Lentils for LIFE!

6 Aug

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I’m obsessed with lentils. Especially the ones that come vacuumed sealed in the refrigerated section of Trader Joes. They are the perfect snack (or meal). They are delicious, fill me up and make me feel like I’m actually doing something good for my body. I threw this simple little salad together for a dinner party at my sister’s house. I wasn’t feeling super confident about it (because it was so simple), but everyone LOVED it and ate the whole thing up. Sometimes we’re surprised by the simplest things!

Easy Lentil Salad

What you need

  • Lentils (I like to use the pre-made ones from Trader Joes)
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Olive oil
  • spoonful of Dijon mustard
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste

What you do

Put the lentils, carrots, cucumbers and red onions in a bowl. Press the fresh garlic into the bowl, add in olive oil (eye ball how much) and Dijon mustard.. Mix everything up. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice, add a dash of salt and cayenne to taste. Enjoy!

Note: I will say that raw garlic isn’t for everyone. Leave it out if you think it will be too strong.

Photo credit: http://www.chow.com

The “Best” Party Snack: Little Devils!

5 Aug

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There are few things that I love more than Deviled Eggs. They are my FAVORITE SNACK! Making perfect hard boiled eggs is kind of an art form. (No one wants the dark green layer around the yoke. All yellow is what we’re going for) .

Deviled Eggs

What you need

  • a dozen of the BEST farm fresh eggs you can find. The fresher the better
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Chives
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper

What you do

Place eggs in a pot of water. Bring water to a rolling boil, turn off heat, make sure the pot is covered and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. Drain the hot water and rinse the eggs with cool water. When the eggs feel a bit cooled down, shake the pot to  crack the eggs. Peel them completely and then slice the eggs in half and put the egg cups off to the side. Dump the yolks in a bowl  and add: Mayo, Dijon Mustard, Chives, Salt, and a bit of Cayenne and mix until blended. Put the yolk mixture into a zip-lock bag and push into a corner. Cut the corner with scissors so there’s just a little opening. Pipe the yolk mixture into the egg cups. Sprinkle with extra cayenne and chopped chives! YUM!!!

Photo Credit: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/constantine/deviledeggs.jpg

Watermelon Salad: A Summer MUST!

1 Aug

mint-watermelon-saladThis summer salad is one of my all time favorites. The perfect combination of sweet and salty. It seems sophisticated, but it will please picky eaters too.

Watermelon Salad

What you need:

  • Watermelon Sticks
  • Crumbled Feta
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Seedless Cut Black Olives Nicoise

What you do:

Call me crazy, but I don’t really measure anything when I’m cooking. I eyeball things. So for this summer salad I just sorta mix everything up until it tastes the way want. I That said… Fill a large bowl with cubed watermelon. Add in some crumbled feta, between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup depending. Slice a handful of black salty olives in half and add in along with some fresh chopped mint leaves. Squeeze in half a lime.  Mix everything together and the salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

So Simple & SO GOOD – The Watts’ Granola

10 Jul

GranolaFor some reason I feel compelled to share recipes with the fine people of the world wide webs right now… You know what they say, “if it’s GOOD, it’s GONE!’ That’s why this simple, but DELICIOUS granola recipe is an absolute crowd pleaser. When I make it I tell myself I won’t eat it all right away.. and then what do you know. I’m eating granola for breakfast, lunch, dinner and between meal snacks! Super balanced diet!

Gerry Watt’s Granola

What you need:

  • 6 cups Quaker oats
  • 2 cups walnut or pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • raisins or dried cranberries

What you do:

  • Preheat oven at 350
  • Mix oats and nuts with canola oil and maple syrup
  • Spread on 2 large cookie sheets bake for 10 minutes
  • Flip over and bake for 10 more.
  • Sprinkle raisins/cranberries seal in freezer

Also, use the nuts, seeds and dried fruits you like best. Experiment for favorite flavor combination!

ENJOY!!!

Photo credit: www.closetcooking.com

The “Best” Summer Drink: The Michelada

9 Jul

micheladaI can’t remember exactly when I had my first Michelada, but I know that it was LOVE at the first taste. Spicy and salty, yet cool and refreshing, the Michelada has become my “go-to” beverage this summer. I’m sure there are a ton of recipes out here on the interwebs, but I wanted to share the killer combination my friends and I came up with over the 4th of July holiday. Sorry there are no measurements, but sometimes you just have to eyeball things and hope for the best. Right? Right. Right!

The Michelada

What you’ll need:

  • Original Cholula hot sauce
  • Chipotle Cholula hot sauce
  • Mexican Beer (Tecate, Carona, etc. etc.)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh Limes
  • Ice
  • Salt

What you do:

  • (Optional) Salt the rim of a pint glass
  • At the bottom of the glass add in both Cholula hot sauces to taste. If you like it SPICY, go for it!
  • Also add in 3 or 4 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Add ice
  • Pour in beer – saving extra to add in as you drink
  • Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and drop the lime in the glass
  • Mix it all up with a spoon
  • ENJOY!

Note: this beverage is reserved for those who like spicy things. For those you don’t like it spicy, you can modify by omitting the hot sauce and just using a ton of fresh lime juice. Obviously not my preferred flavor profile, but you know. Different strokes.

Photo credit: leitesculinaria.com

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