Appetizers

Green Garlic Crostini

These crostini are topped with an easy, creamy spread that's loaded with spicy green garlic and tangy fromage blanc. 

Coconut Oil Popcorn

Coconut oil is an excellent choice to use when popping corn: it has a very high smoking point, and gives it the most delicious, subtle, buttery and nutty flavor. Use this recipe as a base and get creative with toppings. My favorite is a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes.

Mango with Cilantro, Coconut, and Chile Powder

This salad is light and flavorful, and is inspired by street vendors in Mexico who serve mango on a stick with hot sauce. Plus, it’s so easy to make: just mango, and a handful of fresh ingredients.

 

Grilled Scallions with Romesco Sauce

This Spanish sauce is also delicious with oven-roasted potato wedges, fries or even grilled shrimp or as a condiment for chicken, lamb chops or meatballs. It makes a great alternative to pesto as well: stir it into soups and stews or toss with pasta. 

Parmesan Drop Biscuits

A simple meal of soup or a roasted chicken becomes a divine repast with the addition of these meltingly tender biscuits. Drop biscuits may not look as perfect as biscuits that are rolled and cut out, but they are just as good, and require less cleanup. 

Scallion Pancakes with Spicy Dipping Sauce

The Chinese “street food” version of these pancakes are often served for breakfast, but are more often served as an appetizer in North America. For a softer pancake, add a bit more water to the dough; you can substitute fresh garlic scapes for the scallions for a different flavor. 

Avocado Fries with Queso Dip

Talk about gilding the lily! Ripe avocados get sliced into wedges, battered, fried, then served with creamy cheese sauce. Note that you do need a fry thermometer for best results.

Beet Hummus

This hummus is a vibrant bright pink thanks to the addition of steamed beets.

Cheese Crisps

Many of us are finding ourselves a bit short on time right now. Places to go, things to do, people to see etc. If you find yourself needing to prepare a dish that looks fancy, but takes less than an hour to make—look no further than this selection of favorites, both sweet and savory!

Millet-Scallion Pancakes

These delicious pancakes turn out satisfyingly extra-crispy, thanks to a relatively dry batter, and pressing the pancakes flat in the pan.

Spicy Beet Crostini

Sautéeing beet greens in olive oil turns them meltingly tender, making them a delicious topping for crostini.

Buffalo Wings

These wings are based on the original recipe from Anchor Bar in Bufflao, New York, and are great with blue cheese dip.

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Great for feeding a crowd, these easy wings are baked, so there's no need to break out the deep fryer.

Harvest Pumpkin Dip

This is an easy but decadent dip to whip up. Serve with fresh apple or pear slices, or even sweet potato chips.

Crispy Seed Crackers

Made with whole grain oats and seeds, these crackers are high in protein and fiber, and are really easy to make! If you use gluten-free oats, the crackers are gluten-free, too!

Spiced Maple Glazed Pecans

Sweet, salty, and a little spicy, these easy roasted nuts would make a great gift (if you can part with them!).

Baba Ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is a Levantine eggplant dish that's perfect slathered on a slice of baguette, making it excellent picnic food. It's richly flavored with tahini, lemon, and lots of garlic.

Quinoa Crusted Onion Rings

Crispy, crunchy onion rings, made healthier thanks to quinoa in three forms. These are easy to make vegan, too!

Buffalo-Style Bunched Turnips

This is certainly an unexpected treatment for turnips, but you won’t be disappointed! Crisp and tender bunched turnips are coated in spicy sauce and mellowed with tangy blue cheese. This is a great substitute for wings, perfect for vegetarians and adventurous eaters alike.

Pickled Ramps

Ramps are also know as wild leeks, and are similar to onion and garlic smashed together. These quick refrigerator pickles intensify their crunch, sharp bite, and pungent flavor.

Jalapeño Poppers

Spicy peppers cool down with a creamy bean and cheese filling in this healthier version of jalapeño poppers.

Coconut-Avocado Tartines

You may be doubtful about combining avocados with coconut oil -- after all, avocados are so creamy and rich on their own. But the combination of these two healthy fats is incredible! You'll be tempted to add avocado and a slather of coconut oil to every sandwich you make. These tartines make a perfect hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Crostini with Ricotta and Pea Shoots

These easy to assemble crostini are topped with ricotta that's packed with early springtime flavors. If ramps aren't available yet, just use spring onions.

Thyme and Garlic Cheese Dip

Great spread onto sliced baguette rounds, or for dipping sliced raw vegetables into, this creamy dip will be a staple for parties or impromptu get-togethers.

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Served with your favorite tortilla chips, this brightly colored, fiber-full dip is such a nice change of pace from run of the mill salsa. Perfect for game day!

Balsamic Onion Dip

This delicious dip, with deeply caramelized onion, tart apple, and fragrant thyme, just happens to be gluten-free and vegan!

Guacamole with Papalo

Papalo is an herb which is a staple in Mexican cooking, and is often set out on the table at mealtime with bunches of parsley and cilantro. It has a unique, distinctive flavor that is similar to cilantro and goes well in dishes where you would use that herb - but be aware that a little goes a long way.

Corn and Tomato Stuffed Avocados

If you don't want to heat up your kitchen with the oven, you can skip broiling these stuffed avocados - they're just as delicious at room temperature.

Garlic Parsley Dip

This is a super easy, incredibly flavorful dip. Serve it with sliced baguette or crackers.

Savoy Cabbage Chips

This is an interesting variation on the (almost!) ubiquitous kale chip that has been popping up everywhere. Savoy cabbage, being the showiest of all cabbage with its crinkly leaves, makes a very elegant snack.

Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Muhammara is a delicious spread made from toasted walnuts are roasted red peppers. It's popular throughout Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. This recipe calls for lemon juice, but many versions call for pomegranate molasses instead. If you have some on hand, you may want to try it instead of lemon juice.

Blood Orange Salsa

This is a unique take on salsa, incorporating vibrant blood oranges and creamy avocado.

Baba Ganoush

When prepared this way, eggplant takes on an incredible smoky flavor. You can do this in the oven, as described in the recipe, on a grill, or even over the open flame of your stovetop. You just want the eggplant to turn sunken and blackened.

Quick and Simple Kumquat Marmalade

If you've never tried your hand at making jam, this is a simple recipe to get you started, and is endlessly adaptable. You can add cinnamon, star anise, cloves, or cardamom. The marmalade will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Raw Nut Pâté

A staple on the shelves of the Co-op, this incredible, raw spread is so much more than the sum of its parts! Use this umami-rich pâté as an unexpected ingredient in nori rolls, or slather onto a tortilla with some vegetables for a quick lunch. Take care to start the almonds and sunflower seeds in water the night before you make this.