Monday, April 25, 2011

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

I posted this recipe back in November of 2008, but I make it so often, I thought it was time to revisit it! Besides, I was able to harvest some green onions from my garden to include in the recipe.

After chopping up all of the ingredients, and giving it a good stir, here is a close-up picture.

It is great as a dip or as a side dish. I served it along with my sirloin tip roast and mashed potatoes on Easter Sunday, and it was a hit!

Blueberry Green Smoothie

I thought I'd share my impromptu recipe for a green smoothie this morning that turned out fantastic. I had to go back into the refrigerator and get the same ingredients that I had just used so you could see what went into this before it was blended.

Above, as pictured, I included a handful of spinach, a stalk of celery, a large leaf of napa cabbage, 1/2 cup of blueberries, and last but not least, 1/2 a frozen banana (I slice them up and freeze them so they are ready to blend). With a vitamix, always cover the blade with liquid first to facilitate blending. I used crystal light lemonade! You can use water or juice.

It was delicious. Hope you'll try it and let me know how you liked it!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today's Harvest

Today's harvest is.....a bunch of green onions! I clipped these out of a pot in my container garden. I washed them, then chopped them. I'll be using them tomorrow for dinner in Roasted Zucchini with Green Onions, Feta Cheese and Basil from Kalyn's Kitchen. I'm serving this with oven baked, marinated chicken thighs.

Pinto Beans with Garlic

I had some pinto beans in the freezer, left over from a batch I made earlier this year. A last minute dinner dish was in order, so I did a quick google search, and came up with this recipe for Pinto Beans and Garlic from I made the following changes to the recipe:

  • I added 1 extra chopped celery stalk

  • Used canned diced tomatoes instead of paste

  • 1 tsp of chili powder. The chili powder I have is from The Spice House, and it has a nice kick to it. We like our chili mild, so a teaspoon did the trick.

  • I also added 3/4 c. water.

The result was a nice chunky bean dip! I served it with rice, scoopable tortilla chips and grated cheese. The verdict: a delicious, easy meal to prepare. It is a great vegetarian recipe, and a good way to use those beans in your food storage!

Here is the recipe the way I made it:

3-4 cups of cooked pinto beans

1 onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

2 carrots, grated

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1/2 tsp basil

3 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp celery seed

1 tsp chili powder

1 can diced tomatoes
olive oil
dash pepper

Begin by adding a tablespoon or two of olive oil to a large pot. Saute the onion, pepper, and celery until onions are translucent. Add the the remaining ingredients, and simmer. Stir frequently on medium-low heat until beans are soft and beginning to break down. Serve with rice. Chips and cheese optional, but they really add to the meal.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rachael Ray's Creamy Asparagus and Ham Soup

I'm on a few of Rachael Ray's mailing lists, and usually just delete the email. Today, however, I noticed that there was a recipe for soup using asparagus. I just happened to have a bunch of asparagus, and had some ham in the freezer left over from Christmas (Honey Baked Ham). I decided to give it a try. It turns out that we all really enjoyed it. I didn't have any new potatoes, so I make up a cup of instant potatoes from my food storage and used that instead. You can go here to see the recipe in full, on Rachael Ray's website. The picture above is from her website as well. I forgot to take one, but our soup looked exactly the same. I even served it with a similar looking bread! It was delish!