Tortilla roll ups – or pinwheels – were a 90s favorite snack. You may have enjoyed them filled with honey ham spread, cream cheese, and crushed pineapple – or with cream cheese and salsa. This upgraded, sweet-and-savory version — strawberry-walnut pinwheel snacks — features juicy California strawberries and crunchy California walnuts, along with Neufchatel, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, and microgreens. It’s simple to fix, yet looks kind of fancy.
Biting into this inspired, nutrient-rich twist on “Tootsie Pops” will bring back sweet childhood memories. These Strawberry-Walnut Lollipops showcase fresh California strawberries filled with a delicious chocolatey center that’s based on a blend of California walnuts, cocoa, dates, vanilla, and a pinch of orange zest. And then, of course, it’s all enjoyed on lollipop sticks.
We might be on our way to a long winter, which is precisely why you’ll want to regularly craft a platter of party-ready apps, like these cashew cheese bruschetta with pear-thyme “compote!” In fact, I think it’s mentally healthy to have “parties” more often during times like these. That can mean tossing a virtual soiree or having one with your own social (yet socially-distanced!) “bubble.” Even if a party of one, make up the toasts and toppings separately, then top one at a time.
You don’t need burgers for the barbecue … cook up this Grilled Mediterranean Avocado Toast. And you don’t need to wait for the afternoon for a cookout … grill this glammed up toast for breakfast or brunch. Grilling the avocado, bread, and tomatoes adds delightful smokiness to this recipe. Adding ground coriander or cumin creates earthy interest in the mashed avocado. Topping this with any protein pick you wish makes this a versatile and very personal meal. I went with a plant-based breakfast sausage here. Chickpeas or edamame work well, too. And finishing with pine nuts, black sesame seeds, and fresh basil creates bonus yumminess. Now, go get your grill on (even if it’s simply a grill-pan on the stovetop)!
For those times when you want to sip on a non-alcoholic drink or cool off with a refreshing beverage, this sparkling herbal cherry-ginger refresher is my new favorite pick! It provides the satisfaction of a craft cocktail—but without the alcohol, of course. The highlight: You’ll get a double dose of cherry goodness!