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Hey y’all! I’m Whitney and I’m from Gulf Shores, Alabama. This awesome little city (and it’s neighbor, Orange Beach) is home to 32 miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, and I love calling it ‘home.’ I started That Square Plate in 2014 after starting an Instagram (@thatsquareplate) where I’d photo everything I cooked at home and ate…  and I usually plated my dishes on a square plate, hence the name of the blog.  I used to be a super picky eater growing up, but I’ve since expanded my palate and I now I share my favorite recipes I’ve cooked on the blog.  I tend to cook a lot of seafood since I’m from the beach, and I always love incorporating fresh ingredients into whatever I make. If you get a chance, check out my site here to see what I’m working on now!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Since I was always so picky as a child (and really well-into high school and college), I wasn’t very open-minded toward many new foods, but I’ve always loved good seafood… especially some good Gulf shrimp or fresh crab.  Also, I could literally live off of dips…   any kind of dip.. like if I’m at a party, you will likely find me ‘taste-testing’ every single dip there. That being said, I try not to make them too often, because I feel like I would just indulge way too much. But this dip is the ultimate. Seafood + cheese + corn + peppers. That kinda stuff speaks to me. There’s nothing better than a warm cheesy dip with some sort of crunchy cracker or bread to go along with it.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

This Roasted Corn and Crab Dip caught my eye as I was browsing through the recipes on the Better Homes & Gardens website. It reminded me of a Hot Fontina and Crab Dip I made this past December for my grandmother’s family get together on Christmas Day.

I always look forward to her house on Christmas because she cooks us an amazing seafood meal.  I say meal (and not lunch or dinner) because it’s the only meal I have on that day.  I save up for it.  We eat around 2:00 and are stuffed by 3:00.  We have gumbo, West Indies salad, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and fried catfish among other things… basically it’s heaven.  This past year, I brought a crab dip for a little Christmas meal warm-up  and it was a hit.

So, since the last time I had any sort of crab dip was Christmas, I figured it was long overdue to make another rendition.  Here, I’ve added my own twist to the original recipe by using jalapeños and baby bell peppers instead of sweet red peppers.  I’m a huge fan of spice, but since I de-seeded all of the peppers, it didn’t turn out too spicy at all. Keep a few jalapeño seeds in if you like the heat (I’ll do that next time).

Peppers for the Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I substituted these peppers (a few jalapenos, and some baby bell peppers) in for the sweet red peppers that were called for in the recipe.

Chop up the peppers and add them (along with the corn) to a baking dish, then roast in the oven until it all starts to brown. Make sure to stir it every once in a while so nothing burns.

Chopped up peppers and corn to be roasted in the oven.

I decided to use a mixture of Monterrey jack and sharp cheddar cheese. The original recipe calls for Monterrey Jack with jalapeno chile peppers, but there’s something about a good sharp cheddar cheese that makes my mouth water!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I added a sprinkle of cheese on the top too.  And finished it off under the broiler so it would get brown on top and a little crispy around the edges. That crispy browned cheese on top is what makes cheesy dishes so spectacular, right??

I absolutely loved how this turned out! Make sure to use a pretty shallow pan so there’s plenty of browned ‘top-cheese.’ (I used a 9-inch round baking dish).  Also if you’re making for more than four or so, I would double the recipe — it’s that good.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Serve with crackers or toasted, sliced bread.


These recipes are more than just chips and cheese. Celebrate National Nacho Day with gourmet nacho recipes — complete with toppings like sweet potatoes, cheese steak, and marshmallow sauce. Take your pick!

Grilled to perfection. Pinch of Yum‘s Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos are filling enough to eat as a meal (despite the lack of meat). To make these as healthy as can be, skimp on the chips and load on the veggies!

Meat lovers’ dream. The Recipe Rebel‘s so-easy, super-filling BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos are the solution to your game-day meal woes.

Stacked with flavor. Chips. Meat and beans. Cheese. Repeat. These Loaded Nachos from The Pioneer Woman are made up of three layers of nacho-y goodness, then topped with veggies of your choosing.

Sandwich reinvented. Turn yesterday’s steak dinner into today’s lunch with this Philly Cheesesteak Nachos recipe from Life’s Ambrosia.

Ultimate mashup. Combine chicken and waffles with nacho cheese and bacon, and what do you get? These marvelously messy Chicken and Waffles Nachos from Real Food by Dad.

Must-have holiday app. Nachos as a fancy meal starter? We promise, Half Baked Harvest‘s three-cheese, delectable-ingredient Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprout Brie Skillet Nachos will have you starting all your elaborate meals with chips and cheese.

Meat-free bite. Betsy Life takes veggie chips one step further with this vegetarian Zucchini Nachos recipe.

Fruit-chip treat. These super-sweet Caramel Apple Nachos from Butter with a Side of Bread are way easier to eat than the real thing.

Spiced up snack. Up the health factor of finger food by swapping mini bell peppers for chips in this Mini Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos recipe, courtesy of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.


If you’re watching your waistline this summer, then let me introduce you to the beautiful, scrumptious world of lettuce wraps. It’s pretty simple, instead of using bread for a sandwich (or wrap), forgo the carbs and use lettuce. These special wraps can be made into any crazy combination your heart (or should I say stomach) desires. The fun part is experimenting with different recipes. Lettuce wraps are perfect for light lunch or an easy appetizer.

If you are looking for something with a kick…Then try these oven-fried Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Sugar Dish Me. The breaded chicken mixed with quinoa, avocado, blue cheese and tomatoes are certain to keep your tummy happy long past dinner time.

If you are a die-hard bacon lover…Then make your BLT “protein style” with these BLT Lettuce Wraps by Jackie’s Happy Plate. Stuff crisp romaine leaves with applewood smoked bacon, a little mayonnaise and a few fresh tomatoes from your garden.

 

If all you really want to do is go to P.F. Chang’s and order the chicken lettuce wraps, but can’t spend the money right now…Then this Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen is for you. Instead of worrying about a parking spot, you can enjoy this family-favorite in the comfort of your own home. Plus it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

 

If you are looking for a vegetarian option…Then these Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps by Foxes Love Lemons are a wonderful alternative. The rich (and hardy!) lentils are so satisfying, you won’t even miss the meat.

 

 

If you looking for something on the sweeter side…Then try these Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps by The Complete Savorist. Garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, this flavorful stir-fried beef is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

 

If it’s seafood night…Then try out these Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce by Natasha’s Kitchen. With a special peanut sauce drizzled over tasty shrimp, it’s like a party in your mouth waiting to happen.

Consider serving lettuce wraps at your table this week! You’ll be surprised how fun (and easy!) they are to make.

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Hi there, I’m Beth, a food blogger and yoga teacher from Southern California. For the last 5 years, I’ve been sharing my gluten-free recipes with the world, over at Tasty Yummies. My website is all about healthy, seasonal, real food recipes, plus I even share tutorials to make healthy gluten-free cooking a breeze!

I am so excited to be here on the Delish Dish sharing BHG’s classic recipe for Crab Cakes - adapted to be gluten-free! With the Super Bowl being this weekend, I have, of course, been thinking of the menu for our party, for weeks. I had my menu picked out before the final two teams even knew they’d be playing in the big game.

I really wanted to serve a good crab cake at this year’s shindig! I am all about simple, classic recipes made gluten-free in a way that all the gluten-eaters in my life would never know the difference. Whether it be recipes that are naturally gluten-free, needing no special flours or substitutions or that it’s simply done in a way that not one of my guests are wiser to my swap outs, which is exactly what these Crab Cakes are.

I made just a few small changes to these Crab Cakes to make them not just gluten-free, but totally grain-free, too:

  • I substituted 3/4 cup blanched almond flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour in place of the 1 cup of soft breadcrumbs in the original recipe
  • I added an additional egg, using 2 eggs instead of 1, to help with binding
  • I opted for homemade mayonnaise
  • I swapped almond flour mixed with 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning and olive oil in place of the bread crumbs to be pressed on top of the crab cakes before baking

please note: when selecting your seafood seasoning, be sure that it’s gluten-free (seasonings and spice blends can be a tricky place where gluten is often hiding)

These Crab Cakes are super simple to make, they are super delicious and they are loaded with classic flavors. The red pepper relish served on top, is the perfect compliment and highly recommended. You can make these crab cakes a day ahead and simply bake them just before serving. I found the best results when baking these Crab Cakes, however, if you wish to fry them, I would recommend baking them first for half the time, then frying to finish them off. Get the original recipe here.

 


Hi, I’m Gina from Skinnytaste and I’m so excited to be a part of the BHG Delish Dish “Month of Healthy Snacks”. Today I’m sharing these great mini meatballs, a perfect appetizer recipe for the weekend if you’re watching the game!

These meatballs start on the stove, or you can even bake them in the oven, then finish in the slow cooker. Once done, you pour the Honey-Lime sauce over them and watch them disappear. They are a little spicy, sweet and salty – a winning combination!

I adapted the recipe from these Molasses-Lime Meatballs. Since I didn’t have molasses I used honey instead and reduced the amount to 1/4 cup which was plenty. I got about 60 meatballs, which could easily serve 15 (4 each) with other finger foods.

To see the original recipe click here: Molasses-Lime Meatballs

 


Hi, I’m Gina from Skinnytaste and I’m so excited to be a part of Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish “Month of Healthy Snacks” And I can’t think of a healthier snack, than guacamole! We make guacamole a lot in my house, so I’ve taken this Crab Guacamole recipe and added my own spin to it.

Adding crab to ordinary guacamole gives it a tropical flair, and it’s a great way to add lean protein which keeps us satisfied longer. I love using black bean chips like Beanitos, but any baked chip is great.

The original recipe calls for sour cream, but I find avocado is creamy enough on it’s own so I omitted it. I also added some chopped red onion and minced seeded jalapeño for kick. And because I like a lot of lime in my guac, I used a whole lime. The results were DELISH!

This makes 2 cups or 6 servings. Serving size is 1/3 cup.To see the original Crab Guacamole recipe, click the link.

 


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