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Asparagus Puff Pastry Cigars

Asparagus Puff Pastry Cigars make a cute and delicious finger food appetizer for your next party or game night! This is the second recipe from the chef of my Carolina Bed & Breakfast stay! (See also: Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast!) These would be a great vegetarian appetizer for any party that requires finger foods. You …

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Pineapple Jalapeño Guacamole

Pineapple Jalapeño Guacamole is a tropical spin on this favorite appetizer dip. Great for summer gatherings, cookouts and all snacking! Serve this vegan and gluten-free spread with corn chips, crackers or veggies. Do you like fruit in your food? I don’t know how else to phrase that question, but do you know what I mean? …

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Irish Pub Potato Nachos

Irish Pub Potato Nachos topped with cheddar cheese and all your favorite toppings. For celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or any day with a twist on this gluten-free appetizer staple! These nachos are not really technically or traditionally Irish, but I have seen versions of these available as an appetizer at some Irish pub. Sometimes I’ve …

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Sweet Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Sweet Chili Cream Cheese Dip. A super easy, 4 ingredient cheese ball appetizer that is perfect for a party snack or shareable dip. Sweet and spicy and delicious! One of my favorite Trader Joe’s items is their sweet chili sauce. Have you tried it? It’s the perfect balance of sweet with something spicy (like jalapeno’s). …

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Peanut Butter Jelly Apple Nachos

This peanut butter jelly combo on apple nachos is the perfect quick and healthy snack for kids and adults alike! Vegan, gluten-free, protein-packed, no-bake delicious treat. IT’S PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME! For those of you familiar with that incredibly catchy and annoying song, I’m sorry / you’re welcome. I can’t help but have that song …

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Christmas tree pita pinwheel

A Christmas tree pita pinwheel appetizer that is an adorable hit for any holiday party. Customizable and easy finger food! Originally posted on 12/23/13, republished with new pictures December 2017. This was one of the first posts (originally posted 4 years ago)! My grandma gave me a magazine clipping of this Christmas tree pita pinwheel, …

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Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Gluten-free, no refined sugar added! This sweet potato casserole was almost a no-go. Since American Thanksgiving is coming up, I wanted to test out some healthier versions of traditional sides. My first attempt was a big pile of mush …

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Fall Quinoa Salad with Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Fall Quinoa Salad with Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, tomatoes, lemon and parsley. A warm, delicious meal that is vegan and gluten-free. Have you ever seen Brussels sprouts on a stalk? Trader Joe’s carries them around this time of year, and it’s hard for me not to buy one whenever I see it. TIP: You don’t …

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Garlic Sage Smashed Potatoes

Garlic Sage Smashed Potatoes are a great side item at your dinner table. A customizable version of mashed potatoes that everyone will love. I’m not sure where I first heard of “smashed” potatoes, but the idea is brilliant! It has the best features of mashed potatoes with the added benefit of being customizable, and in …

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