Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

If you've been following SMAK for a while you know that I enjoy trying new exotic foods and recipes. Whether it's a cold fish cake from Sweden or a ramen from Japan, I like trying everything once. I've found that I really don't mind spending hours in the kitchen preparing a meal or dish for people. I enjoy the process and time put into something that I can share with friends and family. That being said, there are absolutely times when you don't have hours on end to prepare a dish or appetizer to bring with. So today I bring you perhaps the easiest recipes that I have posted thus far on SMAK. cantaloupe

This is the quintessential summer appetizer. As you're reading this, take note, you don't have much time left to jump on this bandwagon as summer is practically over. So run to the grocery store, grab the last of the ripe cantaloupe (you can also use honeydew melon) and pick up some prosciutto as well.

prosciutto wrapped melon

The sweetness of the cantaloupe paired with the delectable saltiness of the prosciutto is enough to leave your taste buds coming back for more. The Italian classic is a great light taste that won't spoil your appetite before dinner.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready for some fantastic fall recipes!

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

Ingredients:

1 cantaloupe 10-15 slices prosciutto

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice the cantaloupe into 1/2 inch to 1 inch cubes.
  2. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each melon cube and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Arrange on a platter and serve.

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

At the beginning of the summer I took my first plunge into the world of chia seeds. Before that, I had only ever heard of them in reference to chia pets. I never realized that they were something you could eat. After putting chia seeds in my green juice, I kind of threw them by the wayside. They sat in my cupboard going forgotten. Until this past weekend. I was talking with a close family friend and she told me about a chia seed pudding recipe that she swears by. ingredients

pudding ingredients

The nice thing about this recipe is that there is little work involved, yet it yields at least 3-4 days of breakfast. It is also an incredibly healthy recipe with chia seeds, nonfat Greek yogurt, and agave nectar. You don't have to feel too guilty about eating this pudding.

vanillachia

A great addition to this recipe is to add fresh fruit and sliced almonds on top of the pudding. It is perfect for a quick breakfast before a busy day at work.

chiaseedpudding

After taking the above picture, and trying to edit out the insane white-out, I have realized how badly I need a diffuser panel. Looks like my photography equipment collection will be growing very shortly.

I hope you all get the chance to try this recipe, and if you do, please let me know your thoughts!

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Ingredients: 1 cup fat-free or low-fat plain Greek yogurt 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/4 cup chia seeds 2 tablespoons agave syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Let sit on counter, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate.
  4. Top with fresh fruit and almonds, serve!