Starters

How to Build a Crowd-Pleasing Crudités Board

How to Build a Crowd-Pleasing Crudités Board

Who would’ve thought a platter of veggies would win over your guests’ hearts? Trust me. Especially in this age of “wellness,” a bread-free board will be a refreshing starter to any gathering, whether the dress code is heels in the living room or bare feet on the patio.

An At-Home Spa Gathering

An At-Home Spa Gathering

Next time you’re scheming the next girls’ gathering with your best friends or female family members, reconsider the traditional party and invite them over for an at-home spa-inspired fête. On a Saturday or Sunday morning, what beats a mocktail in pajamas with your nearest and dearest? Shoulder massage train, anyone?

Asian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

 
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Serves 6

1 pound organic chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
1/4 cup Soy Vay marinade

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 garlic clove
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon sriracha
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Crushed peanuts, to garnish
Cilantro, to garnish
Lime wedges, to garnish

1. In a glass bowl, toss chicken in Soy Vay until coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to grilling. If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling.

2. Meanwhile, add all remaining ingredients to Vitamix.

3. Grill chicken, about 2-3 minutes per side, on medium-high. Let rest for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro, then serve warm with peanut sauce and lime wedges.

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Olive Tapenade with Crudîtes

 
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Photos by Erin Mosher

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Makes 1 cup

2 garlic cloves
Kosher salt + pepper
1/2 cup niçoise olives, pitted
1/2 cup oil-cured Mediterranean olives, pitted
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons parsley
2 cups raw vegetables, such as radishes, carrots, jicama, cucumber

1. Purée all ingredients in your Vitamix until combined. Serve with crudîtes.

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