Cashew Cheese-Quinoa Burrito and Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons: I loved these burritos, the cheese sauce is amazing! In fact, I think they could have been saucier! I got 6 using large tortillas, rather than 4. They were so nice! The salad was OK, I wasn't a huge fan of the dressing (though my mum liked it), I found it a bit bitter. The nutty herb croutons were fun. A blended up mix of of nuts, onion, herbs and flaxseed that is then broken into little bits and baked. They didn't really go crunchy, but they tasted good. Though I needed to add extra salt.
Rating: Burritos :D, Salad :|, Croutons :)
Glowing Strawberry-Mango Guacamole and Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip: I made this combination for a movie watching day when I had a friend over. The guacamole is very sweet and refreshing. I originally forgot to add lime, though it was still good, then I added it and it was even better. I used sliced green shallots (scallions) rather than raw onion. The nacho dip lives up to its name, the cheese sauce is AWESOME! I left out the chili and cayenne to make it mild, and I used a mild chunky salsa instead of marinara based on a tip from Cadry. I used panko crumbs for the crunchy topping.
Rating: Guacamole :), Nacho Dip :D
Grilled Portobello Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Kale-Hemp Pesto, Lightened-Up Crispy Baked Fries and Perfect Kale Chips: This was a fun dinner. The burgers are made up of marinated and grilled mushrooms topped with pesto and other toppings. The pesto was a bit bitter at first, but mellowed after an hour or two. This recipe makes for two burgers with leftover pesto, so would be easy to increase. These aren't filling burgers, so I was happy for the sides. The fries are amazing, I did need to bake for a bit longer than recommended (45 minutes rather than 35), but they were worth the wait. The kale chips were also fun. I made a small batch using about 3 leaves of kale, which covered two baking trays. There are optional seasonings to add, but I kept it just plain salt and pepper.
Rating: Burgers :), Fries :D, Kale Chips :)
Spa-Day Bircher Muesli: I made this to use up some leftover yoghurt, which was sweetened vanilla flavour, so this was sweeter for me than it would be otherwise. It is a nice blend of oats, seeds and fruit. Though I really need to not grate my knuckles every time I try and grate and apple! This was a good breakfast.
Loaded Savoury Oatmeal: This quick and easy recipe combines overnight oats with a savoury blend. According to the recipe it serves two, but truthfully I only got one serving and even that was a little light on for the big day I had. I topped mine with hummus, avocado, tomato, parsley and tortilla chips.
Classic Green Monster Smoothie: I always enjoy trying new smoothie recipes. This was good, though I prefer my own regular green smoothie recipe and it wasn't very filling. I used baby spinach leaves for the green, and took the options of peanut butter (instead of almond butter) and LSA (instead of chia or flaxseed).
Flu-Fighter Sunshine Smoothie: I made this when I was starting to feel sickly one day. The next day I was super sick. I don't blame the smoothie though, I am sure it did its best but sometimes lurgies are just going to happen. Still, it was a refreshing citrus blend of orange and lemon, with some ginger and cayenne to spice it up. Nice even if you aren't trying to fend off a bug.
Creamy Avocado-Potato Salad: This salad is the bomb. It is so tasty! It has roasted potatoes and asparagus! In a dilly avocado dressing! I must confess that I snacked on the yummy roasted potato cubes quite a bit before putting the salad together. I also added lots more dill because 2 tablespoons is a nothing about. So good.
Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew: This is a combination I can never get enough of - sweet potato, tomatoes and peanut butter in a definitely soothing soup/ I left out the capsicum and the jalapeno, and added in 2 scantcups of cooked brown rice, frozen peas and extra spinach.
On The Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup: I found this to be quite a bland broth, though I had decreased the chili powder by a bunch so probably a lot of the flavour comes from that. I only needed to use the original 5 cups of broth. I also added a 150g bag of baby kale leaves at the end instead of torn regular kale.
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
This handsome fellow is Caesar, and this photo was taken while he was in boarding. Caesar is a kitty from my PhD study, and he is super handsome.