Easy Guilt Free Appetizers

It feels like the end of year holiday’s come around faster and faster each year. In a weird way, I actually appreciate when hardware, department and grocery stores begin putting holiday decorations out in mid October because it reminds me to build a plan… Will we travel? Will we have visitors? Will I need to cook for work parties, school parties and church gatherings? You see, living intentionally with food means planning is essential for success (for our belly and our wallet as well!)

Albert Einstein once said, “Failure to plan, is a plan to fail”. Well friends – I don’t want anyone to fail! So let me share with you a couple of recipe we have enjoyed over the years. They are incredibly easy, reasonably priced and amazingly delicious!

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Easy Tomato Relish

Tomato Feta Relish

This recipe can serve large crowds by simply doubling the measurements. Don’t be afraid to omit ingredients that don’t work for your diet. I will leave garlic out or reduce amount for work crowds. I’ll serve it without cheese when my boys will be around.

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes, strained
  • ½ red onion diced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup diced kalamata olives (the purple ones)
  • ½ cup diced feta cheese
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic (totally up to you! I don’t always include it)
  • pinch of salt (or not… up to you)

Strain the diced tomatoes of extra liquid and place in a medium-mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Ready to serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.

Note – if you refrigerate, allow 30 minutes at room temp before serving for the oils to de-solidify.

Serve with any sturdy bruschetta like cracker or sliced French loaf. We really enjoy the Saffron Road Lentil Crackers or GF French loaf bread.

 

Festive Goat Cheese Log

This elegant cheese log is bold yet humble, pair wonderfully with any wine and fits any type of social gathering. A quick and dependable crowd pleaser!

  • Small log of goat cheese (use quality goat cheese!)
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped dried cranberries

 

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and use a fork to mix. Dump ingredients on large piece of parchment paper and use parchment paper to help reshape back into a log. Place on a festive serving dish with your favorite crackers. I think light rice or lentil crackers work great!

Enjoy!!


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