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4 Quick & Easy Holiday Appetizers with Instant Hummus to Serve at Your Christmas Party

4 Quick & Easy Holiday Appetizers with Instant Hummus to Serve at Your Christmas Party 0

Embrace the festive spirit with these 4 Quick & Easy Holiday Appetizers using Instant Hummus, perfect for your Christmas party. Starting with the delectable 'Crostinis with Hummus', which combines the earthy flavors of hummus with the tanginess of balsamic vinegar and fresh cilantro, these appetizers are sure to impress. If you're looking for a more gourmet touch, try the 'Hummus Phyllo Cups', a delightful combination of creamy hummus, crispy phyllo, and savory toppings. Each recipe is designed for ease and flavor, ensuring your holiday cooking is both enjoyable and memorable.
Healthy & Delicious: 5 Irresistible Fourth of July Recipes to Elevate Your American Celebration

Healthy & Delicious: 5 Irresistible Fourth of July Recipes to Elevate Your American Celebration 0

Celebrate America's Independence Day with these five patriotic and healthy recipes perfect for a family cookout. Delight in a classic American Apple Pie, a visually striking Red, White, and Blue Trifle, a refreshing and crunchy Broccoli Slaw, a tangy Lemon Blueberry Cake, and a hearty Bean Casserole. These recipes not only satisfy your palate, but also represent the colors of the American flag, adding a vibrant twist to your Fourth of July celebration. From traditional dishes to innovative twists, these recipes will make your holiday memorable and delicious.
10 Healthy Father’s Day Snacks Every Dad Will Enjoy

10 Healthy Father’s Day Snacks Every Dad Will Enjoy 0

Father's Day is the perfect occasion to show your appreciation for the father figure in your life. This year, why not surprise him with something a bit healthier that tastes just as good as his usual snacks? From savory BBQ Bacon Popcorn to sweet Blueberry Mousse, these ten healthy Father's Day snacks are sure to satisfy his cravings without overloading him with sodium and sugar. Give these recipes a try and make this Father's Day a celebration of not just love, but also health and wellness.

5 Creative Brownie Recipes That Even Grandma Would Approve of 0

A cross between cookies and cake, brownies are a baker's dream. All you have to do is mix the ingredients; bake the batter; and in 30 minutes, you have a chewy, gooey, or cakey treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. But while the boxed stuff delivers every time, there's nothing more rewarding than baking brownies from scratch – especially if you want to experiment with new ingredients and flavors.
5 Valentine's Day Desserts That Are Sinfully Delicious

5 Valentine's Day Desserts That Are Sinfully Delicious 0

Valentine's Day desserts
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Fancy gifts and cheesy cards may be everywhere come February 14th, but we all know that the real star of Valentine's Day is good food. And yes, vegetable salads and entree soups are a must when it comes to swooning your S.O., but let's be honest: What we all look forward to the most on this day is dessert! So, if you want to cap off the night in the sweetest way possible (without spending the entire day in the kitchen), these five Valentine's Day desserts are bound to deliver.

1. Strawberry Mousse

Requiring just five ingredients, this Valentine's Day recipe can be a go-to for everyone who has very little time but still wants to impress their beau (or boo). Sometimes keeping it simple yields the best results.



  • In a bowl, add the strawberries and enough water to cover them. Let them hydrate for 15 minutes, remove excess liquid, and puree them using a fork.
  • Next, add the sugar, lime juice, and strawberries to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook them, frequently stirring, until you are left with ¾ cup worth of mixture. Set aside to cool.
  • Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract to a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in the strawberry mixture and serve it in small cups.

2. Cherry Brownies

Baking brownies may seem like an overkill (especially when you have to prep an entire three-course meal), but this one-and-done variation is literally a Godsend. Ready in almost 30 minutes, this Valentine's Day recipe spares you the hassle but makes no discounts flavor-wise. So, you and your sweetheart won't be disappointed. PS: To make things more exciting, you can make them look like hearts, Cupid's arrows, or your initials.


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup freeze dried cherries
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Add half a cup of water to a bowl and let the cherries soak in it for about 15 minutes. Then, squeeze away any excess liquid and set them aside.
  • Next, preheat the oven to 300oF and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the coconut oil and eggs and blend with an electric mixer until frothy.
  • Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix again.
  • Now, add the flour, baking powder, and salt and blend once again until you form a batter.
  • Fold in the hazelnuts, chocolate chips, and cherries, and spread the batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Once ready, remove from the oven, let cool, and cut into square pieces.
  • (Optional) You could drizzle the brownies with red candy melts.

3. Chocolate Raspberry Panini

Serving paninis on such a special occasion may sound silly. But, between its fancy ingredients and intricate flavor combos, this adult-ish version tastes 10x better than the paninis we used to down as kids – so, it could make your V-Day one to remember.


  • 1 loaf Ciabatta
  • ¼ cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter


  • Fill a small bowl with lukewarm water and add the raspberries. Let them soak for 15 minutes or until they hydrate.
  • Meanwhile, cut the loaf into four rectangles. Then, using your hands, open up each rectangle, creating some sort of bread pocket with each.
  • In a bowl, add the almond butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and spread 2-3 tbsp of the mixture onto each rectangle.
  • Top with the raspberries, brush each bread pocket with butter and pop them into the press.
  • Grill for 2-3 minutes and serve. If you feel like it, you can drizzle them with more chocolate and crumbled freeze dried fruit.

4. Berry Flapjacks

When it comes to love, there are no rules – which is why Valentine's Day is the perfect day to serve breakfast for dinner. Your better half will never see that coming, and chances are he/she will remember it for a long time.


  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup Berry De-lite Blend
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Add 1 ½ cup of water to a bowl and soak the Berry De-lite berries for about 15 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt).
  • Whisk in the egg, milk, and berries, one at a time.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Pour one-third of the batter onto the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Then, flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancake is cooked through.
  • Repeat the last step with the remaining batter.
  • Top with crumbled freeze dried fruit.
  • Serve with maple/chocolate syrup or as is.

5. Chocolate-Covered Red Grape Truffles

Despite its fancy flair, this Valentine's Day recipe is, hands-down, one of the easiest things you'll ever have to make for your honey. And if you're having second thoughts about the red grapes (you know, because scoring some in the middle of February is almost impossible), note that our freeze dried red grapes are available all-year-round. So, problem solved!


  • 3 tbsp freeze dried grapes
  • ½ cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • Place the red grapes in a food processor and blend until they turn into a chunky powder.
  • Then, add the dates and pulse again in long bursts until you form a thick paste. You may need to stop at times and scrape the sides with a spatula.
  • Then, add the almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt and pulse until you have a smooth "dough."
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a spoon, scoop spoonfuls of the dough and place them on the baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Now, add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl and place it over a pot with simmering water (double boiler). Once melted, stir in the coconut oil.
  • Remove the truffles from the freezer and, with the help of two forks, dunk each one in the chocolate and roll it around to make sure it's evenly coated.
  • Place them on the baking sheet and freeze once again for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Which Valentine's Day recipes are you planning on cooking for your S.O.? Let us know in the comments down below!


  1. https://anitalianinmykitchen.com/strawberry-mousse/
  2. https://www.natalieshealth.com/dark-chocolate-cherry-brownies/
  3. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chocolate-raspberry-panini-with-mascarpone-359814
  4. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/american-blueberry-pancakes

6 Festive Holiday Appetizers For Your Holiday Table 0

Festive Holiday Appetizers
Whipping up a batch of festive holiday appetizers can be a tricky business, and these treats need to wow your guests, healthy enough to not put you in a food coma, and easy enough to prep en masse. It sounds like a lot of work for something that'll just “warm up” your guests' bellies, but to help you deal with all this kitchen drama and spend more time with your friends, we rounded up six of our favorite holiday appetizers that take minutes to put together and are bound to amaze your guests.

  1. Baked Mashed Potato Balls

One dish that screams “holiday” – mashed potatoes. Even though it's a must, the festive holiday appetizer is the reason behind a pile of dirty dishes and potential carpet stains. To spare yourself the hassle, serve your mashed potatoes in the form of these bite-sized balls – delicious!
2 cups freeze dried potatoes
2 medium eggs, beaten
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
½ tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper, for seasoning

  1. Preheat the oven to 400o
  2. In a large bowl add the potatoes and pour just enough water to see the dices float. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes or until they are fork-tender.
  3. Once that happens, remove the water and mash them until they are smooth.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and stir until they are evenly combined.
  5. Place the breadcrumbs and eggs into two different bowls and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Using your hands, form small balls with the mashed potato puree and dredge them first in egg and then in breadcrumbs.
  7. Place them on the baking sheet and put them in the oven.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until they turn gold.


  1. Red Bell Pepper Feta Bites

Let's be honest: Feta makes everything taste betta – this yummy appetizer deserves a spot on your holiday menu. The treat also packs a great nutritional punch thanks to feta's protein(1) and red pepper's vitamin C(2).
1 cup feta cheese, cubed
1/3 cup dehydrated red bell peppers

  1. Cut the cheese into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Then, add the red bell peppers into a bowl.
  3. Dunk the feta cubes into the bowl piece by piece, making sure each cube is completely coated with the flakes.
  4. Put a toothpick in each cube for easy picking.


  1. “Bacon” and Caramelized Onion Crostinis

Ask any foodie, and they'll tell you that crostinis are the perfect holiday appetizer. The bread-and-smear combo is a huge time-saver, but also a great way to “prep” your guests for the main course. If you ran out of healthy topping ideas, this delicious crostini recipe is here to save the day. Swapping regular bacon for TVP Bacon Bits, this take on the classic treat gives you an early start on those healthy eating resolutions.
1 loaf of rustic bread, cut in ½-inch slices
1 cup TVP bacon bits
5 tbsp olive oil
3 medium onions, peeled and sliced
½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, for seasoning

  1. Preheat the oven to 400oF and brush the bread slices with 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Place them onto a baking sheet and bake them for 2-3 minutes or until they turn gold.
  3. Remove them from the oven and set them aside.
  4. Add the remaining olive oil to a pan and bring to a simmer.
  5. Then, stir in the balsamic vinegar and the sliced onion, and cook until it's translucent.
  6. Once it's cooked thoroughly, add the TVP Bacon Bits and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  7. Then, remove the mixture from the heat and set it aside.
  8. Once it's cool, scoop some of it on top of your baked bread slices and serve.


  1. Hasselback Potato Bites

Between their layers and nose-tingling aroma, roasted Hasselback potatoes are a thing of beauty. What happens when you add a bunch of drool-worthy ingredients to the mix: bacon, sour cream, and chives? You’ve got yourself a festive holiday appetizer for your everyone to devour, that's what happens. Are you ready to dig in?
6 small potatoes, rinsed
1 tbsp TVP Bacon Bits
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dehydrated chives
A pinch of salt, for seasoning

  1. Preheat the oven to 400oF and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. After rinsing them thoroughly, make several vertical cuts through the potatoes without reaching all the way to the other side.
  3. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and season with a pinch of salt.
  4. Roast for about half an hour until they are fork tender.
  5. Remove them from the oven and set aside to cool.
  6. Then, place a few of the TVP Bacon Bits between the slices, coat with sour cream, and sprinkle with dehydrated chives and the remaining Bacon Bits.


  1. Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

It's no secret that we're big fans of cauliflower here at MEP HQ. From reducing inflammation to improving digestion, the cruciferous vegetable boosts our health in more ways than. This roasted parmesan cauliflower recipe takes minutes to put together, plus it's delicious. Top with chopped parsley or pomegranate seeds for a slightly festive vibe.
1 cup of freeze dried cauliflower pearls
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

  1. Add the cauliflower pearls to a bowl. Then, pour just enough water to make them float.
  2. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes until they are rehydrated.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400oF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Once the pearls are hydrated, remove them from the water and add them in a bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Stir well until they are evenly combined.
  5. Then, place them onto the baking sheet and roast them for about 20 minutes or until they're fork-tender. Toss with a spatula halfway through to make sure they're evenly cooked.


  1. Red Bean Hummus with Pita Chips

Hummus may not exactly be what you'd call “festive.” But, this go-to dip can turn into a bonafide magnet for your crackers and crudites if you add the right ingredients. Don't believe us? Let red bean hummus recipe change your mind.
2 cups of dehydrated red beans
2 tbsp dehydrated celery
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
The juice of 1 lemon
1/8 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, for seasoning
½ tsp dehydrated chives, for serving

  1. Add the red beans, celery, and garlic to a pot along with 4 cups of water.
  2. Simmer the veggies over low heat for about 20 minutes, and then using a sieve, drain all the water. Reserve 1-2 cups of the water.
  3. Add the red beans, celery, and garlic to a food processor as well as the rest of the ingredients and pulse for a few minutes.
  4. If the mixture is too thick, add some of the water you reserved or 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  5. Serve with baked pita chips or crackers.

So, which of these festive holiday appetizers would you add to this year's Christmas menu list? Let us know in the comments below!

  1. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/19
  2. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

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