Nacho’s

My sister made these when I visited her in April.  They have become one of our favorites for a quick meal. Ingredients: Half a party-size bag of Tostito’s Scoops Half a can of black beans Half a jar of salsa Shredded Mexican blend cheese (about 3/4 of an 8-oz bag) Avocado – diced into small…

Baked “Fried” Green Tomatoes

I made Fried Green Tomatoes for my book club and they were a hit!  I wondered, though, if there wasn’t a way to make them healthier by baking instead of frying.  I turned to the internet and found a few recipes – one from gameandgarden.com looked especially promising.  I tweaked it a little to include…

Fried Green Tomatoes

Over the summer, it was my turn to pick a book and host our book club.  I picked Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (a delightful read!).  I thought that fried green tomatoes would be a great appetizer to serve at book club that night, especially as I had a bucketful of green…

California Roll Sushi

We have recently been experimenting with making our own sushi.  We purchased a Sushiquik kit from amazon.com and have made a couple of attempts so far.  The most successful has been with regular sushi rice: Rice: 1 cup sushi rice 1 cup water 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt To…

Bacon-Wrapped Avocados

Vegetarian version uses Morning Star bacon … but meat-lovers could easily use real bacon. Ingredients: 1/2 package Morning Star Bacon 1 avocado 1/3 cup brown sugar (approx.) 1/2 tsp chili powder (more if desired) Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix together brown sugar and chili powder in small, shallow bowl. Line a baking…

Squash, Onion, and Pine Nut Pizza

Ingredients: Yellow cornmeal to dust the pizza stone (or nonstick spray to grease the baking sheet) 1 pound fresh dough (from a pizza shop) or a frozen dough, thawed; or prebaked pizza crust 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, halved through the stem, then thinly sliced 3/4 cup frozen winter squash purée, thawed…

Green Goddess Dip

Ingredients: 1 cup 1-percent low-fat cottage cheese 1/4 cup boiling water (see note above) 1 cup low-fat sour cream 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves 1 garlic clove, minced Salt Pepper 1/4 cup minced fresh chives Directions: Process the cottage cheese…

Hummus a la Sweet Potato

Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato (about 9 ounces) 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional 2 tablespoons tahini 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Pinch of nutmeg Directions: Position the baking rack in the…

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients: 6 oz cream cheese (about 3/4 of an 8oz block) ($1.00 Publix) 1/4 cup mayo (2 big spoonfuls) ($1.80 smallest jar Publix) 2/3 cup sour cream ($1.40 Publix) 1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese (from cheese counter) ($4.00, 2 cups Publix) 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp dried basil Pinch of sea salt 14 oz…

Mini Brie and Apple Quiches

Ingredients: 30 mini phyllo shells (2 1.9-oz packages) <or 1 puff pastry sheet> 1/2 medium apple (Fuji), peeled and finely diced <3/4 apple if preparing with pastry sheet instead of phyllo shells> 5 large eggs 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp. salt Pinch of freshly ground pepper Pinch of ground nutmeg 4 ounces Brie (1/2…

Fresh Spring Basil Rolls

LOVE these!!  Especially now that I have the hang of making them. Version 1 Ingredients (current favorite): 2 ounces rice vermicelli 8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter) Lettuce or some type of greens (I use arugula or buttercrunch when it’s available in the garden, or get a head of Boston lettuce at the store; sometimes…

Shrimp & Avocado Wontons

From a recent trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Looking forward to trying this at home:   Ingredients: 15 wonton wrappers oil for frying 1 lb cooked shrimp, diced 1/4 c avocado, diced 1/4 c tomato, diced 2 T red onion 1 T cilantro, chopped 2 T olive oil 1 T lemon juice 1 T…