Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

Are you kids like mine and ask for snacks all.day.long? OMG…you would think I never feed them! I’ve been gathering up snack type recipes to make instead of them constantly raiding the pantry. These ranch roasted chickpeas were a HUGE hit…and were gone in 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes! I guess I should have made a double batch.

I love the ranch flavor and they’re so simple and easy to make. I’ll be having my daughter make the next batch.

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Creamy Dill Dip

I’ve been trying to get both of my kids to eat more veggies and they love being able to dip them into something – dip, hummus, anything really. So when my neighbor gave me some fresh dill, I knew I would make a delicious dip with them. I whipped this recipe together in 5 minutes and 8 hours later, we had a creamy and homemade dip to enjoy as an afternoon snack. You could easily substitute dried herbs if you didn’t have fresh on hand. It would also make a great spread for a sandwich or wrap!

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Healthy Cauliflower Rice

Everyone likes takeout fried rice and it’s on my favorite things to get when I go to takeout from our local restaurant. I know it’s not the healthiest, so when I found this recipe for a healthier revision of “fried” rice, I knew it would be something my family would love. It did not disappoint either! My kids didn’t even realize the rice was swapped out with cauliflower. I served it with baked salmon and it was great for leftovers too!

Healthy

12 oz bag frozen rice cauliflower
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
6 oz broccoli florets, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup frozen corn
2 green onions, thinly sliced

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger; set aside. In a medium skillet over low heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add in the eggs and cook all the way through. Allow to cool before cutting into small pieces. Set aside until you’re ready to finish the dish. In a large skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and onion and stir often until the onions become translucent. Add in the broccoli, carrots and corn. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in the cauliflower, eggs, green onions and soy sauce mixture. Stir constantly and continue to cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the cauliflower is heated through. Serve immediately.

Source: Damn Delicious

Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup

It’s time for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight featuring slow cooker soups! This was a pretty easy theme for me since I usually make soup in my slow cooker. Earlier this month, I threw together a ham and bean soup with leftover ham from Christmas….but I forgot to take pictures before we ate it all. So….I had to make another recipe.

I love butternut squash soup, but I don’t like working with it. Whenever I cut up the squash, my hands feel like they have wax on them. It’s the strangest thing and it takes at least 24 hours until it goes away. Please tell me I’m not the only one that this happens to. Anyways, the soup was really good and I loved the addition of the roasted garlic. It was quick and easy to make as well. I threw all the ingredients in my slow cooker before I started work one morning and let it cook away all day. So simple and easy!

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Blood Orange Cooler

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I’ve been doing a little experimenting in the kitchen lately to create a cocktail for the Stirrings “Stir It Up Holiday Blogger Mixology Challenge.” I hadn’t heard of Stirrings before this challenge and I’m sad I missed out on knowing about them this long. I love the four products I was able to sample and can’t wait to try more! I really like that their mixers are made with real fruit juice and cane sugar. Continue reading

Ricotta Banana Bread

Once again, I found myself with almost a full bunch of bananas that were on their way to being overripe. I should learn that when my kids ask for bananas, they only want 1 or 2 and not to buy a bunch, since they never eat them all. I decided to wipe up a loaf of banana bread last night to use up a few and then cut the rest into slices, frozen them and they’ll be used for smoothies. I also picked this recipe since it uses ricotta and I had some leftover from another recipe that needed to be used.

The bread came out super moist and you would never know there was ricotta in the batter. It’s really good warm with a little smear of butter. With a slice of this bread and a cup of coffee, it’s a great way to start the day!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies – #FilltheCookieJar

This month the theme for the blogging group, Fill the Cookie Jar, is healthy or a cookie/bar that makes you think of a fresh start. For me, January is always a time to get a fresh start especially since I usually indulge over the holidays. These cookies are made with only four ingredients and take 20 minutes to make…plus they’re the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth!

These cookies use coconut flour in place of all-purpose flour. Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein and healthy fats. It’s also free of wheat and other grains, so a great option for those who have certain allergies.

If you’re not familiar with the Fill the Cookie Jar group, we’re a group of bloggers who share cookie or bar recipes the first Thursday of the month. Be sure to check out the link below to see all the other healthy/fresh start cookies and bars shared by the group.

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Twisted Sticky Caramel-Pecan Roll

I know the beginning of the year is usually a fresh start for everyone – me included – that’s why I made this last year. I’ve had this recipe saved for two years and I finally made it and it was delicious! I was a delicious treat for breakfast over the holidays and using pre-made pizza dough really saved on time! I loved the caramel glaze that went over it and all the twisted pieces were able to soak up the glaze… YUM!!

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Cranberry BBQ Sauce

cape-code-select-blogger-challengeCranberries are one of those things that I go overboard on in

the winter and then rarely use them the rest of the year – except that’s going to change with this recipe for cranberry bbq sauce! It’s tangy and a little sweet, but the perfect addition to grilled chicken or to smear on a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich. I developed this recipe for sauce as part of Cape Cod Select’s First Annual Blogger Recipe Challenge.This was my first time working with Cape Code Select Premium Frozen Cranberries and I was really impressed with them. They’re packaged in a bag with a resealable top to make it easy to portion out and because they’re frozen, they’re available year-round! Check to see if your local grocery store carries them!

After creating this sauce recipe, I cooked a batch of chicken wings in my instant pot, tossed them in sauce and then under the broiler they went…. and I didn’t get pictures before they were gobbled up!

Visit Cape Cod Select over on their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest  or Twitter for more delicious recipes and find out where you can get your own Cape Code Select Cranberries!

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Cheesy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Dip

This recipe is one I had saved for years and I finally had a chance to make it and I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner. It was delicious, unique and would make a great dip to bring to a holiday party! I used to HATE brussels sprouts – my mom used to eat them all the time but would microwave a bag of frozen ones and I’d have to eat at least one. They were always mussy and gross. Over the past few years, I’ve found that I like them either roasted or sauteed….no steaming of sprouts in this house!

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