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Food, Homespun, Main Dishes, Pescetarian, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks

Homemade Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

Who didn’t *love* fish sticks dunked in ketchup as a kid? I mean, my breaded seafood of choice was definitely deep-fried scallops with a vat of tartar sauce (I had a refined palette for a six year old), but fish sticks were definitely up there — even above chicken fingers.

The fact that I grew up to be a pescetarian is a surprise to no one.

But as I grew up, it became increasingly obvious that the stuff I once loved from the frozen food section of the supermarket was lacking a certain je ne sais quois; basically, it’s battered mush. (And I swear that’s not me being a food snob, because Totino’s® Pizza Rolls FTW.)

But as far as fish stick go, we can do better.

Enter: flaky cod covered in golden crisp panko bread crumbs.

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Food, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks, Vegetarian

Roasted Shishito Peppers With Sriracha Soy Dipping Sauce

Sometimes you come across an ingredient that doesn’t need much primpin’; the shishito pepper is one of them.

This is the perfect pepper for anyone who doesn’t like spicy food, yet enjoys the flavor of a pepper. Shishitos are super tame; in comparison to the jalapeño on a reference scale, the typical shishito pepper is 13 to 160 times milder. HOWEVER. One out of every 10-20 shishito peppers will surprise you with some extra heat. They still don’t reach even mild jalapeño heat, but it’s enough to catch you off guard!

Anyone up for a game of ‘Pepper Roulette’?

With a simple toss in olive oil and a generous sprinkle of coarse kosher salt, these shishito peppers get the broiler treatment until slightly blistered, a little crisped, and an awful lot addicting. They make for a great appetizer or snack, and though they’re no-frills, there’s something rich about the fact that you can enjoy these bites in the simplest of forms.

Roasted shishito peppers don’t particularly need a sauce to be enjoyed, so the sauce is optional, but I’m a bit of a dip fiend; I’ll take any opportunity to whip up a creamy and dreamy dressing. This one is savory, slightly punchy, and scrumptious AF. If you’re a dippin’ maniac like myself, I definitely recommend it.

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Food, Main Dishes, Sandwiches + Burgers, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks, Vegetarian

Korean BBQ Jackfruit Sliders

THIS RECIPE IS SPONSORED BY LEE KUM KEE | OPINIONS ARE MY OWN

These Korean BBQ Jackfruit Sliders are everything.

Jackfruit has become a bit of a big deal over the past year, and for good reason. Late last year I made this Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili and that was my first introduction to this meat-disguised fruit; it was divine.

But over the past year, after reading further into jackfruit and its uses, I’ve come to learn that the *real* trick to enjoying jackfruit is to throw it in a recipe where it can mimic pulled meat, such as pork, beef, or chicken.

Y’know, like on a saucy sandwich.

So, when it came to feeding my girlfriends a few weekends ago while hosting a potluck, I decided to take a stab at it. With the help of Lee Kum Kee’s Panda Brand™ Sauce for Korean BBQ Stir Fry, I was able to create these succulent Korean BBQ Jackfruit Sliders.

To say the very least, we lost our collective minds.

It would be unfair of me to keep a recipe like this a secret.

With Labor Day coming up, I am urging you to slap these bad boys onto your guests plates. People won’t even *care* that there isn’t any meat in them. I hate using the exhausted (tacky) food blog statement of, “Even my husband loved it!”, BUT HE DID. And he’s a master when it comes to pulled pork, so y’know, kind of worth mentioning in this case.

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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks

Hoisin Shrimp and Cashew Lettuce Cups

THIS RECIPE IS SPONSORED BY LEE KUM KEE | OPINIONS ARE MY OWN

Lettuce cups: the first time I’d heard of them, I was incredibly unenthused. It sounded like a sad attempt at making an exciting low-carb snack. But, since I’m a believer in the “Don’t knock it ’til you try it” rule, I tried them anyway and I was soon eating my own words because they. were. incredible.

But you don’t have to be experimenting with the low-carb lifestyle in order to enjoy these crave-worthy Hoisin Shrimp and Cashew Lettuce Cups. They’re crisp, refreshing, and brimming with big juicy shrimp and toasted cashews tossed in a lip-smacking sauce made up of hoisin, honey, and ginger.

Needless to say, these bad boys are a total crowd-pleaser. So if you’re still scratching your head over what kind of nosh to offer up at your Labor Day cookout, look no further.

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Food, Salads, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks, Vegetarian

Crunchy Cucumber Salad With Mozzarella and Walnuts

Ohhhh my word. Friends. Bid your usual cucumber and tomato salad adieu, because this bad boy is off the charts.

Think crisp and refreshing cucumbers tossed in a homemade balsamic dressing with soft mozzarella balls, juicy tomatoes, roasted red peppers, black olives, and toasted walnuts.

Did I mention the soft mozzarella balls?

This Crunchy Cucumber Salad With Mozzarella and Walnuts has become a go-to at home throughout the summer months. Not only is it substantial, but it’s cooling, rejuvenating, and you don’t have to cook a damn thing. It’s also incredibly versatile; it makes for a fabulous light lunch, healthy snack, and dinner side.

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