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Quick and Easy Fresh Homemade Salsa

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The moment my kids walk through the door after school, they are immediately looking in the fridge and pantry, trying to find a quick snack. While it is easy to have a bunch of prepackaged snack food available for them, I prefer that they eat more whole foods that are healthier for them. Preparing a quick snack can sometimes be ...

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Cheesy Portobello Mushroom Dip

Cheesy Portobello Mushroom Dip

One of my favourite brand of chips are the Way Better Snacks Corn Tortilla Chips. I am not an uber health nut, but if something tastes good, and is healthy, then I am all for it.  The taste of these tortilla chips are awesome and they disappear super fast in our household (the kids absolutely love them). They are made with ...

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

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I am always looking for a new appetizer during the holiday season. This year I was not hosting Christmas dinner, but I still wanted to help out and make a nice mid-day snack for Christmas Day. I love almost any dip out there, but I am especially partial to warm cheesy dips. Being a fan of Buffalo chicken wings, I ...

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus

I love hummus – actually the whole family does. I try to make it often, as the kids like it as a part of their school lunch. It is very healthy, especially with fresh carrots, celery, crackers or pitas. Making hummus at home is very easy and much cheaper than buying store-bought. On top of that, there is way more flavor ...

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Spicy Chipotle Hummus

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I have cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce down in the pantry all of the time. Spicy and smokey, chipotle peppers are a great addition to many different dishes. Chipotle pepper is available in different forms and you can buy them dried whole or ground. I love using ground chipotle pepper as it is like a blend of smoked ...

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted red peppers provides a nice twist on traditional hummus. This version has a nice sweetness from the peppers and is great with pita bread, crackers, chips and more. We love hummus on wraps with lots of fresh vegetables. This hummus is amazing on a wrap with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and alfalfa sprouts. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus   Print ...

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Shrimp Avocado and Tomato Salsa

Sous Vide Shrimp with avocado and tomato salsa

With the Super Bowl this weekend, I was in the mood to try some new types of appetizers. We love nacho chips and I have made everything from different fresh salsas, melted cheese dips, guacamole, black bean dip and more. To try something unique, I made this salsa with shrimp that I cooked in the sous vide. I cut up the ...

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Chili Con Queso Dip

Chili con queso

The Super Bowl is around the corner and if you are looking for a nacho cheese dip, then look no further. This chili con queso dip is easy to make and uses very few ingredients. There is one unique ingredient in this dish that help the emulsification of the cheese and beer/water to make the dip super creamy. Sodium citrate ...

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Crab and Ricotta Mousse

Crab and Quality Cheese Ricotta mousse

The holidays are a great time for special appetizers and here is one that I tried over Christmas. Made with the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Grand Champion, the mousse is made with Quality Cheese Ricotta. While, any ricotta can work fine, I loved how creamy it was. I also love seafood so the crab meat was a welcome addition. Great with ...

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Mozzarella Sticks

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Mozzarella sticks are one of our favorite appetizers. They are crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle. It is awesome to pull one apart and see the melted mozzarella cheese. Marinara sauce is the perfect dip for these deep fried cheese sticks. Making mozzarella sticks is easy by using cheese strings. Cut them in half and they are ...

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