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Snack Attack

Your former college roommate just called; she’s driving through town with her family and wants to stop by in a couple of hours. Of course you said yes, but now you’re panicking. What do you serve to unexpected guests? Never fear, dear blog fans. We’ve rounded up a bunch of great quick-prep snacks you can make based on stuff you’ve probably already got in your fridge or cupboards. Short on these ingredients but overstocked on others? Go to My Fridge Food and use their handy checklist to select the items you have, then generate a list of recipes based on them.

Now get cracking. Company’s almost here.

Speedy Spinach Pesto

Serve with toasted pita bread or crackers, or pour over pasta for a simple, filling lunch. (Tip: if you don’t have fresh parsley, use about half the quantity of the dried version. Table salt is fine instead of sea salt, as well.)

White Bean Dip

Food Network doyenne Giada de Laurentiis serves this quickie spread with pita chips, but we like it smeared on warm, toasted crusty bread (bonus: this is a great way to use up that past-it-prime French baguette). If you don’t have cannellini beans on hand, substitute any mild, creamy bean like Great Northern, navy, kidney, or flageolet.

Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts

Walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts work best, but we like almonds, too. What we like even more: this spicy-sweet recipe is ridiculously easy to make, but somehow yields an impressive—and crowd-pleasing—snack.

Quesadilla Pie 

Leftovers alert! This is a great recipe to throw together using remnants of last night’s dinner without looking like you’re serving your guests, well, scraps. Pretty much anything goes here for filling—from grilled chicken to pulled pork to a mix of squashes or beans.

Caprese on a Stick

You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t like the classic combo of mozzarella and tomatoes. And somehow everything looks cooler on a stick. So toss these together—use any kind of fresh mozzarella, sliced to appropriate kebab size, and drizzle with a splash of prepared balsamic vinaigrette if you’re running really short on time.

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