Sunday, March 10, 2013

Freezing Basil: A Pinterest Success!

I have seen a number of pins floating around Pinterest about freezing fresh herbs.  My husband and I often buy basil, use a little in a dish, and put the rest in the fridge.  By the time we think of using it again, the basil has started turning brown and is no longer useful.  We used to make pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays, but we are trying to cut down on fat in our diet, and pesto is full of oil and fatty nuts.  So the idea of freezing basil without oil was very appealing, although I was unsure that it would actually work.
Well, now I know for sure.  This works like a charm.  Here are the directions that I followed.  It's really a very easy process.
1.  Chop basil
2.  Put basil in ice cube tray, spreading it evenly between the cubes
3.  Fill ice cube tray with water
4.  Put in freezer
5.  Once frozen, the basil cubes can be removed from the tray and stored in a freezer bag.  

We used a cube in some tomato sauce for a spaghetti dinner.  It was amazing!  Thank you Pinterest :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Berry Waffles: A Pinterest Success!

Recipe:  Belgian Waffles
Modifications: I used whole wheat flour, soy milk, and added strawberries and blueberries to the batter.
Verdict:  A-May-Zing!

This was my first time making waffles completely from scratch.  I think my favorite part was beating the egg whites.  I have never done that before.  These waffles were so delicious!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chickpea Cauliflower Curry

Here is one of my favorite recipes, a hearty Indian inspired stew flavored with curry powder.  This makes a great, quick meal that is not very high in calories or fat, but packs a flavor punch.  I hope you like as much as my hubby and I do.

Recipe:  My own
Verdict:  Yummy!


1 can of chickpeas
1 can of tomato sauce
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized piees
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon Srirachi sauce
2/3 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste
Crushed garlic, to taste

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, until cauliflower is tender.  Adjust seasoning as necessary.  Serve with pita bread.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Recipe:  Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Verdict:  This is my husband's new favorite meal.


My husband has always loved cheesy broccoli soup and will order or buy it whenever he has the opportunity.  After looking at a lot of different recipes online, I decided to try making a version of this soup at home.  It was a huge success and super easy.  Here is the recipe I created.
6 cups of veggie broth
6 cups of broccoli florets
2 cloves of garlic
6 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of half and half
Salt, to taste
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Chili pepper flakes, to taste

1.  Heat the veggie broth to a low boil.  Add the garlic, salt, black pepper and chili flakes while heating.
2.  Add the broccoli and cook until tender.
3.  Add the shredded cheese and stir until melted.
4.  Stir in the half and half.
5.  Heat through, without boiling, and serve

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mock Tuna Salad

When I was a kid, I loved tuna salad sandwiches.  In fact, I brought tuna salad as part of my school lunch so often that when I moved, my classmates gave me a can of tuna as a going-away gift.  I think I may even still have it stashed away somewhere.  Anyway, I finally decided to try a vegetarian version and I now I have a new love: mock tuna salad.

Recipe:  Mock Tuna Salad with my modifications

Ingredients:
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and mashed
2 tablespoons Nayonaise
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
1 stalk celery
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a bowl.  This recipe makes about 4 servings.  I served mine as a sandwich on toast.  Yum!