Apps

We had a couple of friends coming over so, I decided to throw together a few appetizers to munch on while we caught up.  Herb and garlic Boursin stuffed baby bella mushrooms are as easy as their title.  You can buy herb and garlic Boursin in the special cheese section of your grocery.  Simply remove stems from mushrooms and wipe caps with a damp cloth.  Stuff spoonfuls of Boursin cheese into mushrooms and bake at 350° for about 25 minutes or until tops are slightly browned.  I sprinkled with a smoky paprika before serving.  You can also top with buttered breadcrumbs before baking if you like.
Herb and Garlic Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
An incredibly flavorful appetizer even mushroom haters will love!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 quarts baby bella mushrooms, stems removed
  2. 2 boxes, or about 10 oz garlic and fine herb Boursin cheese
  3. Paprika, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gently remove stems from caps of mushrooms. Clean mushroom caps with a damp towel.
  2. Brush caps with olive oil and place onto baking sheet top-side down. Fill inside of caps with heaping teaspoons of Boursin cheese. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove and sprinkle tops with paprika.
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Avocado Dip I used 2 ripe avocados and 1 cup of reduced-fat cream cheese for this avocado dip recipe.  I added a bit of cumin to it as well as a little salt.  You can serve with fresh veggies or tortilla chips.
Avocado Dip
creamy avocado dip
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe avocados
  2. 1 cup reduced-fat cream cheese or plain Greek yogurt
  3. juice of 1 lime
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. pinch of cumin
  6. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Mash avocados with potato masher or fork until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Serve with chopped vegetables or tortilla chips.
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This is a great crockpot meatball recipe I found online.  I didn’t have time to make my own meatballs so, Mike picked up some frozen ones.  I didn’t look at the Nutrition Facts label because ignorance is bliss.  I also threw them into a large pot instead of the crockpot because I didn’t plan ahead.  I found this recipe on Family Fresh Meals.
Honey Garlic Meatballs
These sweet and savory meatballs make a great alternative to the grape jam recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/2 cup ketchup
  4. 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 bag (28 oz) bag pre-cooked frozen meatballs
Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic in medium bowl. Add meatballs to large pot and cover with sauce. Cook over low heat for approximately 45 minutes. If using crockpot, cook on low heat option for about 4 hours.
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These were a real hit! Cowboy Caviar w:Organic Blue Tortilla Chipw There are a million cowboy caviar recipes out there.  I mix and match to make my own according to what I like and/or have on hand.  Here I used one can of black beans and one can of black-eyed peas, 1 can shoepeg corn, 1 green bell pepper, 1/4 red onion and Kraft Zesty Italian dressing.  This is fast and easy because the only chopping you have to do is the bell pepper and onion.  I served with organic blue tortilla chips.  This has been a go-to appetizer for my whole family for many events.  I ran out of time and my guests arrived before I could add the cilantro which was disappointing.  It was still good, so if you aren’t a cilantro fan, just leave it out.
Cowboy Caviar
A healthy app that everyone will truly love!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 (15 oz) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  3. 1 (15 oz) can shoe peg corn, drained
  4. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  5. 1/4 red onion, diced
  6. 6 oz Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
  7. 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours before serving.
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Jessica Bloomfiels Here’s my friend, Jessica, enjoying a few apps on a fancy Great Value plate.  Nothing like an elegant plate for making your food look so tasty!
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