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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Quick and Easy Basic Hummus


     This is one of those simple recipes that it almost seems silly to share.  But it is a good one, and it seems MiMi and I both come here to find recipes because it is so much easier that digging them up out of recipe boxes or remembering which book you found it in.  So I am putting it here as much for us as I am for you.  But you can certainly make it too! ;-)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Toasted Maple Cinnamon Granola



   Jax loves yogurt.  He loves smoothies, cups of yogurt and especially fruit and yogurt parfaits.  He thinks it is fun to dump some granola on top and crunch on the little bits of sweet goodness.  But granola can be expensive, and who knows what they put in it?  So I never keep it on hand.  I do always have oatmeal though.  I also always have some form of sugar and oil.  There are many variations you can make, but this is our favorite so far!

Low Fat Tzatziki Style Orzo Salad


     Our Greek week would not be complete without something Tzatzkiki. I mean the cool creamy cucumber and yogurt sauce it what really makes a gyro.  I love it when they really pile it on there.  So I knew I had to make something like that for our Greek feast.  The thing is, I didn't really want it as a sauce or dip.  I wanted it to be it's own thing.  And that's when it hit me.  It would make a perfect pasta salad!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken


      This chicken is really lovely!  It comes together super easily and the lemon and yogurt really make for juicy, tender and delicious chicken.  This was Matt's favorite part of the Greek inspired feast, I would guess.  It would be hard for me to pick between this and the pita bread (Hello, I'm Carlee and I'm a carbaholic).  He loves grilling anyway and really seems to like it even more when I come up with new marinades to try.  The char siu chicken we made for the poultry grill-off  has inspired him.  We still need to make that chicken again so we can get pictures and write a post... and he is already asking for this chicken again too.  Our "to make" list is always longer than our time to make it!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Delicious Semi-Whole Wheat Pita Flatbreads


     Happy Monday morning to you!  I hope your weekend was lovely.  Ours was certainly a good one.  Somehow they are always busy, but I might as well accept that and move on right?  Luckily it was full of lots of family and plenty of good food.  We (and by "we" I definitely mean I) decided to have a Greek themed dinner.  Luckily my husband is happy to play along with these things.  His job was to light the grill and cook the meat I gave to him... then eat everything placed in front of him.  Two jobs he is always happy to do!   So, I thought I would share our Greek feast with you.  It just so happens that it pretty easily turned into a week worth of posts, so welcome to Greek Week!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Amazing Chanterelle Tart with Ricotta, Rosemary and a Phyllo Crust


     The best thing happened the other day.  The chanterelle fairy showed up out of nowhere!  It's true.  (Kind of at least!)  My father-in-law stumbled upon a couple of large patches of chantarelles on their land last year.  He did a lot of research to determine if what he had found was edible or not.  Those darn mushrooms are always a bit scary that way.  Even after he determined they were chantarelles, he still started with just a small taste the first day.  He said he read if you misidentified them, it probably wouldn't kill you but might make you wish they had... so that first bite came with some trepidation.  When that bite didn't send him running for the hills, they went for it! And thank goodness they did.

Friday, July 22, 2016

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake


     Sometimes you want something sweet.  Ok, I want something sweet all of the time.  But sometimes you you have to control yourself. Unfortunately.  It is what it is, we don't have to like it.  Anyway, during the summer it is nice to have some treats that are easy to make and don't require the oven.  This recipe only add 1/2 cup of sugar as well.  I am certainly not going to pretend it is holy. Or light. Or anything but delicious!  But I did make this as a lower sugar option.  My Paw-Paw is watching his sugar intake.  So when I made my sister the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake With Mocha Whipped Cream that she requested for her birthday, I knew it would be nice to make something a little less full of sugar for Paw-Paw.