Monday, July 26, 2010

Spicy Cilantro Coleslaw

{Meatless Monday}

Here's the recipe for this yummy coleslaw.  As I said previously, I'm not a real coleslaw person, but my friend said it was a good coleslaw and she's tasted a lot!  : )  I am just barely getting a taste for coleslaw or potato salad, so I really haven't tried out a lot of different recipes.

This is what you need:
1 c. sour cream (I used light)
1/2 c. mayonaisse  (I used light)
1 T sugar
3 T fresh lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
1 clove minced garlic
1 whole jalapeno, chopped
3/4 c. fresh cilantro
8 c. cabbage, sliced
4 whole green onions, diced

I am LOVING my new little dishes (I just wish I had more of them!) for all these little ingredients while I'm cooking.  You see, I actually have a thing for beautiful dishes, just not the money or the storage space to go along with it.  So I have to get great joy out of SMALL things with SMALL price tags! ; )

Mix together sour cream, mayo, sugar, lime juice and zest, garlic, jalapeno and 1/4 cup FINELY chopped cilantro for the sauce.

Mix together the remaining 1/2 c. COARSELY chopped cilantro with the cabbage and onions.  Pour sauce over cabbage mixture.

Stir to coat and let sit one hour!  You don't need a very large cabbage head to produce 8 cups.  It sounds like a lot, but when you start chopping up that head of cabbage, it seems to multiply!  Ours was a fairly small head from our garden and it gave us a full 8 cups.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Healthy Hummus Wraps

{Meatless Monday}

Yum...Yum...Yum!!  These were so simple, so fresh, and REALLY delicious.

 I came home from my Book Club Retreat with some leftover hummus (thanks, Anna!).  And when I saw this recipe, I was so excited to use it.  

This is my book club (missing 2 ladies) out on the boat last weekend.  This is what we did after staying up late eating tons of yummy food and being out shopping all morning.  ; )  

But anyway...back to the hummus!!

Here's what you need:

Whole wheat tortillas
Hummus--1-2 T per wrap  Any kind will work--we had spinach and artichoke hummus
Cucumber--4 slices per wrap
Tomato slices--3 per wrap
Feta cheese--1 T per wrap
Red Onions--finely diced to sprinkle on top

The recipe actually called for capers, but I just did red onion for a little kick.  I didn't want to try to hunt down capers at the store.

Spread hummus on each tortilla.  Place 4 slices of cucumber down the middle and top with lettuce, tomato, onion, and feta cheese.

This was the PERFECT summer hot oven and everything was crisp and fresh and light.  I will share the recipe for the coleslaw next week.  I am not a huge coleslaw fan, but my hubby planted cabbage, so I had to do something with our cute little head of cabbage!  But this version was actually pretty scrumptious--lots of cilantro and a little jalapeno kick!

Have a good week! 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Baked Potatoes Florentine

{Meatless Monday}

I'm finally back!  I promised I would have a new recipe today, so off to the store I went this afternoon at 4:30 pm to grab ingredients for a new one I had just pulled out of a magazine.

And it is a keeper!  I really liked these.  I love that they are TOTALLY different from the same-old stuff I always throw together.  We really don't eat a lot of potatoes, so it was a nice change for us.

I LOVE that they are super easy and quick.  You cook the potatoes in your microwave.  ( I can NEVER remember to put potatoes in way before dinner time!)  And I think Feta is my favorite cheese.  I love everything that uses feta!
The best thing about this recipe is that I got to use one of my beautiful new "sauce cups" that I bought at Tai Pan during my retreat weekend.  I love them. They are just so pretty.  I used it to hold the little egg yolk. ; )

Here's what you need:

4 Idaho baking potatoes, scrubbed ( I made 5 large ones, actually)
1 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 bag (9 ounces) spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp sale
1/4 tsp pepper
1 large egg, separated
1 package (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese

Heat oven to 400*.  Pierce potatoes with a fork.  Place on paper towels in microwave and cook on high for 16 minutes, turning halfway through.

Meanwhile, cook onions in olive oil for 7-8 minutes.  Add 1/2 the spinach and cook down slightly.  Add other 1/2 and cook until all is wilted.  (It seems like a TON of spinach, but it cooks down to so little!)  Season with 1/4 tsp of salt and the pepper.

Remove from heat and cool slightly in a large bowl.

Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place potatoes on foil.  Cut open and sprinkle with remaining salt.

Beat the egg white to stiff peaks.  Stir in the egg yolk to the slightly cooled spinach mixture and all but 2 T of the feta cheese.  Fold in egg whites.  Divide mixture evenly onto potatoes.  Sprinkle with remaining feta.

Bake at 400* for 10 minutes.  Turn oven to broil and leave in 2 minutes more. 

These were really flavorful...I just love how feta melts in your mouth with that creamy/salty tang.  Mmmmm.   I put some sour cream on the table and my husband used some, but I loved it just as it was.  Enjoy!  And I hope everyone is having a great summer!

I have many wonderful new recipes just waiting to be made. There have been SO many vegetarian recipes in ALL of my magazines lately....I love it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Fun

I am not a very fun mom...especially during the summer!  It is true.  I love my cleaning calendar more than anything and my kids have a healthy amount of jobs everyday.  And even with the cleaning, the house is still messier than normal, which means I get grumpier than normal! ; )

But I was proud of myself this last weekend...I did lots of things that were fun for the kids.  We celebrated on Monday...we went to the parade in Provo and had a wonderful shaded spot.  Then we had festive hot dogs for lunch.  

Aren't these fun??  I saw them on a blog that I follow.  My kids (like most) LOVE hot dogs, but they rarely get them.  It has become quite the treat!! ; )

The "fries" are homemade in your microwave and the kids loved making them.  (Recipe here.)  They were supposed to be stars, but I didn't have a small star cookie cutter. The older kids diligently carved stars with little knives, but I was too lazy!

And I made these for my husband and I.  Not only are they beautiful, but they were so delicious.  I could have this for dessert every night!  (Vanilla and Lemon yogurt, homemade granola, fresh blueberries, and frozen raspberries.)

Then after lunch and naptime, we went and saw "How to Train Your Dragon".  All of our kids loved it and it cost us $5.25 because it was family night at the Dollar Theater!!  We would NEVER go to the movies without Movies 8!!  And we finished the day off with Taco Bell and sparklers.  At bedtime, my middle child said, "Today was a fun day!"
I'm glad ONE day so far this summer has been up to her standards!  ; )

I will be back this Monday with a new Meatless Monday!  I promise...sorry for being a slacker this summer.  It has been a really busy, really fun summer for me!