Let's face it, hummus is awesome but tahini, in most parts of America I imagine, is expensive! It's a good thing then that with a little thought there's an easy workaround.
This recipe is decidedly *not* halal friendly so if you're looking for something to replace the beer I use just reserve an equal volume of the water from the can of chickpeas. It's not as flavorful and roasty, but it'll work for those with a more traditional palate :)
A slightly out of the ordinary take on chicken noodle soup that originally started as a "chef's special" (i.e. what I had on hand). Turns out, with the right ingredients you can make an extremely light and refreshing twist on a classic recipe. Definitely one for the recipe books.
There are a number of recipes out there that try to duplicate Olive Garden's "Zuppa Toscana" appetizer soup but they usually call for artificial ingredients or seriously lack in flavor.
With or without the addition of chopped kale leaves this all-natural and economical family dish is chock full of traditional flavors and is nearly identical to Olive Garden's signature dish.
Hint: To reduce the fat content of this soup make sure to remove the kale leaves before serving; they absorb grease.
Pork Chops? Apples? Why not combine the two? This is one of the best 'comfort foods' I've ever had, and if you're looking for a little Thanksgiving flavor any time of the year this is the recipe for you.
*This recipe would also be good over a grill, just make sure to wrap each prepared chop in aluminum foil and grill over low heat until 160 degrees.
Has your spouse ever told you that you perpetually smell like garlic? Do you relish the unmistakable scent of Italian food? If so this recipe's for you.
This highly flavorful cold-serve pasta salad is sure to be a hit with the family and with a heaping pile of peas per serving it's a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables and actually enjoy it!
*Take heart: If this recipe is too garlicky for you just adjust the amount of minced garlic until you find your own desired strength.
I thought this recipe up one night while trying to find a quick and easy meal with the ingredients I had on hand. It's fast, cheap, and a hit with the girlfriend and family. I'm not a big seafood guy, but the mild ginger and lemon flavors accent perfectly with the honey glaze and even I can't say no.
*This recipe works equally well with swordfish or tuna. Also try substituting soy sauce or teriyaki for hoisin for some additional variety*
Pumpkin flavored ice-cream is one of those seasonal treats that I learned to love when I was growing up. I also happen to be terrible with an ice-cream maker, so it truly was only available seasonally. Well, this is a little recipe I came up with to enjoy the unique flavor of pumpkin ice-cream year round. It's quick, it's easy, and best of all: no ice-cream maker required.
It's the middle of winter, it's cold, and what works better to warm the stomach than a nice cup of chili? While this may be a refined version of the first spice mixes I conjured up it's too good to keep to myself. Don't just limit it to chili stew mind you, it's good any time you want some added zing in a family meal that you just can't get from store-bought "chili powder".
Trying to find something quick and simple to make for lunch/dinner? Well, here's one of my solutions. This side goes well with anything Italian, particularly chicken dishes.
Note: The fresh garlic cloves aren't strictly necessary if you don't happen to have any. In that case skip step 2.
A beautiful red spice mix with a kick, this spice combo is good as a general purpose taco seasoning replacement or as a meat rub. Works best with pan fried or grilled chicken or steak, but should be good with pork, lamb, or anything else that breathes air. Would also be good sprinkled over pasta or added to steamed vegetables.
To add more of a kick replace one part ground black pepper with one part cayenne pepper.
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