Are you having a summer soiree’? You will need to have a few go-to EASY hors d’oeuvres that are fun, delicious and covertly healthy. Try of few of my favorites from around the healthy internet, like cucumber hummus bites, brownies or even jalapeno poppers, yes even poppers! Happy Clean Entertaining! Plus my favorite cocktail is at the very end!
Cucumber Hummus Bites
Cucumber Hummus Bites make the perfect appetizer for your next soirée, I just love that word! Crisp little cucumbers slices topped with your favorite hummus, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs are a happy addition to any table. Plus easy low food allergy choice, sesame allergy would be a concern.
TIME: 15 minutes
- 1 seedless cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 tub of your favorite Hummus
- 1-pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- Freshly chopped parsley
- Thin sliced red onion or goat cheese (optional toppings)
- Slice the cucumber into thin rounds and place them on serving plate or platter. With a small spoon portion out the hummus onto the cucumber slice.
- Top with the cherry tomato half, and the freshly chopped parsley. Serve chilled
12 Jalapeno or small bell peppers
½ cup organic goat cheese
½ shredded organic cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ cup sliced scallions, garnish
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a bowl, stir together goat cheese, cheddar, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Fill each pepper with the cheese mixture. On a lined baking sheet, place peppers cheese side up. Lightly spray peppers with olive/coconut oil cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Top with scallions and serve immediately.
Vegan Cheese Spread
- 3/4 – 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ – 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 1 Tbsp harissa (or your favorite salsa) See Pantry list for Harissa info
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy, adding more water as needed. But add just enough water to achieve pourable queso. Be careful not to make it too thin, add more raw cashews and blend if necessary.
Now, what should you serve with all this amazing food??? COCKTAILS!!! Below is one of my favorites, I bring it to every party in a pitcher, gorgeous on a table. Get your copy here.
This cocktail is sunshine in a glass. Loaded with the strong antioxidant vitamin C, fresh grapefruit juice has an effect—albeit limited—on blood sugar levels, according to the Harvard Medical School. We like to think of the Day Drinker as the perfect immunity booster when typhoid hits your house. You could tote this one to t-ball games, but bring enough for your friends . . . sports moms always covet!
12 fresh sage leaves, torn in half
3 teaspoons coconut sugar
1½ cups gin
1½ cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Garnish: 6 slender grapefruit wedges
1. Muddle the lemons, one-half of the sage leaves, and the coconut sugar in a pitcher. Add the gin, grapefruit juice, and ice and stir until well combined.
2. Strain the contents of the pitcher into 6 ice-filled rocks glasses. Garnish each with the remaining sage leaves and the grapefruit wedges and serve.