Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Yummy White Bean Dip

I always seem to experiment on food when I have people come over or when I need to take a dish somewhere. I know you're not supposed to do that but I love trying new things. Yesterday I had some ladies over to do Pysanky and I served my White Bean Dip with pita chips, Kalamata olives, and cherry tomatoes. It was so yummy! Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the dip but the recipe is so easy and so good I just had to share it!

Nat's White Bean Dip

2 cans Great Northern Beans (drained and rinsed well)
2 - 3 tablespoons minced onion
1 - 2 garlic cloves, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced
olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
vegetable broth

In a small skillet saute the onion in a fair amount of olive oil. When the onions get soft add the garlic and rosemary. Saute just long enough to get it all warm and the aroma coming out of the pan nicely. Pour the entire contents of the skillet into a bowl of the drained beans. Add the Dijon, a splash of veggie broth and the salt and pepper to taste. With an emulsion blender blend the ingredients until they become a nice, slightly thick, dipping consistency.

I did manage to pull myself away from the dip long enough to create these!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Weekly Menu (April 6 - April 12)

It's been a busy week, and it's going to be busy next week too. I have a love/hate relationship with this menu writing stuff. I know I can't function without it, no matter how hard it is to accomplish, so I suffer through it as best I can. This week's menu is a bit disappointing to me. Most of the time the rule of thumb in this house is to cook good healthy meals, and not use processed "food". Knowing how busy next week will be, and the fact that my husband and I will continue to have conflicting schedules (he's in theater), I threw this menu together. I'm not proud of it, but it will get us through the week and keep us out of restaurants. If you have super fast and easy homemade dishes you use in a pinch, share it, I'd love to have more ideas for weeks like these.

Saturday - Pasta (homemade, one with meat sauce the other without meat) and salad
Sunday - leftovers
Monday - White Turkey Chili for the boys; roasted veggies for me with salad
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with soup for the boys; Lentil and rice salad for me.
Thursday - Frozen pizza and salad for the boys; homemade veggie and bean soup for me.
Friday - Fried shrimp (yes, the frozen kind) and veggies

One last thought on trying to make most of our food. I went about $10 over my grocery budget this week in part because of the frozen, packaged and processed foods.