Category Archives: Salads & Starters

Garlic French bread

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Image credits: namealus

Image credits: namealus

Ingredients
1 French bread
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Salt on taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon grounded dried red peppers

How to prepare?
Cut down the baguette into 4 parts – from the bottom to the top and then cut each piece in half. Mix the butter, salt, lemon garlic and pepper. Spread the mixture over the bread. Lightly toast under broiler or preheat the oven to 450°F and bake until golden brown.
baguette
You can substitute the butter with an olive oil. Feel free to choose onion instead of garlic. If you do not have baguette, opt for normal bread cut in slices.

Stuffed mushrooms recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5

stuffed mushrooms

Image: Bricks Neapolitan Pizza

Ingredients:
10 large or 15 medium fresh mushrooms
1 cup yellow or white cheese, shredded
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
1 tablespoon bread crumbs,
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Black pepper on taste

How to prepare?
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Clean mushrooms and remove the stems. In a mixing bowl, blend cheese egg, bread crumbs, ¾ of the butter, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Dip the mushroom cap in a melted butter. Fill each piece with a mixture. Place in a baking plate and cook for 20 minutes.

Serve over a lettuce leave.

Cheese stuffed mushrooms

Mushrooms are often called the vegetarian`s “meat”. They are delicious and easy to cook.

Image credits: penguinbush

Image credits: penguinbush

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients
10 large or 15 fresh medium mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup yellow cheese, shredded (Monterey cheese, Emmental, Cheddar, Rockford or Swiss cheese)
1/3 cup cream cheese
Black pepper on taste
Parsley, chopped

How to prepare
Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit(200 Celsius). Rinse and clean mushrooms. Remove stems . In a medium bowl, mix the yellow cheese, cream cheese and pepper. Dip mushrooms in a melted butter, set aside and fill them with the cheesy mixture. Then place them in a baking plate or muffin cups. Cook for 20 minutes.

Serve with a fresh salad and a glass of wine.

Avocado appetizer

This easy and fancy recipe could help you to organize a party or celebration and wow your guests. You can serve these delicious mini snacks even for an intimate night with a friend.

 

Image credits: Jackie Newgent RDN, CDN

Image credits: Jackie Newgent RDN, CDN

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 15

Ingredients
1 medium sized avocado, peeled and mushed
1/3 cup plain yoghurt
½ cup Parmigiano cheese
Salt on taste
15 square-shaped biscuits

How to prepare?
Peel the avocado and mush it with a fork or food processor. Add the yoghurt and Parmigiano. Mix well. Spread the mixture on each biscuits. Top each with a piece of parsley, basil or salad rocket.
You can substitute the yoghurt with heavy cream or mayonnaise. Instead of Parmigiano cheese you can use Emmental cheese.

Serve with champagne, white wine or home-made lemonade. These appetizers are also perfect snacks for light alcohol drinks.

Feta cheese bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 – 12 minutes

12 servings

feta-bruschetta

Ingredients:
½ cup extra virgin olive oil or your favorite vegetable oil
2 cups crumbled feta cheese
12 slices of French bread
1 tablespoon chopped onion or minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
(you can use thyme instead of basil)
2 medium-sized tomato, chopped
(optional – chopped fresh peppers)

Instructions:
Pour the oil over the slices. Place on a baking sheet and bake at high temperature for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Mix the cheese, onion and basil and spread over the toasts. Finish with tomato. Bake for 3-5 minutes and serve.

Hummus recipe

Hummus is a low-calorie veggie meal that fits perfectly to your healthy way of living. In fact, it is an appetizer but is nutritional enough to serve it as a main course.

hummus

Image credits: zorbs

Prep. Time:
10 minutes if you use a canned beans.

8 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups drained canned beans
½ cup chopped onion
½ tablespoon minced garlic (optional)
1 tbsp. dry or fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. Sea salt
Black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water

Instructions
In a food processor puree all the ingredients until they are smooth.

Serve with crackers or spread in tortilla wraps. Another healthy combination is to serve the hummus with roasted or steamed vegetables. You can also add cheese in the serving plate.