Category Archives: appetizer

Quinoa Mushroom Bites

These are awesome right out of the oven or reheated in the oven or microwave. Great Appetizer…

2 cups of cooked Quinoa
1 cup of Low Fat Swiss ‘Grated’
1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms ‘Chopped Small’
3/4 Cup of Onions ‘Chopped Small’
1 Clove Garlic ‘Chopped Small’
2 eggs beaten
1 Table spoon Cilantro
1 Tablespoon Honey
2 Tablespoons Sriracha
½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1. Preheat Oven 350
2. In sauté pan combine mushrooms,onions and sauté until cooked through. About 5-8 minutes.
3. When the mushrooms and onions are cooked through add garlic to the pan & mix until fragrant. About 30 seconds, take off heat and allow to cool.
4. In bowl combine all the ingredients and gently mix.
5. Spoon the mixture into a mini count muffin pan & pressing the mixture down firmly.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating the pan half way through the cooking process. You should start seeing the edges of them brown. If you do take them out….

Enjoy !!!


Crispy Chicken Drum ‘Sriracha’ Wings

This recipe is great for dinner or an appetizer. I love wings but always hated having to eat ten to fifteen to get full so I though why not use drumsticks! Just a bigger chicken wing ! I also hated the idea that they were fried. These aren’t fried and I believe these are a healthy alternative to the classic ‘small’ chicken wing’. This recipe can also be easily scaled up or down in amount of wings or amount of heat. Enjoy !

8 Chicken Drumsticks

Marinade –
2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinger
Dash of Garlic Salt
Dash of Parika
Dash of Lime Juice
Dash of Sriracha
Liquid Smoke

Wing Sauce-
1 tablespoon Honey
1.5 tablespoon Sriracha
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons Frank Red-Hot
.5 teaspoon Lime Zest
Fist full Fresh Parsley

Combine all marinade ingredients into bag with chicken and marinade for at least hour.

1. Preheat Oven to 450 degrees
2. Place cookie cooling rack on a baking sheet and place chicken on cooling rack. Do not bunch, keep at least inch between each chicken leg. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Cook for 25-30 or until internal temp is 165
4. In saucepan place combine Honey, Sriracha, Ketchup and Frank Red-hot and bring to simmer.
5. In a large bowl place fresh parsley and grate fresh lime zest over parsley.
6. Take chicken out of oven when done, place in bowl with zest and parsley and mix.
7. Add wing sauce to bowl, mix and serve immediately.

Enjoy !

Awesome Oven Roasted Shrimp

Awesome Oven Roasted Shrimp

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 15 mins

1 Lbs (peeled) Shrimp
1 tablespoon Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a bowl combine Shrimp, Olive Oil and Salt/Pepper
3. Spread out in a single layer on a sheet pan
4. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the shrimp is pink and firm !


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Fried ‘Not’ Calamari

Fried ‘Not’ Calamari

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins

Cooking spray
1 pound calamari, tubes and tentacles
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour to coat Calamari


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Pat calamari dry with a paper towel.
3. Combine panko and seasoning into a bowl.
4. In a bowl whisk together buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of the flour and black pepper.
5. Place 1/2 cup of flour in a bag and add calamari and shake to coat
6. Dip the flour-coated calamari into buttermilk mixture and then into panko mixture
7. Place calamari, in a single layer, on prepared baking sheets.
8. Bake 15-20 minutes, until calamari is tender and coating is crisp and golden brown

Notes: Make sure you coat cookie sheet with cooking spray

High Protein Meatballs

High Protein Meatballs

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins

1½ pounds lean ground turkey
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¾ C. quick-cook rolled oats
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbls. chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbls. tomato sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
  3. Roll mixture into about 30 1-inch meatballs and place on cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with Cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink in center.