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Appetizers & Snacks

Delish appetizers and snacks that are simple to make!
Wild Rice and Creamed Corn Verrines

Wild Rice and Creamed Corn Verrines

Lightly seasoned wild rice is topped with chilled creamed corn (yes, really), grated carrots, and cranberry sauce for these layered appetizers, called verrines. They can be partially assembled in small glasses a day in advance, then stored, covered, in the fridge. Add the cranberry sauce and parsley at the last minute to keep the sauce from bleeding into the layers below.

Persimmon-Avocado Caprese

Persimmon-Avocado Caprese

Persimmons stand in for tomatoes and avocados take the place of mozzarella in this Asian take on a classic Italian appetizer. Use a serrated or ceramic knife to slice the persimmons—straight-bladed steel knives can have a hard time cutting through the skin and tender flesh.

Onigiri

Onigiri

Onigiri—small, filled rice balls or triangles—are a popular snack and bento box staple in Japan. Here, they’re made with cooled sushi rice and decorated with scissor-cut nori shapes. Extras can be saved for lunch boxes the next day. If your kids are open to something salty and tart, add three pickled umeboshi plums (pitted and halved) to the mix. They’re a traditional onigiri filling that Japanese kids love.

Chocolate Thistles

Chocolate Thistles

Bran cereal is the “secret” ingredient that gives these chocolaty treats their spiky look (and lets you sneak in a healthful portion of fiber).

Cheesecake Fruit Wraps

Cheesecake Fruit Wraps

When fresh fruit and cream cheese get rolled together in a tortilla, the result tastes a lot like cheesecake. Use whatever fruit kids prefer, but don’t skip the bananas, which help hold the wraps together.

Traditional Falafel

Traditional Falafel

The most time-consuming step in this recipe is soaking the chickpeas for 24 hours. After that, the falafel balls come together quickly and easily. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, hot sauce, and a minty yogurt sauce, such as Cucumber Raita from vegetariantimes.com.

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