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Recipe of the Week: Chickpea Salad

I don’t know why it took me six years to make this chickpea salad, but now that I did, I’m certainly not going to wait six years to make it again! This delicious blend of chickpeas, herbs, salty cheese and tangy lemon juice make for an addictive and versatile dish. Chickpeas provide filling protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates as well as potassium and folate. The ease of preparation makes this a quick side dish or a last minute afternoon snack to take to work or on a road trip. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator if you don’t eat it all the same day!

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp and Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry

shrimp and vegetable stir fry These days I’m all about quick dinners. Besides the usual after work time crunch, who wants to spend extra time in the kitchen on these beautiful (and sometimes hot!) summer evenings? Stir-frys come together fairly quickly and are perfect for using all the veggies in your fridge. This recipe packs a fiber punch from the veggies, and the amount can be increased even more with a high fiber base such as brown rice. For this recipe I chose to use a Jasmine rice instead to add a layer of flavor. On the other hand, the canola oil is a neutral flavor and better for high heat cooking than olive oil, which is why I’m using it here. I’ve found shrimp to be a good, quick-cooking protein (~3 minutes and you’re done!) and makes any meal feel a little more fancy. The shrimp can easily be eliminated for a delicious and nutritionally complete vegetarian or vegan meal.

 

 

 

 

Shrimp and Ginger Vegetable Stir Fry (serves 2 adults and 1-2 pre-schoolers)

Ingredients

1/2 container baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

1-2 stalks of broccoli, cut into small florets

1/4 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 scallions, thinly sliced white and light green parts

2 large carrots, cut into thin rounds or matchsticks

1 inch peeled and minced ginger

1 tablespoon Canola oil (have extra on hand)

1-2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup dry jasmine rice

Salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you want to spice it up
Directions

1.  Heat the canola oil in a pan. In a separate pot cook the rice according to package directions.

2. Toss the carrots and broccoli into the pan with the oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. After they begin to soften add the mushrooms and asparagus. Add more oil as needed to ensure the vegetables don’t burn.

3. When all of the vegetables are soft add the scallions, sesame oil, ginger and shrimp and cook until the shrimp are opaque white in the center, ~3 minutes.

4. Place the rice in a bowl, spoon the stir fry on top and enjoy!

Recipe of the Week: Zucchini Bread

zucchini-breadFall is upon us and it’s time for warm recipes! This zucchini bread is the perfect way to transition to fall. I made the “updated” version from Smitten Kitchen, added mini chocolate chips and walnuts and it did not disappoint.

This recipe was also a good way to involve my three year old in the kitchen. All of the measuring and counting reinforces early math skills, and what three year old doesn’t like pouring, mixing and of course eating something sweet?!

Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Cake

img_0340We took an impromptu trip to pick strawberries and they didn’t disappoint. Neither did this fabulous strawberry cake recipe. I think it would work well with all of the other berries coming into season now too.
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Recipe of the Week: Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

There’s something about the winter that makes homemade quick breads extra delicious. This recipe from The Kitchn is easy to pull together and perfect for kids to help with. They can easily measure and pour ingredients and help with the mixing. Not to mention the eating! I followed the “original” recipe and can’t wait to make this again.

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