Sunday, November 23, 2014

Avocado Hummus

Hummus is one of my favorite snacks,,,,and it is so simple to make fresh at home!....I added some avocado to this batch and it is very good, everyone really enjoyed it!......Here is what I did....Enjoy!!

1 can Garbanzo beans (drained)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons Tahini paste
1-2 cloves garlic
1-2 avocados
salt and pepper
olive oil to add while blending
you can add a squeeze of lime to prevent avocado from browning, if you are not eating right away
Place garbanzos, olive oil, tahini and garlic in blender, start pulsing add avocado and salt and pepper. blend until smooth adding more olive oil until desired consistency
serve with pita or veggies and enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Individual Pistachio Dessert

Years ago I used to make a Pistachio dessert where you made your own shortbread in a 9 x 13 dish and then add a cream cheese filling, pistachio pudding and cool whip, It was always a big hit!......Well I was looking for a way to make this as an individual dessert in my little dessert glasses, and I  I couldn't bake the shortbread like in the original, so I thought about using a cookie instead and decided to use Pecan Sandies, and it worked out perfectly. This is now my go to dessert, I have been making them for years now, and everyone looks forward to and enjoys them!!,,,,I found some cute little cappuccino spoons to serve with them!...So now with these cute little glasses and spoons, the ideas are endless of what I can make. I also use these for my Spumoni and Holy Cannoli trifles. But it is fun to come up with new ideas!....Here is what I did....Enjoy!!

Pecan Sandies cookies
Pistachio Pudding (make as directed)
Cool Whip
Layer in this order and refrigerate until ready to use!
The cookie will soften to make your shortbread crust!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eggplant Pizzas

I just love eggplant!...and one of my husbands favorite thing I make is my eggplant parmesan. So I knew he would love these,,,,They were very good and super easy to make!....Here is what I did,,,,Enjoy!!
Pizza Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella
Wash and slice eggplant (about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch)
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet
Salt each slice
Top with pizza sauce
Add Mozzarella
Bake at 350 until cheese melts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chopped Tomato Cucumber Salad

Lately when I go to a restaurant and order a salad, I ask them if they can chop it. They usually will and it just makes it so much easier to eat!.....Well this tomato and cucumber salad is one of my family's favorites, so I figured why not chop that too! You could even add a can of Tuna to this and make a meal out of it!.....It turned out great, this is what I did....Enjoy!!

2 Cups diced tomatoes
2 Cups diced cucumber ( I used 1 English cucumber peeled)
2 Tablespoons diced shallot (you could use purple onion also)
4 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper (to taste)
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix
Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Roasted Ranch Potato Wedges

I was looking for a way to make potatoes as a side dish for the crock pot ribs we were having for dinner,,,,I came across some recipes that used ranch dressing powder and they diced the potatoes,,,I came across some other recipes that wedged potatoes, so I decided to combine a couple of different recipes to make these, They turned out amazing and everyone loved them, I will be making them this way a lot now!,,,Here is what I did,,,,Enjoy!

5  Idaho potatoes
1/4  Cup Olive Oil + more to drizzle
1 package Ranch Powder
Wash and scrub potatoes......cut in half and then 2 more times lengthwise
Place 1/4 cup olive oil in gallon size zip bag, add ranch powder then add potatoes
Zip bag and mix around to coat
Line up on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 450 check after 30 minutes and cook until golden brown,,,,,towards the end of baking I drizzled with olive oil and added salt then continued to bake until desired browness