One of my guilty... but not so guilty pleasures are Fried Green Tomatoes. Oh, and these are not your traditional Fried Green Tomaotes! I have honestly been making them this way for quite a few years now. Not only are they vegan (no egg used), but they are flaky, crunchy, and bursting with flavor!! Enjoy these fried tomatoes with my recipe for some delicious vegan sour cream remoulade sauce! Video below!
I remember the first time I had hummus was back in 2007; and although I was a foodie then, I was still a little skeptical of new (healthy) things to try. I remember being at work, and my manager was going IN on a tub of hummus, which at the time did not look that appealing to me. Honestly back then I wasn’t a fan of food that was mushy with the exception of mashed potatoes, thick and creamy like yogurt or gelatinous like pudding. It was just something about the textures back then that did not sit right with me. So of course when my manager offered me some of her hummus, I gave her the classic “eww” face, but I still tried it because I didn’t want to be rude… And surprise, I’ve been hooked ever since!
Now in 2017, and have tried almost every cuisine, recipe, and different textures under the sun; my viewpoints are a lot different. I love hummus and I love the texture… surprising right? I love the variety of different flavors you can create, and if you’ve been following me for a while you know about my Cilantro Hummus recipe that I love to make. I also love the health benefits of hummus, because it is made solely of chickpeas, a little oil, seasonings, and Tahini sauce. It is loaded with protein, helps with weight loss, helps control blood sugar levels, it’s high in fiber, and it helps to protect against heart disease and cancer! Amazing right! Who knew that a little legume like chickpeas would be so awesome for your health?
Although you can find hummus premade and packaged at your local grocer, there is just something about making your own that takes the experience to a new level. You can customize it to fit your own flavor pallet, and you can make however much you want without breaking the bank!
So with that having been said, check out one of my all-time favorite hummus recipes that I enjoy making for my family. It is spicy… and y’all know we love spicy food in la casa Guerra… it is savory, hearty, and it kind of has a nutty undertone that makes for a great dip, topping on a salad, or as a spread on a sandwich!
I’ve been hooked on hummus for 10 years now. It is such a light, healthy, and flavorful dish that won’t have you regretting your life choices afterwards. I used to buy ready-made hummus from my local grocer up until 4 years ago, because I had no clue how to make it.
Then one day I decided to challenge myself to learn how to make a few of my favorite snacks… and hummus was on that list. I had no clue how quick and easy it was to make hummus, and I must say I was quite impressed with myself after.
That day I realized that I should really stop living in a box with my skills in the kitchen. I mean for real… It was only blended chickpeas for crying out loud! How could I have been so lazy no to even try to make it myself?
With that said, in time I begin to experiment more and more with different flavor to add in to my hummus. My all time favorite is my Cilantro Hummus. First of all, let me just make this super clear… cilantro is my lover, my boo-thang, my not so secret crush! When it comes to fresh herbs cilantro is first on my list followed by oregano, basil, and mint.
I find that adding fresh cilantro to hummus gives it such a refreshing flavor! I love to use it on my sandwiches, and as a dip with pita chips, or sliced cucumbers (my favorite). I am certain that you will love my recipe for Cilantro Hummus as much as I!
Lately I have been in the mood to throw dinner parties; I don't know if its my new stainless steel cookware set that has me wanting to cook up a storm, or our new dinning table that has me wanting to cook 3 course dinners.
But this past weekend one of my girlfriends came over for dinner and I made my Shrimp Linguine Alfredo pasta; oh and fyi, my camera was packed up at the time, but I managed to use my cell phone to capture a photo of it (the recipe will be posted this week)... Anyway, using the leftover French bread from that night, and some other key ingredients that I already had in my pantry and refrigerator, I was able to create something savory and kind of lite.
Since this recipe is so simple and quick to make, it would be a great addition to a dinner party as an appetizer, or as finger food at a gathering.
So, give this recipe a try, and let me know how you like it! Enjoy!
I came up with this recipe because I wanted to make green bean and cactus casserole (see next recipe post), and I just did not feel right using canned fried onion strings. I love making things from scratch, but I do understand how sometime you just don't have the time and need to purchased items that are already made and ready to go... but not this time!
I'm all for making things from scratch to cut down on a lot of preservative intake in your day. And honestly this is such an easy recipe, you won't want to buy canned fried onion strings every again!
FRIED FRENCH ONION STRINGS
PREP TIME: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES | YIELDS: 2 SERVING
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 cups almond milk
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp creole seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups vegetable oil
- Peel onion, and cut the top off, leave rooted end in tact, this will help to keep the onions hold. Cutting from the top, slice onion into thin ringlet strips. Be sure to break open each ring.
- Soak onion strings in almond milk for 1 hour.
- After the onion strings have soaked for 1 hours, using another large mixing bowl add in flour and seasonings.
- Taking a handful at a time, grab onion strings from milk, shake and toss in the flour mix. Be sure that they are completely coated.
- In a deep sauce pan, add vegetable oil on medium high heat.
- To test to see if the oil is ready, dip the end of 1 onion string in the oil, if it starts to bubble its ready to fry.
- Fry onion strings for 2 minutes, until golden brown.
- Place on a paper lined plate, and season with more salt if needed.
I used these onions strings as a topping on my Green Bean and Cactus Casserole (see here), but you can also enjoy them as a snack!
So as usual, give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it!