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Chickpea and Fresh Basil Salad

The warm days are supposedly leaving us, and crisp cool days are around the corner, but we’re still in time to prepare this salad. This is a really easy and fresh salad, perfect for outdoorsy summer days and it’s also a convenient make ahead recipe, you can prepare it the night before and it will taste even better!  Aside from being delicious and fresh this is a very healthy dish.  Truthfully, I didn’t make it because it is healthy, but my husband asked me if there is a nutritional benefit to eating chickpeas, so I looked it up.

I found out that these legumes are high in fiber, so it’s a great aid to our digestive system and it is also very beneficial for people looking to include foods that help improve their cardiovascular health.  As little as ¾ cup of chickpeas per day can help lower our LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides in a one-month period of time.

With that in mind, I will definitely try to prepare chickpeas more regularly at home and I’ll be on the lookout for more recipes, so you can try them too.

Helga

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French Toast BLT

When we think about french toast, we immediately imagine maple syrup, cinnamon, berries…. breakfast and coffee, right? But what if there could be a savory version of french toast? Sometimes I think about those things, and I start googling and pinteresting to see what’s out there. I found a lot of BLT french toast photographs to inspire me. Basically, you use the same base as you would to make normal french toast, buy instead of adding sugar you add salt, spices and herbs to the mix. As I write this, I’m thinking about adding a little white wine to the mix, and top my savory french toast with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions? A little swiss cheese maybe? I’ll definitely try that and post the recipe.

My recommendation when trying this recipe, is that you can try to get a crusty bread.  Even though I made mine with whole wheat sliced bread, it would have turned out even better if I would have used a rustic type of bread, or even baguette sliced diagonally.

Helga

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Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

I’ve missed posting like I regularly did, this year has been full of changes and adjustments for me and I just can’t seem to get a handle on my schedule… but I’m still here!

Now more than ever, I am leaning towards fast and easy recipes. I always try to keep homemade tomato sauce in my fridge, I use it for all sorts of things and is sometimes a lifesaver when I need to get a quick meal ready for my daughter. I use it to make a quick pasta dish, or pita bread pizzas for her. For breakfast I use it on eggs and sometimes I use it on my cooking when the recipe calls for tomato sauce. Of course, using store-bought tomato sauce is convenient, but we have gotten so used to the natural flavors of the homemade kind that we don’t like the flavor of the commercial brands anymore. You might have to invest a little time in making it, although it’s actually quite easy, but you can double this recipe to freeze half of it for later use. And also, don’t you think that every home cook should know how to make a good tomato sauce?

Helga

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Spiderweb Soup (Tomato Soup)

It’s time for us to post recipes for Halloween.  I can’t believe a year has gone by already!  This year I want to try more practical and easy to make recipes, both sweet and savory.  Hopefully, I’ll have time to try out a couple of recipes to post before Halloween is upon us.  This recipe is just homemade tomato soup, with a cream spiral on top to form a spiderweb.  (To make this practical, just use the cream spiderweb idea on canned tomato soup for your kids… I’ll look the other way). This is the second time I try a homemade tomato recipe, because I have to admit that I like the taste of the commercial tomato soup we get from a packet or a can at the supermarket.  It’s what I always had since I was a kid, and the flavor of a particular brand is what I want when I think about tomato soup.  And I know I’m not alone.

Nonetheless, I still wanted to give homemade tomato soup another shot. I am very happy with the flavor of this recipe.  I’m a little embarrassed to say so, but… I love that it tastes like the commercial brand, only better. Plus, I know it’s all natural because I made it at home.  My daughter loved it, and so did my husband. I was asked to make it again.   So you can trust me on this, if you’re looking for a homemade tomato soup, this is the recipe to try.  The only thing I changed, is that I used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. The original recipe added ½ cup of cream to the soup, apart from the cream used to make the spiral.  When I tasted the soup, it seemed “creamy” enough, so I didn’t add the cream, but it’s entirely up to you.  Also, I need to strain soups.  I like the smooth texture, and even though the original recipe didn’t mention any straining, I needed to do it. (I have childhood issues with lumps in food).

Helga

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