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

 

 

 

 

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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

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Looking for an alternative to the OG pizza? Look no further, this cauliflower crust pizza is healthier than pizza dough, made of entirely cheese and cauliflower. Cheese is optional, if you'd like to make a vegan or raw pizza, it's possible, but the cheese does give a lot of flavor to this. It is an easy healthy alternative to pizza that will satisfy your craving. 

In this recipe, I used Fourth Creek Foods sweet red pepper relish in the tomato sauce, it gave a sweet and nice kick to the sauce. This sauce came in my Hatchery box and if you'd like to try out your first tasting box for 50% off, use the code LINDSEYEATS and click here to purchase.

[recipe title="Cauliflower Crust Pizza" servings="2" time="40 minutes" difficulty="Medium”]

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Cauliflower mixture:

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 egg

-put these ingredients in a blender (except the egg, mix that in after)

-then place in the microwave for 8 minutes, fluff with a fork, and set aside, then make your sauce and prep your toppings

Sauce:

  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1 tsp sweet red pepper relish
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and dry basil to taste

-Put all these ingredients in the blender till formed into a sauce

Toppings:

  • Zucchini
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tomato

-preheat oven to 350 degrees and form the pizza shape with the cauliflower mixture, put in the oven for about 10-15 minutes

-take out and then put your sauce and then your toppings (really put any toppings you like) on the pizza and put it back in the oven until the cheese is melted and the crust is cooked the way you like! Enjoy!

*Inspired by Blogilates

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Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Zucchini Pizza Bites with Ginger Tomato Sauce

IMG_7845 Ever wanted a healthy alternative to pizza bagels or pizza? Want the same filling and satisfaction feeling of eating a pizza? This recipe is simple, fills you up and leaves you feeling healthy!

With a ginger tomato sauce from ginger juice that includes a lemony KICK from the American Juice Co. in my Hatchery box, this recipe is delicious, spicy, tangy, sweet and salty!

Continue reading for the full recipe and step by step with photos. Also, make sure to check out HATCHERY, a monthly tasting box subscription and use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first box for $10!  

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Start by cutting 2 large zucchinis in rounds and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil and mix with hands.

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Now, make your ginger tomato sauce. In a saucepan, simmer and boil mini grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, American Juice Company Ginger juice and let it reduce and become a paste-like sauce! Pour over the zucchini

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Cut ciliegine mozzarella and pour over the top of the sauce and zucchini. Put it oven for about 15-20 minutes, until melted!

Recipe:

2 Zucchini 

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced in 1/2 on mini grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 2 1/2 T Ginger Juice

Mozzerella Cheese 1 Cup Cut 

Basil for Garnish 

  • Mix your zucchini spices with hands and make your tomato sauce and let simmer and turn into a paste, pour on the cut cheese and pop in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil!

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Tartines with Eggs & Asparagus

IMG_8831 A quick, healthy and easy breakfast idea are these delicious asparagus and scrambled eggs tartines. I made my own variation from Rachel Ray's magazine. Below is the link of the original recipe. Super easy, super simple and fast.

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/tartine-with-eggs-asparagus/

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