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Appetizer

Asiago Roasted Onions

Incredible sweet and tender roasted onions in a cream asiago sauce covered in melted cheese! It’s perfect appetizer or even as a side dish.

Asiago Roasted Onions

If you are looking for some delicious side dish, these tasty asiago roasted onions are perfect! This is basically an au gratin dish where the veggie is onions rather than the more normal potatoes.

Ingredients

  • Yellow onions
  • Dijon mustard
  • Heavy cream
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme
  • Asiago cheese
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make Asiago Roasted Onions
You start by slicing some onions into discs, about a 1/4 inch thick, and you lay them down, whole and flat, in a baking dish to pre-roast a bit to tenderize them before pouring on a cream and cheese mixture and sprinkling on even more cheese and roasting it again The onions are roasted until they are so nice and tender and their natural sweetness and pungency nicely complements the creamy cheese sauce for a flavour explosion in your mouth!

Asiago Roasted Onions

Incredible sweet and tender roasted onions in a cream asiago sauce covered in melted cheese! It's perfect appetizer or even as a side dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large yellow onions peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • ½ cup of asiago cheese grated
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon thyme chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the slices of onion in a single layer on the bottom of a greased baking dish, drizzle with oil and season with thyme, salt and pepper before roasting in a preheated 450F/230C oven for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan until it starts to simmer, mix in the mustard and half of the cheese, let the cheese melt pour it over the onions before sprinkling on the remaining cheese.
  • Cover in foil and bake for 20 minutes. (The onions will be tender, the cheese melted and the sides bubbling when it is done.)
Chicken Recipes/ Dinner Recipes

Orange Chicken Meatballs

These Orange Chicken Meatballs are a quick and easy weeknight meal that can be served with brown rice and sautéed snow peas. They’re super easy to make, crazy flavorful and everyone loves them!

Orange Chicken Meatballs
You’re going to love these tender and flavorful orange chicken meatballs! They’re everything you love about orange chicken but quicker, easier and a whole lot healthier! These orange chicken meatballs have quickly become a family favorite.

They’re healthier than the classic dish, without all the frying, but still pack all of the flavor we know and love. Serve with brown rice and sautéed snow peas for a quick and easy weeknight meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about!

How To Make Orange Chicken Meatballs

 

  • Let’s start with the meatballs. These meatballs are amazing in this dish but can also be great all by themselves without the orange sauce and can be served with veggies for a healthy meal. But let’s get back to this recipe. In a very large bowl, combine the chicken, bread crumbs, scallions, ginger, garlic, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, and salt until evenly incorporated.
  • Form the mixture into 1 1/2 -inch balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with foil and greased with cooking spray.
  • Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 13 to 15 minutes, flipping over halfway through baking.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • To make the sauce, in a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, orange juice, and brown sugar.
  • Set a large skillet, with high sides, over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon oil. Once hot, add in the ginger, garlic, and chiles. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Stir in the rice wine vinegar, the orange juice mixture and the orange peels. In a separate bowl, stir together the water and cornstarch until smooth. Whisk the cornstarch water into the orange sauce, and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes
  • Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and gently toss until evenly combined. Cook for about a minute or so longer to warm the meatballs through.
  • Serve the meatballs with cooked brown rice and sautéed snow peas or green beans. Garnish with fresh sliced scallions right before serving.
  • I don’t have a recipe for the snow peas because it’s so simple. Just heat sauté with a bit of oil and season with a pinch of salt, black pepper and fresh lemon juice. Cook until bright green and tender. It shouldn’t take more than 3 to 5 minutes.

Orange Chicken Meatballs

These Orange Chicken Meatballs are a quick and easy weeknight meal that can be served with brown rice and sautéed snow peas. They’re super easy to make, crazy flavorful and everyone loves them!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Meatballs:

  • 2 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • cup thinly sliced scallions plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha

Sauce:

  • ¾ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice from about 4 medium oranges
  • 4 to 6 1-inch orange peels (from the oranges before juicing)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • ½ cup sliced green onion
  • 3 to 4 red Thai chiles or dried arbol chiles
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • cooked rice and sautéed snow peas for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the chicken, bread crumbs, scallions, ginger, garlic, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, and salt until evenly incorporated. Form the mixture into 1½ -inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 13 to 15 minutes, flipping over halfway through baking. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • To make the sauce, in a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, orange juice, and brown sugar. Set a large skillet, with high sides, over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon oil. Once hot, add in the ginger, garlic, and chiles. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the rice wine vinegar, the orange juice mixture and the orange peels. In a separate bowl, stir together the water and cornstarch until smooth. Whisk the cornstarch water into the orange sauce, and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and gently toss until evenly combined. Cook for about a minute or so to warm the meatballs through. Serve over brown rice and sautéed snow peas and garnish with sliced scallions.
Appetizer

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

This Cowboy Queso is the perfect appetizer. Amazing warm spicy dip loaded with two kinds of cheese loaded with smooth Velveeta and everything a Cowboy dreams of, including Beef, Beer, Black Beans, and more. Easy to make with extra burst of flavor. Serve with tortilla chips for your ultimate appetizer.

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

This recipe is the ultimate dip recipe for fans of anything cheesy and spicy. It whips up quickly and because it contains Velveeta, the silky, creaminess of the dip holds up as long as there’s dip in the bowl.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef (you can replace with Ground Turkey, Ground Sausage, or Bacon OR you can go meatless if you’d like!)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Optional
  • Pale Ale
  • Chicken or beef broth make great beer substitutes in this recipe, you can use Root beer or coke adds interesting flavors in place of beer as well.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Velveeta- If you try to substitute another cheese it won’t be as creamy, stick with Velveeta if you can.
  • Rotel Tomatoes- Can sub regular diced tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Red Onion

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

How to Make Cowboy Queso Dip

Brown the ground beef and drain any excess grease.
Add beer and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Ground Beef in a skillet with beer being added to make queso dip.
Add Velveeta and Cheddar Jack Cheese, let it melt and stir until smooth.
Add Black Beans, Cilantro, and Red Onions. Stir to combine.
A skillet with cheese being melted and cilantro, onions, and black beans being added to make queso dip.
Add Rotel tomatoes and any excess tomato juice until desired consistency is reached.
Stir to combine

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

This Cowboy Queso is the perfect appetizer. Amazing warm spicy dip loaded with two kinds of cheese loaded with smooth Velveeta and everything a Cowboy dreams of, including Beef, Beer, Black Beans, and more. Easy to make with extra burst of flavor. Serve with tortilla chips for your ultimate appetizer.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup Pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup Pale Ale I use Tuckerman Pale Ale
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes partially drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese cubed
  • ¼ cup red onion finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large, high-walled skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble the ground meat, adding in desired amounts of salt and pepper.
  • Once it’s nice and brown, drain any excess grease, toss in the crushed red pepper flakes and add the beer. Let the beer reduce for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the cheese and let it melt and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the cheese is melted, stir in the beans, red onions, and cilantro. Add the tomatoes and some of the juice from the can, only if you want it to be a little thinner in consistency. If you've already reached your desired level of thickness, don't add any juice.
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet, spicy and salty maple-sriracha roasted cauliflower is amazing for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch. The perfect side dish ever!

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

This Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower is super-duper easy to make. Just toss bite-sized cauli florets in a mix of olive oil, maple syrup, Sriracha, salt, and pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, and sweet/spicy nirvana awaits.

This side dish is as easy as cutting a head of cauliflower into bite sized florets, tossing in the maple-sriracha sauce and roasting before tossing it with the remaining sauce just before serving. As the cauliflower roasts the sauce caramelizes on the edges of the cauliflower magically transforming and infusing the flavour into the cauliflower!

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

You could also present it wing-style with a cooling dip like blue cheese or ranch, and maybe a few celery sticks, even.

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet, spicy and salty maple-sriracha roasted cauliflower is amazing for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch. The perfect side dish ever!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets (about 6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha or other chili sauce

Instructions
 

  • Toss the cauliflower in the mixture of the oil, maple syrup, sriracha and soy sauce, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, reserving the excess maple sriracha sauce.
  • Toss the roasted cauliflower in the reserves maple sriracha sauce and enjoy!
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

They go by many names. Minced meat encased in a wrapper, generally made from some kind of flour. Perhaps you know them as Chicken dumplings, potstickers, momo, dim sum, there are many names for them and come in versatile flavors. It’s time to turn this dumplings into a Keto delight. These steamed and pan-fried low-carb chicken dumplings are full of authentic Asian aromas. Delicious appetizers wrapped to perfection, without the unnecessary carbs.

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

This recipe is kind of a blue print for creating an amazing variety of dumplings. Replace the chicken with some ground pork, perhaps some shrimp, heck maybe even do a mix of chicken and shrimp. You can play around with the herbs and spices and create incredible favlour combinations. So go ahead, wrap your dreams in low carb cabbage wrappers and then eat it.

How To Make Low-carb Chicken Dumplings

First season the chicken with salt, Szechuan pepper, pandan powder and cayenne pepper.
Next is mix and combine ginger garlic paste, grated red onion, scallion and cilantro. Add sesame oil if you’re using any and combine thoroughly.
Separate the cabbage leaves. In a large pot, boil in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Remove the leaves from the pot but keep the water simmering on low heat.
After that stuff the individual cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll into dumplings. Then Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes over the boiling water.
You can additionally fry the dumplings in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to get a golden crust.

For the sauce is as simple as well, add peanut butter, sriracha sauce, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix until combined thoroughly. Then add oil and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice.

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

They go by many names. Minced meat encased in a wrapper, generally made from some kind of flour. Perhaps you know them as Chicken dumplings, potstickers, momo, dim sum, there are many names for them and come in versatile flavors. It’s time to turn this dumplings into a Keto delight. These steamed and pan-fried low-carb chicken dumplings are full of authentic Asian aromas. Delicious appetizers wrapped to perfection, without the unnecessary carbs.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

Dipping sauce

  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp tamari soy sauce
  • ½ tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 pinch salt

Chicken dumplings

  • 1 green cabbage 10 leaves
  • 20 oz. ground chicken
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp Szechuan pepper
  • ½ tsp pandan powder optional
  • 1 small red onion grated
  • ½ scallion
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil optional

Instructions
 

Dipping sauce

  • Add peanut butter, sriracha sauce, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix until combined thoroughly.
  • Add oil and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice. Combine well and set aside.

Chicken dumplings

  • Season ground chicken with salt, Szechuan pepper, pandan powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, grated red onion, scallion and cilantro. Mix well. Add sesame oil if you're using any and combine thoroughly.
  • Separate the cabbage leaves. In a large pot, boil in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Remove the leaves from the pot but keep the water simmering on low heat.
  • Stuff the individual cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll into dumplings.
  • Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes over the boiling water.
  • You can additionally fry the dumplings in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to get a golden crust.
  • Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy!
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

These amazing bacon zucchini fritters are super easy to make! Fresh grated zucchini fried up crisp with crumbled bacon, packed with veggies and downright addicting! Perfect as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip. These healthy fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

For the ingredients, use zucchini (of course!), an egg, a mix of coconut and tapioca flour (so they’re nut-free too!) and seasonings.

Make the fritters small size, to make them easy to bite (or you can make it 2-bite size!). Small size also make it easy to flip. Use a medium cookie scoop when frying them, and flattened them a bit once they were in the pan.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

I hope you’re ready for these crazy addicting bacon zucchini fritters! You’re going to love them – let’s shred up our zucchini and get started!

Bacon Zucchini Fritters (Paleo, Whole30)

These amazing bacon zucchini fritters are super easy to make! Fresh grated zucchini fried up crisp with crumbled bacon, packed with veggies and downright addicting! Perfect as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip. These healthy fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Paleo
Servings 16 fritters

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups grated/shredded zucchini about 2-3 medium
  • 6 Slices Sugar Free Bacon
  • ¾ tsp salt to “sweat” the zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • ¼-½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp cooking fat - rendered bacon fat ghee or coconut oil

Instructions
 

Sweat the Zucchini (most important step!):

  • To “sweat” the shredded zucchini, place it in a collander, then place the collander over a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and allow it to sit that way for at least 20 minutes - the longer it sits, the more water is drawn out.
  • After the 20 mins or longer, gently rinse zucchini to remove excess salt (not mandatory, but recommended if you’re salt-sensitive)
  • Then, squeeze/wring out remaining water using paper towels, a clean dish towel cheesecloth, or even a nut milk bag. This step is very important to avoid soggy fritters! Squeeze out as much water as possible, then squeeze one more time for good luck 😉

Make the Bacon:

  • While the zucchini sweats, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp, then drain and crumble, set aside. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the fat if desired for frying the fritters.

Prep & Fry the Fritters:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the prepared zucchini, crumbled bacon, coconut flour, arrowroot, egg, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. If you rinsed the zucchini, you may want to season with a bit more salt to suit your taste (although the bacon adds saltiness too!)
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat (non-stick is helpful), then add 1 Tbsp cooking fat (you’ll use 1 Tbsp per batch)
  • Scoop the mixture in heaping Tbsps (you can use a medium cookie scoop) into the hot skillet and gently press down to about 1/2” thickness. The smaller size makes these delicate fritters easier to flip.
  • Once the first side is golden brown, which should take about 2-3 mins, carefully flip using a wide spatula - this one is my favorite. Fry on the second side another 2-3 minutes until golden grown, lowering heat a bit if necessary. Carefully remove to a wire rack while you make additional batches.
  • Make sure to adjust heat between batches if necessary to avoid burning the fritters, and add an additional Tbsp cooking fat before each new batch.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Appetizer

Broccoli Cheese Balls

Broccoli Cheese Balls make an amazìng fìnger food appetizer for game day of even holìday partìes. Not just for adults, even your kìds wìll love thìs snack. Crìspy Panko crumb coatìng on the outsìde wìth fresh broccolì & delìcìous melted cheese on the ìnsìde. Healthy snack for everyone, especìally for vegetarian. What an amazing appetizer!

Broccoli Cheese Balls

You can add some spìce for the flavor usìng red pepper flakes. ì personally lìke to add 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or you can adjust ìt. Just be mìnd when you make thìs for kìds, because ìt mìght get too spìcy for them.

You wìll need to make the Broccolì Cheese Ball mìx ahead of tìme and then shape mìxture ìnto balls. Place them and refrìgerate for at least half a hour so he shape wìll hold better.

Coat ìn flour, dìp ìn egg wash, then contìnued to coat ìn Panko crumbs, and then frìed ìt untìl golden on all sìdes. Use a thermometer to keep the oìl at about 375 degrees, so you can get the best result.

Broccoli Cheese Balls

broccoli cheese balls

Broccoli Cheese Balls

Broccolì Cheese Balls make an amazìng fìnger food appetìzer for game day of even holìday partìes. Not just for adults, even your kìds wìll love thìs snack. Crìspy Panko crumb coatìng on the outsìde wìth fresh broccolì & delìcìous melted cheese on the ìnsìde. Healthy snack for everyone, especìally for vegetarìan. What a great appetìzer!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 egg lìghtly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 heapìng cups fresh broccolì florets
  • 4 ounces Velveeta cut ìnto small chunks
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs dìvìded
  • 2 eggs lìghtly beaten
  • Vegetable or Canola oìl

Instructions
 

  • Steam broccolì untìl slìghtly softened. Let cool.
  • Fìnely chop broccolì. You want the pìeces to be 1/4-ìnch or less. Place ìn a large bowl.
  • Add cheese, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup Panko crumbs, and 1 egg to bowl wìth broccolì. Stìr well.
  • Use your hands to shape mìxture ìnto balls usìng about a rounded tablespoon for each ball. You should get 12-14.
  • Place balls on a plate and refrìgerate for at least 30 mìnutes.
  • Place flour ìn a bowl.
  • Place the 2 lìghtly beaten eggs ìn a second bowl and mìx ìn 1 tablespoon water.
  • Place remaìnìng 2 cups Panko crumbs ìn a thìrd bowl.
  • Pour about 2 ìnches of oìl ìn a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat oìl to 375 degrees. For best results use a thermometer.
  • Remove broccolì balls from refrìgerator, coat ìn flour, dìp ìn egg mìxture, and then coat ìn Panko crumbs.
  • Fry about 4 balls at a tìme cookìng untìl golden brown on all sìdes.
  • Draìn on a paper towel-lìned plate.