Cream Cheese Frosting
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan. Whisk together dry ingredients, set aside. Mix together wet ingredients and gently fold in dry ingredients. Don’t over mix. Gently fold in grated carrots, crushed pineapple and pecan pieces. Pour into baking pan and bake for 30 min or until toothpick comes out clean.
Mix the cream cheese and powder sugar in a standing mixer. Refrigerate it for 1 hour before assembling.
perfect for a snack and so good with coffee!
1. Cook bulgur
Coarsely chop apricots and transfer to a small saucepan. Add bulgur, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer; cover and cook until bulgur is tender, 10–12 minutes.
2. Prep ingredients
Meanwhile, squeeze 2 tablespoons lemon juice into a large bowl. Trim half of the scallions then thinly slice. Pick and thinly slice mint leaves; discard stems. Rinse shrimp under cool water, then pat dry. Transfer shrimp to a medium bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon oil; season with salt and pepper.
3. Make lemon vinaigrette
Whisk 2 tablespoons oil into bowl with lemon juice. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of pepper.
4. Dress bulgur salad
Add cooked bulgur and sliced scallions to the bowl with lemon vinaigrette, and toss gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Cook shrimp
Heat a medium heavy skillet (preferably cast-iron) over high. Add shrimp, reduce heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are cooked through, 2–3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and 1½ teaspoons harissa spice blend, and stir to coat.
6. Finish salad & serve
Add spinach and sliced mint to bulgur salad, and toss to combine. Serve salad topped with shrimp and any pan juices. Enjoy!
2. Prep veg & fruit
3. Broil onion and pineapple
On a rimmed baking sheet, toss onions and pineapple with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Broil on top oven rack until tender, about 8-10 minutes (watch closely as broilers vary).
4. Season shrimp
Rinse shrimp, then pat very dry. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with chopped garlic, 2 teaspoons oil, and 2 teaspoon of taco seasoning.
5. Broil shrimp
Place shrimp on baking sheet with onions and pineapple. Broil on top oven rack until shrimp are pink and cooked through, and vegetables are deeply browned in spots, about 3–4 minutes (watch closely).
6. Prepare guacamole
Run full garlic clove over the bottom of mortar or bowl. Halve avocados and add to bowl. Zest one lime, salt and pepper to taste. Use pestle to mash avocados.
6. Finish & serve
In a small bowl, slightly thin sour cream adding 1 teaspoon water at a time, as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toast tortillas over a flame (or under the broiler on a sheet of foil), turning frequently, until warm, 10–15 seconds per side. Wrap in foil to keep warm. (NOT NEEDED WITH JICAMA TORTILLAS) Serve shrimp. onions and pineapple with guacamole, sour cream and tortillas. Enjoy!
1. Prep ingredients
Preheat oven to 350℉ with a rack in the center. Halve leek lengthwise, rinse under running water to remove any grit, and pat dry. Cut half of the leek crosswise into ¼-inch pieces (save remaining half for own use). Halve pepper, discard stem and seeds, then cut into ¼-inch pieces. Pat chicken dry and season all over with salt and pepper.
2. Sear chicken
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over high until shimmering. Add chicken in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, until browned on the bottom but not cooked through, 2–3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside until step 5 (chicken will finish cooking later).
3. Cook vegetables
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped leeks, peppers, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, translucent, and tender, 7–10 minutes. (Reduce heat if vegetables are starting to brown before they are tender.)
4. Bloom aromatics
To skillet with vegetables, stir in 2 teaspoons each of paprika, tomato paste, and flour. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until paprika is fragrant and tomato paste is darkened slightly, about 2 minutes.
5. Simmer chicken paprikash
Toast baguette directly on center oven rack until warm and crusty, about 5 minutes. Stir chicken broth into skillet with vegetables. Bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat until liquid is slightly thickened and flavorful, 3–4 minutes. Stir in browned chicken and peas; simmer chicken is cooked through, and peas are warm, about 2 minutes.
6. Finish & serve
Pick a few dill fronds for garnish, then finely chop remaining fronds and stems. To skillet with chicken paprikash, stir in chopped dill, all of the sour cream, and ¼ teaspoon vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon paprikash into bowls and garnish with picked dill fronds. Serve with warm bread on the side. Enjoy!
1. Prep ingredients
Coarsely chop onion. Thinly slice 1 large garlic clove; reserve 1 whole garlic clove for step 5. Halve escarole lengthwise and rinse well under running water to remove any grit. Cut crosswise into ½-inch thick pieces. Scrub and trim carrots, then halve lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise into half moons.
2. Make meatballs
In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, panko, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Form mixture into 16 equal-sized mini meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium Dutch oven or pot over medium-high. Add meatballs; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned but not cooked through, 4–5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate.
3. Start soup
Add carrots, onions, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to same pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-high until vegetables are slightly softened and golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Add sliced garlic and escarole in large handfuls. Cook until escarole is wilted, about 3 minutes. Preheat broiler with top rack 6 inches from heat source.
4. Simmer soup
Add all of the turkey(or chicken) broth, meatballs and any juices, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to soup in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, covered, until meatballs are tender and cooked through, 7–10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Make garlic bread
Meanwhile, split ciabatta rolls, if necessary. Drizzle cut sides with oil, then season with salt and pepper. Broil directly on top oven rack until golden brown and toasted, 1–2 minutes per side (watch closely as broilers vary). Carefully, remove ciabatta from oven and rub oiled sides with reserved whole garlic clove. Cut ciabatta into large slices.
6. Prep topping & serve
Coarsely chop parsley leaves and stems. Stir half of the parsley into soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve mini turkey meatball soup drizzled with oil and sprinkled with remaining parsley. Serve garlicky ciabatta alongside. Enjoy!
1. Marinate chicken
Finely chop 1 teaspoon garlic. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons each of yogurt, water, and oil, 2 teaspoons garam masala, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon of the chopped garlic, and a few grinds of pepper. Pat chicken dry, then transfer to marinade, turning to coat. Set aside until step 3.
2. Prep cucumber relish
Preheat broiler with rack in top position. Finely grate ¼ teaspoon lemon zest into a medium bowl, then squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a small bowl. Trim ends from cucumber, then peel and halve lengthwise. Finely chop cucumber. Finely chop roasted red peppers.
3. Broil chicken
Remove chicken from marinade and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil; discard any remaining marinade. Broil on top oven rack until chicken is browned in spots and cooked to 165°F internally, 8–10 minutes (watch closely as broilers vary). Transfer to a cutting board to cool slightly.
4. Make cucumber relish
While chicken broils, add cucumbers, roasted red peppers, remaining chopped garlic, and 1 teaspoon oil to bowl with lemon zest, tossing to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Make tahini sauce
Add tahini and 3 tablespoons of the remaining yogurt to bowl with lemon juice. Stir in ¼ cup water and 1 tablespoon oil to make a smooth sauce (if too thick, add 1 tablespoons water at a time, as needed). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
6. Prep lettuce & serve
Trim stem end from lettuce and separate leaves. Slice chicken into strips. Assemble lettuce wraps at the table, filling lettuce leaves with chicken, cucumber relish, and a drizzle of the tahini sauce. Enjoy!
1. Cook rice
Preheat oven to 375. In a small saucepan, combine rice, 1¼ cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 17 minutes. Keep covered until ready to serve.
2. Prep ingredients
Finely chop onion. Halve poblano pepper lengthwise, discard stem and seeds, then cut into ½-inch pieces. Finely chop 1 large garlic clove. Drain and rinse hominy. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon each of chili powder and flour, 1 teaspoon each of sugar and salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
3. Start pozole
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium Dutch oven or pot over medium-high. Add onions and poblano peppers; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5–6 minutes. Add turkey and garlic; cook, breaking meat up into small pieces and stirring occasionally, until turkey is lightly browned in spots, about 5 minutes.
4. Finish pozole
Stir chili powder mixture into pot with turkey. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add hominy and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, scraping up any bits stuck to bottom of the pot. Simmer, partially covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until pozole is thickened and flavorful, and turkey is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
1. Prep ingredients
Pre-heat oven to 400. Finely chop onion. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Coarsely grate cucumber; place between paper towels to remove moisture. Separately, coarsely grate carrot. Finely grate all of the lemon zest, then squeeze 1 tablespoon juice into a medium bowl, keeping them separate. Cut any remaining lemon into wedges.
2. Make tzatziki & dressing
In a small bowl, stir to combine yogurt, grated cucumbers, and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Into the medium bowl with lemon juice, stir in 2 tablespoons oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set tzatziki and dressing aside until ready to serve.
3. Cook onions
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add chopped onions and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in 3½ teaspoons garam masala; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a medium bowl
4. Form falafel
Add chickpeas to bowl with cooked onions. Use a potato masher or fork to mash chickpeas until it forms a coarse paste. Stir in grated carrots, lemon zest, 1 large egg, ¼ cup flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Use moist hands to form mixture into 3-inch wide patties.
6. Bake falafel & serve