No Prep Needed Appetizers

Nut and Chip Bowls

Recently I got an email from one of my readers asking about easy, no-prep appetizer recommendations, and it occurred to me that with the Holidays around the corner, it’s great to be prepared at a moment’s notice. I wanted to share my response on the blog so all of my hostesses are equally as ready to entertain! Here it is:

  1. I would recommend always having a fresh cheese in your fridge, specifically brie because you can serve it cold with a few figs on top {see this FH recipe}, or if you have a bit more time and a package of crescent roll crust, you can bake it {see this FH recipe}.
  2.  Of course, an array of crackers are a must in your pantry to accompany your cheeses. I love Carr’s Crackers, Kale Chips, or Baked Sweet Potato Chips {I have a great recipe for ones I made with coconut oil here}.
  3. Want to be more health conscious? A crudite platter – mini carrots, celery, and peppers in a range of colors served with either hummus, salad dressing like ranch, or even salsa. Have some extra time? Make my Home-made red pepper hummus.
  4. Nuts and dried fruits are yummy and healthy too. I like to put out a couple of different options – a bowl of almonds, a bowl of cashews, and a bowl of figs, similar to my picture above. I usually stay away from Pistachios because the shells get my coffee table all messy!
  5. For those of you who rarely go to the grocery, you will need some options that won’t spoil. My girlfriend recently introduced me to Plantain Chips which last forever in the pantry, are a yummy snack, and need no dipping accompaniment.

I would say the most important thing to remember in entertaining on the fly is the presentation. Make sure you have a fabulous cheese plate, cocktail napkins, and pretty glasses for these special occasions. I always set my glasses out on a tray like in this FH post, dim the lights, and light a few candles!

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Baby Fall Knits

LOVE Sweater for Baby Old Navy #OldNavyStyleBaby LOVE Sweater from Old Navy #OldNavyStyle

With that Fall chill in the air, I am all about layering up my little one so she is warm and snug, because no chilly day is going to keep us from strolling through the park! For today’s Fall fashion look, I layered an Old Navy crew-neck “LOVE” sweater {totally holiday festive} over a chambray button-down shirt. Not visible is the fitted ribbed tank I also layered beneath – yes, I am that paranoid mom who always thinks it’s really cold! Then, I paired this look back to Old Navy black skinny jeans and adorable Old Navy ankle boots {similar here}. The finishing touch – a red bow to match the heart in her sweater. Reese is ready for a good rumble in those Fall leaves!

Baby Knit Sweater from Old NavyBaby Cowgirl BootsBaby Gluck in OldNavy Sweater #oldnavystyle

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Cooking Planit And Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge – Week 3

final final eat freshArugula Corn and Radish Salad Recipe Cooing Planit Eat Fresh Challenge 4Arugula Corn and Radish Salad Recipe Cooing Planit Eat Fresh Challenge 4

Well folks, my #EatFreshChallenge with Cooking Planit and Colavita is coming to a close. It’s been so much fun trying new recipes and I have a new found confidence in the kitchen. Truly the happiest people from this challenge though are my husband and Reese who have licked their plates clean each night! I am definitely excited to start mixing up my cuisines at future FH dinner tables.

Before I go into the details from this week, let me start off by announcing the winner of the Colavita Pantry Basket… It is: Patti Margarita. Congrats! You are going to LOVE all of your fun new cooking products.

Speaking of new products… Today’s photos captured my favorite meal of Week 3, a yummy lunch salad I made called the Corn, Arugula, and Radish Salad. I rarely make my own salad dressing so I was excited to try this out. I made it from Colavita Olive Oil, Agave and fresh lime juice, and although the recipe didn’t call for it, I threw in a little Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar {because I had never tried it before}, and it was really delish!

I have loved sharing this journey on my Instagram {thanks for all of the likes!!} and I can’t get over how many people have reached out and asked about the Cooking Planit App! Well I know I mentioned in my past posts {here and here} lots of cool reasons why I love using it {ie. how it creates a weekly grocery shopping list, has tons of healthy options, and let’s you create meals as a whole rather than simply flagging one single recipe}, but this week I totally fell in love with the “Cook Now” button. Basically when you are ready to start cooking you can press a button and your phone will literally read out-loud the directions of the recipe. No need to tap and swipe from page to page getting your iPhone all messy!

So what’s on tap for this week’s cooking adventures… Scalloped Kale and Potatoes, the Hearty Veggies Dinner, and Sauteed Chicken Tenders with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce. Make sure to follow along with the Hashtag #EatFreshChallenge to see pics along the way!

Last but not least, get 20% off your Colavita Purchase on their website; just enter Promo Code EatFresh20 at Checkout (plus free shipping on all orders over $99). Thanks for taking this cooking journey with me!

Arugula Corn and Radish Salad Recipe Cooing Planit Eat Fresh Challenge 5Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This post was sponsored by Cooking Planit.  Items have been gifted to me, but opinions are my own. 

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