Mexican Quinoa Bites |

Mexican Quinoa Bites

Tracking PixelMexican Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy bite-sized mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and other southwestern flavors. {vegetarian, gluten free} Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

Mexican Quinoa Bites |

With the big game just around the corner, while I am not necessarily a football fan, I am definitely a football food fan! Since this is also a time of year when people are looking to eat a little healthier, I am even more inspired to create fun tasty recipes with a healthier twist.  Quinoa bites are always my most requested recipes for parties, such as these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites and Pizza Quinoa Bites. Time to add Mexican Quinoa Bites to the list…they’re so good!  …

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Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas |

Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas

This easy recipe for Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas transforms a simple can of soup into an easy, cheesy, finger food favorite the whole family will love!  

Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas |

As the temperatures get cooler and busier months approaching, with the holiday season, parties, school productions and everything in between, quick and easy comfort foods are very popular in our house. Make ahead casseroles, chili, ready to eat soups – all are great for that first taste of warmth for the fall season. And then sometimes we transform these comfort food favorites into a fun finger foods, like these Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas!…

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Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas |

Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas

An easy recipe for cheesy, vegetable-packed Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas baked right in the oven – no flipping required! 

Thank you to through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas |

We have a few recipes we make on a regular basis that the kids love (Taco Pasta Salad, Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake, Lighter Baked Tortellini and Stove Top Spinach Mac & Cheese, to name a few). While we keep the ingredients for some (or all) on hand at all times, somehow this past weekend, we discovered our cupboards were bare!…

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap

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An Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap recipe with spicy, protein-packed chicken, lots of veggies that is made in minutes is great for a quick after school snack, a light lunch, or any time!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap |

Back to school time is upon us!  Whether your kids (or you) are already back to school or getting ready to in the next couple weeks, it is an exciting time…and busy.  From gathering school supplies to homework to activities, quick and easy snacks for after school is essential. This Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap is packed with spicy, buffalo chicken, lots of vegetables, cheese all wrapped in a tortilla. It is nutritious, tasty and can be made in minutes!…

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Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins |

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins #SundaySupper

For a delicious, crowd-pleasing appetizer featuring Idaho® potatoes, try this easy recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins {gluten free}

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins |

Potato skins are always a fun appetizer. What is not to love with a crispy potato shell filled with so many tasty possibilities!  These Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins are inspired by the ever popular appetizer, only made a little healthier with broccoli and skipping sour cream and butter.  Of course there is plenty of cheddar cheese to keep things delicious!…

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Avocado Cream |

Avocado Cream

Avocado Cream is an easy recipe made with avocado, Greek yogurt and simple flavorings. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this simple condiment will become your new favorite topping for toast, tacos, burgers and more! {gluten free}

Avocado Cream |

Back in my college days, one of my favorite go-to meals was a Boca Burger.  My girlfriends and I would share a box, and we each had our own way of eating them.  Some would top them with barbecue sauce, some used cheese.  My favorite topping was salsa.  Served with a salad, our Boca Burger meals were healthy, easy and super tasty!…

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Pizza Quinoa Bites |

Pizza Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Pizza Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy mini pizza muffins made with quinoa and your favorite pizza toppings.  Perfect for a healthy appetizer, snack or light dinner! {gluten free}

Pizza Quinoa Bites |

One of my most requested party recipes are quinoa bites.  From the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites to the Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, quinoa bites are always a fan favorite!  They make great finger food appetizers, which is especially perfect this time of year for game day parties.  While I am not necessarily a football fan, I am a football party food fan!  So in preparation for the big game, I thought it would be fun to channel one of my favorite game day foods (pizza) into a fun little bit-sized treat that is a little healthier ~ Pizza Quinoa Bites!…

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Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus |

Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus

This easy recipe for Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus using black beans in lieu of garbanzo beans, results in a healthy dip (or spread) the whole family will love! Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post as part of the Pantry Insiders program. 

Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus | Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus is an easy recipe for a healthy hummus made with black beans and jalapeno peppers.  This recipe is part inspired by my Jalapeno Hummus recipe and otherwise inspired by my love of black beans.  Even though hummus is traditionally made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas), in this recipe it was fun to mix things up a bit.  You can definitely taste the black beans, which goes amazingly well with the spices and jalapeno peppers. The tahini rounds everything out, giving it that hummus flavor that we all know and love….

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Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread |

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread + DOLE Garden Soup

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is pizza dough wrapped around a cube of cheese, brushed with garlic butter and baked in a Bundt pan.  Fun to serve to a crowd and perfect to enjoy with your favorite soup!

Thank you to DOLE (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread | Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is small pieces of pizza dough wrapped around a cube of cheese and brushed with melted garlic butter.  In other words, made from some of the tastiest foods ever!  It is not overly dough-y or overly cheesy, but a nice balance of the two.  And the garlic butter really makes it special. The result is a cheese filled garlic mini pizza bread that is made for dipping.  Pizza sauce seemed like an obvious dipper, until I realized this Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is quite similar to mini grilled cheese.  What goes best with grilled cheese, but soup of course!

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Roasted Garlic Hummus | #recipes #SundaySupper #Halloween #glutenfree

Roasted Garlic Hummus #SundaySupper

Roasted Garlic Hummus is a healthy dip (or spread) made with roasted garlic, and other simple ingredients, that takes only minutes to prepare. {vegan, gluten free}

Roasted Garlic Hummus | #recipes #SundaySupper #Halloween #glutenfree

With Halloween just around the corner, there are visions of candy corns and chocolate bars dancing in my head.  While sweet recipes are always a favorite of mine to make (and eat!), this year I am feeling the need to balance the sweet with some healthier savory, ghoulish delights, such as this Roasted Garlic Hummus.  Roasted Garlic Hummus is a perfect accompaniment for dipping veggies, crackers, or pita chips during your Halloween celebration,…with enough garlic to ward off those vampires!…

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites are healthy, spicy little mini muffins made with quinoa, cheese, vegetables, and shredded chicken soaked in a lighter, seasoned buffalo sauce. {gluten free}

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

With tailgating season upon us, bring on the tasty munchies!  While I am not necessarily a game watching fan, I am definitely a fun food fan! I especially love coming up with bite-sized finger foods that are a bit healthier yet super tasty (like these Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites)  With this in mind, I wanted to come up with a fun recipe combining another tailgating favorite, buffalo chicken.  As always, it was a natural transition to come up with Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.

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Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip |

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Transform a classic dip into a bold and zesty party favorite with this easy to make Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip!  Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.  

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip |

Many, many years ago, I was asked to bring appetizers to a Labor Day party. I chopped some veggies, concocted a couple dips on the fly and was good to go.  The dips were a ranch dill and a spinach artichoke.  They were both creamy, easy to make, and used the same secret ingredient.  …

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Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy bite-sized mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, inspired by the popular jalapeno popper.  {gluten free}

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

My family loves quinoa, especially in the form of  quinoa bites.  They are  always helping me come up with new recipes ideas for them, such as Adam’s latest suggestion is quinoa bites with chocolate chips. While a dessert recipe is definitely in the works, today I am excited to share one our latest favorites – Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites.  This recipe combines two of my most popular recipes (Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites and Jalapeno Popper Pasta) into tasty, cheesy, bite-sized quinoa mac and cheese muffins with a jalapeno popper twist.  They are also gluten free….

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Buffalo Aioli | An easy recipe for aioli with a buffalo sauce twist!

Buffalo Aioli #SundaySupper

Buffalo Aioli takes a basic aioli recipe and transforms it into something extraordinary…buffalo style!  A bowl, a whisk, a few simple ingredients, and 5 minutes are all you need to make this easy recipe.

Buffalo Aioli | An easy recipe for buffalo aioli

Aioli is one of those accompaniments that I always enjoy at restaurants. It puts an upscale twist on the simplest sandwiches, burgers, vegetables and has the ability to turn a simple plate of fries into frites!  For whatever reason, it never occurred to me how easy aioli is to make at home.  Then one night, we were making oven fries, and I wanted to do something to dress them up. I had an egg yolk leftover from another recipe, we are crazy for anything buffalo, and from there it was a natural progression to become Buffalo Aioli!

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15 Minute Spicy Deviled Eggs made with MIRACLE WHIP | #recipes #Proudofit #deviledeggs

Spicy Deviled Eggs

I am a brand ambassador for MIRACLE WHIP through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  While I am compensated for my time, all stories and opinions are my own. 

Spicy Deviled Eggs are a quick, easy and delicious way to use up those decorated Easter eggs.  They put a fun, tangy and spicy twist on a classic deviled egg recipe and take only 15 minutes to prepare!

15 Minute Spicy Deviled Eggs made with MIRACLE WHIP | #recipes #Proudofit #deviledeggs

As we are creating new Easter traditions with our young kids, there are certain classics that are timeless.  Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts and decorating Easter eggs.  I remember dying Easter eggs was always one of my favorite Easter activities as a child (after eating all of my chocolate eggs before breakfast, of course!).  I also remember my grandma had the best recipe to transform those Easter eggs into something amazing.   She had a quick and easy deviled egg recipe using MIRACLE WHIP (always her secret ingredient) that was an Easter classic and always a hit.  These Spicy Deviled Eggs are very similar to her recipe, only they have the addition of  jalapeno peppers to give a little spicy kick!

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Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites | #recipes #glutenfree #EatA2ZRecipeChallenge.

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites #WeekdaySupper

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites are bite-sized, protein-packed mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, broccoli and cheddar cheese.  Easy to make, great for kids! {gluten free}

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites |

While my family is generally open to most new recipes I make, as with all things ‘new’ there can be a bit of hesitation.  Even though we have quinoa on a semi-regular basis, for whatever reason it is still perceived as “new.”  However when combined with a favorite flavor combination (broccoli and cheddar cheese) and made into a shape that is always popular (bite-size mini muffin), all hesitation seems to disappear.  Understandably so, these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites are addictive!  They are like little mac and cheese bites, only made healthier with quinoa and broccoli….

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Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini |

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini is a creamy, fruity snack (or appetizer) that is as tasty as it is simple to make.  

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation for this post by Smucker’s® as part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own.

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini |

This winter has been one of the snowiest I can remember.  As if we didn’t already have enough snow, a few days ago, we were blessed with another 12 inches in less than 12 hours.  By now, I am yearning for the abundance of fruits, vegetables and sunshine of summer.  While we still have a several months to go, I am turning toward other ways to satisfy those summer cravings.  Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini unites traditional ingredients, such as light cream cheese and Smucker’s® Natural Fruit Spread, to create the perfect pairing to spread a little sunshine on top of mini toasts.  These are great for a light lunch or an after school snack, yet they are pretty enough to make for company….

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Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups |

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups | #SundaySupper

After making the Spinach Lasagna Cups recipe for last Sunday, I had another tasty idea pop into my head that I had to make right away – Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups.  I don’t typically like to share similar recipes back-to-back, but these were so good, they simply could not wait.

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups are made with layers of cheese, veggies, spicy, buffalo-sauce soaked shredded chicken and more cheese.  In other words, they combine some of the most delicious game day foods (or any day foods, duh!)  into a  wonderful, bite-sized lasagna. The concept is the same as the Spinach Lasagna Cups, with lasagna-style layering, using wonton wrappers in place of noodles.   They are quick and easy to make, and bake up in a snap!…

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Jalapeno Hummus | #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia #ad

Jalapeno Hummus

Jalapeno Hummus is a healthy dip (or spread) with a little jalapeno kick.  Luckily it takes only 10 minutes to make, because this popular hummus disappears quickly!  

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Jalapeno Hummus | #RubbermaidSharpie #PMedia #ad

With the Big Game just around the corner, I have been putting the finishing touches on my menu planning and coming up with some fun recipes.  In fact, it’s almost like planning for the holidays – mass quantities of lots of tasty foods to share with family and friends!  

After making Sweet Potato Hummus, I have been looking forward to making more varieties of homemade hummus. This time I thought something a little spicy was in order ~ something like Jalapeno Hummus!  With just a few simple ingredients and a food processor (or blender), you are 10 minutes away from one of the best hummus recipes ever!  Jalapeno Hummus is flavorful without being too spicy.  All of the flavors blend very nicely, with a little jalapeno kick at the end.  The recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled!), making Jalapeno Hummus ideal for game day entertaining.    

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Spinach Lasagna Cups - #recipes #SundaySupper

Spinach Lasagna Cups #SundaySupper

Spinach Lasagna Cups are tasty, little bite-sized lasagnas filled with three cheeses, spinach and a tomato-basil sauce.  Baked in a muffin tin, these mini lasagnas are a fun appetizer, great for parties, or even just a light meal.      

Spinach Lasagna Cups - #recipes #SundaySupper

This week Sunday Supper partnered with Gallo Family Vineyards to share recipes and wine pairings for  Game Day Entertaining.  Today everybody is sharing a game day recipe and pairing it with one of Gallo Family Vineyards wines.   …

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Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs |

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs #SundaySupper #GGHoliday2013

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs are tasty little pizza bites filled with cheese, garlic and herbs.  They make a great appetizer, snack or light meal and are perfect for dipping in your favorite pizza sauce!

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs |

This week, Sunday Supper partnered with Gourmet Garden to share easy Holiday entertaining recipes.  We were provided with a wide variety of Gourmet Garden products, including various herbs, garlic, ginger and more.  These products are used like fresh herbs in a one-to-one ratio, but can be used in place of dried, typically at a two-to-one ratio.  So, two tablespoons Gourmet Garden ginger equals one tablespoon dried ginger….

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Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts |

30+ Perfect Party Dips and Desserts #HolidayHelper

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Over 30 recipes for Perfect Party Dips and Desserts made using cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream that are easy to make and great for a crowd.  For all of these recipes and more, be sure to visit my Perfect Party Dips and Dessert board on Pinterest!

Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts |

Lately I have been receiving many requests for party menu ideas, as people begin planning their Holiday festivities.  I thought it would be fun to share some recipes from my favorite bloggers.  I gathered the most amazing appetizer and dessert recipes ~ think savory dips and spreads, as well as dessert dips and simple cheesecakes.   They are all easy to make, many require no cooking or baking, which is all very welcome when it comes to planning a party!

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas #SundaySupper

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas {roasted pumpkin seeds}

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas are roasted pumpkin seeds made into a crunchy snack that is a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot delicious!  {naturally nut-free, gluten-free and vegan}

With Fall upon us, I am in full pumpkin mode.  So far I have made pumpkin cakepiepastamuffins, and still have more pumpkin recipes I want to make this season.   Not only do I love pumpkin puree, I also adore pumpkin seeds and pepitas!  Pepitas are  the lovely little raw green seeds inside the pumpkin seed shell.  They are a great alternative to nuts, yet offer many of the same health benefits.  Like nuts, they are packed with protein, vitamins and antioxidants.  I find them in the bulk bin at the grocery store or sometimes near the bags of sunflower seeds….

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Sweet Potato Hummus - sweet, spicy, vegan, delicious!

Sweet Potato Hummus #SundaySupper

Sweet Potato Hummus is a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot delicious! This hummus is healthy, quick and easy to make, and vegan.

Sweet Potato Hummus from Alida's Kitchen

With Football season means it is tailgating time!  Whenever I’m tailgating, at a barbecue, picnic or party, the first thing I look for is something healthy, like fresh vegetables.  And if there is something healthy to go with them, such as hummus, I am a happy girl!  It just so happens that ‘tailgating’ is the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper, and I am bringing to the party a healthy treat to go with that ~ Sweet Potato Hummus!

Who would have thought the addition of sweet potato to a basic hummus recipe, along with some spice and some heat, would result in such a tasty (and healthy!) dip.   Paprika and chipotle seasoning really enhance the sweet potato and are otherwise complementary to the traditional hummus flavors.  Sweet Potato Hummus is also very easy to make and a wonderful accompaniment to a vegetable tray, pretzel crisps or whole wheat pita chips. It would also be great on a wrap or as a sandwich spread.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Sunday Supper group brought to our Tailgate party!

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Honey Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt {Garbanzo Beans}

Honey Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt are a healthy, sweet and salty snack that is easy to make.  They are high in fiber, protein-packed, gluten free, dairy free…and Adam can’t get enough of them (in other words, they’re toddler friendly too!)

Honey Roasted Chickpeas are made with only a few simple ingredients, and you most likely have everything you need already in your pantry.  In fact, all you really need is one ingredient, and that’s the chickpeas.  The additional ingredients are simply for flavoring, but roasted chickpeas are super crunchy and delicious straight from the oven.  In this case I made them honey roasted with sea salt, however I have other variations in the works that I am excited to share with you soon!

Honey Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt |


Honey Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt
Yields: 4 servings
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ tablespoon canola oil (or other neutral tasting oil)
  • sea salt, add to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Empty chickpeas into a colander. Rinse until no longer foamy and drain. Put chickpeas onto paper towels to pat dry. (Optional: remove skins from chickpeas. Not necessary, but I recommend it).
  3. Place chickpeas in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, or until chickpeas are crunchy. (If they're soft, put them back in for 5 minutes until crunchy).
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk honey and oil. Add hot chickpeas and toss to coat. Pour chickpeas back on lined baking sheet and return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until caramelized. Sprinkle with sea salt, as desired, and let cool. Store in an airtight container.
Slightly adapted from

Honey Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt |

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas made in a muffin tin

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas are fun, little individual deep dish pizzas made in a muffin tin.  First you roll out little pizza dough circles and then gently put them in the muffin cups.  Then fill each dough round with your desired sauce and toppings and then top it with cheese.   I used premade dough (from Trader Joe’s), topped them with a marinara sauce, broccoli, red onion and mozzarella cheese, and they came together in less than 30 minutes.  These Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas are completely customizable with your favorite sauce and toppings.  Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas are a definite crowd-pleaser. Besides – there is always something fun about anything in miniature!

Today I am being featured over at Momma’s Meals where I’m being featured as part of Tammi’s Featured Fridays series!  Every Friday, Tammi gets to know her fellow bloggers and makes one of their recipes to share with her family and then with her readers.

I thought it would be fun to make something from Tammi’s site to share with you, and her Individual Deep Dish Pizzas were perfect!  Incidentally I had been looking at an Everyday Food recipe for little deep dish pizzas made in a muffin tin, so these Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas that I’m sharing with you is sort of a combination of the two recipes.

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas
Yields: 12 pizzas
  • Cooking spray
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 1 pound pizza dough (homemade or store-bought) - in 12 pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (I used a homemade marinara sauce)
  • Your favorite pizza toppings - about 1 to 2 tablespoons per pizza (I used chopped broccoli and red onion)
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray 12 standard muffin cups with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of pizza dough into 6-inch circles. Place into prepared muffin cup, gently pressing dough into bottom and up the sides. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon sauce in each dough cup. Top sauce with 1 to 2 tablespoons of pizza toppings and then top with cheese.
  4. Bake until dough is browned and crisp, approximately 12 minutes. Let cool for 2-5 minutes before removing from cups.


Sources:  Everyday Food,September, 2010 and Momma’s Meals

edamame guacamole

Edamame Guacamole

One of our favorite cuisines is Mexican, and an essential accompaniment is (of course) guacamole.  For a while now, I have been saving recipes for guacamole and finally decided it was time to make my own.  I wanted to give it with a healthy twist incorporating one of my favorite foods – enter Edamame Guacamole.

This guacamole did not disappoint.  There are little flecks of edamame throughout, adding a protein and fiber boost.  Along with the good fats from the avocado, this guacamole is a nutrition powerhouse.  The combination of the onion, chile and salsa (I used medium) give this guacamole some zip without being overpowering.  Below I listed the amounts that I used, but really everything can be adjusted to taste.  It is such a flexible and forgiving recipe.    This Edamame Guacamole tasted so fresh and delicious, I almost grabbed a bag of baked tortilla chips and some crudites and called it dinner.  Almost….but I needed to save some for a special recipe that I will be sharing with you tomorrow.  Edamame Guacamole meets an old childhood favorite!

Edamame Guacamole
Yields: 2 cups
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup shelled edamame (thawed if frozen - that is what I used)
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, to taste)
  1. Put avocado, edamame, onion, chile, salsa, garlic and lime in food processor and pulse until smooth. Add cilantro, if desired. Tranfer to a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Whole Foods

mushroom and leek pita pizzas

Mushroom and Leek Pita Pizzas

After a long day of work and play, it’s nice to have some healthy quick and easy meals ideas on hand.  These Mushroom and Leek Pita Pizzas fit that bill quite nicely.  Mushrooms and leeks are a delicious combination, and a little garlic and crushed red pepper give this pizza a little pizazz.  The whole wheat pitas serve as a sturdy crust.  Topped with some low fat ricotta and lots of vegetables, these pitas turned pizzas become a healthy dinner in less than 20 minutes.

Mushroom and Leek Pita Pizzas
Yields: 2 servings
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup leeks, sliced (approximately 1 leek)
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (5 ounces)
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 whole wheat pitas
  • ¼ cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, for drizzling
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
  3. Add leeks and mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes (watch carefully to not over cook garlic). Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place pitas on prepared baking sheet. Spreach each pita with 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and top with vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (if using).
  5. Bake until pita is golden and cheeses begin to melt, about 6 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Whole Living


Reindeer Snack Mix

What happens when you cross peanuts with pretzels and Reese’s peanut butter puffs cereal? This Reindeer Snack Mix, that’s what! Each ingredient on its own is fabulous, of course. When mixed together with some melted white chocolate, you have a snack mix that is really too good for words. Yes folks, I am speechless. Or maybe I am just too busy stuffing my face with more snack mix. 🙂 Either way, I will simply leave you with this. It’s the holidays. You are bound to have guests or to be a guest. Here is a fun and easy little snack that will leave everybody singing your praises this holiday season!

Reindeer Snack Mix
Yields: about 3 quarts
  • 4½ cups Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs
  • 4 cups miniature pretzels
  • 12 ounces lightly salted peanuts
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, combine cereal, pretzels and peanuts.
  2. In a microwave, melt the white chocolate chips; stir until smooth.
  3. Pour melted white chocolate over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Immediately spread onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Source: Taste of Home: Cookies and more!


Vegetable Quichetata with Roasted Garlic Hummus and Goat Cheese

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Sabra, I was invited to create an original recipe suitable for a cocktail party using Sabra hummus.  My head has been swirling with several tasty ideas ever since, and I am very excited to share with you my creation!

We all know the basic difference between a crustless quiche and a frittata.  A crustless quiche is made with milk (or cream or half & half) and mixed with your veggies/meats.  A frittata is made with no milk and with whatever mix-ins you want to use.

Well, when you use hummus, but no milk, is the hummus a substitute for the milk, or is it considered a mix-in?  The answer wasn’t quite clear, so I married the two, and the ‘Quichetata’ was born!

In this variation of a Quichetata, I used Sabra’s Roasted Garlic hummus, spinach, roasted red pepper and goat cheese.  It is amazing how well you can really taste the hummus, which is good and garlicky, and balances nicely with flavors of the goat cheese and vegetables.  The result is fabulous.  Made in a mini-muffin pan, these Quichetatas are the perfect hot h’ors d’oeuvres for your next cocktail party, holiday party, open house or brunch.

Hummus Quichetata
Yields 24 mini-muffin-size quichetatas

8 large eggs
6 tablespoons Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese, plus additional for topping
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 2 12-cup mini muffin pans with cooking spray.  Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and hummus together until combined.  Add roasted red pepper, spinach and goat cheese, whisking until incorporated.  Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
  3. Distribute egg mixture evenly among mini muffin cups (cups will be full).  Sprinkle additional goat cheese over each cup.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until eggs are set.  Serve immediately. 

Disclaimer: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was given Sabra’s hummus for free.  The details of my experience are exclusively my opinion, and I was not otherwise influenced or compensated.