APPETIZERS & RECIPES
In my last post Easter Dinner 2015 with Recipes, I mentioned that my girlfriend Pam had become a Wildtree consultant and my daughter MaLinda had become a Pampered Chef consultant. As a good friend and mother would do, I helped them both out with separate gatherings. Below are photos and recipes for the Wildtree gathering that I had, along with links. The one recipe not pictured is the Vegan Quinoa & Corn Taco Bites, I don’t know what I was thinking or not thinking, but I didn’t get a picture, BUT, I did make the recipe as a test run for me and the hubby for dinner one night, and added chicken to it, so it wasn’t vegan, and instead of bites I put it in gluten free tortilla shells which I formed in my pampered chef Tortilla Shell Baker Set. I had a little trouble with that, but being my first attempt they came out pretty darn good. I just wanted to let you know that before you see the pictures, everything was the same for my party just no chicken & I served it in the Tostitos Scoops. That being said, here’s the menu that I served:
Wildtree Tasting Party Menu:
Vegan Quinoa & Corn Taco Bites, No Bake Mini Berry Cheesecakes, Beer Bread, Smoked Salmon Cucumber Dill Sandwiches, Gluten Free Bread, Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Spread, Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Hummus, Dilly Deviled Eggs,Guacamole and Chocolate Mousse. (The Beer Bread & Gluten Free Bread are packaged mixes, I just followed the directions, I don’t have any photos of the breads, sorry, the gluten free bread is amazing, I can’t speak for the beer bread which I didn’t use beer, I used seltzer water instead, but it was very easy to make just the mix and the seltzer water)
VEGAN QUINOA & BLACK BEAN TACO BITES
adapted from Vegan Quinoa & Corn Tacos on Wildtree
1 tablespoon Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
3 green onion diced, separate the green from the white
2 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cup dry quinoa, prepared according to package directions
2 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15.5 ounce) can whole kernel corn
2-3 tablespoons Wildtree Taco Seasoning (add more or less according to your taste)
1 bag Tostitos Scoops or 24 hard shell corn taco shells, or 6 Tortilla Shells
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (not everyone like cilantro so I serve it on the side)
1 skinless boneless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces (optional)
Shredded lettuce (optional)
Shredded cheese (optional)
Prepare quinoa according to package directions, set aside. In large sauté pan, heat oil, add chicken (optional) cook to done (if not using chicken continue to next step)
Add in white part of the green onion, black beans, corn & tomatoes, stir, add in taco seasoning, simmer. Add in Quinoa, stir and taste, add more taco seasoning if needed. Simmer for a few minutes until all the flavors meld together. Add green part of the green onion. Serve.
If your using as an appetizer, move to a heat plate or a small crockpot and place the Tostitos scoops around it, also place a small bowl with the cilantro there. If your using in taco shells I recommend serving on shredded lettuce. Optional, serve with shredded cheese of your choice.
SMOKED SALMON & CUCUMBER DILL SANDWICHES
Adapted from Cucumber Dill Sandwiches on Wildtree
2 packages 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Wildtree Dill Dip Blend (or to taste)
2 tablespoon scallion, diced
1-2 cucumbers (depends on size), sliced thin (I sliced mine on my Pampered Chef Mandoline and only needed 1 cucumber)
1 4 oz package smoked salmon (optional)
1 2-pack Schar Gluten Free Baguettes or bread of choice
Combine the cream cheese, Dill Dip Blend, and scallions. Cut Baguette rolls length ways. Spread cream cheese mixture thickly on the bread slices. Top with smoked salmon and cucumber slices. Close the buns, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate to let the flavors meld together. Before serving, remove from plastic wrap, insert toothpicks, cut into small slices, plate and serve.
DILLY DEVILED EGGS
18 hard boiled eggs
1 cup approx, (more or less, depends on the yolks, add more if needed you don’t want a dry product) mayonnaise (good quality, I use Hellmann’s this is why: Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise: Eggs, oil and vinegar. Hellmann’s® is committed to using certified cage-free eggs in everything they make.)
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard or your choice
1 heaping teaspoon sweet pickle relish
2 1/2 teaspoon Wildtree Dill Dip Blend
Hard boil eggs, cooled & peeled (this can be done a day or two ahead of time). Cut eggs lengthwise, put yolks in mixing bowl and set whites aside on a deviled egg serving platter. Smash egg yolks with fork to break them up a bit, add in the mayonnaise, mustard, relish and Wildtree Dill Dip Blend, mix well with hand mixer. If it seems dry add more mayonnaise. Taste. If needed add more dill dip blend. When smooth and creamy scoop into egg whites, use a spoon or be fancy with a pastry bag and tip. Top eggs with some fresh dill. Serve.
SMOKED MOZZARELLA & TOMATO SPREAD
1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 Tablespoons Wildtree Smoked Mozzerella & Tomato Blend
2 tablespoons warm water
Prepare Wildtree Smoked Mozzerella & Tomato Blend according to package (Mix Wildtree Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend with water. Soak for about 5 minutes.) set aside. In a small mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese, cream with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy, add in Wildtree Smoked Mozzerella & Tomato Blend, beat until combined. Transfer to serving bow, serve or refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made ahead of time.
HOT CHILI PEPPER & GARLIC HUMMUS
pictured above with Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Spread, adapted from lil’ luna homemade hummus
2 14 oz cans Chick Peas
2-3 Tablespoons Wildtree Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Blend
2-4 Tbl Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
1/2 cup Tahini
2 Tbl lemon juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
Use a food processor or blender, add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, Wildtree Hot Chili Pepper & Garlic Blend and salt and pepper. Pulse until well blended. Drizzle in Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil until desired consistency is reached (hummus will firm up a little after refrigeration). Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
slightly adapted from Wildtree Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
4 1/2 teaspoons Wildtree Guacamole Seasoning
8 ripe grape tomatoes diced
2 green onions, diced
1 tablespoon lime juice
Cut, pit and remove avocado meat from skin, smash into a mixing bowl, then blend with hand mixer until creamy, add the lime juice & Wildtree Guacamole Seasoning, mix well. Stir in tomatoes & green onion. Remove to serving bowl, serve immediately. If you want to store for a few hours, put some lime juice on top and cover with plastic wrap, laying the wrap right on the guacamole, don’t let any air bubbles remain. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
1 Package Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Mix
Prepare according to directions: Just mix with whipped cream, chill, and serve! One bag makes 4 cups of mousse.
NO BAKE MINI BERRY CHEESECAKES
Adapted from KetoDiet
- 1 cup coconut, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup macadamia nuts
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 4 dates, (soak for 10 minutes prior to using)
- 2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup full fat cream cheese
- ½ cup full-fat cream, heavy whipping
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp Wildtree Very Berry Cheesecake Blend
- 1 package Knox Gelatin prepared according to directions
- ½ cup Pure Maple Syrup
Place all the ingredients for the crust in a food processor. The crust batter should be crumbly. Transfer the mixture in the mini cake molds and press it down. Place the molds in the fridge before the cheese filling is ready.
(Note: The original recipe uses mini cheese cake pan molds with removable bottom. I do not have those, so I cut our parchment paper to fit my bottoms, they came out fine)
Prepare the gelatin and set aside to cool a bit. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the filling apart from the gelatin. Add in the gelatin. Divide batter in half, place half of the mixture in another bowl and set aside.
Take the cake molds from the fridge and pour the mixture one of the bowls evenly into each of them. Place in the fridge before you prepare the last layer of cheese filling.
Spoon the Wildtree Very Berry Cheesecake Blend into the bowl with remaining cheese filling and mix well. Set aside. As soon as the layer in the fridge starts to set up, you can add this on top. Bottom layer MUST be set or the layers won’t be separate.
Place in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours, or better overnight. When completely set, run a knife around the edges and they should pop right out. Place on serving tray and serve. NOTE: If I decide to make these again, I will prepare the Knox Gelatin with a little less water, and the berry layer I will add some sort of berry, most likely blueberries.
Yes, I made that all for one tasting party! And yes, my guests liked it all! Thanks to all who attended my Wildtree Tasting Party, thanks to my girlfriend Pam for trusting her product to me and thanks to all of you for reading my blogs! I hope you try some of these recipes. Let me know if you do and how you liked them. These are all gluten free except for the beer batter bread.