Super Bowl time is getting close and if you’re planning on watching the game, you’re probably deciding on what kind of snacks you want to make. If you’re still looking for ideas, this Texas Caviar is a great recipe to try! Some people also call it Cowboy Caviar. I’ve seen lots of variations on this dip and decided to come up with my own version. Continue reading
Are you staying cool during the hot weather we’ve been having? This is the time of year when I probably eat the most fruit. I love all kinds of fruit and that’s what I like about this Mango-Jalapeno Salsa–there’s a nice variety of fruit—mango, pineapple, and apple—–mixed in with some diced tomato and red bell pepper. It’s a little on the spicy side, so use half the amount of jalapeno and ginger if you want a milder salsa. Overall, I think this is a great, healthy mix of naturally sweet and savory flavors! Continue reading
Creamy dips are great to snack on, whether you’re visiting with friends or watching a big game. And if you’re keeping track of calories, this Creamy Salsa Yogurt Dip is a good one to try. This yummy dip is a little more on the healthy side compared to other dips. It’s made with yogurt, salsa, a little bit of light mayo, and some seasoning. Continue reading
I’ve grown basil every summer for many years–sometimes in a garden, but lately in a large pot, since I don’t have space for a garden right now. I love making homemade pesto with my basil! It’s really easy to make and there’s nothing like cutting fresh basil from your own garden or pot to make it. What probably takes the longest time in making this recipe is picking the basil leaves off the cut stems…but even that task is enjoyable because you get to sniff the wonderful aroma of fresh basil while you’re doing it! Here’s a simple recipe I use…it’s a good starting point, and you can adjust the amount of certain ingredients (like the garlic, for example) to suit your taste. You can use a food processor or blender–a food processor probably works best, but a blender will work, too.
BASIL PESTO by NancyC
Makes 2/3 to 3/4 cup
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves. packed
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 3 Tbsp. pine nuts (I often substitute pecans or walnuts, because they’re less expensive)
- Dash or two of salt, to taste (optional)
In a food processor or blender, add the basil, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic; blend or process until smooth (the mixture is on the thick side, so if you’re using a blender, you may have to stop the blender and stir with a spoon to help it along). Add the Parmesan cheese and nuts (and salt, if desired) to the basil mixture, and blend well. Spoon it out of the blender or food processor into a small bowl (or covered container if you’re going to use it later).
I mostly eat pesto spread on a thick slice of crusty bread. It’s also really good on the Asiago cheese bagels you can buy at Panera Bread or Atlanta Bread Company. If you’re a sourdough bread fan like I am, it’s good on that too!
Do you grow your own basil too? What do you like to make with it?
Beets were never on my list of favorite foods as a kid, but I’ve grown to like them. And I especially like that they are so healthy and good for you. I make recipes with beets every so often–probably not as often as I should–and I had the perfect opportunity to make a beet recipe when I received a complimentary package of Gefen’s Vacuum-Packed Beets, which are organic and also pre-peeled, making them very handy and convenient to use.
These beets work great in everything from salads to smoothies. I decided to make Red Beet Hummus. I love trying different hummus recipes and hadn’t tried one with beets yet. I really like this hummus! It doesn’t have a super-strong beet flavor, since it just has about 1 medium-size beet in it. I think the mild beet flavor goes nicely with the other hummus ingredients, and adding beet to the mix makes this hummus so healthy! If you don’t happen to have any Gefen’s beets on hand, you can use precooked beets or roasted beets instead.
RED BEET HUMMUS by NancyC
- 1 (15-ounce) can of Garbanzo Beans (also called chickpeas)
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped, cooked (or roasted), peeled red beet (about 1 medium size beet)
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1 clove minced garlic (you can use 2 cloves if you want a stronger garlic flavor)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of pepper
- pinch of paprika
Add garbanzo beans, chopped beet, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a blender or food processor. Puree until mixture is smooth. Add sea salt, pepper, and paprika and blend everything together. Add more seasoning to taste if desired. Serve with crackers or veggies or use as a spread on bread or bagels.
I’ve learned that beets are a great source of of vitamin C, iron, fiber, and essential minerals. I really need to get more beets in my diet! Do you make any dishes with beets?