I've tried lots of new recipes lately, and I wanted to pass them on for your enjoyment!
*Wendi recently posted about making zucchini banana bread, and since I had both of those main ingredients on hand, I thought I'd give it a try. I noticed a commenter said they'd added chocolate chips, and boy, was that a great idea. Loved this recipe!
*Mer posted a hummus recipe that she had tweaked from the original. I tweaked it yet again, and here's my version. Just mix all ingredients and enjoy.
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), reserve liquid
1/8 t. ground red pepper
1/2 t. cumin
2 t. minced garlic
1 1/2 T. tahini
4 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
*My friend Kelly recently moved overseas and due to the high cost of meat, she asked me for some vegetarian inspiration. I definitely think you can omit or decrease the amount of chicken called for in many dishes. (I decrease the amount of chicken called for in almost all recipes!) But here's a meatless entree from our regular rotation:
White Beans with Pesto
3 c. Great Northern beans (about 1 1/2 cans)
1/3 c. pesto (or a prepared packet of Knorr's)
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Place beans in ovenproof dish. Add pesto and stir. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with cheese and bake a couple more minutes. Serve over egg noodles. Super easy!
A couple other meatless dinners we like are Indonesian rice and potato soup. And since I know she can buy lentils super-cheap, this is my favorite way to eat them.
*If you have a stockpile of zucchini, you should try this casserole recipe that Monica recently shared with me. I also tried her roasted potatoes--very tasty.
*This "desperation brownie" Jamie posted awhile back is decadence in a mug! Here's my version--this makes an individual serving.
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. cocoa
1 1/2 T. oil
2 T. water
Mix ingredients well in a large coffee mug, and microwave for about a minute. I then topped the brownie with a scoop of ice cream, making it an even more delicious treat!
*Has anyone else tried this homemade Frosty? Maybe I did something wrong, but I was not very pleased with the initial results. I thought it needed to be thicker and more flavorful, so I added a couple scoops of cookies & cream, and that did the trick.
*We're still harvesting tomatoes, and I found another yummy recipe that uses several in-season veggies. I dipped these (sea salt flavor) into the fresh salsa--a wonderful complement! Another tomato recipe I tried was inspired by this yummy dish. Since I was out of olive oil, I subbed this for the homemade dressing and was quite pleased with the taste.
*This carrot side dish was a huge hit at my house. My changes: I omitted the oil, and cooked the pecans alongside the carrots. I also left out the chili powder, as I wanted the taste to stay sweet instead of spicy.
Whew--that's a lot of new recipes. I go in waves where I enjoy trying new things, and other times I just stick for awhile with old standbys.