Saturday, February 3, 2018

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad


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Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern

Looking for a great salad?  This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad is the perfect choice!  It's filled with fresh veggies and protein for a light and delicious main salad or side dish.

About a month ago I had some friends over for a "Girls That Lunch" party.  It's not often that we all get together, so this party was the perfect way to reunite, laugh, gossip, and just be "girls".   The menu consisted of grilled chicken and a few types of salads.  Of course there was some heavenly wine involved too!  This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad was an obvious choice for the menu.  

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern


There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette.  I knew this would be a big hit with the girls.  

This chickpea salad takes only minutes to throw together.  The flavors and bright and bold, leaving you wanting more.  Fresh, crisp cucumbers are mixed with mint, tomatoes, and bell peppers, then tossed with the most heavenly lemon vinaigrette!  Oh boy was this salad a hit!  Everyone loved it so much there weren't any leftovers to be found. (Sorry MGG, there's none left for you...)

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern


This salad is a great lunch idea.  Use it as a main dish or a side dish.  Another perfect way to serve this would be to buy mini pita pockets, and stuff them with the salad.  The perfect treat!  Super Bowl anyone?

Enjoy!








Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

1 large English cucumber, seeded and diced
1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup of fresh mint, minced
1/3 cup of crumbled feta

    Lemon Vinaigrette 

    3 lemons, zest removed and juiced
    2 teaspoons of Gourmet Garden Basil Stir In Paste
    1 tsp of garlic, minced
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
    salt and pepper

    In a large bowl, toss together the cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, bell pepper, and mint.  To make the vinaigrette add Lemon zest, and lemon juice, basil paste, garlic, and oil to a mason jar.  Shake vigorously to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Add vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine.  Top with feta and serve.  


    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern


    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas


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    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern

    I just love sheet pan meals, don't you?

    The are so easy to put together because the whole meal cooks on the same sheet. That's right, meat and vegetables, (chicken, beef, pork, and fish) can be combined on the same tray and roasted in the oven! It's a new marvel and I'm loving it! This is the perfect weeknight meal.

    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern

    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern

    Today we are going to take a walk on the Latin side. How about some delicious, sizzling fajitas? Sounds great, right! All those caramelized onions and peppers mixed with your choice of meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. Oh man!

    So today I'm craving steak, so lets make Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas.

    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern

    With this easy supper, slices of sirloin steak, bell peppers and onion are roasted together, then tucked inside warm tortillas and served with Mexican rice and slices of lime. 

    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern

    Since it all cooked on one pan, clean up is a breeze!







    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas



    serves 4

    1 lb. sirloin steak, left whole
    1 red bell pepper, seeded an thinly sliced
    1 yellow bell pepper, seed and thinly sliced
    1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
    2 Tbs. canola oil
    2 Tbs. fajita seasoning
    1 tsp. kosher salt
    8 flour tortillas
    Mexican rice for serving
    Lime wedges for serving


    Preheat an oven to 425°F

    Place bell peppers, onion, and steak on a baking sheet. Steak should be in the middle surrounded by the vegetables. Drizzle oil over peppers, onion, and steak. Tossing to coat. Sprinkle fajita seasoning over the steaks, both sides, and rub in to cover surface area.

    Place in the oven and roast, stirring the vegetables once halfway through, until the steak is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

    During the last 5 minutes of cooking, wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and place in the oven.

    Remove the steak from the pan and allow to rest 5 minutes, then slice thinly Plate steak slices and vegetables. Serve with flour tortillas, Mexican rice (optional) and lime wedges.



    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern

    Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas:  Caramelized onions and peppers mixed with juicy meat, wrapped up in a hot fluffy tortilla. - Slice of Southern




    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt


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    Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt - These waffles are bursting with strawberries inside, along with a hint of vanilla. The perfect breakfast! - Slice of Southern

    Like many of you our mornings are filled with rushing around getting ready, going to work, and we don't really have time to sit and have breakfast.  We just grab and go.

    Oh, but the weekends are a different story!  MGG loves a big breakfast on the weekends.  Some hearty food to start the day off right.  A little leisurely time that we spend together before the demands of chores, exercising, and hopefully some playtime calls.


    Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt - These waffles are bursting with strawberries inside, along with a hint of vanilla. The perfect breakfast! - Slice of Southern

    This past weekend was MLK holiday so we had an extra day off, which was wonderful!  The weather was in the 80's which is not typical of January in Southern California (who said there wasn't global warming with this wacky weather).  So I decided to make use of some fresh strawberries MGG brought home from Costco the other night and make Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt.  A nice light springtime style dish to celebrate the nice weather.


    Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt - These waffles are bursting with strawberries inside, along with a hint of vanilla. The perfect breakfast! - Slice of Southern


    STRAWBERRY VANILLA WAFFLES WITH YOGURT

    These waffles are bursting with strawberries inside, along with a hint of vanilla.  When you place the strawberries inside the waffles you get the flavor of roasted strawberries, deep concentrated flavor and little more sweetness. Oh my, heaven in a waffle.  Then you top them with a creamy vanilla based yogurt and all is right on a beautiful morning!


    Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt - These waffles are bursting with strawberries inside, along with a hint of vanilla. The perfect breakfast! - Slice of Southern

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend, and make sure to try the waffles to bring a touch of springtime to you winter.

    Enjoy!






    Strawberry Vanilla Waffles with Yogurt



    1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
    2 eggs
    2 cups flour
    1 3/4 cups milk
    1/2 cup canola oil
    1 tablespoon sugar
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup vanilla or plain yogurt

    Preheat waffle iron. 
    Wash and slice your fresh strawberries.  Set aside.

    In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla.  Stir just until moistened.  Add in 1 cup of the sliced strawberries and fold into the batter. 

    Spray the heated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

    Remove from waffle iron and keep warm.  Continue making waffles until batter is gone.  To Serve:  Add a dollop of vanilla or plain yogurt and top with slice strawberries.  

    Tip:  Flash freeze any leftovers, then store in a freezer bag up to 3 months.  To reheat, place frozen waffle in the toaster. Toast until thawed and heated through.






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