Baked Vegetable Dip and Visa Giveaway

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to gear up for holiday parties, get-togethers and for Christmas dinner. I am always looking for easy entertaining recipes, and this Baked Vegetable Dip is the perfect crowd pleaser. This recipe starts with frozen vegetables which simplifies the preparation process eliminating washing and chopping. Also, people tend to forget the frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh. They are picked at their peak season and flash frozen, preserving all of their vitamins and nutrients. This Baked Vegetable Dip recipe is economical, and it’s a delight served warm out of the oven.

In honor of the holidays and cheers to using frozen foods and Easy Home Meals, I have a great holiday Visa Giveaway.  I am giving away a $100 Visa gift card just in time for holiday shopping.

To enter, leave a comment telling me what is your favorite frozen food dish that you secretly pass off as homemade?  For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 16th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! 🙂

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This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

Beetroot, Goat Cheese Hazelnut Tart

Beets are so incredibly healthy, and one of my favorite root vegetables. Just 3 baby beets equals one serving of your 5 vegetables and fruits you should have a day. They are also so versatile in cooking, and I love them in this Beetroot Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Tart. This recipe is very simple to prepare, and it makes a show-stopping appetizer or side dish. It’s perfect for holiday season entertaining. Check out LoveBeets which are ready-to-eat, cooked beets. You can find them in your local grocery such as Whole Foods Market. They make life so much easier, and they taste so fresh.

Here are just a few of their powerful health benefits.

1. Beets are one of the richest sources of folic acid essential for normal tissue growth.

2. Research has showed that beets can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar.

3. Beets have been said to lessen chances of skin and lung cancer.

4. The high iron content in beets helps fight fatigue and anemia.

5. Beets contain high amounts of Boron which is related to production of human sex hormones, thus increasing sex drive. 

Fantastic Appetizer: Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini

Before fig season comes to an end, I wanted to share this incredibly delicious Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini appetizer recipe. It’s so easy to prepare and tastes out of this world. You can make these anytime of the year. Just substitute dried figs for fresh ones. The combination of flavors, orange, figs, honey and pepper, pair wonderfully with the goat cheese.

Note: The incredible platter in this picture can be found at Earthborne Pottery.

Three Ingredient Appetizer: Roasted Garlic-Topped Brie

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I’m a huge Brie fan and always interested in finding new great Brie recipes. When I was judging a recipe contest for a cheese company and came across this recipe, I was really excited. It’s such a breeze and only 3 ingredients. All you need to do is roast the garlic and warm up the Brie, and you have an easy, delicious appetizer. This is perfect for Christmas, New Years or any time of the year.