|These are LIFESAVERS|
Trader Joe's Melange of Bell Peppers has saved use what you have night on more than one occasion. This bag of frozen veg is honestly becoming one of those "go-to" products that I absolutely can't live without. The number of peppers you'd have to buy and then slice is just totally not worth it once you've gotten a bag of these one-pound wonders. They are phenomenal. I'm tempted to maybe never buy fresh peppers again. Of course I will, for grilling, but for a simple veggie stir fry these cannot be beat- I think they are $1.99 a bag.
Tonight was a turkey kielbasa (also from TJ's, fully cooked and 94% lean and delish!), red onion, and bell pepper stir fry. Yum! I heated up EVOO and cooked some onion until browned, then threw in the remaining grape tomatoes I had in the fridge, and sauteed. A few minutes later adding in the peppers and juice, and finally the sausage, just to warm through. Served with a rosemary Socca- it was a great, easy, and efficient meal! And that was Use What You Have Friday! Tonight's socca was an improvement over the last two- because I baked it by itself in the oven for 35 minutes at 425. I used 1 cup chickpea flour to 1 cup water, plus 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp dried rosemary. I would really like to find a 10 inch cast iron so I can try it again on the stovetop.
I also had a few minutes to whip up some more coconut butter (which has gotten 100% easier to make since I got the ninja- I process 2 cups of coconut powder from the Indian market in the cuisi for about 5 minutes, then another 2 min in the ninja et voila! perfect coconut butter.) as well as some chocolate peanut raisin balls and cherry almond bites.
Cherry Almond Bites
1 cup dried unsweetened bing cherries
1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
1 tsp vanilla
Blend, then shape into bites!
Chocolate Peanut Raisin Balls
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup peanuts
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Blend, then form into balls!
We had a nice, somewhat relaxing evening- as relaxing as an evening with a 1 year old can be right? Usually S likes peppers but tonight- not so much. Luckily- she happily ate everything once it was slathered in tomato basil hummus- again from TJ's. I know, just get a job at TJ's already.