Easy Classic Hummus Recipe

I bought some large carrots and chickpeas from the store to make a carrot and hummus snack for the week, and found this easy recipe to make.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bonappetit.com/recipe/classic-chickpea-hummus/amp

It was delicious, and a recipe to definitely use again in the future! Probably will double it next time though to make a bigger batch.

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Energy Bites Recipes 

A friend of mine is teaching a workout class tomorrow for her church and I am helping her run it, and I told her I would make some energy bites as a good fuel post-workout! I found these two recipes that I wanted to try and they were awesome…

Coconut Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe: http://arismenu.com/coconut-cashew-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bites/

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal Energy Bites Recipe: http://www.blessthismessplease.com/2017/03/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-energy-bites.html?m –> (I used chia seeds instead of flaxseeds here)

Mango Guacamole Stuffed Chicken

Tonight for dinner I decided to try my first stuffed chicken! Wow it was great, can’t wait to make some more stuffed chicken recipes in the future!

I stuffed the chicken with the Mango Guacamole recipe from WGC:

http://whatsgabycooking.com/guacamole-trio/?ct=t(RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN)

And for the chicken, the first thing I did was butterfly the chicken. Then I rubbed the outsides with salt and pepper. After that, I spooned the guacamole inside the chicken and stuffed it pretty darn full! Then, I cooked the chicken at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the internal chicken temperature was 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Loved the guacamole with the mango a lot and loved it with the chicken.

Fresh Blackberry Compote

Today I made a compote based off of this recipe:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/blueberry-compote-recipe.html

I tripled the recipe, but I kept the sugar and lemon ingredients at the single recipe measurements, so the only thing I tripled was the water and fruit.  However, I boiled mine a whole lot longer than the recipe says because it wouldn’t thicken up (which I’m guessing is because I didn’t add all the sugar) and added about a tablespoon of cornstarch after a while and it thickened up perfectly right away! Can’t wait to use it on pancakes, ice cream, parfaits, etc!

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Homemade Pumpkin Purée 

I bought an extra pumpkin for the chili cook-offs I was entered and turned out I only needed one pumpkin. I finally got around to baking my leftover pumpkin and this time instead of dicing it, I decided to roast it and make a homemade purée. However, that was my first time roasting a pumpkin and roasted pumpkin by itself is delicious… I definitely are some of it before I puréed the roasted pumpkin! Here’s the method I followed for roasting and puréeing a pumpkin:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast-a-pumpkin-224473

The pumpkin I had was pretty small though, and all it needed was 20 minutes at 400 degrees. That was perfect enough!