Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cheesy Appetizer & Family Fun

My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew visited us for a week. Since we had to work, things were a bit hectic, but we had lots of fun. They don’t eat meat, so I made some of our favorite vegetarian dishes. Since we usually don’t eat a lot of meat, it wasn’t really too much of a change from our normal meals. Interestingly, the dish that got the most praise was also the easiest. In fact, it’s just a very easy, no-cook appetizer. I didn’t take pictures of this cheesy appetizer, but I found some pics of when I last made it a few years ago. The pictures are not very good, but you get the idea…


Cheesy Appetizer

Ingredients
  • Goat cheese
  • Chives, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crackers
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Take the goat cheese out of the fridge and let it sit for about 10 minutes so that it’ll be easier to mix.
  2. Mix the goat cheese with the chives and a little salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the goat cheese mixture on the crackers.
  4. Top the crackers with the Parmesan cheese.
We love chives and I have lots of them in my herb pot, so I used a lot. But you can use a lot or a little, depending on taste. I also used less Parmesan cheese than in the pics above. Everyone was really surprised how tasty these cheesy crackers were and how easy they are to make. One day we ate them with homemade tomato soup and another day with a salad.

Here are a few pictures from their visit.


And since things are busy, I planned our meals for the week and pre-cooked some of them today.

Meal 1: Egg white salad sandwiches with lettuce and tomatoes (I boiled the eggs this afternoon)
Meal 2: Beef pot roast and roasted veggies (I cooked the beef and the veggies this afternoon)
Meal 3: Pasta with veggies, herbs, & Parmesan cheese & a salad
Meal 4: Bok choy & mushroom stir fry with over-easy eggs
Meal 5: Salmon & a salad

I’m back to more regular workouts, and my cardio endurance is improving. I’ve also taken at least two barre classes per week over the past few weeks. The plan for this week is two barre classes, a couple of cardio sessions (hopefully at least one outdoors), and a weights workout.

Questions: What’s your favorite simple appetizer? Feel free to link in the comments. How is your meal and exercise routine at the moment? I finally feel somewhat back “in control.” I certainly could plan some more exciting meals and vary my workouts a bit more. However, our food and my exercise routine works with our busy life at the moment. Once things slow down a bit, I’ll get more creative again, but for now I’m glad that things are going smoothly…

Be well,
Andrea

28 comments:

  1. Yes, they're really tall. Haha!

    Really enjoyed our time with them.

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  2. Sounds like you had a nice visit. Nick and I have been eating a lot less meat lately, but I always include a little chicken or beef in our meals, even if it's just 1-2 ounces (I use it as garnish, basically!).
    Lately my favorite appetizer has been a really good (And light) cheese and Crunch master crackers. Yum yum.
    Your menu sounds great, as always!

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    1. I like the idea of adding just a little meat to meals. Our beef & veggie dish will be mostly veggies with some beef, and I'll freeze the rest. Or maybe I'll add some to a lunch salad or the pasta dish. You made me think... :)

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  3. Looks like fun times with great food! My favorite appetizer also involves goat cheese. I'll have to put the recipe up next time I make it!

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    1. Looking forward to your goat cheese appetizer!

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  4. After not working out in nearly a month because of my bronchitis, this week I am starting all over - walked before work, plan on getting to the gym at lunch, and probably another walk after dinner since I'll be a football widow with Monday night football.

    Here is my favorite appetizer - Best Shrimp Cocktail Ever!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2009/10/18/best-shrimp-cocktail-ever/

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    1. Glad you are better! The morning walk pic on FB was gorgeous!

      Hubby has been mentioning shrimp cocktail a lot. I'm making this soon!

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  5. It looks like a delicious appetizer! My current favorite app is panko crusted poppers.

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  6. I love the combo of soft goat cheese and stronger Parmesan! It looks like you guys had lots of fun :)

    My workout schedule took a hit with our recent move, but I believe I'm back up to fighting form. I'm working on incorporating more strength training, however.

    I've been loving edamame in the pod recently -- it's been a craving!

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    1. I love edamame in the pod. I have some in the freezer; time to have some...

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  7. Greta
    Yesterday I made Tomatosoap,now I have a lot of tomatoes in my garden,also bot beet and pumpkins.Wenn ich wenig Zeit habe,Gemüse auf ein Blech einschließlich Kartoffelspalten,würzen,mit Öl bestreichen in den Backofen !180Grad ca.20 Minuten je nachdem.

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    1. Mann kann nie zu viele Tomaten haben... :) Lass Dir die Tomatensuppe gut schecken!

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  8. How fun to have company! I bet they loved your cooking as it is always so fresh and wonderful looking. Great appetizer idea and I plan to give it a try. I am not a huge fan of goat cheese but I think I would like this combo.

    Your menu this week looks amazing! Love all the variety you have with fish, beef and meatless meals.

    For a super easy appetizer I like to make this very easy hummus http://nutmegnotebook.com/2010/12/hummus/ and serve it with raw veggie dippers and whole wheat pita bread. It's always a huge hit with my guests.

    This Jajick cheese spread is delicious and everyone loves it with crackers, pita bread or veggies. http://nutmegnotebook.com/2010/06/jajick-cheese-spread/

    This oven roasted shrimp cocktail is so easy but has tons of flavor. I sometimes make it as an entree with a salad and some good sourdough bread. http://nutmegnotebook.com/2012/01/roasted-shrimp-cocktail-2/

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    1. Thanks for all the great appetizers! I'll sure give them a try very soon!

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  9. Looks like a fun family visit & the cheesy appetizers look delicious! If you like brie, here's an easy one...Cover a round of brie with thin apple slices and cinnamon then pour butterscotch schnapps on top and stick in the oven to bake. Not so healthy, but oh, so good!

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    1. The brie appetizer sounds delicious!

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  10. I love this appetizer because it has goat cheese and bread, the best combo ever!!! ;)

    I like simple appetizers as hummus. melon with ham, cheese puffs.

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  11. That appetizer looks just fabulous! You know me and my cheese. :)
    My favorite simple appetizer is grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil skewered through a toothpick. :)

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    1. We've had a lot of tomato/mozzarella/basil skewers this summer.

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