recipe roundup: give chickpeas a chance

In appetizers, culinary experiments, desserts, easy weeknight meals, recipe roundup, side dishes, snacks, tapas, vegetarian on 05.12.12 at 4:34 pm

chickpeas are pretty rad. here’s a yumyumyummers roundup of my fave chickpea-infused recipes. c’mon, give chickpeas a chance. ;)

blueberry & red bean quinoa salad
chipotle chickpea & tofu flatbread

chipotle tofu & chickpea salad
four-bean & avocado quinoa salad

halo halo
spicy roasted chickpeas

quick poll: what is your fave chickpea dish?

baja fish tacos

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, lunch, snacks, tapas on 05.07.12 at 8:26 pm

cinco de mayo was just a few days ago… but who says you can’t keep the celebration going with some mexican-inspired menu faves? :)

fish tacos are one of my fave things to order on a sunny patio with a frozen lime margarita on the side. while i haven’t quite mastered the art of mixing a good frozen marg, i’m happy to say that fish tacos are easypeasy to make at home.

prep veggies:
- 2-3 sprigs of green onion (chopped)
- 2 roma tomatoes (rough chop)
- 1.5 cups organic mixed herb salad or greens
- 1/2 large haas avocado (halved, pitted, peeled, sliced)

prep fish:
- heat up large saucepan w/ 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo) on high heat
- add green onion & tomatoes to pan
- reduce heat to medium, add 1 large fillet of fresh salmon to pan (already thawed, if previously frozen)
- season salmon fillet & tomatoes w/ 1/2 tsp ancho chile spice
- cook until salmon lightens slightly in colour on outside & opaque in center (but do not overcook)
- turn sides to cook evenly, about 3min per side
- remove from heat & set aside. allow salmon to cool for a few min.

assemble tacos:
- place 3 medium whole-grain tortillas on a plate
- divvy mixed greens on each tortilla
- add tomatoes, cooked salmon (flaked) & avocado to each tortilla
- season w/ ground black peppercorns
- top w/ queso fresco (grated) over taco fillings

food styling:
- fold tortillas into halves & place on a serving dish
- warm-up tacos in microwave for 15-20sec to melt the cheese
- pairs nicely w/ your fave chilled lime beer or frozen margarita

(tip: if fish tacos aren’t your cup of tea, swap out the salmon for stir-fry chicken. i also tried this taco recipe w/ chicken instead, and it works well w/ the chipotle seasoning & veggies.)

bacon & fig dip

In appetizers, culinary experiments, gluten-free, snacks, tapas on 04.24.12 at 10:37 pm

mmmm… bacon… 

here’s another recipe in ode to bacon. this gluten-free, creamy dip is surprisingly easy to prepare and makes for a great appetizer for your next dinner party, gameday or — you guessed it — baconpalooza!

the bacon:
- heat up 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil in large saucepan on medium heat
- add 5-6 strips of country-style bacon to pan
- fry bacon in pan for a few min until slightly crispy on both sides
- remove from heat & set aside bacon on plate to cool
- pat bacon w/ papertowels to remove excess fat & oil
- reserve bacon fat in pan to add to dip mixture

the dip:
in a small mixing bowl, mix & fold together the following ingredients together until well-combined:
- 1/4 cup low-fat, plain greek yogurt
- 100g chevre frais
- crispy-fried bacon (rough chop into bacon bits)
- 5-6 small dried figs (rough chop into small pieces)
- season w/ ground black peppercorns
- drizzle bacon fat leftover from pan

food styling:
- serve immediately, best served warm
- pairs well w/ gluten-free chips or your fave crackers
- store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge


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