Appetizers
Green onion hummus with lime

Green onion hummus with lime

makes about 2 cups Over the last few years, hummus has become ubiquitous at parties, on menus, and in cookbooks. And with good reason—it’s easy to make, tastes great, and is healthful and versatile to boot. Supermarkets now sell containers of the popular chickpea and...

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Artichoke dip with a twist

Artichoke dip with a twist

serves 8 A twist of lemon is not the only twist in this redo of an old-time favorite. Another is the protein-rich white beans that are used to replace the artery-clogging mayonnaise, making this a dip that is tasty and good for you, too. Now that’s a twist. 2...

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Green olive-edamame dip

Green olive-edamame dip

makes about 1½ cups The piquancy of the green olives combines with the subtly sweet creaminess of edamame for a delicious and unusual dip that will have guests doing a double take: To look at it, one might mistake it for guacamole, but one taste will tell you...

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Red pepper and walnut spread

Red pepper and walnut spread

makes about 2 cups This spread was inspired by an appetizer called muhammara found in Middle Eastern countries such as Syria and Turkey. In the original, roasted red bell peppers and walnuts are flavored with pomegranate syrup. If you have pomegranate syrup on hand,...

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Thomato and olive bruschetta

Thomato and olive bruschetta

serves 4 to 6 Bruschetta is the bigger, more rustic cousin of the crostini. While French baguettes make ideal crostini bread, the larger Italian loaves are perfect for bruschetta. The bread is traditionally grilled, but it can be broiled or toasted as well. 2 large...

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Tapenade pastry twists

Tapenade pastry twists

makes about 24 Frozen puff pastry is the secret behind these opulent treats. Plan ahead when using puff pastry because it takes 30 minutes to thaw. Although tapenade is evocative of olives, the name references the capers that are also present. 1 sheet frozen puff...

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Spinach and sun-dried tomato quesadillas

Spinach and sun-dried tomato quesadillas

serves 4 Baby spinach comes already washed and ready to add its great flavor and nutrients to your meals. In this recipe, spinach combines with sun-dried tomatoes and a heart-healthy cream cheese to make yummy and slightly chic quesadillas. To serve as pickup...

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Polenta with two-tomato topping

Polenta with two-tomato topping

serves 4 To keep this recipe in the “quick-fix” category, it calls for cooked polenta, which can be found two different ways, depending on the supermarket. In the produce section, polenta is sold in the refrigerated case. There is also a shelf-stable cooked polenta...

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Pastry-wrapped stuffed olives

Pastry-wrapped stuffed olives

makes 16 to 20 Crunchy almonds or fiery jalapeños replace the pits in these pastry-enrobed olives. Some might call this one “fussy,” but with only two ingredients that pack a dramatic flavor punch, I consider the fuss factor negligible. If you love the combination of...

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Mango lettuce wraps

Mango lettuce wraps

serves 4 This recipe was inspired by a refreshing and simple appetizer I enjoyed at Teapot, a fabulous vegan restaurant in Seattle. My version is embellished with additional ingredients to add contrasting textures and flavors, but you could also use only the mango on...

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