The mind-blowing heat we’ve been experiencing has killed my desire to eat anything beyond salad and blueberries. But my family’s gotta eat, so I used the week to try three new recipes. I loved them all and thought you might too.
I heart the Meal Makover Moms because their recipes use simple ingredients and are kid-tested by their own children. I loved their Black Bean Brownies so much that I had to try their White Bean Blondies. Verdict: Thumbs up from everyone. I even took these to a potluck dinner, where no one could guess the secret ingredient.
I got this recipe from Raise Healthy Eaters, one of my go-to blogs and a great resource for family-friendly recipes. I’m still the only one in the house who will eat salmon, but I hope these burgers will inch everyone closer to liking it. You can get the recipe here.
I was loath to turn on the oven too much this week, so I finally tried pizza on the grill. I was inspired by Erin Chase, over at $5 Dinners. My pizza (a half-turkey-pepperoni for my husband and kids) wasn’t nearly as fancy as her’s, but I loved how crispy the crust became and how quickly it cooked. You can use any dough you like, including store-bought. I like to make my own pizza dough but let my bread machine do all the hard work (recipe below).
Bread Machine Pizza Crust
(makes 1 small crust, about 14 inches)
3/4 cup water
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup all-purpose white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. quick-rise or bread machine yeast
Add ingredients to the bread machine pan in the order that they’re listed. Select the “DOUGH” cycle on your machine. When it’s done, take it out and let it sit on a lightly floured surface, covered with plastic wrap, for about 5 minutes. Roll out dough on a well-floured cutting board or baking sheet. Make sure there’s enough flour under the crust that it will easily slide off the baking sheet and onto the grill. You can add your toppings before or after placing the crust on the grill (I grilled my crust first, flipping to get each side crispy, then added the toppings and let it cook until the cheese was melted and gooey).
Have you tried any new recipes this summer?