Attention, all mothers of babies and toddlers!
I have found you the perfect meal delivery vehicle.
That’s right, the pita pocket! You can hold it in one hand, it won’t fall apart when you put it down (plus it’s easy to pick back up again!), AND nothing will fall or drip out of the bottom of it while you are juggling your baby with one hand and your meal with the other.
Seriously. You can easily hold it out of your baby’s reach, you can walk around with it…
And it’s delicious!
Another new mommy bonus: This meal only takes 10 minutes to make.
…Did anyone else just hear the Hallelujah Chorus in their head?
I have been wanting to make black bean burgers for ages…but for some reason, I was a little afraid of them. You know how sometimes you can get in your head and convince yourself that a dish you’ve never tried is going to be really difficult to get right?…
Well, I was completely off base about that, and I’m glad I finally got my act together to make these burger for my two best friends when they came to throw me a baby shower! Thanks, Stephanie and Debby, for being my guinea pigs
These black bean burgers were delicious, and sooo easy to make! They were moist and flavorful, with a bit of a southwestern flair—definitely not like the dry pile of beans I feared so much. I definitely recommend you make these burgers. They are hearty and healthy…a great way to end the summer!
Okay. I may have mentioned earlier that one of the things I have truly been loving during this pregnancy (aside from ice cream) is sandwiches. I have been taking note of interesting veggie sandwiches and wraps—you know what I mean, the ones that aren’t basically melted cheese with one mushroom or something like that.
Not that I don’t like cheese. Last week when I was hanging out with my sister-in-law, she made herself an egg and cheese sandwich, and I kind of drooled on her a little bit. And then I spotted a delicious-looking egg and avocado sandwich in a coffee shop with a friend. And maybe you see the trend here.
I added spinach to the above mix, inspired again by last month’s Secret Recipe Club blogger, Amy of Amy’s Cooking Adventures. Plus an everything bagel, and voilà! The best sandwich ever. The toasty bagel warms the colby jack just slightly, the ripe avocado and spinach provide a rich butteriness and a crisp crunch, and the over-easy egg…oh my, the over-easy egg. When you bite into the sandwich, the yolk breaks and drips all over everywhere, but it also douses the sandwich in amazingness. I ask you, is there anything better than a runny egg yolk? mixed with cheese and my favorite green veggies? I think not.
(P.S., if you have never had an everything bagel, you really should rethink that decision, because they are great!)
I was originally holding off on sharing this sandwich with you until I could also bring you a great bagel recipe, but honestly I am just too tired to knead bagel dough for 10 minutes, so you will have to settle for bakery bagels for now. Maybe I will regain my bagel-making fervor in a week or two. Continue reading
Guess what? I also joined the Daring Bakers!
The challenge for the Daring Bakers this month was quickbread, which, as the name suggests, was quick. Also, it allowed me to make something I’ve been planning for quite some time: beer bread!
The first time I ever had beer bread was at one of those sales parties that people who don’t like you very much drag you into (oops, please don’t be insulted if you host Tupperware or Mary Kay parties!). In this case, it was a horrible roommate who was hosting a party to sell clothing that was old lady-ish and about four times more expensive than anything I normally purchased. I felt super awkward knowing that I wasn’t going to purchase anything, so I hid behind party snacks. Namely beer bread. Yum! Lightly slathered with a bit of butter or coated with a tasty dip, beer bread is a simple snack with a complex flavor.
After a few years of making this bread for myself, I discovered a recipe for grilled cheese using beer bread. Holy moly, what could be better!?
You, of course, can serve your beer bread however you like. But if you like your taste buds, then you should treat them to grilled beer and cheese at least once.
So. It’s the week before Christmas. You are probably busy cleaning your house for the relatives coming into town, running back and forth from Target, and wrapping so many presents that you have little tooth-shaped scars on your index finger from the tape dispenser.
Or maybe that’s just me.
What you really need right now is a quick and delicious meal that won’t interrupt your flow. Something filling but not heavy. Something you could make using only one pan, and be ready to go in about 10 minutes.
What you need is portabella burgers.