Home-made Hummus

I’m no cook but this recipe is easy. It’s home-made hummus. I added beets to the recipe because I love beets but that’s completely optional.

The home-made version has a very delicate taste when compared to the bought kind. With the blender, you can make it as smooth as you like. Add water if the mixture gets too thick for the blender.

Here’s the recipe. If you try it, let me know what you think!

This is us

We’re in the middle of packing our house. We’re moving in 3 weeks and we didn’t want to leave things to the last minute. So, instead, we started packing weeks ago. As a result, everything we need is usually now in the depths of a box, somewhere.

This is us right now. Boxes everywhere.

Just in case you’re wondering, both our dogs are helping us move by blowing their coats at the same time. Yeap. They’re shedding like their lives depended on it and adding balls of fluff all around the house.

This was so yummy!

I did manage to cook something today. It’s a slightly different version of the cauliflower Alfredo from Oh She Glows. I added broccoli to the recipe instead of mushrooms simply because they were the vegetable I had around. It was super yummy.

I also tried this other vegan recipe for a rose sauce and my hubby declared it one of his favourites. I did add lentils to the recipe which I think add a certain something to it. It was super good. We ate it all week and loved it.

 

Yum!

I’ve never, ever made risotto before but this one is super yummy. It’s pretty labour intensive, because it basically asks you to be stirring the rice for 45 minutes but it’s so worth the work. The taste was unbelievable! Even my meat-loving hubby loved it.

Here are some pictures and the recipe comes from Oh She Glows.

Oh, I did cheat at the end a put a dab of real butter into the dish. Just to be completely honest. Still, man alive, it was good!

Cooking…

So, I’m making up recipes…and we’ll see what comes out. It’s not that I know a lot about cooking or that I have any gift in this area, I was just messing around.

This was the stuffing I made for a lasagna. I actually added cottage cheese as a layer, so this recipe was only vegetarian but it turned out very yummy.

That was the lasagna before it went into the oven.

Then I made banana bread…because we had some really old bananas that needed help. The wax paper is a trick I learned somewhere so that I don’t have to smear butter on the pan to keep it from sticking. It saves calories and keeps the desert healthy. This recipe, I changed from the one on Oh She Glows, I just added chocolate chips. So yummy!

This is my own recipe for a lentil stew. I use green lentils, rinse them, add two large onions chopped up, some garlic diced (probably about two tablespoons; so quite a bit), I chopped up some sweet potatoes, added a few bay leaves and cooked it. After it came to a boil, I let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes and got this.

It’s actually super-good for you, because lentils are amazing, full of protein, fibre, iron and magnesium and the sweet potatoes are really good food as well. It has no oil or fat in the recipe, so it’s super healthy. Oh, add some salt. I can’t tell you how much I added because I did it bits at a time and completely lost track of the amount. Probably 2 teaspoons? But it depends on taste and amount.

So that’s what’s been cooking in my kitchen lately. What are you up to?

 

Curry lunch

After two days of nothing but turkey and the gastrointestinal nightmares that came with it, I had enough of the bird. When my hubby announced he had to go to work, I schemed and planed…and started mentally cooking.

I had never tried these two recipes, so I wasn’t sure if they would work. And now, after cooking them, I’m still not sure mostly because I changed the recipes. I substituted the cream for almond milk and added mushrooms to the aloo peas and potatoes. Still, by the time I was finished, I was starving and I ate a full plate of the stuff with delight.

This one was the Dal Tadka…or my attempt at it.

This one was my attempt at aloo peas and potatoes.

This is just basmati rice. Even I can’t mess that up.

This was lunch. Sooo good!

Well, I should include the sites where I got these recipes and ask, if you do try them, to let me know what you think. So, here we go.

This one is the Tadka Dal. It’s a curry dish with lentils and, since I love lentils, I was super excited about it.

Dal Tadka Recipe Step By Step Instructions

I should add that mine looked almost nothing like this one. But I’m sure that was because of me and not the recipe. Still, I really liked my creation.

And this one is the aloo peas and potatoes. It’s a video, which I found incredibly helpful.

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That’s what it’s supposed to look like and…well, mine didn’t look at all like that. But I still thought it was super yummy…

If you do give them a try, let me know how they work for you! And if you know of other curry, vegan dishes that work well for those who aren’t too adept in the kitchen, pass them this way!

Where I’m cooking like a witch

My recipe doesn’t call for eyes of newt or tongues of frogs, though, but it does involve the biggest pot we have. It’s super simple and easy (the way I like) and yields the best results ever.

I’m talking about refried beans. I love refried beans. But I’ve never really known what true refried beans tasted like until I made them at home. And the recipe is super easy!Image result for pinto beans

Add a bit of rice and some veggies, and you’ve got yourself a dish fit for a king…or queen.

Wanna try it? Here’s is where I got the recipe.

The best part is how cheap this is and how much it produces. They freeze really well and are incredibly nutritious.

Let me know if you give it a try! 😀

 

Supper last night

This was supper last night.

If you want the entire recipe, it’s here. Now, I did substitute spinach for the kale and I added mushrooms but the rest of the recipe, I followed to the letter.

Dinner and flowers

This was dinner today.

It was a veggie curry dish that was pretty yummy.

And this is what my plant is doing at home.

Isn’t it pretty? Dinner and flowers…ah…

Oh, I got the dinner recipe from Oh She Glows…just in case you’re curious.

Tip of the day

When you’re cooking a wonderful, super-healthy chickpea salad, check to make sure the vegan mayo is not… past its due date.

Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? My stomach told me it wasn’t not long after I finished eating it.