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3 Delicious Lazy Girl Appetizers


Oh I’m sorry, did you say Lazy? Girl? Appetizers? I almost perked up from my lounging to read about how I can be part of this group. I challenged Andrea and Amanda to create some apps for us people who only like cooking in theory (or watching cooking shows) and they delivered. Next time, please deliver them into my mouth – please and thank you. This stuff looks good, so let’s get into it.

Peach Caprese & Prosciutto Skewers

If you want to make it look like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen, add skewers to just about anything. These Peach Caprese & Prosciutto Skewers sound quite fancy,  but they’re incredibly easy to make and they taste amazing!

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– 3-6 peaches
– 1 container of mozzarella balls
– 2 packets of prosciutto
– 1 packet of fresh basil
– 15 – 40 skewers
– Balsamic vinegar


– Slice the peaches into small slivers.
– Add 1 slice of peach, 1 small roll of prosciutto, 1 basil leaf, and 1 mozzarella ball to a skewer in that order.
– Repeat depending on your number of guests.
– To create the balsamic reduction, bring 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it cook for about 12 minutes.
– Set up your skewers on a platter standing up, and gently pour the balsamic reduction in quick lines, back & forth over the platter.





Spicy Mango & Red Pepper Salsa

Sounds intimidating, right? It’s actually incredibly easy. You literally just dice up four different ingredients and throw them in a bowl together. No cooking necessary!

Lazy Girl Appetizers Emily Henderson Design Mango red pepper salsa


– 2 mangos
– 1 red pepper
– 1/4 red onion
– 1/2 jalapeño
– 1 pinch of salt
– 2 tbsp olive oil (optional)
– 1-2 bags of tortilla chips


– Dice the mango, red pepper, red onion, and jalapeño and combine in a bowl.
– Add a pinch of salt.
– Add 2 tbsp olive oil (optional).
– Mix together and serve with tortilla chips.



Chicken Salad Endive Cups

Everybody loves chicken salad, but making it can take some time (and skill). Why go through the process of actually cooking when you can buy some yummy pre-made chicken salad from your grocery store? Liven it up by adding some sliced grapes and display them in endive cups to wow your guests. Even the word endive sounds fancy.

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– 1 pint of store-bought chicken salad
– 1/2 a bag of red grapes
– 2-3 heads of endive


– Slice grapes in half.
– Fold in grapes to the store-bought chicken salad in a large bowl.
– Peel off individual endive leaves and set aside.
– Scoop chicken salad mixture into each individual endive leaf and serve on a platter.



I feel like I can do that. Hell, I don’t even have to cook the chicken (just by TJ’s “just chicken”). I can not-cook chicken any day…just watch me.

Thanks guys for giving me some options and making lazy look chic. Maybe that is what this series should be called – “how to make being lazy look really chic.” I’m running for president. Would you vote for that?

Thanks so much to Andrea and Amanda for pulling this together and expect a few more from these talented ladies.

Creative Direction & Photography by: Andrea Posadas
Styling & Story by: Amanda Holstein

Want more entertaining posts? Check these out: My Favorite Hostess Gifts,  My Pastel Easter Brunch, Charlie’s Sip & See, A Portable Feast.

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I would vote for that!

The Peach Caprese skewers have my name written all over them – I am making them immediately!

Kristin Glad

Love the skewers. If you are feeling even lazier, both Trader Joe’s and SuperTargets carry a balsamic glaze. It’s already reduced to a nice thick syrup, perfect for these skewers as well as many other things: caprese salad, avocado toast, grilled veggies, etc.


Was just going to comment to suggest this! Really great alternative.

i like the recipe. thank a lot


I’ll meet your lazy and raise you one trip to Trader Joes for their premade mango salsa.
I will do the endive at my next shindig.


LOVE your blog so much Emily (and Co.)….but just to add my two cents….there are so many blogs that cover food. You do DESIGN better than anyone…and though the post and recipes are terrific, that’s not what I come to your site for. Just one woman’s opinion and said with love and total respect.



agreed…also I would never categorize cutting up multiple mangoes as “lazy.”


I agree! I was trying to find a nice way of saying it, but AnnieT did it for me. I won’t stop reading your blog if you continue to post food articles, I just don’t know why everyone needs to and it’s not why I come here.




I am so stealing the chicken salad in endive idea for my next girls lunch. I might go really fancy and toss in toasted walnuts or sprinkle with slivered almonds … to look like I really tried hard.


Yes! Anything to keep me lazy gets my vote


Those skewers!! Def making those for the next thing pot luck or party!

Deirdre Cerasa

Well I see some lovely refreshing apetizers for cocktail hour tonight. Thank you they all look delicious.


And if you really want to be all Fancy Nancy add some crumbled blue cheese to the chicken salad. Yum!


Love love love! And also I think it’s okay to blog food items – I’d say it’s a nice way to break up interior design posts!

One of my favorite appetizers to bring to a party is my roasted red pepper dip. It’s a jar of roasted red peppers-reserve one little slice (I get the one from TJ’s), a block of softened low fat cream cheese, a handful of almonds, a couple of splashes of hot sauce, salt and pepper. Blend everything together, put the reserved piece of pepper on top and serve with crackers/crudite. Tastes great and is decent calorie-wise.


That sounds great and easy!

These all look so tasty! I love how easy each of them are, yet they look so pretty! Perfect for the lazy girl who wants to impress. lol


Yummy! Great recipes! I love this chicken salad.

I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.. great post .

no more for this appertize in your reccomended …thanks emily

so yummy your appertizer … love it

best for you emily .. and i love it

best for you everywhere emely

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