Funnily enough, one of David and my favorite dinners requires next to no work at all. Most of the “effort” is reaching around the refrigerator to find containers of strawberries, cherry tomatoes, or baby bell peppers and giving them a rinse. There’s a bit of slicing and perhaps making one hot item, but for the most part it’s simply a no fuss night of nibblies.
I don’t know what it is about these easy dinners that makes them so satisfying. Is it the variety of tastes? Maybe it’s the fact that there won’t be much in the way of dishes to clean up afterwards. It could be that it’s simply pleasurable and kind of date-night-fun to eat finger foods with your sweetheart.
Sometimes we’ll reach for these simple meals on a hectic weeknight, but more often they’re a cozy Sunday night way to ease into the week. We’ll grab a movie and glass of red wine to wash it down.
This past Sunday, our Nibbly Night Menu included:
Fresh vegetables & fruits for dunking or to eat on their own: grape tomatoes, baby bell peppers, and cucumber slices. Carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, blueberries, blackberries, orange slices, or grapefruit slices would have also been tasty additions!
Dips: I grabbed a prepared container of baba ganoush, but hummus, bruschetta, salsa, or muhammara would have fit right in.
Bready things: This night we warmed fresh rolls from the bakery. Other ideas are crackers, a baguette, toasted pita bread, or tortilla chips.
Hot things: A nibbly night feels more complete and substantive with something hot. This night I made chickpea bacon from Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day and steamed edamame, salted and still in the pod. Baked tofu, kale chips, or roasted chickpeas are other standard favorites.
Pickled things: Turnip pickles, stuffed grape leaves & pepperoncinis. Other pickled favorites include jalapeño slices, olives of all kinds, and tiny gherkin pickles.
Do you have Nibbly Nights at your house?