Category: Appetizers and Small Plates

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in the Ninja Cooking System is a healthy, clean eating Asian fusion recipe for main dish dinner or small plates. 0

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups {Ninja Cooking System}

Sometimes Cooper surprises me. The boy hated mac & cheese until he turned five and he won’t eat mashed potatoes to save his life. But when we put these Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in front of him for dinner, he ate three of them. Could be that we told him to eat them like a taco (one of his favorite foods). IDK. The fact that Cooper likes these is great news to me, since they are loaded with lean protein, veggies, and whole grain brown rice. He didn’t even complain about the broccoli! Funny story about Cooper. If he’s served...

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles is the perfect recipe when you need a Whole30 compliant version of this delicious spicy appetizer. 0

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles

Rob and I lived in Music City for over 6 years, and yet somehow we never discovered the phenomenon that has become Nashville Hot Chicken. I don’t get it. And Rob is the biggest fanatic of spicy food I’ve ever known. So, I really don’t get it. How could this have happened? Disbelief aside, I experienced Nashville Hot Chicken for the first time at a Louisville-based restaurant in Indy. (Wild Eggs, for those of you thinking it must have been KFC…) Yeah, this chicken packs a punch. I ate my first piece of Nashville Hot Chicken in about 5 installments...

Hosting a party and want to serve small plates? The key is to choose a couple more involved recipes and fill in the rest with simple small plates. 0

13 Inspirations for Simple Small Plates that Hardly Require a Recipe

We’re in the thick of Super Bowl party season, and the menu planning is well underway. People love to serve small plates and appetizers at parties—especially a Super Bowl party. I do it, too. But I’ve also gotten myself into a jam a few times by picking too many small plate recipes that are incredibly involved. I’ve learned that the key to doing this kinda party right is to pick a couple of more involved recipes and then fill in the rest with really simple small plates. I’m talking ideas that are so easy they hardly require a recipe. I first introduced...

Potato skins make a great meal or addition to any party food lineup—but are usually topped with cheese and sour cream. Bacon, caramelized onion and poblano take the lead role in these dairy-free, Whole30 compliant skins, and boy are they tasty! 0

Whole30 Bacon & Poblano Potato Skins

I’m getting close to the end of my first round of Whole30, and I just wanted potato skins. Not sweet potato skins—just good old regular potato skins. But take away the melty cheese and rich sour cream… Whomp, whomp. I didn’t want a scooped-out baked potato sprinkled with bacon, I wanted potato skins! I needed to find a way to knock it out of the park on the flavor scale since I’m going 30 full days without dairy. And some labor-intensive dairy alternative wasn’t gonna cut it—even if it didn’t go against the spirit of the Whole30. Dairy is rich and...

Quick Parmesan Garlic Toasted Flatbread is a flavorful accompaniment for meals or a great addition to a spread of small plates—and is done in 5 minutes! 0

Quick Parmesan Garlic Toasted Flatbread

Quick is a kitchen virtue, especially when you have life conditions such as children or a full time job. Recipes like Quick Parmesan Garlic Toasted Flatbread are indeed virtuous. We love to have toasted garlic bread with meals like spaghetti or lasagna. Until I started using MealBoard and added the garlic bread as an ingredient in my recipe file, I would constantly forget to pick up the garlic bread. Seriously, like every time. I had to develop a last-minute method to remedy my mistake, so I would put together a garlicky butter spread that I’d put on slices of sandwich bread...

Make Marinated Greek Salad Skewers for a fresh and delicious small plate featuring summer vegetables and tasty feta cheese. With made-from-scratch dressing, this appetizer pleases even the most refined palate. 0

Marinated Greek Salad Skewers for Small Plates

I’m so into small plates right now. Although salads could technically be called small plates and we eat them like appetizers, I dig the idea of condensing a salad down to a few bites—particularly for a cocktail party or soirée. I love Greek salads, so I started there. Hence, we have Marinated Greek Salad Skewers. I’ve scouted out several wonderful small plates made with meats and cheeses, even bread. Meaty appetizers present plentifully in blogland. I keep my eye out for tasty small plates featuring vegetables, but they can elude even the most savvy recipe researcher. Summer creates the best opportunity...