With the end of summer much too quickly approaching, I decided to host one last summer soiree. I wanted to make sure it was full of fun and good food. The key to a festive soiree is lots of finger foods and lots of fun colors. These tricks tend to make people happy and more energized.
I’m not a huge paper plate fan but I think for backyard get togethers they are totally acceptable. I always make sure mine are brightly colored and sturdy. A few candles and bright floral arrangements are all you need to set the mood.
Most backyard get togethers often have greasy foods and leaving you wanting more. I love to serve healthy fresh foods that make people satisfied. I served these adorable hummus stuffed mini peppers and they were a huge hit. Vibrant and bursting with good flavor. I used Pacific Foods roasted red pepper, classic and roasted garlic hummus to give everyone a variety. The cuteness and ease of putting these together sent me over the moon. Whenever you are in a rush to throw a side dish together I highly suggest these.
To bring additional health to dinner I made this incredible rainbow black bean side dish. I snuck some kale in to these beans! The kids loved these and my heart skipped a beat knowing they were getting their greens! These beans can be served as a dip or a simple side dish. No matter how you eat it, it’s quite swoon worthy. I love the added peppers, they add a bit of crunch, color and sweetness to the hearty beans.
The star of this summer soiree are the queso sliders. Perfect bite-sized burgers that are not lacking in flavor. With every bite you want to get up a dance. They are that good. Meaty organic meat drizzled with creamy queso and topped with crunchy lettuce and sun ripened tomatoes. Heaven on Earth! The queso brings life to these little sliders. I might add that I served this queso in a bowl with chips as well. If I didn’t have guests over I probably would have dunked my slider in the bowl. It’s a bit uncalled for but it seems like a good thing to do.
Hummus stuffed Mini Peppers:
1 ¼ C hummus of your choice, I used Pacific Foods
10 mini peppers
1 T cilantro, garnish
Wash mini peppers, dry and slice each one in half vertically.
Discard seeds and insides from peppers.
Fill each pepper with 1 T of hummus.
Garnish with chopped cilantro
Rainbow Black Beans:
1 13oz box of refried black beans, I used Pacific Foods
3 kale leaves, rinsed, stems removed, chopped.
3 T onion, chopped
3 mini peppers, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
3 T water
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 T cilantro, garnish
Heat olive oil in medium skillet.
Sauté onion, peppers and garlic until tender and fragrant.
Add in refried black beans.
Stir in water slowly.
Season with salt and pepper.
Garnish with cilantro.
1 lb organic ground beef
1 T taco seasoning
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
¾ C queso , I used Pacific Foods
10 slider buns
Garnish- lettuce, tomato, onion
Warm queso in a small sauce pan over low heat.
Combine beef, taco seasoning, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Form into 10 mini slider patties.
Grill burgers until no longer pink in the middle – 4-7 minutes on each side.
Place each beef slider on a bun top with 1 T warm queso, garnishments.