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Back into the Routine April 25, 2016

Filed under: Interests,Meal Planning,Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 7:58 PM

Coming back from a break can make it hard to get back into the routine.

I haven’t been as good about writing, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been making messes in the kitchen.

Here’s a fun recipe and a great secret tip.

Mediterranean Sliders:

1 pkg ground turkey or chicken

4 green onions, finely chopped

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp. cumin

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

(optional: 1/4 c. – 1/3 c. feta cheese)

In a bowl gently mix all ingredients .  Form small patties (sliders).  Sauté in a hot skillet with a little olive oil.  Serve on slider buns or in a pita with cucmbers, tomatoes and lettuce.


I really like hummus and  taziki sauce with this too.  (Mix plain greek yogurt with shredded cucmbers, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt/pepper).


Quick Hummus:

One 15-ounce can chickpeas- drained and reserve liquid
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
1/4 cup well-stirred tahini, use store-bought
large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 to 3 tablespoons water

I like to saute the garlic in the olive oil first.  Then in a food processor, puree all the ingredients.  Add water as needed to thin out the hummus.

Here’s a secret:  save the chickpea liquid.  It’s high in protein and it can be whipped up like egg whites.  I use them as an egg replacement for baking or in my waffle recipe.  Save your eggs to eat and bake with replacements.



I also finished a quilt for my science-loving son while he was away at camp.

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