Monday, December 5, 2011

White Bean Dip

I'm a dipper.  I like dipping chips, carrots, whatever.  Maybe it's because it seems less "dry" when you dip things...or it could be just because it usually makes it taste better!  :-)  Anyhow, my favorite dips are usually also pretty heavy on the calories and/or the fat.  Not very encouraging when you really WANT to eat healthy!  So I found this recipe and finally got around to trying it this morning.  I LOVE it!  And it's so tasty that I feel like I'm indulging, when I'm really not.

White Bean Dip
1 (15.5 oz) can cannollini beans, rinsed & drained
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Blend it all in a blender and serve chilled!  If you look online you'll find LOTS of different variations, but this one is SO simple but full of flavor.  (Probably the garlic...) 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Winter Pasta with Kale's not that I haven't COOKED in 9 months...but I really haven't done anything new lately.  Life is just SO BUSY! 

Anyhow...we had recently made some toscana soup and had WAY too much leftover kale.  But WHAT do you do with kale?  It's supposed to be a "superfood" but the only time I see it used is in a soup similar to the one I made.  Then I found this one from

I would imagine that if you had this all on hand, it would be SUPER easy to to make on a whim.  I myself, didn't use goat cheese - I used parmesean.

This all put together very quickly - I suggest peeling the garlic and shallots while the water is heating to a boil.  I did end up adding a tablespoon of hot water, and a splash of lemon juice.

My pictures aren't NEARLY as nice as the original blogger, so PLEASE check out the link for better photos. 

MY REVIEW:  I think next time, I'll add more salt & pepper, more lemon juice, and hold the thyme.  The thyme was OKAY but I didn't really need it.  I was actually really surprised that it didn't have a stronger taste after using 4 garlic cloves and 4 shallots, however I'm guessing that's because they are boiled in the water, not crushed. 

Everyone but Caleb liked the recipe!  And I definetly recommend eating it fresh & warm.  Mine ended up re-heated, which was fine but not great.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sausage Rice Casserole

Sausage Rice Casserole Recipe

This was a hit with the family tonight!  Check out the recipe on Taste of Home's website:

I have the book for freezer recipes.  I halfed the recipe since I wasn't freezing the second dish - just cooking it right away.  It calls for sausage, but I could see it easily working with any other favorite meat.  Of course, the sausage has a certain flavor so regular ground beef may be a little bland.  Anyhow, it was good!
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