Remember the freezer meals party I hosted just over a week ago? One of the perks of hosting was having tons of leftover veggies after all of the meals had been made and friends had departed. I had carrots, onions, mushrooms..Read More
I made this easy roasted chicken a few days ago and was so excited about the ease to yum ratio. Usually when something doesn't take much time it's assumed that it lacks flavor, but not in this case. You cannot go wrong with this one-pan meal. Who doesn’t love one-pan meals?!Read More
If you've ever eaten at Benihana or a similar Hibachi-style restaurant, you will likely begin salivating when you imagine dipping a succulent piece of steak into their famous Ginger Sauce. Every time we go to Benihana, I end up dousing my steak, shrimp, veggies AND rice with that stuff.Read More
If I could eat this weather with a giant spoon, I would. It makes me happy. It's been saving me, through a really tiring and busy time. I keep saying to Dan, "Please tell me we're going to survive this stretch!" Thankfully he parrots me with a genuine tone.Read More
My apple peeler arrived in Saturday's mail and I am enamored with this contraption. Why have I never owned one of these before? And who in the world came up with this brilliant invention? A few turns of a crank and an apple is peeled, sliced and CORED. What the heck. You can even do it one-handed!Read More
I was excited when a sweet friend gave me a plentiful amount of her tomato crop a few weeks ago. Being the foodie that I am, I squealed with delight! I had tomatoes stacked upon tomatoes on my countertop. It was a foodie's dream!Read More
It is not quite fishing season here in the land of 10,000 lakes, but it is on the horizon! One of the tastiest and most common types of fish to eat in Minnesota is walleye, our state fish. Like any fish, it can be prepared in a number of ways, but fried walleye is a must-eat for anybody visiting the state, or wanting a ittle taste of Minnesota.Read More
I'm a day late getting this posted. Life is kinda crazy for my family. My son's surgery is a week from tomorrow, and I'm not handling it the best. I want it to be over with, but mostly I don't want it to happen at all. So, while attempting to deal with those conflicting feelings, I'm also carrying..Read More
Put together a unique and savory bread for your next dinner or gathering. Filled with cheesy goodness and flavorful onions, enjoy how the poppyseeds give it a fun look and delicious nutty flavor and consistency. This is the perfect addition to any meal!
I'm not gonna lie. Participating in a cooking challenge has been, well, challenging at times. (What did I expect, right?) Not only have I have stretched myself in terms of what I am comfortable creating in the kitchen, but it has also been challenging because of the weekly deadlines. I committed to posting a new recipe from this cookbook every Wednesday and I will absolutely fulfill that commitment. Some weeks, though, life makes it a little more difficult to get that task accomplished. Especially when I have three other things I just have to make.
This past week was one of those weeks. I hit rock bottom emotionally (goodness, I hope that was rock bottom) while dealing (or not dealing) with my son's upcoming surgery. I have been a bit of a mess, to put it delicately. I have made some positive changes since that point and I hope that things only get better from here.
So, strangely, this bread has special meaning. I put it together while my lowest low point was brewing inside of me. I'd like to think that its comfort (the smell, the taste) helped me to turn things around. Don't underestimate the power of food!
This is the most unique and tasty bread I have ever made. When it was finished, I saw it as a delicious work of art!
What are poppyseeds used for in baking?
Poppyseeds are a flavorful ingredient commonly used in baking things like breads, bagels and muffins.
What do poppyseeds add to a recipe?
Poppyseeds offer a nutty flavor. Sometimes if they are soft and moist, they can be almost fruity in flavor.
Are there any benefits to adding poppyseeds to a recipe?
Poppyseeds offer magnesium, calcium and fiber to a diet.
Assuming you are going to want to get started right away, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Butter a metal loaf pan (9x4ish).
In a large skillet, melt 1/2 stick of butter, while reserving 2 tablespoons for later.
Add to the skillet:
1 large onion, chopped
Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it is softened, about 8 minutes.
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Salt & pepper, to taste
Scrape the onion mixture onto a plate and refrigerate for 5 minutes, or until it is slightly cooled.
Place the mixture into a bowl and stir in:
3 oz. (1 cup) Gruyere cheese, coarsely shredded
In a food processor, pulse the following ingredients until combined:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Add 1 stick of cubed butter to the combined mixture.
Pulse until the butter cubes are the size of small peas.
1 cup buttermilk
Pulse 5 or 6 times, or just until a soft dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead 2 or 3 times. Pat or roll the dough into a 2x24-inch rectangle. Spread the onion mixture on top of the bread.
Cut the dough crosswise into 10 equal pieces.
Stack 9 pieces onion side up and the tenth piece onion side down. This is where I started feeling like I was back in my college sculpture class, praying my creation would hold together.
Carefully, very very carefully, lay the stack in the prepared loaf pan and brush the top with the 2 tablespoons of reserved butter.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until it is golden and risen. Let the bread cool for at least 15 minutes before unmolding and serving.
Thank you, cheesy onion bread, for providing a bit of comfort to this sad and weary mama. Here's to a better week ahead..
Combine fresh tasty vegetables with chickpeas in a protein packed salad. Each crunchy bite of this Quick Spicy Chickpea salad offers a scrumptious hearty salad, side dish or filler to a wrap. This colorful salad that brings summer to life in any season!
Fresh-ingredient salads rock. They're pretty and fresh and tasty and versatile. My husband and I make a killer fresh salad that rivals this one, and I'll share it before summer arrives. By the way, where is summer? We got teased with a bit of warm weather last week, so now the cold and snow and freezing rain are even harder to swallow. I'm not convinced that summer will ever welcome us into her warm embrace.
This colorful salad helps me to believe that it might happen, though. It makes me think of lunches outside with my boys as we sit barefoot on the grass, wiping beads of sweat from our foreheads. Mmmmmmmm.
Back to my cold reality known as Minnesota.
If you, too, enjoy tricking yourself into believing it is summer when it is in fact not, make this salad! My family loved it and the entire batch was gone within 24 hours, despite the lack of warm weather.
HEALTHY BENEFITS OF EATING CHICKPEAS
This recipe calls for chickpeas and if you're not already a big fan, then you might wonder why this is the base for our salad. Also known as garbanzo beans, these have a great texture and are a little nutty in flavor and smooth like buttuh. They are most commonly known as being the staple ingredient in hummus but are great in soups and salads too. You'll appreciate they are high in protein and fiber and have antioxidants for us!
HOW TO PREPARE QUICK SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD
A salad that will make a healthy choice absolutely delicious and unforgettable!
STEP 1 -
Drain 2 cans of chickpeas and place them in a medium bowl.
STEP 2 -
Add 1 tomato diced, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, half of a small red onion diced and half of a seeded jalapeno minced. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Squeeze two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in and mix in 1 teaspoon ground cumin with a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you like to mix things up, add in 1 teaspoon dried mango powder!
STEP 3 -
You can chill the salad in the refrigerator for an hour or serve it room temperature. Enjoy!
If you want to go fresh and do as the recipe suggests, soak 1 cup of dried chickpeas in water overnight. Drain the chickpeas and bring to a boil in a large saucepan in 4 inches of water. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours, or until chickpeas are tender.
HOW TO EAT SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD
Fill a small bowl with the salad and enjoy every bite!
Load up a slice of flatbread with sliced turkey and a couple spoonfuls of the chickpea salad, then add some cracked black pepper.
Fill a lettuce leaf - romaine, iceberg or butterhead - all are great options!
Scoop up the salad onto a handful of crackers and enjoy it as a dip.
Follow any of these suggestions as a great way to make an easy meal and stay healthy - it was delicious! The next day for lunch, I used it as a topping for my boring baked chicken and cottage cheese and it was scrumptious!
I can think of about 100 other things I'd like to put it in and on and in between. Or, I wouldn't mind eating it straight from the container while having a picnic lunch with my family, the beating sun making the tops of our heads hot.
Ahhhhh, a girl can dream.
No mayo needed! It made a delicious, healthy dinner wrap.
CRAVING MORE HEALTHY SALADS OPTIONS?
Best Chopped Salad - This chopped salad is packed with delicious ingredients including candied pecans, red onions, avocado, tomatoes and more!
Edamame Tomato Corn Salad - Edamame Tomato Corn Salad is my favorite salad recipe of ALL TIME. This delicious salad is a crowd-pleaser, enjoyed any time of the year. Bring this to a party and it will be devoured immediately!
Loaded Veggie Salad - This versatile Loaded Veggie Salad is EASY to make and it is packed with healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes and avocados. It is a delicious lunch, wrap filling, party side or even a topping for chicken!
Quinoa Edamame Salad - Quinoa Edamame Salad is great for parties and can be served in throw-away cups for serving ease. Also great as a salad to have in the fridge. It is packed with fresh fruit and veggies.
Crunchy Bok Choy Salad - This crunchy, veggie-packed Bok Choy Salad is a great dish to bring to parties. Prepare this one just before serving. It will quickly become a salad favorite!
Avocado Berry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - This is the most beautiful, vibrant salad you'll ever meet that also aligns with the Whole30 diet! There is such an intriguing combination of flavors and textures and you'll want to eat it every single day.
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD
This simple recipe is a twist on the classic French Onion Soup recipe. It has a rich broth filled with carmelized onions and four kinds of cheese to really bring it over the top! You will enjoy enjoy each steamy bite over a crusty piece of french bread for a filling meal. From stovetop to oven to table in just one dish!
A friend recently asked me if I had any Dutch oven recipes to share on this website. I did not, so I searched for something delicious. This was my favorite of the list I pulled together. What could be more delicious than a cheesy French Onion Soup?
Although I have not ordered French Onion Soup from a restaurant in ages, I have to say that this recipe was the best FOS I've had in a very long time. Perhaps even the best ever. It was DELICIOUS.
Did you know that with a Dutch oven you can go from stovetop to oven to table in one dish?! I have loved experimenting with mine. Another favorite recently has been Roasted Tomato Soup....UMM YUMM!!!
There's a reason this cooking vessel has been around for hundreds of years. I'm excited to try some different recipes with my versatile little pot!
Please go make this. And then invite me over.