Appetizers & Snacks — Appetizers

Whipped White Bean Dip

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Ingredients 3 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed1 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling2 tablespoons ice water2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus extra for garnish2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, plus extra for garnish2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives, plus extra for garnish Directions 1. Place the beans in a food processor and blend until pureed and creamy. 2. Add in the garlic powder, salt and pepper, then continue to blend while streaming in the olive oil and ice water. Spoon the dip into a large bowl and stir in...

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Lemon Dolmades

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Prep time: 20 minutesServes: 4  Ingredients:Rice Filling 1 cup (250ml) rice (brown or white) 3 cups (750ml) water 20-30 large grape leaves (see note) 3-4 tbsp (45-60ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra as needed 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 cup (125ml) raisins Zest of 1 lemon Salt to taste 1 tbsp (15ml) fresh flat-leaf parsley Sauce Juice of 2 lemons 2 tsp of agave 6 Tbsp of olive oil Garlic 1 1/2 cups of vegetable stock 1/4 cup of flour (to thicken) Directions: Filling 1. Combine the rice and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce...

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Gorgonzola Portobello Rounds

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Prep time: 20 minutesServes: 4 Ingredients: 4 Portobello mushroom caps (about 5 inches in diameter), stems removed 2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil 2 Red bell pepper, chopped (about 2 cups) 1 Red onion, chopped (about 3⁄4 cup) 2 Garlic cloves or 1 tsp minced garlic 1⁄2 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes 1⁄2 cup Italian plum tomatoes, chopped 1 tbsp Fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp Dried basil 1 oz. Fresh spinach leaves, stems removed (about 3⁄4 cup) 1⁄3 cup Blue cheese, crumbled (Gorgonzola recommended) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Spray both sides of mushrooms with non-stick cooking...

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Squash Puff

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Servings: 4Prep Time: 40 minutes Ingredients: 2 cup Butternut squash, cooked and mashed 1⁄2 cup Low fat cream cheese 3⁄4 cup Bread crumbs 2 tbsp Brown sugar 1 Egg 1⁄4 tsp Ground ginger 1⁄4 tsp Black pepper 1⁄4 tsp Salt Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 2. Lightly spray a shallow baking dish (1L) with non-stick cooking spray. 3. Peel and chop butternut squash. Cook for 5 minutes at high in the micro wave in a covered bowl. Mash with a fork. 4. Combine 2 cups mashed butternut squash with low fat cream cheese, brown sugar, egg, ground ginger,...

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Seafood Salad

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Prep time: 20 minutes (plus 2 hours for marinade)Serves: 12+ Ingredients: 2 cup Cooked shrimp 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 cup Squid 2 cup Imitation crab 2 tsp Pepper 1 tsp Oregano 1 cup Carrot, shredded 1 tbsp Hot pepper rings, diced 1 cup Celery, finely chopped 1 tsp Salt 1⁄2 cup Sliced olives 1 tsp Basil 3⁄4 cup Canola oil 1 Lemon Directions: 1.Thinly slice squid (see back of fish section divider), rinse shrimp and cut or shred imitation crab. 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add squid, shrimp and cook until opaque. Add imitation crab and warm through. 3....

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