I have tons that I want to update you on, and I am so excited!!! I’ll probably put all in another post, but first thing’s first.
My writing prompt for the day is followed by an amazing recipe that turned out better than I imagined. Melted cheese, garden fresh basil, tomatoes, and can’t forget the quinoa! See below.
Today’s writing prompt: Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.
Bell peppers – I love it! This is a new craze for me. My best friend got me to eat these. I never liked them ever in my life. Ever. And now I can’t eat a sandwich wrap without them. I’ll even eat them alone, dipping them in the red pepper hummus – is that like cannibalism?
Red Pepper Hummus – I feel like I could eat this every day with carrots or the bell peppers above. And I love putting this in my wraps. I think I may have convinced D that this is a purchase out of necessity. Delicious! I should just learn to make it on my own. I think I saved a recipe somewhere…
Jalapeno hot sauce – I’m sorry I bought this last year. I got excited when I read that it came from a local farmer, but I don’t quite know what to do with it yet. I think it was used twice, to my knowledge. Most of you reading this would probably say to throw it in chili or something. I am not sure…Hmph.
Bag of cheese – I made a sucker out of myself and bought these two humongous bags of cheese to use in the future (over a month’s span) I try to shop once a month to restock completely, then only go for stuff that runs out or doesn’t last long (bread, bananas, beer, etc [haha] ) I thought “Why not make cheese purchases something that happens once a month?” Sam’s Club got me, and I went with the two huge bags of both mozzarella and cheddar. Eh, it seemed necessary.
Okay, so I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys. I found it on Pinterest, and I am now following her foodie blog. Read on!
Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake
I apologize upfront for not having any pictures of the process in making this delicious side. You should definitely visit this blog to get the full picture and recipe. She did a wonderful job on photography for this dish. And her food blog “Half Baked Harvest” is full of amazing recipes.
I love easy recipes, and this is definitely easy! I am proud to say that I made this recipe and it was a HIT! Both kids and D liked it. Anything that gets more than 5 bites is a success. I had a minor setback, since I didn’t read the directions properly. Use cooked quinoa! But it turned out perfectly, even if I took a different route to get there.
This recipe called for basil and I was praying that I wouldn’t have to make a trip to Walmart. Shocking news: it is November and I was able to pull off a ton of leaves from the basil plants in my garden. I love basil!!! I would have made pesto and divided it up for future use in sauces, but that’s because I didn’t know any other way of “preserving” the basil leaves. That was until I pinned this on Pinterest. I only used about 8 basil leaves in the quinoa bake, and M had picked a ton for me. So I thought I’d try this method to preserve them in my freezer. Bonus: I used up the entire box of salt so there’s more room in my cabinets. Haha, small victories.
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