Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Oh hello, thanksgiving! Nice to see you again… the year went by SO fast for me. One of the fastest years yet. Say HI to my top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers and Sides, including recipes from cheesy prosciutto wrapped asparagus, to vegan cauliflower larb and portobello “steaks”.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Easy Beet Hummus Platter For Entertaining

This is one of my all time favorites spreads and will definitely please a crowd - beet hummus! The pink from the beets is SO vibrant, its fun to eat and people will love it too. It's filling, its hearty, its everything you want in a dip. Serve it with some veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers and snap peas, some crackers and enjoy! Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema

These butternut squash tarts with a 5 ingredient cashew pumpkin crema are the best app for any party (or eat a tray by yourself, i did...). Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

3 Ingredient, cheesy. prosciutto. wrapped. asparagus. nuff’ said. Find the fill recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Loaded Cheese & Salami Board

Holiday 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! Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Spicy Sweet Potato Dip

This spicy sweet potato toast is easy + delicious. Pair with toasts like this recipe, add on your next crudite board, cheese platter or a big grain salad. We topped our toasts with pomegranate seeds and some dill for extra sweetness and crunch! Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Spicy Tomato Sauce Lamb Meatballs

You need to try out these spicy tomato sauce lamb meatballs STAT. A spicy tomato sauce made with sesame oil, chili flakes, soy sauce, chili flakes and other goodies. Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Thai Pumpkin and Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Dreamin’ of this thai pumpkin and roasted sweet potato soup - and it’s only 10 ingredients! Great for the cooler weather coming up and also the perf appetizer for your next holiday party. Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Thai Steak Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Carrots

Hiya thai steak lettuce wraps with 20 min' pickled carrots! Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Vegan Cauliflower Larb with Homemade Hot Sauce

OMG this cauliflower larb (thai spicy salad) is giving me LIFE rn. Cauliflower rice mixed with fresh herbs, rice powder & lime juice, wrapped in butter lettuce with homemade hot sauce. PS. this is FULLY vegan. :) Find the full recipe HERE.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Portobello “Steaks”

Portobello mushroom “steaks”. An amazing + delish vegetarian main dish alternative, serve with your favorite greens and nom! This can work well as a vegetarian friendly Thanksgiving main or even just as a fun snack for lunch or dinner. Find the full recipe HERE.

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Top 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Sides

Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

My new side of choice: this cheesy 🧀🧀asparagus wrapped with prosciutto & parmesan. It’s easy + looks impressive. ⭐️ Seriously all you have to do is take a bundle of asparagus, wrap with prosciutto and drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, adding shredded cheese to melt halfway for another 15 min. 

Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 2-3 bundles of asparagus

  • 10 slices of prosciutto

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • drizzle of olive oil

Directions

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking tray with parchment, take a bundle of asparagus (about 3-5 sprigs) and wrap with your prosciutto.

Drizzle olive oil and salt & pepper over the wrapped asparagus. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Add your shredded cheese after that 20-30 minutes and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove and serve!

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Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Cheesy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema

Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema

The holidays are around the corner.. these butternut squash tarts with a 5 ingredient cashew pumpkin crema are the best app for any party (or eat a tray by yourself, i did...).

I’m so excited for all the upcoming holiday recipes + this one is going to be placed on repeat!

Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema
Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema

Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema

Ingredients

  • 1-2 thinly sliced purple sweet potatoes (regular potatoes also work well with this)

  • 1 thinly sliced butternut squash

  • 1 package of puff pastry, cut in squares

  • Top with fresh basil

  • Drizzle of agave or maple syrup

5 Ingredient Pumpkin Cashew Crema

  • 1 cup soaked cashews

  • 1/4th tablespoon paprika

  • 1/4th tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1/3rd cup Califia Pumpkin Spice Creamer

  • 1 juice of a lime

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

First, begin by soaking your cashews overnight. You can also boil them day of if needed. You want them soft so when you blend them with the crema, it becomes creamier.

Next, make your crema by blending your soaked cashews, paprika, garlic powder, lime juice, and pumpkin spice creamer until smooth.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Begin to thinly slice your sweet potatoes and squash and square your puff pastry.

Assemble your tarts! Lather on the crema, then the potatoes and squash and place in the oven for 30-45 minutes until puff pastry has become crispy and vegetables are cooked through. Top with agave and fresh basil.

Butternut Squash Tarts with Pumpkin Cashew Crema

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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

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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