Super Bowl Snacks

My first time trying Kimberly Snyder’s zucchini hummus recipe, served with crudités, and it was a huge hit, even at a Super Bowl party with chicken wings and other meaty treats available! My guests were wowed by the Vitamix demonstration (since I procrastinated making it, many of them were present as I made it). They commented on how light and refreshing the dip tasted.

James made carnitas in the slow cooker using organic pork from Whole Foods, based on this recipe from Alaska Cooks (minus the milk!). Guests assembled street-style tacos, and we used the leftover for the next two days for a carnitas enchilada casserole and carnitas tostadas.

Pad Thai

I Googled “Pad Thai,” and I may have combined from several recipes but I believe this is the main one we used. James added peanut butter to the sauce. We also topped with raw red peppers and cilantro.

Portobello Mushroom and Red Pepper Fajitas

Recipe from Diana Stobo’s excellent book Get Naked Fast!, which changed the way I eat and opened the door to a new world of eating for me. This recipe is a weekly staple now.

…and for dessert, another Diana Stobo recipe! This one from her Naked Bliss cookbook, which is all shakes made from coconut milk ice cream (hard to believe no dairy), and DAMN are they good!

Slow-Cooker Soy-Glazed Chicken With Stir-Fried Vegetables

Made in the slow cooker. We used this Real Simple recipe and organic, free-range meat.

Pan-fried Salmon with Parsley Walnut Pesto and Potato Wedges

I usually make pesto the traditional way, with pine nuts and basil. But tonight we were sans basil and with parsley a-plenty, so I finally decided to try this version. I used the Vitamix and not a ton of oil, so it came out really smooth and fresh-tasting. I used a whole huge bunch of parsley, since I didn’t get to have my daily green smoothie this morning. Between the salmon (we get it wild & frozen at Costco) and the walnuts (also in bulk at Costco), this meal must have had omega-3s galore. I also steamed some carrots at the last minute, since I made a small amount of fish for the three of us. I made this meal while enjoying Obama’s State of the Union Address and bouncing between the three following recipes:

Walnut Pesto with Parsley and Mint
I replaced the mint with more parsley, since we didn’t have any.

Pan-fried Salmon
I added a tablespoon of butter to the pan with the oil.

Baked Potato Wedges
I didn’t brush potatoes with mixture, I just tossed them with it in a bowl and then flipped/moved them around a bit halfway through cooking.

Spaghetti with Braised Kale

I’ve gone crazy for kale. Lately I base my daily lunch salad around it, with shredded carrots, greek olives, tomatoes, sprouts, and raw sunflower seeds. We decided to cook it for a change tonight by making a kale pasta using this Bon Appetit recipe. Really good.

Fail-proof Apricot Dijon Chicken

This is super easy to whip up, and you can let the rice cook while the chicken bakes. Simply combine apricot preserves with dijon mustard (I like the whole grain kind) and stir together very well to form a sauce. Cut chicken breasts (free-range and organic in our house!) into 2 or 3 strips each lengthwise, and bake them coated in the sauce at 450 for 45 minutes. Serve with veggies of your choice, or salad. I saved this recipe from an issue of Glamour magazine years ago, and it has never failed me.

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