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Every party calls for finger foods. From game day to awards season to summer cookouts, these healthy handheld delights are sure to satisfy guests no matter the occasion. Whether it's classy shrimp cocktail, crunchy chickpeas, or decadent peanut butter balls, these bite-sized treats have you covered from start to finish.
Maple-Sesame Cauliflower Bites
Chickpea flour is gluten-free, protein packed, and makes an incredibly light batter for baked cauliflower. Look for it near the other gluten-free flours at your local health food store. Tamari is a slightly thicker, wheat-free alternative to soy sauce with a more robust flavor. These bites can double as an appetizer or side dish served with grilled fish or baked chicken.
Super Easy Classic Shrimp Cocktail
This classic shrimp cocktail appetizer comes together incredibly quickly. Purchasing uncooked shrimp and then poaching them in the shell helps them stay tender, though they turn out just fine if you want to peel and devein them. The sauce is super simple and comes together while the shrimp are cooling; it’s well-balanced with tanginess from the vinegar and lemon, a little kick from the horseradish, and sweetness from the ketchup.
Saucy Mini Meatballs
Adding cinnamon gives these meatballs a slight Moroccan feel. You can make this a day ahead and reheat on the stovetop before the party. Using different types of beef adds moisture to the meatballs while keeping sat fat in check.
Roasted Tomato Caprese Summer Rolls
Super fresh and bright, these rolls taste just like summer! Starring fresh tomatoes and basil, creamy chunks of mozzarella, and a knockout balsamic reduction, it’s your favorite summer salad in a grab-and-go form. They'd make a perfect finger food at any party—and they also make a quick and healthy snack.
Goat Cheese Cheesecake Bites
Photo: Allison Miksch; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Who says goat cheese is only for savory food. Creamy and luscious, goat cheese makes for the perfect ingredient in a thick, decadent cheesecake dessert. Mixed with Greek yogurt and a touch of powdered sugar, this adorable cheesecake bites are the perfect solution for using up leftover goat cheese. Topped with fruit preserves and served in pre-made mini-phyllo shells, this cute, crowd-pleasing dessert is ready in minutes.
Cheesy Crab Artichoke Toasts
Save time the day of the party by preparing the crab mixture one day ahead. Cut and store the sliced bread in an airtight container until ready to assemble, and then broil as the recipe instructs shortly before party time.
Candied Pancetta Stacks
Here's a fresh take on caprese that invites a meaty, umami burst from pancetta. Serve at an appetizer or dessert (think cheese-and-charcuterie board reinvented) at your next summer soiree for a crowd-pleasing treat.
Chickpea Salad Boats
This recipe captures all of the bright, fresh appeal of a salad in a pretty, portable bite. Sturdy endive leaves have a nice cup shape for filling; you also could use Little Gem or small Bibb lettuce leaves. To get a head start, make the filling (minus the pears) up to a day in advance. About an hour before guests arrive, gently stir in the pear and fill the leaves.
Salt-and-Vinegar Boneless "Wings"
Cornflake breading cooks up crispy. Malt vinegar lends complex savoriness that you won't find in most other vinegars. The chicken soaks in buttermilk to boost the tang of the vinegar.
Turkey Pot Stickers
Don't skip out on making the accompanying dipping sauce—spicy sambal oelek, sweet plum sauce, nutty sesame oil, and the savory umami of soy sauce meld perfectly to tie together the East Asian-inspired flavors of the pot stickers.
Broccoli-and-Bacon Muffin-Tin Frittatas
This easy make-ahead breakfast will have you set for a week. These little Italian omelet cups are a hot, savory breakfast on the fly. Make them up to four days ahead; simply reheat in the microwave for about a minute. You get two mini frittatas per serving for only 168 calories; pair with a piece of fruit for a satisfying breakfast. Store cooked frittatas in the fridge for up to four days.
French Onion Dip With Sweet Potato Chips
With big flavor and less heft, our healthier ode to the classic French onion dip is a delicious way to sneak in extra vegetables. Ditch the sodium-bomb seasoning packets and sour cream-and-mayonnaise–laden dip (which can pack a small meal’s worth of calories and sat fat into a single serving) for our homemade dip. And be patient with the caramelizing process—slowly sizzled onions have noteworthy sweetness and concentrated umami. And because no dip is complete without a dipper, baked sweet potatoes will satisfy your chip craving for half the calories of most bagged varieties.
Korean BBQ Buns
Asian steamed buns replace traditional ones for an irresistible fluffy-chewy effect. Meatballs stay juicier than patties. Quick spicy pickles and perky acidic balance the great crunch.
Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
These no-bake peanut butter balls are the perfect pick-me-ups—they pack a sweet punch and will “cure” any sweet tooth. You can make these one-bite treats ahead of time and simply store them in the fridge until they’re ready to serve. We tested these with a variety of peanut butters and found that if you’re using a no added salt peanut butter, you might want to slightly up the salt in the recipe.
Crab Rangoon Style Everything Bagel Salmon Bites
These little bites are a healthier mash-up of crab Rangoon and a whopping everything bagel slathered in cream cheese and draped in smoked salmon. Baking the wontons yields the satisfying crunch of crab Rangoon while eliminating the calories that frying adds. Topped with everything bagel seasoning (basically the comfy pants of the spice rack), these small treats are satisfying bites perfect for either a party or a night in.
Double-Serrano Watermelon Bites
These bites are a step up from classic prosciutto-wrapped melon and provide sweet, spicy, salty, tart, and meaty tastes. If you can’t find serrano ham, use prosciutto; you also can use balsamic glaze in place of pomegranate molasses.
Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
These crunchy chickpeas will serve you well as both a snack and a crunchy, protein- and fiber-rich topping for salads. They’ll stay crisp in an airtight container for up to a week; just be sure to cook them until they’re just shy of burning for the crunchiest results.
We blend a little oil from the Spring Onion Confit into the favas to show the versatility of the confit oil, but this recipe is plenty tasty with plain extra-virgin olive oil, too. Fava beans are indeed a labor of love—the shelling, blanching, and peeling required to get at the bare beans keeps many would-be fans away from them entirely. If you don’t have favas, or would prefer a shortcut, an equal amount of shelled, thawed edamame will work here as well. Find edamame in frozen food sections of markets.
Crispy Cauliflower With Italian Salsa Verde
Crunch and zing are often missing from the holiday spread; these crispy, cheesy cauliflower florets with fresh lemon-parsley sauce achieve both. Serve with classic holiday dishes, or with roasted fish or a simple pasta toss on any weeknight. A thorough coat of cooking spray on the cauliflower will help the breading adhere and keep the florets from drying out as they bake. Finely grated Parmesan will go further in the breading; use a microplane or pulse in a food processor until finely ground.
Corn Muffins with Prosciutto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese
Salty, umami-packed prosciutto and creamy, tangy goat cheese lend loads of flavor to the tender corn muffin base. You can use domestic ham instead of prosciutto, if you prefer. We find oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes to be softer then those without oil, so they're better in this dish.
Pork and Broken Rice Cabbage Rolls
Though typically thought of as an Eastern European dish, cabbage rolls can actually be found in several cuisines, chef Jenn Louis says. She adopts a Far East approach here, using soy sauce, ginger, sesame, and broken jasmine rice. Broken rice is exactly what it sounds like—fragments of rice grains. Look for it in Asian markets, or use standard jasmine rice.
Peanut, Shrimp, and Broccoli Rolls
We turned this popular appetizer into a quick, diet-friendly dinner solution for two. It's a fresh, low-calorie alternative to takeout. In place of bottled peanut sauce, you can instead try our Miso-Chili-Garlic Sauce.
Here's the ideal dish for holiday party guests to bring as an offering—easy to make and transport, and welcome at any gathering. It's also great for hosts who need a simple snack to tide guests over until dinner, or to round out an appetizer spread. We like a mix of briny kalamata and mild, fruity Castelvetrano olives, both available at most specialty market antipasti bars.
Miso Deviled Eggs
This fun twist on deviled eggs is a nice change-of-pace dish for your next picnic or cookout. With just a hint of tang and spice, they’ll appeal to all, including folks who aren’t particularly adventurous eaters. Try to use older eggs—they will peel more easily. Look for shichimi togarashi in the same place you buy miso.
Gingery Chicken Pot Stickers
No tricky dance moves. These come together with mostly supermarket ingredients. You may have to go to an Asian market to get gyoza wrappers, but the trip is worth it. For extra-crispy dumplings, dip the bottoms in 2 teaspoons cornstarch before panfrying. The filling may be made up to two days ahead. Assembled dumplings can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for two hours. Cook them straight from the fridge.
Everything Lavash Crackers
The popular bagel seasoning of poppy seed, sesame seed, onion, and garlic flakes turns super crispy crackers into a knockout addition to your cheese board and are so easy to make. We love the rustic look of large shards, but you can also cut the rolled dough into rectangles before baking. Keep the dough rises to just 10 minutes each, otherwise the texture of the crackers may be chewy rather than crisp.
Bulgur and Greens Mini Quiches
Mini quiches are quick, easy go-tos for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Leftovers are great, too, and easy to pack up for lunch at the office or to enjoy for breakfast during the busy workweek. If you have leftover cooked bulgur, you can shave off about 15 minutes of prep time; you'll need 1 1/2 cups. Try chard, collards, or spinach in place of kale and goat cheese, cheddar, or Swiss instead of feta.
Sweet-and-Sour Mushroom Toasts With Tarragon
Sherry vinegar and brown sugar create an agrodolce effect for deeply caramelized mushrooms in this speedy appetizer, and tarragon is bold enough to hold its own against these stronger tastes. Be sure to get the skillet very hot before adding the mushrooms; otherwise, you won’t get good browning (translating to less flavor). A swipe of cream cheese helps the topping adhere to the toasts while also providing a creamy foil to the more pronounced flavors.
Fermented Zucchini Pickles
For pickles that deliver good gut bacteria, you want fermented—not vinegar—pickles. The brine is the easiest way to spot the difference: If it’s cloudy, they’re fermented; a clear brine means they’re pickled. You can also check the ingredients. For milder spice, remove the chile seeds and membranes. This recipe also works for green beans, pickling cukes, and baby bell peppers.
Banh Mi Meatballs
Craving the crunch, punch, and heat of a banh mi sandwich, but trying to use up some ground chicken, we ended up with a recipe that has all of the flavors of the iconic dish, in a neat little meatball package. We like using them in a simplified banh mi sandwich, but they’re also great as an appetizer or snack, or served atop a brown rice noodle salad.
Ratatouille Zucchini "Bruschetta"
In this lighter version of bruschetta, crisp zucchini stands in for bread. The ratatouille is delicious left over (even cold), so go ahead and make a double batch to enjoy on pizza, pasta, or as a healthy finger food at your next summer party.
Shrimp Kebabs With Mint and Melon Salad
The shrimp is balanced with slight sweetness, bitter char, and tangy lime—a combination that complements the refreshing melon. Pick the ripest melons you can find; they should be firm but slightly soft and fragrant, especially near the stem end. Round out this dinner with your favorite grain or the Herb-Scented Rice Salad.
Gina Homolka is the founder of skinnytaste.com and @skinnytaste.
Pork and Charred Pineapple Sliders
Hawaii’s traditional Kalua pork requires a beach pit, a whole hog, and a day’s worth of smoking. Our weeknight version delivers all the flavor with a fraction of the effort—no shovel required. Pineapple pulls double duty in this recipe—caramelized rings add smoky sweetness, while the just-tangy-enough pineapple juice makes the slaw a tasty stand-alone side dish. Save time by picking up a peeled and cored pineapple in the produce section—the flavor is far superior to canned rings.
Corn and Crab Pita Nachos
This dish is inspired by the crab melts that New England che Ana Sortun’s mother made her when she was growing up in the Pacific Northwest.
Instant Pot Lobster Roll Deviled Eggs
Eggs steam perfectly in the Instant Pot, making this once labor-intensive appetizer a breeze. Classy enough for a dinner party while casual enough for game day, these Lobster Roll Deviled Eggs combine two fun foods into one delicious dish. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly dish, substitute pre-cooked shrimp for the lobster tail.
Our version of cheesy, crave-worthy nachos has half the sat fat, 450mg less sodium, and double the fiber compared to the classic. Mexican chorizo packs a big flavor punch, helping a little meat go a long way here. Look for it in the butcher’s case next to the other fresh sausage. And because no tray of nachos is complete without cheese, a bit of shredded sharp cheddar adds just enough cheesy, salty kick
Avocado-and-Pea Salmon Tartines
Elevate your avocado toast with silky smoked salmon for a lunch worth bragging about. This recipe delivers a double dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats from both salmon and avocado, plus 35% of your daily fiber goal. Be sure to look for salmon that's labeled "wild Alaskan." That way you can be sure you're getting sustainable seafood.
Mini Mozzarella-and-Kale Pita Pizzas
Try this clever idea—split the pitas in half before toasting so the crusts can get extra crisp. They’ll also be slightly shallow rather than flat, a perfect vessel for the sauce and toppings.
We use the tart-shell method from the master recipe for a fuss-free version of the classic Greek spinach-and-cheese-pastry. A little pimiento, brightened with vinegar, adds pop; you could also sub chopped olives. Make sure to drain the spinach mixture well; extra liquid could make the crust soggy. Let the spinach drain while the crust bakes. Build and finish baking the tart shortly before guests arrive.
Pesto Yogurt Dip
Our tangy Greek yogurt dip is the perfect light appetizer before a heavy meal. Pair with an assortment of fresh sliced vegetables such as carrots, radishes, cucumbers, little gem lettuce leaves, and mini bell peppers.
Pork and Chive Dumplings With Red Chile Oil
Photo: Christopher Testani
The pleating of these dumplings is a bit more advanced; if guests have trouble, they can make half-moons and skip the pleating. Make the chile oil up to 5 days ahead; store in the fridge, but bring to room temperature before serving.
Sweet and Spicy Apple Chips
These apple crisps are the perfect sweet treat to enjoy after dinner—or as a healthy snack during the day. Long, low-heat baking dehydrates the apple slices so they become wonderfully crunchy once they cool. Ancho chile powder and cayenne pepper lend moderate heat—adjust the amount to suit your taste.
Waffle-Iron Chicken Quesadillas
Find precooked chicken in the hot foods section of your grocery store. When assembling, keep the fillings within a 1/2 inch from the edge so they don’t spill over.
Mushroom and Marsala-Onion Tartines
For the mushrooms, use either a presliced mix of wild mushrooms from the grocery store or seek out more unique varieties at specialty stores or a farmers market. For the toasts, we recommend using a good-quality sourdough.
Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups
A little sugar balances the vinegar tang in the turkey mixture and helps develop wonderful crispy bits in the pan. Delicate butter lettuce leaves have a nice cup shape for filling; you could also use romaine.
Easy Peach Hand Pies
With just five ingredients, these summer fruit snacks come together in a snap. Store-bought pie dough cuts down on prep work—simply roll it out, add the fillings, seal, then bake. Best of all, one hand pie is just 43 calories.
Baby Chocolate Cakes
Looking for a fun and easy baking project? Make a batch of these chocolaty, bite-size tea cakes. They taste like elegant brownies, but won't weigh you down.
Mini Avocado Brownie Bites
Decadent and irresistibly fudgy, these brownies will fool even the savviest sweet tooth. Creamy avocados, which are high in fiber and heart-healthy fat, completely take the place of oil in this recipe. We look to the food processor to do the heavy lifting, making this recipe almost as easy as whipping up boxed brownies. A dollop of Greek yogurt, fresh raspberries, and dark chocolate shavings make for a nutritious, decadent topping, but feel free to use anything you like. Store these adorable bites in the refrigerator until they are ready to be served and devoured.
Sheet Pan Beefy Nachos
If you have young kids serving themselves, lift the nachos off the pan with the parchment paper (and remove the hot pan from the table). For the creamiest nacho sauce, start with a block of cheese and shred it yourself.
Smoked Salmon Bites
If you're looking for an appetizer that will delight your guests with its gorgeous presentation and rich, delicious taste, the search stops here. These beautiful canapés start with a base of candy cane (or Chioggia) beet squares, whose alternating ruby and white rings are stunning. (You can add more color to the platter by alternating candy cane beet and golden beet slices.) The beet stays raw, so the slices are crunchy and sweet and hold up nicely. The jewel-like topping of easy-to-find salmon caviar turns what's truly a simple make-ahead nibble into an absolute work of art that'll make you the talk of your social circle.
52 Puff Pastry Recipes We Love: Appetizers, Mains, Desserts, and More
Flaky, buttery puff pastry just tastes fancy, even if it came from the supermarket. And it's something of a not-so-secret weapon for entertaining, whether you want to make elegant appetizers or impressive desserts. Here are 52 of our absolute favorite puff pastry recipes, including tarts, turnovers, and pot pies. There's no need to tell your guests that you started with a frozen, store-bought staple.
Once you eat salmon this way, there really is no going back. In this keto snack recipe, you'll find the star of the dish is the "everything" seasoning it's topped with. It's all the flavors you would find if you bit into an everything bagel—salt, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, poppy seeds—but without the actual bagel. You are living a low-carb life if you're following the keto diet, after all.
This tasty meal deserves a nice medium-bodied red wine, like the smooth Tepranillo or Garnacha. However, if you'd like to keep the meal as close to the keto diet as possible, go for a dry red wine, like a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay. An ideal keto wine would have a low alcohol level (less than 13%) and low sugar.
The most popular recipes on my blog are all finger foods.
I’m guessing it is because kids are often drawn to this way of eating. They are easy to eat and fun to dip.
Or perhaps parents like the fact they are a good way to introduce new foods, or foods that aren’t always accepted in other ways (salmon in this case).
We certainly don’t eat finger foods all the time but when I do serve them, my kids love it. These croquettes are no exception.
Making Salmon Croquettes
I always harp on about the benefits of getting the kids in the kitchen. Not just to help them become better eaters, but also to help with their math, language and fine motor skills. This recipe is fantastic for kids and they can help with
- Measuring/weighing ingredients
- Cracking Eggs (always a favourite)
- Forming croquettes
I know that sometimes it is easier to just do it yourself and the thought of getting the kids to “help” sounds like more work than it is worth. However, the more kids help, the more helpful they will become in the long run (fingers crossed!)
Salmon Croquettes Recipe Notes and Tips
- I like my croquettes to be quite textured and to still have chunks of salmon intact. Therefore, I am careful not to overmix the ingredients.
- Chill the croquettes before breading, this will firm them up, make them easier to coat and they will cook better.
- This recipe is very easy to customise, it can be made with tuna, chicken or a range of vegetables. You can also change the herbs or add more spices to suit taste.
- You can use any breadcrumbs. I like the extra crunch that panko gives.
Canned or Fresh Salmon
Both canned and fresh salmon is an excellent source of protein and various other nutrients. Both work equally well in these salmon croquettes.
Although I love using fresh salmon fillets for many meals (Lemon & Parmesan Salmon, Sundried Tomato Salmon), for this recipe I normally use canned salmon. The reasons being is that it is
However canned salmon often has a higher sodium content.
- Always check the sodium content of various brands and choose one with a lower sodium content.
- Take particular care if you are cooking for a baby, babies should only have a maximum of 0.4g of sodium a day until they are 12 months.
Baked or Fried?
Normally croquettes are coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. I never deep fry anything, however, I often pan-fry.
Pan frying is great when you only need to make a few croquettes as the cooking time is shorter than when you bake. However, I usually choose to bake them for a couple of reasons
- I like that you just have to pop them in the oven, set the timer and forget about them. Baking is definitely less labour intensive than frying. Perfect when you have young kids running about at your legs.
- They are healthier
The biggest downside to baking, for me, is how the croquettes are aesthetically. I find when I bake croquettes they look very pale and not as appealing as the fried version.
To combat this I pre-bake my breadcrumbs, before coating the croquettes, to make them beautiful and golden. You can see the results in the below picture. Alternatively, you could use wholemeal breadcrumbs but I love the crunch that panko breadcrumbs give.
What to Serve Salmon Croquettes With
I like to ensure that vegetables make up a large proportion of my kids’ meals so I serve these with a couple of healthy dips, some vegetables or a salad.
- Dip Ideas
- – (Pictured) A delicious dip made from avocado, olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. – (Pictured) Follow the linked recipe but replace creme fresh with yoghurt. – Greek yoghurt replaces the mayonnaise in this delicious dip.
- Vegetable Ideas – Delicious served with any vegetable, some of our favourites include…
- Sweet Potato, Lentil & Carrot Croquettes
- Tuna Fishcakes
- Bean and Veggie Nuggets
- Quinoa Crusted Chicken Nuggets
- Cut chicken into 1″ x 1″ cubes.
- Wrap chicken with half piece of bacon.
- Secure with toothpick.
- Sprinkle with Jeff's original rub (purchase recipes here).
- Smoke at 225°F for 3 hours or to 160°F
How to Freeze Salmon Croquettes
To freeze, place the uncooked salmon croquettes on a baking tray in the freezer just until firm, about 2 hours. Transfer to a freezer bag or container. For best results wrap each croquette in plastic wrap before placing them in a freezable bag/container.
Defrost in the refrigerator overnight or cook from frozen (just add approx another 15 mins to the cooking time)
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Reusable Containers for Schools Snacks
If you’re sending individual snacks for your child, having some containers and small snack bags that you can use over and over again can help you save a couple of bucks and make packing snack a little easier. These are some of my top picks:
Insulated snack bag – This is a smaller sized bag that’s also insulated to throw any and all of your child’s snacks into!
Stainless steel containers – If you like to avoid plastic, these are perfect. They come in three different sizes to help out with different types of snacks.
Cloth snack bags – Throw dry snacks into these bags that are dishwasher safe.
The deluxe snack box – If you need to send in a big snack for your child on a regular basis, this multi-compartment box gives you lots of options and makes for a very inviting snack while your child’s away at school.
Gluten Free Party Recipes
If you’re stressing about finding gluten free recipes, party snacks or game day grub, worry no more! I’ve got 22 gluten free party recipes for you, plus loads of gluten free brands and products to look for — make your next party stress-free because ALL the food is gluten free!
Most snack-type foods are or can easily be made gluten free (think corn tortilla chips, traditional hummus and salsas, guacamole, veggie trays, fruit and popcorn), but why not think beyond the ordinary and try some new products, recipes and flavors?
Football-themed deviled eggs make regular eggs look downright boring! Fill hard boiled eggs with homemade guacamole, salsa or hummus — it’s pretty, tasty and even easier than making deviled eggs (which are pretty easy, you have to admit!).
Share these new gluten free party recipes and foods with your friends, and you just might win them over to your team! Gluten-free food can and should be as good (if not better!) than “regular” foods, so make everything GF and everyone can eat it.
Take pizza, for example, homemade gluten free pizza is easy to make and tastes amazing when you use my award-winning gfJules pizza Mix. Top it with whatever your crowd likes and everyone’s happy! Or turn the dough into calzones, pizza rolls or even baguettes to go with your favorite dips. The same mix makes incredible gluten free baguettes for oil & vinegar dipping or for making the best hoagies ever.
Gluten Free Calzone – another easy treat made with gfJules Gluten Free Pizza Mix!
So get your game face on and pick from this menu of ideas to suit your tastes. I’ve given you recipes, links and some of my favorite new and old gluten-free brands to get you started. Many of these products I discovered at the latest Natural Products Expo, so you may not have tried them yet yourself. But you should!*
Gluten Free Munchies & Apps
Gluten Free Corn-Free Chips (Beanitos® Beanfields™)
Gluten Free Potato-Corn Chips (Tortatoes™)
Football-Themed Gluten Free Hard Boiled Eggs (fill with hummus, salsa or guacamole – see pic above)
Gluten Free Crackers
Gluten Free Dips
Most salsas are already gluten free, but spice it up by trying something new!
Gluten Free Bread
Gluten Free Spinach Artichoke Pull Apart Bread
Homemade gluten free soft pretzels
Gluten Free Pizza & More
Guacamole is great as a dip, but it’s also great INSIDE tortillas or even gluten free wonton wrappers for guacamole eggroll appetizers!
Vegan Nacho Cheese
P.B. Popps Peanut Butter Popcorn/Oat clusters (Earth Balance®)
Vanilla, Chocolate or Lemon Wafers (Ruger® Glutino® Helwa)
Vanilla Crème or Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies (Glutino®)
Gluten Free Libations
Don’t feel left out at the party if you’re wanting a beer with the boys. Review my Gluten Free Beer Tasting Notes and find a gluten-free beer that suits your tastes. Also be sure to check out my comprehensive review of ALL kinds of gluten free libations, including naturally gluten free beers, wine, seltzers, ciders and sake. Cheers!
*In some cases, manufacturers have provided me with samples of products to review in others, I discovered the products at Natural Products Expos or purchased the products for myself. As always, my opinions and reviews are my own, and I have not been compensated to represent or review any other brand.
Spinach and Ham Quiche
Pair this quiche with a cup of coffee, and your morning is set! It's also very easy to make this on a Sunday and take a piece with you each day on your way out the door. A yummy meal great for meal-prepping that you can eat all night long? Yes, please.
Get our recipe for a Spinach and Ham Quiche.
57 Creative and Healthy 1 Year Old Birthday Party Food Ideas
You need to remember that the food is more likely to be enjoyed by adults as the food for babies and toddler mostly end up on the floor. But still as it is your kid’s first birthday party, he or she and his or her friends are the VIP guests and you need to treat them well. Thus, it is very important to plan the 1 st birthday party food menu carefully, keeping a perfect balance between kid friendly food and food for adults.
Some of the party friendly food ideas that are suitable for your one-year-old and his friends as well as adults are given below. I have put them under starters, main course, dessert and drinks to make it easy for you.
Choose from the below 1st birthday party food list according to your preferences to make a healthy party treat.
Healthy starters to kick start the party. You can keep any two or three items from the below list.
#1. Fruit kebabs (chopped kiwi, strawberries, apples etc on skewers ) with yogurt dip
#2. Mini egg muffins
#3. Mini vegetable/paneer cutlets
#5. Vegetable sticks with dips
#6. Baked sweet potato chips with dips
#7. Potato wedges with dips
#8. Baked Garlic Bread
#9. Mixed Vegetable pakoras
#10. Cheese/meat balls
#11. Sabudana Vada
#12. Mini Aloo Tikki/ Sweet Potato Tikki
#13. Mini Dhoklas
#14. Potato, fruit or paneer canapés
#15. Bread sticks with dips
#16. Chicken kebabs
#17. Mini Spanish omelette cut into half
#18. Devilled eggs
#19. Chicken Nuggets
#21. Potato Smiley
#22. Mini pizzas or pizza pops with a topping of onion, cheese, capsicum, corn, tomatoes
Main course to fill up the little tummies and the big ones too
You can choose any one or two from the below list for the kids. The options provided are suitable for adults too.
#23. Colourful Mini idlis/dosas with chutneys
You can puree vegetables and add to the batter to make colourful mini idlis and dosas which the kids and even adults won’t resist. Here in pic I have shown beetroot and carrot idli with less spicy coconut chutney.
#24. Sevai or rice noodles
Click here to get the recipes to 6 Homemade Rice Noodles or Sevai Recipes – No MSG, No Preservatives
#26. Choley Bhature with fewer spices
#27. Colourful sandwiches with different fillings
Fillings can be anything from peanut butter, vegetable slices, cheese to minced egg or meat depending on your guest’s preferences.
#28. Mini burgers with veggies/ non-veg
#29. Vegetable/chicken spring rolls
#31. Chicken/Egg/Veg Noodles
#34. Variety rice recipes
You can go for a curd rice or lemon rice as most kids are ok with these simple recipes.
Read: 15 Quick Rice Recipes for Babies, Toddlers and Kids
#35. Paneer butter masala
#36. Less Spicy Chicken curry to go with rice/ chapati
Check a KFC style chicken fried recipe here.
#38. Veg kurma / paneer curry
Desserts for the sweet tooth
#40. Fruit salad topped with fresh cream
#41. Fruit flavoured yoghurt
#42. Gajar halwa or moong dal halwa
#43. Fruit custard with jelly/jam
#44. Phirni/ rice pudding in small earthen cups
#45. Fruit cream
#46. Besan Barfi, rasmalai or rasgulla
#48. Cake pops
#49. Banana/strawberry pops
Party Drinks with a healthy twist
Water is a must. Plus add any other option depending on the preference.
#50. Plenty of drinking water, pre-boiled and cooled
#51. Fresh apple or orange juice diluted in water
#53. Milkshakes (chocolate/strawberry/almond)
#55. Fresh Lemonade
#57. Tea/coffee for adults
How to host a Boxing Day buffet
Use the Christmas leftovers to conjure up a tempting buffet if you're entertaining after the big day. We have easy-to-make, seasonal dishes to wow a crowd.
Boxing Day was made for relaxing with friends and family, and indulging in the best of your Christmas leftovers. Turn lonely-looking scraps into innovative recipes and if you’re having people over, put together a buffet to impress. These dishes are all about big, comforting flavours and making the most out of festive favourites. We’ve got clever pasta bakes, salads, scones and puddings to use up whatever’s left in the kitchen and keep the party going well beyond Christmas Day.
Salads and finger foods
Do you have carrots left over from Christmas Day? You can enhance them with texture and fresh flavours by using them in this orange, fennel & wild rice salad. And turn potato peelings into a crunchy snack – get our recipe for easiest ever potato peel crisps.
Fancy some homemade fast food? Try our Brussels sprout, bacon & stilton pizzettas. Trust us, these are moreish – and you can use ciabatta bread mix for a cheat’s pizza dough.
You could also try making leftover turkey slaw with our easy-to-follow video.
Like these recipes? Check out more ways to use Christmas leftovers…
What are your favourite Christmas leftover recipes? Leave a comment below…
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
Super easy, super tasty and great for parties and events.. cut up some chicken breast or thigh meat into 1″ x 1″ cubes, wrap in bacon and smoke, it's that simple. Add my rub generously to the top just before placing them in the smoker for a perfect seasoning.
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 lb. of thin sliced bacon
Jeff's original rub (purchase recipes here)
Cut breast or thigh meat into cubes that are about 1″ x 1″ but they don't have to be perfect.
Lay a piece of the chicken on a half strip of bacon and roll the chicken and the bacon strip together. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
Sprinkle Jeff's original rub (purchase recipes here) onto the outside of the chicken bites to season them.
Lay the chicken bites directly on the smoker grate and smoke them for 2.5 – 3 hours at 225°F or until the chicken reaches 160°F in the center.
St Patrick’s Day Hot Appetizers
Turn on the oven, spark up the stove, and warm things up with yummy hot appetizers that are perfect for your St Patrick’s Day get-together.
From quick and easy to melty and cheesy, zesty dips to tasty strips, hot apps are full of flavor and are an ideal way to sate your appetite at any gathering. They help balance out your snack selection and provide the perfect complement to belly-warming beverages.
Keep them fresh by using warming trays so they can be enjoyed for the duration of your Irish-themed event!
Check out any of these light bites to warm you up:
GuinNess Pulled Pork
Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed Parmesan Potatoes
Jalapeno Potato Poppers
Irish Sausage Rolls
With so many tasty St Patrick’s Day appetizer recipes, you won’t need the luck of the Irish to pull together an assortment of mouth-watering snacks for guests to enjoy.
From green to gluten-free to traditional foods, our ideas ensure that your guests definitely won’t go hungry at your shamrock shindig.
Try whipping up any of these simple, savory, fun, and festive apps to round out the menu for your St Paddy’s celebration.
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