Tag: recipe

Cilantro Hummus + VITAMIX GIVEAWAY!

Top Fixed Logo Placement - ShutterbeanCilantro Hummus // shutterbean

As a food blogger, I try really hard to balance what I eat. Some days are better than others. Sometimes my temptations get a hold of me and I fall prey to a big old fashioned doughnut. It’s totally normal; it’s what I refer to as LIVING!  What I’ve learned about health and balancing my diet is that one must arm oneself with good choices or else you’ll be more likely to grab a bag of pretzels over vegetables & fruit. All it takes is a little time upfront and you’re on your way.

Well…that and…WILLPOWER.

Cilantro Hummus // shutterbean

If you’ve followed my meal prep post or you’ve seen some of my weekly meal prep posts on Instagram, you’ll know that I almost always have fresh cut vegetables in my fridge. It works out well for us because we have a five year old who loves to eat red peppers (sometimes carrots!) and cucumbers for his “appetizer.”  It also makes it easier for me to make good choices throughout the day.

Cilantro Hummus // shutterbean

But what do you do if you’re sick of eating vegetables plain? MAKE HUMMUS!  I’ve owned a Vitamix for a few years now and it’s become of my most used kitchen appliances (besides our panini press). Cooper has 4-5 smoothies (packed with kale & spinach!) a week and I use it to make a weekly batch of vanilla almond milk or fresh homemade pesto. I’ve added hummus to our weekly rotation because my Vitamix blends it up like a dream! Hummus is fine on its own, but why don’t we take it up a notch and add cilantro oil to the top? You’re probably wondering- Why not mix the cilantro IN with the hummus? Because a certain five-year old that I live with doesn’t like it…. But he WILL eat the hummus without it and that’s good enough for me. More cilantro oil for me!!

Read More »

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon Tahini

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon Tahini // shutterbean

After a weekend of croissants, cheese plates, Easter candy (why are Cadbury Eggs so GOOD?), strawberry rhubarb pie, ham & egg breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, tater tots and GIN… this is what I need to eat for dinner tonight.

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon Tahini // shutterbean

Perhaps you are in the same boat. No worries. It’s cool. We can hit RESET and get this eating thing back on track. I made you this roasted broccolini recipe with the Lemon Tahini Dressing from the The Oh She Glows Cookbook.  (If you’re looking for a cookbook to inspire you to eat healthy, THIS IS IT! 100 Vegan Recipes!)

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon Tahini // shutterbean

The broccolini has a crunchy roast bite. The lemon tahini dressing? I want to top in on EVERYTHING. It’s tangy and creamy. You’re gonna love the tahini up in there. It’s got a hummus vibe but with sesame oil. Have this for dinner so we can back to raiding my kids Easter basket…

Read More »

Cottage Cheese + Wheat Germ + Honey

Healthy Snack: Cottage Cheese + Wheat Germ + Honey

Cottage cheese creeped me out until Casey introduced me to this combination. It’s something he had when he was growing up. I think his grandpa introduced it to him?  Basically,  you take a good scoop of cottage cheese (I prefer the smaller curds) add a heaping tablespoon (or two) of wheatgerm and  top it off with a little bit of honey. If you’re not into wheatgerm, try ground flaxseed. Also good! It’s creamy, sweet and the wheat germ gives a little bit/depth. If you’re not a lover of cottage cheese, this might change you.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Coffee Cake // shutterbean

I suppose it’s time to stop procrastinating and think about what we’re making for Easter.  You ready?

I think I am I think I am. I think I am…going to eat all of these cadbury eggs…

Rhubarb Coffee Cake // shutterbean

To me, Easter is a very good excuse to eat ALL DAY LONG. My grandma used make an epic Easter spread with grilled lamb, salad, the CRISPIEST potatoes, green beans, you name it.  The highlight was always her amazing Italian Easter pie that was equal parts cheese, crust, sausage and egg.  My brother and I would park ourselves in front of a tray and eat wedge after wedge in between handfuls of nonpareils. I’m gonna hafta get that recipe and some nonpareils.

Easter is also about coffee cake. A cake you can eat before or after your epic meal. A cake that can be served with coffee or a big scoop of ice cream and fresh berries. A cake that gives you leftovers to send home with guests or eat hoard in your kitchen to snack on all week long…

Rhubarb Coffee Cake // shutterbean

I think this Rhubarb Coffee Cake is a good choice for Easter. The crispy cinnamon laden top stands upon a light and fluffy crumb cake studded with tart rhubarb chunks. I call dibs on an edge piece!

Read More »

Bacon & Pea Pizza

Bacon & Pea Pizza //shutterbean

It’s funny to think of what comforts you. I’m sitting here writing this in my hotel room in Oregon. I was invited on a blogging trip that came at a time when I really needed to get away. My routine was wearing me down and I’d been aching for alone time like you wouldn’t believe. If you’re a mom you know how rare it is to get a moment to just think about yourself. No one else. Just you and your thoughts. To be the only person of your family in line at the TSA…not bracing for security checks with a kid who needs his Curious George and is upset that he has to take his watch off and carry his own backpack. None of that. Today I spent an extra hour at the airport due to flight delays and was actually happy about it. More time to read my book. More time to people watch. Time to be myself and observe other people who were freaking out over flight delays. More time for reading, I kept repeating to myself.

Bacon & Pea Pizza // shutterbean

Tonight I had an amazing dinner with uninterrupted adult conversation. I came back to my hotel room, unpacked and situated myself. Somehow I find great pleasure unpacking and setting up my homebase and I had this moment where it was just really quiet in my hotel room. A very eery quiet. A quiet that I didn’t anticipate. I mean, I had looked forward to this quiet all week. Lawd!! I praaaaaaayed for this quiet and here it is. So I immediately turned on music in my room and felt better.  Comfort found in music. Does this mean I’ve finally adjusted to a life with background noise?  I don’t know.

Bacon & Pea Pizza // shutterbean

Last week this pizza fed us well. My goal was to use up some of our leftovers before I went grocery shopping. Somehow I was left with three strips of bacon (why didn’t I cook the whole package??) and a handful of peas and with a little rooting around our fridge I found cheese, lemon & grabbed some mint growing in a pot on our deck. Casey thinks it’s the best pizza I’ve made with the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza being his close second. Perhaps I’ve found Casey’s comfort food combination> It might be yours too. I think he likes it because it has a carbonara vibe. Comfort, indeed.

Read More »

Salted Caramel Macaroons

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

I made this recipe twice on Saturday. The first time went really well until… I burned the caramel. I should seriously have a leash on me when I’m working in the kitchen with things that require attention. If I have enough counter space free, I almost always find another project to work on. It just doesn’t feel right to have less than three things going on at once. After the caramel burning fiasco I sat there in my kitchen contemplating whether or not I should call these Burnt Salted Caramel Macaroons or just scrap the recipe altogether because I actually drizzled all of the macaroons with the burnt caramel. I wasn’t convinced.

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

Then I found another bag of coconut in my pantry as well as a can of condensed milk and HALLELUJAH round two!

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

I’m glad I gave it another go because these macaroons (from The Macaroon Bible) are incredible. They taste amazing with or without the salted caramel. The caramel adds a little bit of a crunch to the crispy/chewy macaroon. Plus! It’s salted so HELLO. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for anything with coconutcaramel or salted caramel.
Read More »