Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tabbouleh Salad with Crispy Chickepeas and Tahini Yogurt Dressing

Tonight's salad was another winner from the new Minimalist Baker's cookbook.

This was a tabbouleh salad with crispy baked chickpeas and a tahini dressing. I stuck to the recipe, until I got to the dressing! I subbed the water/almond milk with a couple of tbs of Greek yogurt. In the end, I thinned the dressing with a tbs of water, and I used the tahini in place of hummus. Totally amazingly nutty and delicious dressing!

D and I discussed the missing grains from this tabbouleh, but with the crispy and spiced chickpeas, we didn't miss the grains at all!

I served this salad with homemade pita chips and homemade parsley hummus. The kids were gobbling the hummus up! Yummy and healthy:)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Cocoa Black Bean Burgers on Whole Wheat Sourdough English Muffins

I recently bought the Minimalist Baker's new cookbook. It's certainly more on the vegan side than I usually hang, but the recipes are modifiable, and the book is really beautiful.

Tonight dinner involved a cocoa black bean burger straight from the book. Anything with cocoa in it is a huge selling point in this house, and these burgers were quite tasty! They were flavorful, a bit soft, a bit nutty, and really quite good!

I served these burgers on top of my whole wheat sourdough english muffins (simply follow the recipe but sub out half of the all purpose flour for white whole wheat flour). We topped our burgers with mushrooms, olives, tomato, lettuce, sprouts, and ketchup. Yum!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Miso Carrot Soup and Turkey Meatballs with Soy Glaze

We're on a Smitten Kitchen roll here this week! Two more home runs from Deb and her amazing kitchen. This carrot soup with miso was full of toasted sesame-umami deliciousness. It was just a hint sweet, and I topped my bowl with some additional sesame oil and hot chili oil. Yum!

On the side, we had these really tasty turkey meatballs with a soy glaze. J plopped his into a roll and had a "meatball sub". We drizzled ours with the sticky sauce, and just embraced the salty, sweet and tangy flavor. I actually dipped my meatballs into the soup, with total success as well!
Another set of happy bellies in our home tonight:)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pumpkin Waffles

Well, it's Marathon Monday here, and what better way to celebrate than with breakfast for dinner!?! Actually, I'm not sure that this has any relation to running, but perhaps carb-loading, along with impending Passover? At any rate, these pumpkin waffles were totally delicious.

I didn't want to have to clean the stand mixer, so I got adventurous and hand-whipped the egg whites into soft peaks. I have to say that I'm feeling a bit proud of myself. After only a slightly sore arm, I had gorgeous peaks, and I could tell that the beaten white really made these waffles light and airy.

We topped ours with apple butter, and maple Greek yogurt. Yum!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka and Whole Wheat Naan

The other day Deb from Smitten Kitchen posted a recipe for sheet pan chicken tikka. I loved her comments about weeknight dinners, and the ease of a "sheet pan" meal. We've had another jam-packed week, and had planned a fun outing to the zoo this afternoon with friends, so I thought having this sheet pan chicken dinner would be the perfect end to a busy day. I was able to throw the whole wheat naan dough together easily this morning, after making our favorite simple perfect pancakes.

Of course nothing ever in life goes as planned, so when L suddenly didn't feel well while at the zoo with friends, this left D to make dinner while L and I went off to get a strep test (she's got it...).

D actually put this together without that much trouble, and the kitchen wasn't a total disaster upon our return from the doctor's office. The chicken was incredibly juicy and tender, the veggies were perfectly flavored, and the onion gave a nice pop of color and taste. I was able to get back in time to work on the naan, which easily came together in literally 15 minutes with the use of our amazing electric griddle pan! Total dinner success for a chaotic afternoon. Let's hope no one else falls ill...fingers and toes crossed!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

These amazingly delicious granola bars may be the best ones I have ever made. Ever. They are sweet, hearty, crunchy and chewy, and just fantastic.

I started with Deb from Smitten Kitchen's chocolate chunk granola bars, and got a bit creative.

I added 2 tbs of chia seed, 3 tbs milled fax seed, almond butter (in place of the sunbutter), 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, maple syrup, and quinoa instead of millet. And, the dried fruit was tart cherries.

These bars are a bit crumbly, but everyone cannot stop eating these. Literally. They are just that great. And, with all these "hot" ingredients, you can feel super food-trendy too;)
Happy snacking!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Vegetable Potstickers

Well, Deb at the Smitten Kitchen does it again with these spring vegetable potstickers! I used a combination of asparagus and frozen green peas. These dumplings were flavorful, perfectly seasoned, crispy and chewy at the same time, and simply fabulous. A total home run for the Red Sox opener;)