Kale and Tomato Pizzettes

Kale, Tomato, and Cheese Bite Sized AppetizersFH-26-3503785268-O

I love finding healthy appetizers to serve at my dinner parties that guests can indulge in completely guilt-free prior to moving on to dinner. So when Nutritonist Arielle Haspel of Be Well with Arielle whipped up her famous Kale Caprese Pizzettes for guests to enjoy at the Summer Cooking 101 Event, I took a mental note for future parties.

Essentially this appetizer is a crunchy brown rice tortilla chip topped with a salad – hello healthy!! Plus I love the added perk that you now have an appetizer which also enables you to skip the salad course! She made her pizzettes with kale, tomatoes, and mozzarella, but you can add or substitute your choice of veggies from peppers to mushrooms and swap cheeses to goat or parmigiana!

Thanks Arielle for the delicious appetizer idea!

Ingredients:

  • Kale, diced or ripped up into little pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes (yellow and red), diced
  • Mozzarella, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Brown rice or sprouted grain tortillas

Head over to her site for the directions… BeWellwithArielle.com {link here}.

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Summer Cooking 101 Event Featuring Nutritionist Be Well with Arielle

Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.comZucchini Bite Sized Appetizer

Two weeks ago I teamed up with Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.com to co-host a Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH.  The Event Details: Arielle is the new face of Glamour Magazine’s online video series called “Treat Yourself.” Each week this summer, Glamour featured Arielle in the kitchen showcasing a new healthy and fun cooking video – from Healthy Fish Tacos to a Post-Workout Cookies & Cream Smoothie. Excited to celebrate in her success, I wanted to host an event so she could show off her kitchen skills {plus, cooking in my kitchen meant I would be scoring the left-overs!!}. She arrived at my apartment with a slew of delicious organic ingredients and got right to work. I took the reigns as merchandiser {baby Brooks in tow!}.

Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess sets the TableAppetizer served in Martini Glasses: Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.com Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comZucchini Rounds with Homemade Pesto Sauce and Honey Drizzle by BewellwithArielleWatermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers AppetizerWatermelon, Feta and Mint Summer SaladAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Le Grand Courtage ChampagneLe Grand Courtage Champagne Mini Champagne BottlesAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Santa Margherita WineSanta Margherita Pinot Grigio

On the invite list was a group of 10 top notch fashion, lifestyle, and beauty bloggers based in NYC who couldn’t wait to taste-test the dishes live. The Summer Seasonal Menu included: Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Honey Drizzle {recipe}, Kale Caprese Pizzettes {recipe}, Watermelon Feta and Mint Skewer Appetizers {recipe}, and for party favors, cute mini mason jars packed with  Maple Sesame Cashews {recipe}. My contribution was finding the perfect beverages to pair with her spread, so I chose Le Grand Courtage mini Champagne bottles for guests to enjoy while we shmoozed, and then a light and crisp white wine to accompany her summer appetizers, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio {which I also featured in my “How to Throw a Wine and Cheese Party” post}.

As the event went on, the bloggers tweeted and insta’d away as Arielle did a live cooking demonstration with health tips and knife skills to boot. It was a fabulous end of summer soiree!!

On the hunt for healthy recipes? Head to her site, BeWellwithArielle.com, and stay tuned because tomorrow I will be sharing her Kale and Tomato Pizzette Appetizer on Fashionable Hostess.

Katie Meyers of MeyersStyles.comI love me RingAmanda Teague of BehindtheMirrorBeauty.comKatie Manwaring of KatiesBliss.com and Julia Dzafic of Lemonstripes.comSummer Cooking 101 EventArielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comKatie Manwaring of KatiesBliss.com and Arielle of BeWellwithArielle.comNew York Bloggers attend Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH

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Fall Wine Pairing Tips

Santa Margherita Chianti ClassicoSanta Margherita Chianti Classico, Fall Wine PairingsFall Cheddar Cheese Fall Wine PairingSleek glass wine glasses Cheddar Cheese makes a great fall wine pairing with Chianti Classico

While I love a cold glass of white wine pretty much year round, as a hostess it is important to have seasonal beverages available for guests. So come Fall as it cools down and we rotate our menus to include heartier foods like meats and heavy sauces, the appropriate fall wine pairing option should be a room temperature red wine to compliment. Personally I find Merlots to be very heavy, so I like serving Santa Margherita Chianti Classico as a happy middle ground.

If you are hosting guests but not planning to serve a full sit down dinner, a recommended fall wine pairing for this wine is with a sharp cheddar, dark chocolate {the Cherry Roibos Bar by Vosges is a fab choice!}, and a bowl of blackberries. To merchandise, a cool wooden cheese board is the perfect finishing touch! Happy Fall!

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