Category Archives: Salads

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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I’ve been cooped up at home with mono for the
past three days,  so with all that free time,
I’ve cooked up quite a few recipes I’m excited
to share (avocado brownies being my favorite)!!!

But today I’m sharing homemade hummus!  I love hummus with pita chips or celery sticks and carrots.  It’s a great healthy snack and a tasty addition to a salad!  There are all different kinds of hummus flavors that I like, but I went with Roasted Red Pepper.  I think next time I’ll have to do a garlic lime hummus or taco spices maybe.  It’s really easy to put your own spin on this recipe with whatever spices and flavors you want to use.

I started with two cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), one jar of roasted red peppers, and some olive oil.  I had that in the food processor ready to blend, then I started to get creative. I had about half a cup of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil in the fridge.  That when in.  Then a couple teaspoons of garlic.  Half a cup of lemon juice.  Then I decided to turn up the heat.  So, I tossed in a jalapeño pepper and two heaping tablespoons of cayenne. Some salt and pepper to taste, and it was done!

I love to cook this way.  For something like hummus, you don’t need a recipe.  You can be spontaneous and imaginative and just get completely carried away with flavors.  The important things are chickpeas and olive oil (and in my opinion garlic), but after that, it’s your recipe!

I’m giving you the recipe for my hummus, but I hope you use it as more of a guide to creating whatever you want with the things you already have in your fridge!  That’s what makes it fun!

Thanks for reading!

Abby Hughes

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
 
This is a versatile recipe for hummus that's great for a snack, on a salad, or as an appetizer.
Author:
Recipe type: Healthy Snack or Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: approx. 24 oz.
Ingredients
  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans
  • 1 small jar of fire roasted peppers
  • ½ c. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1 to 1½ jalapenos roughly chopped with seeds
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic or 3-4 cloves
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs cayenne pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Scrape the sides as necessary.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings or flavors as desired.

Going For The Gold – A Winning Cherry Coca Cola Salad

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Cherry Coca Cola Salad
Cherry Coca Cola Salad

This morning, my friend Gaye gave me the gift of time.  Here is how it went down:

It is 5 AM and from an early morning sleepy fog,  I can hear my cell phone ringing in the other room. Once awake I jump up and run to silence the phone. It is my neighbor Gaye’s  daughter, Abigail.  Abigail and a friend are flying to California today and her sweet frantic voice says “Miss Catherine I’m so sorry to wake you up but we are on the way to the airport and I forgot my wallet. Can you go to my house and get it and meet us?”

Immediately I spring into action. I throw on some clothes, gently pull our bedroom door closed and head for my car.  On the way to their house, I call Abigail  and ask if the house is locked and if there are lights on.  I also need to know  where Abigail’s brother Nathan is in the house.  My mind and my heart are racing faster than handoffthe Olympians I saw  running a relay last night!

I sure don’t want to frighten Nathan and end up getting hit over the head with a baseball bat!  My imagination is running wild as I am set  for a relay this morning.  As it turns out there was no worry about Nathan. Nothing was going to wake him up on this early morning including many phone calls his sister had  made to the house.

As I maneuver my car  through the early morning darkness on the back country roads of Tennessee I feel alive and excited that I am a part of this relay team.  I reach over and feel the wallet on the front seat of the car.  Yes, I am prepared for the handoff.   But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

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Plate Empanada and cuc tom salad
Empanadas de Picadillo with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Lime Creme’ Fraiche

In the spring I visited my son Cory, and he introduced me to Blue Apron meal delivery service.  The Sumac-Spiced Salmon he made for us was outstanding.  Recently he sent me an invitation to try Blue Apron and they sent me one free delivery of 3 meals for 2 people.  One of the meals was for Empanadas de Picadillo with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Lime Creme’ Fraiche.

Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Please forgive me for posting another salad recipe  on the heels of this Family Favorite Fresh Vegetable Salad!  But it is garden season in the USA and the vegetable stands and farmer’s markets are brimming with fresh vegetables like juicy wonderful tomatoes and sweet tasty cucumbers.

This may be a no-brainer salad for you but for me it shocked my shoes off!  I have never made a vegetable salad that is dressed with only a little olive oil, salt, and pepper!  Yep, that’s right – never.  In my mind, the vegetables need a little help dressing – like a bottle of salad dressing, a creamy homemade dressing, or something more than olive oil, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime juice

Cucumber and Tomato salad plated

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Family Favorite Fresh Veggie Salad

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Family Favorite Fresh Veggie Salad

When our entire family meets every two years for a week of family reunion fun, we all take turns cooking.  Each family is responsible for one meal.  Lunch is usually prepared by one family and dinner is prepared by two families that team up for lots of kitchen fun and exceptional food!

Ryan Paulsen
Ryan Paulsen

This salad was new to me and a big hit with the family.  Ryan and his friend Nick made this fresh vegetable mixture from a recipe that belonged to Nick’s mom.  You may have made it for years, but I have not and the flavors, crispness, and texture took me by surprise.

Ryan says that you can get creative with adding chopped black olives, sunflower seeds, or maybe a favorite ingredient of yours!

Ryan's veggie salad

Ryan and Nick made one big pot full with red onions and one without.  I definitely prefer the one with red onions, but both were gone when the evening was over, suggesting there are others who prefer it without onions.

Nick, Cory, and Ryan

Nick (left), my oldest son Cory (middle) and my nephew Ryan (right) are no doubt, talking food …. or maybe not!  They could be talking about running, biking, hiking, diving, or just about a million other topics all the cousins enjoyed chatting about during the reunion.

Lord-Family-Joy
Let your creativity reign as you make this fresh summer salad!  And the best part – these vegetables can be found at your local farmer’s market for out-of-the-garden freshness!

Happy Summering!
~Catherine

Our Family

Family Favorite Fresh Veggie Salad
 
Fresh ingredients right out of the garden make this a keeper recipe for any summer meal!
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 small bottle zesty Italian salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Wash vegetables and cut into small chunks. Pour a small bottle of zesty Italian dressing over the vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
Notes
Can add black olives, sunflower seeds, raisins, craisins, cooked crisp bacon, or a favorite ingredient of yours!

Double the salad and use a larger bottle of salad dressing. But beware, the veggies do not need to be drowning in dressing, less is more in this case!

 

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