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Canapés - Zucchini & Seed "Cheese" Bites

Posted Jan 28 2010 11:22am

We are finally on the mend around here. Thank you all for your encouraging words and ideas for fighting off colds. We didn't get a chance to try all of them (snow is keeping me home today...I'm not a fan of winter driving) but I am going to keep the things you all told us about on hand from now on. 

After Wolfsong's last kitchen adventure I was anxious to get him into the kitchen again so that he could taste another culinary victory. The only instructions I gave him were to make something mostly raw, pretty, and yummy. He roped his siblings in to helping him a little, but for the most part, created the canapes entirely on his own (Livy made the sauce). The entire episode was rather amusing.

Now, having a daughter in culinary school, I realize that these little bites could not be called canapes in the strictest sense of the word. Obviously, they are not set upon bread. But they are tasty little tidbits that would be perfect as appetizers or for what we like to call a "snack dinner." 

Snack dinners are a family favorite, often planned around holidays or special events. But, sometimes we just have a snack dinner because we love 'em! Simply explained "Snack Dinners" are meals made completely of finger foods and bite-sized appetizers. There is just something about eating with one's fingers that makes the meal more fun, especially for the kiddos. 

Zucchini & Seed "Cheese" Bites (Makes about 4 cups of seed cheese)

In food processor blend together;
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup sundried tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Bragg's Liquid Aminos
- 2 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 1 - 2 spring (green) onions

Use the blended mixture to make little "sandwiches" on thinly sliced zucchini rounds. Top with the following sauce or any cooked or raw tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce
Cook together until soft and well seasoned;
-1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced or crushed
- one large handful cilantro

(remove the bayleaf before serving)

Hope you all are well today!
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