Thursday, January 14, 2021

curried chickpea soup


One of my daughters declared this soup Hall of Fame!  I was flattered.  More so, I was just grateful for another vegan recipe we can repeat to please everyone.  I made some salmon and steamed brocolli for those of us who like something a little more hearty.

Note:  Once again, for a gourmet-looking photo, see The Minimalist Baker.

curried chickpea soup (the minimalist baker)

2 tablespoons oil

1 cup diced onion

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced (I used 1 teaspoon dried)

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, drained

1/2 teapsoon salt

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 cans light coconut milk

1 cup vegetable broth

1-2 teaspoons honey 

1-2 tablespoons lime juice

Heat a large pot over medium heat.  Add oil, onion, ginger and red pepper flakes.  Saute 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes.  Add chickpeas, salt and curry powder.  Saute on medium-low for 5 minutes to slightly brown the chickpeas.  Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and stir to combine.  Bring back to a simmer over medium heat then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes.  Add honey and lime juice.  Adjust the flavor if needed.  Serve hot.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

mushroom lentil stew


We had this for dinner tonight and the lentil stew is fantastic.  Very flavorful.  Next time I will omit the mushrooms simply because two of my kids pick them up and I find that pretty annoying.  I served the stew over mashed potatoes as the recipe suggested but it would be just as great over rice.  And yes, the recipe is vegan.

P.S.  If you want to see a photo of it looking absolutely gourmet look up the minimalist baker.

mushroom lentil stew (adapted from the minimalist baker)

1 tablespoon water or olive oil (I used water)

1/2 cup chopped shallot (I used 2 tablespoons minced dried onion)

2 cups sliced mushrooms

2 tablespoons soy sauce

pinch of pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (I had to use 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)

2/3 cup dried green lentils, rinsed

2-3 cups vegetable broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 tablespoons mashed potatoes (for thickness, if that's what you're serving it with)

Heat the water and add the minced dried onion until the onions are soft.  Add the soy sauce and a pinch of pepper.  Saute for a couple minutes.  Add thyme, lentils, tomato paste and 2 cups vegetable broth.  Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, adding more broth if it looks dry.  (Mine could have used a little more broth). Serve over mashed potatoes.

buffalo chickpea salad


I tried this recipe because my vegetarian daughter needs to try a lactose free diet.  You know what that means.  Vegan diet (insert scream)!  I've done this before but I needed some new recipes up my sleeve for the week.  I can do this for a week. :)

Note:  For the non-vegans I provided some grilled chicken, cheese and Doritos and every member of the family was in HEAVEN.  Everyone loved the chickpeas.  GREAT recipe that works for families with mixed dietary needs.

buffalo chickpea salad (veggies save the day)

1 tablespoon vegan butter

1 can (14.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and dried

1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot

1 head romaine lettuce

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

1 avocado, sliced

other veggies:  sliced green onion, diced cucumbers, cilantro, etc.

tortilla chips

vegan ranch dressing

Melt the vegan butter in a skillet on medium heat.  Add the chickpeas (and I added 1 tablespoon minced dried onion).  Stir until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.  Assemble the salads with veggies and divide the chickpeas among the bowls. Sprinkle with tortilla chips and drizzle with ranch dressing.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

christmas potpourri


Every year the Youngs bring us a pretty cellophane bag filled with fresh Christmas potpourri.  I put it into the refrigerator and decided to bring it out this morning so we could enjoy it during home church.  This will be last year we'll be delivered such a sweet gift because we are moving in 2021.  Why not extend a little excitment after 2020?! 

christmas potpourri (my friend Mandy)

1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1 tablespoon whole cloves

2 bay leaves

2-4 cinnamon sticks

1/3 cup cranberries

Combine ingredients in a small pot on the stove.  Cover with water.  Heat on a low simmer.  Enjoy as long as it smells good.

Friday, December 11, 2020

gingersnap cookies


Our friend Karen delivered these gingersnaps yesterday and my husband said they aren't your average gingersnap which prompted me to snap a photo and ask for the recipe!  They really are pretty too.

gingersnap cookies (our friend Karen)

Combine then set aside:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt


3/4 cup crisco (or 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco with 1/4 cup butter)

1 cup sugar


1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

Combine the flour mixture with the other mixture. Roll into 1-inch balls.  Roll in sugar.  Place 2-inches apart on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

m&m chocolate chip cookies


My family enjoyed m&m chocolate chip cookies during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional this evening.  It should be a tradition.  They were delicous!!

m&m chocolate chip cookies (iheartnaptime)

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)

1 cup M&Ms

Preheat oven to 375 degress.  Cream butte and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Fold in chocolate chips and M&Ms.  Refrigerate dough 15-30 minutes (I refrigerated mine for a couple hours).  Bake 7-10 minutes depending on the size.

nutcracker nordic ware


A dear friend of mine gave me my first Nordic Ware cake mold for my birthday.  My daughter's birthday was coming up (last month) and her two favorite things are Christmas and ballet so we smashed the two togther and she made each of her friends a chocolate nutcracker and surrounded each with candies and put them in really fun boxes we ordered form  The mold has 4 different nutcrackers and they are so handsome! The molds come with instructions on how to make eggnog cake but we decided to go with chocolate in case eggnog is an aquired taste among teens (you never know).

I highly recommend these molds!  So fun and festive.