I’ve been seeing lots of fall recipes just about everywhere lately, and this Bean and Barley Soup is a great recipe for the summer-into-fall time of year and all winter long, for that matter! Not only does this soup have healthy beans and barley in it, it also has lots of veggies and it’s cooked in a veggie broth. So if you make it in the fall, you can use veggies from your garden or the Farmer’s Market. Or make it in the winter when it’s cold outside—there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a winter day! Continue reading
If you like hummus, this is a great way to serve it as a casual meal! This Hummus Pizza uses your favorite store-bought or homemade hummus as the base, instead of tomato sauce, and is topped with lots of healthy goodies like cucumber slices, marinated artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, cherry or grape tomatoes, green onions, and feta cheese. These flavors are all great together and it’s kinda nice eating a pizza that’s good for you! Continue reading
I have always been a fan of quiche. It’s makes a great breakfast, especially on the weekends when there’s more time to linger at the table and enjoy it with coffee or tea. I like all kinds of quiche and a few years ago I made a tomato quiche–that was one type of quiche I hadn’t tried. It didn’t turn out that great, though–the filling was runny and it wasn’t cheesy enough. I didn’t try making another until now and this time I made one with cherry tomatoes. And more cheese!
I loved the way this tasted! The tomatoes are so good with that touch of dried basil added in, and the chopped yellow onion gives it a subtle savory flavor. It’s easy to make, too, because you can use a frozen pie crust–all you have to do is add the filling ingredients. There’s no meat in this recipe, but it’s brimming with tasty cherry tomatoes. So if you are a tomato-lover, this is the quiche for you!
A little note: when I cut the first piece of quiche, the crust stuck to the bottom of the foil pie plate, so the first piece was kind of messy. But all the other pieces came out fine. Just so you know! 🙂
CHEESY CHERRY TOMATO QUICHE by NancyC
Makes about 6 servings
- 1 (9-inch) frozen deep dish pie crust (or you can use homemade pie crust)
- 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 2 cups sliced cherry tomatoes (cut in halves or thirds, depending on size)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Half & Half (light cream)
Thaw the frozen 9″ deep dish pie crust for 5 minutes, then place in oven on a cookie sheet and bake at 400˚F for 8 minutes; remove from oven–let cool for 5 minutes (If your pie crust puffs up a little in some places, just pat it back down). If you’re using homemade pie crust, bake for 6 to 7 minutes. Pricking the dough in the bottom of the pie plate should help the crust from puffing up).
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese on the bottom of the pie crust. Layer the chopped yellow onion evenly over the cheese, then add the chopped tomatoes over both. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil. Then top with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese.
In small bowl, mix flour, eggs, and Half & Half until well-blended. Pour over tomato filling.
Bake at 375˚F for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (to prevent over-browning, cover quiche with foil the last 10 minutes of baking). Let quiche cool for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.
If you live in a warmer climate and still happen to have garden cherry tomatoes, this is a great way to use them! We’ve had a pretty warm November so far, but it will be cooler the week of Thanksgiving–how has the weather been where you live?
If you like tart and tangy, savory and salty flavors, then this is a salad you may want to try! I decided to make this when my friend Greg gave me some cucumbers from his garden. You can’t go wrong combining cucumbers with tomatoes, but when you add in some feta cheese and Kalamata olives, that really gives this salad a special zing! The “dressing” in this salad is very simple…just some lemon juice and olive oil. So there are lots of healthy ingredients in this. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can chop up larger tomatoes into chunks and that should work fine. If you have a garden, it’s a great way to use all those cucumbers and tomatoes you’re growing this summer!
TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD WITH FETA by NancyC
Makes about 5 servings
- 1 pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 lb.)
- 2 small to medium cucumbers, diced into 1/2″ chunks (about 2 cups diced)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced (slice both the white onion part and green stems)
- 1 cup pitted and sliced or halved Kalamata olives
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
In large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the thyme, salt, pepper, and feta cheese.
Add in the cucumber, green onions, and olives; toss with the tomato/feta cheese mixture, tossing everything together well (you can let this mixture sit at room temperature up to 1 hour before serving). Just before serving, add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss everything together well. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
I love using fresh veggies from the garden or farmer’s market in summer recipes! Are you growing any veggies this summer?
Potato chips remind me of summertime–I guess it’s because they always seem to be at picnics and cookouts! I’m not a heavy potato chip eater, and maybe because of that, the last bag of chips I bought at the grocery store about a month ago seemed super salty and greasy to me. Then I heard about Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked English Chips–and agreed to try the seven flavors they have launched in the U.S., compliments of Tyrrell’s. I had read that Tyrrell’s Chips are handcooked in small batches on the company’s farm in the English countryside and made from just two kinds of potatoes local to the farm–the Lady Claire and Lady Rosetta.
These chips are made with all natural ingredients, too. So I thought they would have to taste better than the last bag I bought from the grocery store! I was right–these chips have a great potato taste and are available in unique flavors like Lightly Sea Salted, Mature Cheddar and Chives, Sea Salt and Black Cracked Pepper, Sweet Chili & Red Pepper, Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar, Worcestershire and Sun Dried Tomato, and Veg Chips (Beetroot, Parsnip, & Carrot Chips with a pinch of sea salt). I had the chance to sample every flavor and I liked them all! I guess my very favorites were the zingy Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar, the slightly spicy Worcestershire and Sun Dried Tomato, and the savory Veg Chips–those were awesome!
I loved these chips so much I decided to make a recipe with one of the flavors. I had seen some salads that were served over corn chips, so I thought I’d try a salad that was served over Tyrrell’s Veg Chips. The savory flavors of the salad and the crunchiness of the chips make a great combination!
VEGGIE CHIP SALAD WITH AVOCADO by NancyC
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 1 (5.3 ounce) bag Tyrrells™Veg Chips
- 6 cups well-packed pre-washed lettuce mix
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 (15-ounce) can yellow sweet corn, drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can pitted black olives, drained
- 1/2 medium size red onion, diced
- 1 medium size red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, and diced
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup light Italian salad dressing (or more or less, to taste)
Divide the Veg Chips among 4 to 6 plates and spread chips in a layer over each plate; set plates aside.
In medium to large bowl, toss the lettuce, tomatoes, corn, olives, red onion, avocados, red bell pepper, and shredded Cheddar cheese. Add the Italian dressing and toss until everything is coated. Serve salad over Veg Chips.
Tyrrell’s Chips are available at Shop Rite, Fairways, Food Emporium, Whole Foods, Piggly Wiggly, Fresh Market, and Vitamins Plus, and you can also purchase them online at www.tyrrellschips.com. They also have a handy store locator on their site.
Sea Salt flavored potato chips have been a favorite of mine for quite a while, but now that I’ve tried the Veg Chips, that may change! 🙂 What’s your favorite potato chip flavor?