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cooking fever


I have absolutely no idea why I am on this constant cooking fit. It is very unlike me and I am really digging it šŸ™‚

This week I work the day shift and am home by 6. I immediately go to the fridge, check my interest and get cracking on recipes I have pinned for later. (Some of them also come from wordpress blogs I have been following.

Last night I settled for some Baba Ganoush, Pineapple Quesadillas and Stuffed JalapeƱos. When making all of this it really helps me to use up the veggies we get at the market (it’s never just 1 or 2 onions. It’s more like here’s 10 for 2 dollars)

Adam also picked up this awesome new blender last night so I had to give it a try.

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For the Baba Ganoush, I followed a recipe I foundĀ via afatgirlsfoodguide. I followed it pretty well. I didn’t have cumin so I just mixed in a few spices I found in the cabinet that sounded indianish… I also didn’t have tahini. I tried putting sesame seeds in the blender, but they are too small to blend. I ended up putting them in at the end with all of the other ingredients and they mixed in pretty well with the blender. I also threw the whole mini eggplant in the blender instead of scooping. It came out awesome! For pita chips I just took a tortilla, flipped it in olive oil, cut it, sprinkled it with garlic power and baked it in the oven for a bit until it looked crunchy.

Ingredients

7 eggplants

3 table spoons of tahini

2 tablespoons of sour cream

2- 6 cloves of garlic

lemon juice

salt

table spoon cumin

Directions

Slice your aubergines down the middle and drizzle with olive oil, then roast them in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they are soft inside and the skins are crinkly. I also roast the garlic at the same time. After they have cooled scoop out the flesh and mash with a fork, or you can do this in the blender. The more traditional way is to just use the pulp inside, but iĀ donā€™tĀ like to waste the skins so i usually blend them up too (I dont think it really affects the taste either way). Add the roasted garlic and tahini and blend again. Then stir in the cumin, lemon juice and salt to taste. Drizzle with olive oil, paprika and some chopped fresh herbs to make it look pretty.

Then I tried making jalapeƱo poppers, I picked up the recipe from v1valavegan’s blog. I had picked up jalapeƱos at the market on Tuesday, 1 dollar for 12. I only used about 4 of them, they were really big. I used mexican cheese (its what we had in the house) and regular cream cheese (as not a vegan).

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I have the hardest time breading anything so at times the batter came off and the pepper was a little bald, also my jalapeƱos seemed spicy when I washed and cut them but when we ate them, they were more mild…but they tasted great!

INGREDIENTS:

-panko break crumbs

-soy milk

– daiya cheese (any brand that melts and flavor can be used)

-all purpose flour

-salt & pepper for flavor

– tofutti cream cheese (I used yellow tub because it has no hydrogenate oils)

– 4 big jalapeƱos

-frying oil ( I used olive oil)

2) 3 small bowls and something to place stuffed jalapeƱos on after stuffing ( I used a large plate)

DIRECTIONS

1) wash jalapeƱos then cut tops off and slice them in half , take seeds and ribs out. ( be careful to not touch your face, eyes, mouth because you will have jalapeƱo on your hands and fingers.)

2) In a bowl mix half of the daiya cheese and 4 tbs of toffuti cream cheese mix well ( I used my finders and worked better that trying to do it with a spoon.)

3) -heat 1 inch of oil on low heat in a skillet or sauce pan ( I used a skillet) watch the oil that it doesnā€™t start burning.

(then rising them flame to medium heat once you have stuffed all the jalapeƱos and breaded them.)

4) stuff the jalapeƱos with the mix.

5) ā€“ in a bowl pour 1/4 cup of soy milk.

– on second bowl pour 1/3 cup of all purpose flour add salt and pepper.

– on third bowl pour half a cup of bread crumbs.

6) Dip stuffed jalapeƱos into milk then into the flour and shake off any excess flour and continue on to all the jalapeƱos.

7) Dip the jalapeƱos back into the milk and then into the bread crumbs. Make sure they are fully coated. Repeat this to all the jalapeƱos.

8) Make sure the oil is ready to fry these bad boys by sprinkling some flour into the skillet. It should sizzle and now your ready to fry.

9) Carefully place the coated jalapeƱos into the oil and watch them sizzle. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes turning them as they brown evenly or as to your desire.

10) Place on a paper toweled lined plate to drain. Let sit for about 2 minutes then serve and enjoy with dipping sauce as a main course or side dish.

Ā Lastly, was the Quesadilla. OMG, it was fabulous. I used the Pioneer Woman’s WebsiteĀ as a guide but altered it a bit.
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I chopped up pineapple, tofu, jalapeƱo, green pepper, bok choy, zucchini and onion. Sauteed them in a pan with some salsa and then added steak marinade. Stirred for about a minute. Layered the tortilla with cheese then the veggies, and popped it in our convection oven (thank you thank you thank you thank you Tiffany for the oven once again)
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This was absolutely the best part of dinner. The flavors were out of control good and meshed so well…
Maybe I do have to work on my food pairings..I mean Baba Ganoush with Quesadilla’s??
Overall we ate more than our share of veggies last night, so in a way it was still super healthy…maybe minus the cheese would have been a bit better for us. Hm… tonight, executive decision, no cheese in dinner.
Any ideas on what to make tonight?

One thought on “cooking fever

  1. Im soo happy you liked them! Some of my breading would fall off and i have also never been good at breading. What I did with these jalapenos, I would redip them in the milk and flour in the areas where the breading came off. It worked for me I hope maybe it helps in any way. Thank you again for trying my recipe! šŸ™‚

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