Moroccan Chickpeas with Raisins

Moroccan ChickpeasRarely, does a vegetarian recipe come along that I love. Well, maybe I spoke or “wrote” to soon. I love cheese pizza. My chickpea curry is a staple recipe.  I can quite happily eat a whole pan of sautéed mushrooms all on my lonesome. Broccoli cheese soup, grilled cheese, all rank high in my books. This one though. SO much flavour. I served it with coconut rice on the side. I love that too. Okay, maybe meat is over rated. Maybe I do love the occasional vegetarian cuisine. This one I will be making again and again, and then again. The only thing I changed was to sprinkle with cayenne pepper, and even then I only did that to my individual portion so it is totally optional.

Recipe from Betty Crocker Vegetarian Cooking

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced- I at least doubled this, if not more. Basically just use a big scoop of minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced butternut squash – I used frozen. Already diced. Super easy.
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • Hot rice for serving, I used coconut.
  1. Peel onions. Dice one onion. Slice one onion.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet. Add onions and garlic. Cook until onion is tender. As soon as onions start to turn brown add next 6 ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add chickpeas. Continue to heat until chickpeas are cooked through. Serve on top of rice. * Sprinkle with cayenne if desired.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Black Bean Breakfast Bowl

Black Bean Breakfast BowlI am not a person that likes to follow one specific diet. No high protein, low carbs, not weight watchers, no specifics at all. One day I can eat all completely healthy food, the next day I can go to KFC. I am definitely an everything in moderation kind of gal. This really is the best of both worlds, and goes with my I like eating junk food, AND I love eating healthy too. So basically, you never know what you are going to get with me. this is one I would put in the healthier category, and we loved it. It had all sorts of delicious flavours, it was super quick to put together, and it had a delightful Mexi-twist on breakfast which we don’t usually get. Although black beans aren’t pretty, this is one I will be making again for sure.

Recipe slightly adapted from Allrecipes

  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat coconut oil in non-tick pan.
  2. Whisk eggs with 1 Tbsp. milk, and salt and pepper. Cook while scrambling until done to your likeness.
  3. Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans. Heat in pot with cumin and salt and pepper. Place on bottom of bowls. (Makes between 3-4 bowls)
  4. Top with eggs, then avocado, then salsa. Give dish another healthy sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Cinnamon Sugar & Pecan Popcorn

Sweet PopcornGuys! Today, I have some sad news. This will be the last post of the Secret Recipe Club. After many years, this group has decided to close up shop. We get this one last post to say good-bye. I must say, it has been fun. Definitely one of the blogging highlights for me. For this last post I was assigned Casa Costello, a blog all the way from Northwest United Kingdom! I chose one of my favourite foods, popcorn, with a sweet twist. When I have a favourite I usually tend to stay away from changing anything about it, but this was a nice sweet twist. Way easier than caramel corn, it is an easy way to sweeten up that popcorn. This would be a wonderful and easy addition to any holiday time eats!

  • 1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
    2 tbsp Cooking Oil
    1/4 cup melted butter
    3 tsp granulated sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Pecans – roughly chopped/broken into pieces
  1. Pop popcorn in your popcorn maker with oil. Toss with melted butter.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon, toss to coat.
  3. Add pecans (or any other nut of choice)
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Dill Devilled Eggs

Devilled EggsWelcome to a new club! Secret Recipe Club is sadly, ending this month. I used to be a member of Crazy Cooking Challenge, which also ended, and I also loved. This new one Fantastical Food Fight, will run similarly along those lines. Each month a group of us will make one type of food. Really this is a great idea, because when you are looking for a specific type of recipe, you can go to one place and find a bunch, that us bloggers have personally tried. This first one is devilled eggs. I have a standard go-to devilled egg recipe, that is so good, I  dare to try out anything new. However, one of the rules is that it must be a new recipe to your blog. So we tried this one from over at McCormick, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe, I just really love devilled eggs (okay, no maybe needed, it’s true), but these bad boys were so good!! I will definitely now have 2 go-to devilled egg recipes!

Recipe has been very slightly adapted

  1. Place eggs in saucepan, that they will lay with room on the bottom. Cover with water. Bring water to a boil. When water has started boiling, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Immediately drain boiling water and rinse with cold water, until cool enough to touch. Peel eggs and cut in half, vertically.
  2. Remove yolk. Combine yolk with Mayonnaise and spices. Stir vigorously with fork. You want that yolk all mashed up and creamy. Re-fill egg whites.
  3. Top with pickle. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Eat and enjoy!