Friday, December 30, 2011
1. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Brochette
2. Vegetarian Lasagna Soup
3. North Carolina Pulled Pork
4. Black Bean & Roasted Veggie Enchiladas
5. Banana Nugget Cookies
6. Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion Pizza
7. Chipotle Dark Chocolate Flourless Torte
8. Black Bean Boats
9. Chili Relleno with Black Bean and Corn
10. Sweet Potato Corn Chowder
11. Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip
And a bonus for being such great readers Bacon Wrapped Dates!
Wishing you the best and lots more delicious eats in the New Year!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates stuffed with Blue Cheese and Almond
16-20 fresh Medjool dates
1 package thin center cut bacon, slices cut in half
3 oz crumbled blue cheese
1 cup balsamic vinegar for reduction
Slice each date lengthwise and remove pit. Fill date with one almond and a large pinch of cheese. Use half a slice of bacon and wrap around date securing with a toothpick. Continue with remaining dates.
Place dates on a foil lined cookie sheet with bacon seam down. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 on top rake. If you prefer more crispiness to your bacon, broil dates for last 2-mins of cook time. Allow dates to cool slightly and top with balsamic reduction.
To make balsamic reduction, in a sauce pan bring vinegar to a boil. Reduce vinegar to a simmer and whisk often to prevent burning. Continue simmering until reduction becomes desired consistency. If vinegar becomes frothy the temperature is too hot!
Nutrition Info: 1 date = 111 cal, 4.5 g fat, 18 g carb, 3 g fiber, 16 g sugar and 4 g fat.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I had a dream about banana bread the other night and so it had to be made. And it was delicious! I'm kind of timid when it comes to gluten free baking because the different types of flours tend to be drier then wheat flours. This recipe turned out great though and was plenty moist with the bananas and apple sauce.
Gluten Free Banana Bread from Taste of Home
- 1 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- dash of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cups mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tbs cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yields: 1 loaf of bread
Preheat oven to 350. Peel the bananas (I used 3) and use a fork and gently mash the bananas on a dinner plate. In a small bowl combined GF flour (I use King Arther multipurpose), baking soda and salt. In a larger bowl mix together eggs, bananas, sugar, apple sauce, oil and vanilla. Once combined, slowly mix in dry ingredients until moist.
Pour mixture into a 8"x4" loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cook for 45-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Monday, December 12, 2011
For this simple meal I used a Beau Monde pizza crust that I allowed to defrost apprx 5-10 mins. I topped the pizza with red sauce, mozzarella, fresh mushroom, red onions, olives and anchovies. Bake at 500 until edges begin to brown, apprx 5-8 minutes. Pure pizza perfection!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Ahhhh fluffy, light, white artisan bread how I've missed you!!!
As for the pasta it was simple, effortless and delicious. I diced an eggplant, tossed in evoo, and roasted at 375 for 20-25 minutes till tender. Once the eggplant is tender, toss it in a pot with half a jar of pasta sauce and add a healthy dose of crushed red pepper and parmesan cheese. The sauce is enough to serve two. Since I was going to carb it up with my new delicious bread, I decided to serve the sauce over shiritake noodles instead of rice pasta.
Monday, December 5, 2011
I realize I have been MIA for the past couple weeks and I really have no excuse except other than I've been traveling lots and having fun. Having a good time is my full time job, after all!
I found this amazing recipe for Chipotle Dark Chocolate Flourless Torte and thought it would be just wrong for me not to share it with you. This stuff is amazing. Plus it also happens to be National Sacher Torte Day. And while this is not a Sacher Torte, it is a delicious torte. While I can't take credit for the recipe, I can do my part to share this amazing torte with the world [or the few people who read this blog]!
Chipotle Dark Chocolate Flourless Torte from Simply Recipes
10 oz bag dark chocolate chips - I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao chips
8 tbs butter
5 eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp Chipotle chili powder (if you don't have Chi
dash of cayenne pepper
pinch of salt
powdered sugar for dusting
Heat oven to 350. Line a 9.5" round pan with parchment paper and spray the edges with cooking spray.
In a Pyrex or microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter in the microwave stirring occasionally until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and spices. Feel free to add some extra Chipotle chili powder for a little kick. If you don't have Chipotle chili powder at home then bite the $10 bullet and buy some. You can thank me later. Then slowly begin to mix in chocolate a bit at a time.
Pour mixture into pan and bake for 22-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Preferably with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
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