Brandi’s Cookie Stuffed Blondies pretty much sum up this fabulous weekend, even if I did have to work for some of it
Sweet, delicious, wonderful and just plain ol’ good!
Make these. Then thank me. And her. Obviously
The weather finally started to show signs of warmup too, fresh n’ crisp just like this amazing salad.
Remember The Gracious Gourmet…?
Things I learned this weekend: TGG Fig Almond Spread + balsamic vinegar makes a ridiculous vinaigrette atop a bed of romaine plus crumbled bleu cheese and fresh cracked pepper.
And remember that dinner I was looking forward to sharing with you?
Another meatless meal outta the Fanatic kitchen. A pretty darn good one at that!
Spicy Chickpea, Spinach and Rice “Stoup“
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 cups Pomi strained tomatoes (or plain tomato sauce)
- 1 can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
- 2 cans full of water
- 1/2 cup uncooked rice
- 1 bag frozen spinach
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- hot sauce to taste
- 1 tblsp olive oil
- sea salt & black pepper to taste
Start by cooking the onions in olive oil over medium until softened, about 7 minutes. Add garlic in last minute.
Then add the tomato sauce, drained chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 2 cans full of water and uncooked rice. Plus some salt & pepper.
Bring to a boil. Then turn down to simmer, cover, and let cook for 40 minutes (or until rice is done).
Then add in your frozen spinach and turn up the heat to medium, cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
At the very end add your fresh parsley (which has been growing quite nicely on the counter for a week now!)
Stir it up.
And sprinkle with as much hot sauce as you like. I’m in deep love with Cholula. We have a “thing”
And amazing “thing”
Then just serve it up, piping hot!
This “stoup” (Rachael Ray’s combo of a soup & stew) was very hearty with the spicy tomato & chickpea combo while also feeling fresh & light from the spinach and fluffy rice. It was almost creamy too!
Fanatic Mom and I munched on some leftovers the next day and she rolled with a grating of Parm on top too…
So you could roll like that too
Tell me, what was your favorite part of the weekend?!