Hatchery  sends monthly boxes with tasting ingredients and by using the code LINDSEYEATS, you can get your first tasting box for $10. Recipe below! 

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Crackers (any kind you like) Brie Cheese Smoked Salt Sriracha Butter (softened, room temp) Salt Pepper Garlic Prosciutto

Mix the softened butter with the Sriracha and put some salt, pepper and garlic and mix around.

Assemble by placing the Sriracha butter and then a slice of brie cheese topped with the prosciutto and then sprinkle with the smoked salt.

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