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<strong>4 Tasty Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day</strong>

<strong>4 Tasty Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day</strong>

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Peanut butter is a nationwide sensation, and for a good reason. Whether you prefer it crunchy or smooth plain or with chocolate or jelly, we unite on January 24th and pick our spreading knives to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day.

According to the American Peanut Council, peanuts are America's 12th most valuable cash crop, and the market is valued at $1 billion. Most of the peanuts produced in the U.S. are for edible consumption. The most popular products are peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut candy. However, peanut butter accounts for half of the peanuts' use as a nutritious and economical spread for adults and children. 1

Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins B6 and E, niacin,  iron, and calcium. It is commonly used as a spread but also in making cookies and baked goods.1

History of the National Peanut Butter Day

Initially, peanuts were considered animal feed until the late 1800s. It became widely used in the 20th century owing to inventions in cultivating and processing peanuts.2

There is a theory that in the 1840s, Rose Davis started making peanut butter. Another theory claims that Gilmore Edison, a Canadian Chemist was the first person to file a patent for peanut candy in 1884.3 Edson invented a process of making peanut paste from roasted peanuts using two heated plates. 

Important dates

  • In 1895, Dr. John Kellogg, a health food specialist, patented a method of processing raw peanuts into peanut butter. 2 
  • In 1901, Julia Davis wrote the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe, which was published in the Boston Cooking School Magazine.3 
  • In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub filed a patent for the first ever machine for making peanut butter.
  • 1n 1904, peanut butter was introduced to the audience at the St Louis World’s Fair at the concession stand.3

The person who is known to create the peanut butter we use today is Joseph Rosefield. In 1922, Rosefield created a homogenization process that ensured peanut oil did not separate from peanut solids. He later sold his patent to a company that started making the Peter Pan Peanut Butter. 

Rosefield started Rosefield Packing Company, where he sold Skippy Peanut butter and is known for supplying the military during World War 2 . The delicacy became part of the Armed Forces rations during the war, and it is believed that the military popularized the use of peanut butter in the U.S.1

Interesting Facts about Peanut Butter

  • The three most famous brands of peanut butter are Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan in that order and they control most of the sales.3
  • About 72% of people prefer smooth peanut butter over chunky one. However, men are more likely to pick chunky peanut butter than women.3
  • Women are more likely to pick the best performing brand. In contrast, men prefer to choose smaller ones.3

How to Observe National Peanut Butter Day

The best way to observe the day is to use peanut butter in all meals. Start with a smoothie or spread on toast in the morning, use it for salad dressing or a dip at lunchtime, and use it to make dessert for dinner. Don’t forget to share the meals with your friends and family, and also share your recipes on social media with the hashtag peanut butter and #NationalPeanutButterDay. Here are four tasty recipes you can try out.

1.  Peanut Butter Fruit Toast

Can we drop the plain and boring breakfast toast for a minute and try something new with peanut butter? The fruits and whole grain bread are everything you want for a healthy, sumptuous morning meal. 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 cup sliced freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 kiwis, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ¼ cup vanilla yogurt

Directions 

  1. Toast bread until light brown for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Smear the peanut butter on one side of the toast. Add ½ the yogurt to the peanut butter.
  3. Layer the fruits and drizzle honey for a sweeter taste. Serve!

2.  Healthy Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

This peanut butter fruit drip is healthy, low-calorie, and low-fat. It goes well with crisp carrots and apples

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 5 ounces. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • ½ cup freeze dried apples
  • ½  cup dried carrots

Directions 

  1. Add peanut butter, yogurt, cinnamon, and honey to a bowl and whisk. Ensure to blend everything properly until smooth.
  2. Fold the chia seeds in the dip. Serve with freeze dried strawberries, raspberries, apples, carrots, or bananas.

3. Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut butter cakes are ten times delicious. The wholesomeness of this oven-baked good will send you looking for a second serving.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup freeze dried raspberries 
  • ½ cup freeze dried strawberries 
  • 6 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 oz. almonds, ground
  • ¼ cup 4 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (flakes)
  • 2 oz. brown sugar
  • 2 oz. melted butter

Directions 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Rehydrate the berries. Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar and mix properly with all the berries. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add almonds, baking powder, peanut butter, and flour to a bowl. Whisk well and set aside.
  4. Mix the remaining sugar and melted butter in a large bowl until smooth without lumps. Beat and add one egg after another while whisking. Add vanilla and salt and whisk properly.
  5. Mix the dry ingredients gently into the wet mixture in two batches. Ensure to mix it properly.
  6. Add the berries into the batter while leaving 6-8 raspberries out. Fold them in gently.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes. A skewer inserted in the cake should come out clean to show doneness.
  8. Allow the cake to sit for 5 minutes while still in the pan. Invert it to cool over a wire rack. Cut into pieces and serve.

4. Banana, Blueberry and Peanut Butter Smoothie

Bananas, blueberry, and peanut butter give a tasty yet healthy drink without too much sugar. Take it anytime, with anything!

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients 

Toppings:

Directions 

  1. Add peanut butter, milk, bananas, blueberries, cinnamon, honey, and ice cubes into a blender. Blend for 3 minutes until smooth.
  2. Add granola. Drizzle peanut butter and top with freeze dried banana and berries.

 Whether you like it crunchy or smooth, peanut butter makes a nutritious addition to your meals. Did you make these recipes? Do share your feedback in the comment section below. 

References

  1. https://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/peanut-info/history-peanuts-peanut-butter.htm#
  2. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-peanut-butter-day-january-24/
  3. https://nationaltoday.com/national-peanut-butter-day/
3 Pizza Recipes for National Pepperoni Pizza Day

3 Pizza Recipes for National Pepperoni Pizza Day

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September 20 is National Pepperoni Pizza day. It’s that time of the year again when you can get super excited about cheesy, saucy, mouthwatering pepperoni pizza. You may wonder what could be so special about this seemingly ordinary Tuesday in September. Let me tell you. Nothing is more American than pepperoni pizza. The combination of cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni is genuinely remarkable.

Looking for something a little different than your typical pepperoni pizza? We’ve got you covered. Here are 3 hearty pizza recipes for you if you want to make your version of hot pepperoni pizza at home. But first, there’s a slight twist: the toppings.

How to Make Pepperoni Pizza with Fruit and Vegetable Toppings

Ditch the typical pizza toppings that contain processed foods and give a chance to healthy veggies and fruits to wow you with their colors and flavors. Wondering where to get fruits and veggies that may not be in season? Don’t Worry, because we offer the best quality freeze dried fruits and veggies and guarantee availability even if they are out of season. Rehydrate the fruits and vegetables, dry them thoroughly before layering on the pizza, chill them first, and add them to the pizza just before serving.

Vegetable pizza toppings

Fruits pizza toppings

Combo 1
Combo 2
Others

1. Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

Try this hearty pepperoni pizza recipe with your favorite toppings. It will be ready in less than 1 hour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup dried onion
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • ½ cup organic dried green pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 ounces of your favorite pepperoni

Directions

  1. Mix the sugar and yeast in water in a mixing bowl, then set aside for about 4 minutes. Pour in the oil and salt. Then stir in 1 cup of flour at a time. Combine to form a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 3 minutes until elastic.
  2. Put the dough in a greased bowl and turn until greased on all surfaces. Cover and place in a warm for about 40 minutes to double in size.
  3. Meanwhile, sautée the beef and onion over medium heat until the steak is cooked and forms into crumbles; drain.
  4. Prepare a 12-inch pizza pan
  5. Punch down the dough and split it in half. Place one-half of the dough in the pizza pan. 
  6. Spread the pepperoni and mozzarella over the crust.  Add the toppings, then bake at 400°F for about half an hour or until the crust is gently browned.

2. Easy Fruit Pizza

This fruity pizza is bound to be a hit with the whole family. It’s the real meaning of having your cake and eating it: sweet but healthy.

Ingredients

Pizza Crust
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
For frosting
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Pizza Crust Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add all the dry ingredients and combine to form a dough.  Put the dough into a large basin and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.
  3. Use a rolling pin to make a large circle. Then, place on a pizza pan or prepared stone sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Using your hands, press the dough evenly on the pizza pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges and top start to brown. Set aside to cool before adding the topping.
Frosting Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. If you want a sweeter frosting, you can add more powdered sugar.
  2. Spread on a cooled sugar cookie crust.
For Fruit Toppings

Use freeze dried strawberries, raspberries, peaches dices, blueberries, and kiwi Fruit. Add the fruits just before serving, and then sprinkle with coconut flakes. Decorate to your liking.

3. Veggie Pepperoni pizza

Try this mouthwatering veggie pizza at home. It combines the goodness of dried spinach, freeze dried bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and onion.

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups dried spinach
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup artichoke, cubed
  • ½ cup freeze dried red bell peppers
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped into thin wedges
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup pitted olives, halved
  • ½ cup sliced almonds (optional)

To garnish: basil leaves, red bell pepper, grated parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F. Place a rack in the upper second rack from the oven and baking steel or stone on the highest rack of the oven. Spread the pizza sauce on both crusts, leaving 1 inch of the borders uncovered. 
  2. Spread spinach over the sauce. Cover with cheese. Then top with the tomatoes, bell pepper, and other toppings over the pizza
  3. Bake the pizza crust on the top tack for about 12 minutes until the crust is golden. Keep monitoring if you are using baking steel or stone.

September is the month of all things delicious and cheesy. Enjoy any of these pizza recipes with friends and family on National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

References

  1. https://cookieandkate.com/veggie-pizza-recipe/
  2. https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/easy-fruit-pizza/
  3. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-pizza/
How to Celebrate Banana Split Day, the Tasty Way

How to Celebrate Banana Split Day, the Tasty Way

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Packed with nostalgia and a lot of ice cream, the now-classic banana split is synonymous with summer. And yes, there's plenty to love about this dessert in its classic form (whipped cream is just the beginning). But, there are also dozens of ways to enjoy the treat outside the longboat bowl. So, in honor of National Banana Split Day(1) (August 25th), we rounded up our five favorite banana split recipes that cover every taste and occasion, from the traditional to the unique. So, how about we push some banana split boundaries this year?

The Classic Banana Split Sundae

Before we experiment with new takes on the classic treat, let's talk about its OG ingredients. In its classic form, the dessert consists of a banana cut in half lengthwise, three scoops of ice cream (which are sandwiched between the banana halves), and is usually topped with whipped cream, sauces, maraschino cherries, and crushed nuts. The following recipe is a great starting point.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, halved lengthwise
  • 3 scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry)
  • 3 tbsp whipped cream
  • 3 maraschino cherries
  • 2 tbsp syrup (chocolate or strawberry)
  • 1/4 cup crushed nuts (peanuts or walnuts)
  • 3 tbsp freeze dried strawberries (sliced)

Directions:

  1. Add the strawberries and 1/4 cup warm water to a small bowl. Soak for 15 minutes. Once hydrated, squeeze away excess liquid and set aside.
  2. Place the ice cream scoops in a row in an oblong dish. Sprinkle with the nuts and place the banana halves on each side of the plate. Top each scoop with one tablespoon of whipped cream and one maraschino cherry. Sprinkle with the strawberries and drizzle with the syrup.

1. Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

We'll be honest: This banana split recipe requires a little bit of legwork. But the result is well worth it! Just a slice of this no-bake cake, and you'll regret not making it sooner.

Ingredients:

  • 20 chocolate cookies
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup freeze dried bananas
  • 1 pint of chocolate ice cream
  • 1 pint of strawberry ice cream
  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups fudge sauce
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

  1. Add the banana slices and 2 cups warm water to a bowl. Soak for 15 minutes. Squeeze away excess liquid and set aside.
  2. Grease an 8x3-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Add the cookies and butter to a food processor and pulse until you form a dough. Transfer to the pan and press into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. Top with the banana slices and freeze for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the freezer. Using a spatula, spread the strawberry ice cream into an even layer on top of the crust. Top with one cup of fudge sauce, spreading it as evenly as possible. Freeze for 1 hour.
  5. Remove the pan from the freeze and, using a spatula, spread the chocolate ice cream over the strawberry layer. Top with one cup of fudge sauce and freeze for another hour.
  6. Remove the pan from the freezer and spread the vanilla ice cream on top of the chocolate layer. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
  7. Before serving, release the cake from the pan, pipe the whipped cream into mounds on the outer edge of the cake, and top each with a maraschino cherry. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts.

2. Banana Split Parfait

A dessert in disguise, this parfait is the closest thing to eating a banana split for breakfast. It calls for yogurt instead of whipped cream and trail mix instead of nuts - so it'll fill you with energy first thing in the morning.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add 2 cups of warm water to a bowl and soak the bananas and strawberries for 15 minutes. Once hydrated, squeeze away excess liquid and set aside.
  2. Then, add 3 tablespoons of yogurt at the bottom of 3 parfait glasses. Top with the strawberries and pineapple, diving them equally between the glasses. Drizzle with the chocolate sauce and, again, divide the banana slices equally between the 3 glasses.
  3. Top with the remaining yogurt and sprinkle with the walnuts/trail mix. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and serve cold.

3. Banana Split S'mores

S'mores are perfect just the way they are. But in honor of National Banana Split Day, we decided to give the treat an upgrade by adding freeze dried bananas and strawberries to the mix. Now, if this recipe doesn't make you want to light up your backyard fire pit, we don't know what will.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat your grill on high-medium heat and break the crackers in half and lay them on a plate. Cut the chocolate into pieces and set aside.
  2. Divide the banana slices and strawberries between half of the crackers. Then, top with 2 ounces of chocolate.
  3. Skewer 2 marshmallows in each skewer and toast for about 20 seconds over the grill. Put them directly onto the chocolate, cover with the remaining crackers, and press down. Serve immediately.

4. Banana Split Kebabs

A kid-friendly spin on the classic banana split, this recipe is the perfect way to get your little one to eat some fruit. Plus, they're so easy to make that you can encourage them to help you during prep and get them excited about healthy cooking.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add 3 cups of warm water to a bowl and soak the strawberries, pineapple, and banana slices for 15 minutes. Once hydrated, squeeze away excess liquid and set aside.
  2. Thread two banana slices, two strawberries, and two pineapple bites onto a skewer and repeat the process until you're out of fruit.
  3. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the "kebabs" and top with the chopped walnuts/granola. Serve immediately.

5. Banana Split Cupcakes

This baked version of a banana split will allow you to enjoy the classic dessert during wintertime when cakey and cozy is the name of the game. The frosting will make the dessert even more irresistible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup freeze dried bananas
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk or kefir
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sauce
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 10 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. Add the banana slices and one cup of warm water to a bowl, and soak for 15 minutes. Once hydrated, squeeze away excess liquid and transfer them to a small bowl. Using a form, mash the bananas and set the mush aside.
  2. Add the flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt to a bowl and combine. Add the butter and mix until the dough has a sand-like texture.
  3. Add the milk, buttermilk, and egg, and mix until you have a dough. Stir in the mashed banana and mix well until everything is combined.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350oF and line a muffin tin with liners. Fill each liner about 3/4 of the way with the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with the chocolate sauce, sprinkle with the walnuts, and decorate with a maraschino cherry on top.

How will you celebrate National Banana Split Day? Let us know in the comment section down below!

References:

  1. https://nationaltoday.com/national-banana-split-day/
  2. https://www.browneyedbaker.com/banana-split-ice-cream-cake/
  3. https://mindovermunch.com/recipes/banana-split-breakfast-parfait/
  4. https://dinnerthendessert.com/banana-split-smores/
  5. https://noblepig.com/2021/06/banana-split-kabobs/
  6. https://thescranline.com/banana-split-cupcakes/
5 Falafel Recipes You'll Want to Make All Week

5 Falafel Recipes You'll Want to Make All Week

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Deep-fried, wrapped in a pita, and slathered in yogurt sauce, falafel has always been a staple for people in the Middle East. However, in recent years, the crispy fritter has graduated from a mere Mediterranean treat to a must-have dish on most Western restaurant menus.

So, in honor of this increasingly popular treat and the diet it represents (and since June 12th is International Falafel Day(1)), we rounded up our five favorite falafel recipes to prove that the fritter belongs on everyone's weekly menu.

And FYI, making falafel isn't as difficult as you may think. In fact, the whole endeavor (from chopping the chickpeas to frying them) takes less than 30 minutes – which is why falafel is the perfect weeknight meal.

1. Traditional Falafel

If this is your first time attempting to make falafel at home, then this recipe should be your new go-to. Easy and straightforward, it's perfect for total beginners – and even seasoned cooks who value convenience over a long list of ingredients and instructions.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the chickpeas to a large bowl and fill it with enough water to cover the legumes. Soak for 15 minutes. Once hydrated, drain, and transfer them to a food processor fitted with a blade.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is finely chopped and combined. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and chill for 1 hour. Then, scoop spoonfuls and shape them into patties.
  3. Fill a medium pot with 3 inches of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Fry the falafel in batches for 3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown.
  4. Transfer the patties to a dish lined with a paper towel to drain. Serve with rice, salad, hummus, or pita bread, and enjoy!

2. Green Pea Falafel

Let's be honest: Once we find a falafel recipe that works, it's easy to fall into the habit of making it over and over again. But there are countless ways to make falafel patties even more delicious – and one of them is to add green peas to the mix. Herbs pair great with the underrated vegetable, and the addition of lemon juice can take this combo to a whole new level.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the chickpeas and peas to a medium pot, fill with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes until the chickpeas are fork-tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor fitted with a blade.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is finely chopped and combined. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and chill for 1 hour. Then, scoop spoonfuls and form them into patties.
  3. Fill a medium pot with 3 inches of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Fry the falafel patties in batches for 3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown. Transfer them to a dish lined with a paper towel to drain.
  4. Serve in a wrap with hummus or tzatziki or as part of a nourish bowl/salad.

3. Curry Carrot Falafel

Carrot may work miracles for cake, oatmeal, and smoothies. But, it also does the trick for falafel as it makes the fritter taste (and look) all the more indulgent. Adding a pinch of curry powder also highlights the earthy taste of the carrots, creating a flavor mix that's sure to impress.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the chickpeas to a pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes or until fork-tender. Five minutes before removing the pot from the heat, add the carrots and cook for a while to soften. Once everything is cooked, drain, and transfer to a food processor fitted with a blade.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is finely chopped and combined. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and chill for 1 hour. Then, shape the mixture into patties.
  3. Fill a medium pot with 3 inches of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Fry the falafel in batches for 3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown. Transfer the patties to a dish lined with a paper towel to drain.
  4. Serve the falafel patties inside warm pitas and top with tzatziki, hummus, or feta cheese.

4. Sweet Potato & Corn Falafel

This falafel recipe boasts everything you want in a filling dish, from comforting sweet potato to crunchy corn. To round out your meal, you can pair the patties with a bowl of long-grain rice or a refreshing tomato-cucumber salad.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the corn and sweet potato to a medium pot, fill with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor fitted with a blade.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is finely chopped and combined. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and chill for 1 hour. Then, shape the mixture into patties.
  3. Fill a medium pot with 3 inches of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Fry the falafel in batches for 3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown. Transfer the patties to a dish lined with a paper towel to drain.

5. Cauliflower Falafel

Even though chickpeas are the main ingredient in falafel, some versions swap the legume with other types of beans with impressive results. This recipe is the perfect example as it features navy beans instead of chickpeas and a generous serving of cauliflower for a dose of fiber.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the beans to a medium pot, fill with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes or until the beans are fork-tender. Five minutes before removing the pot from the heat, add the cauliflower, and cook to soften. Drain the water using a fine sieve and transfer the beans and cauliflower to a food processor fitted with a blade.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is finely chopped and combined. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and chill for 1 hour. Then, shape the mixture into patties.
  3. Fill a medium pot with 3 inches of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Fry the falafel in batches for 3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown. Transfer the patties to a dish lined with a paper towel to drain.

Which falafel recipes would you like to try? Let us know in the comment section down below!

References:

  1. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-falafel-day/
  2. https://www.themediterraneandish.com/how-to-make-falafel/
  3. https://www.pickuplimes.com/recipe/baked-green-pea-chickpea-falafels-59
  4. https://itsavegworldafterall.com/carrot-falafel/
  5. https://cupfulofkale.com/sweet-potato-and-corn-falafels/
  6. https://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/paleo-whole30-cauliflower-falafel/
5 Delish Ways to Celebrate National Onion Day

5 Delish Ways to Celebrate National Onion Day

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Now that June is in full swing, summer fruits and veggies are (once again) the star of the show. However, the real MVP of summer produce was, is, and will always be the humble onion. Whether you're making a salad or whipping up a frittata, the overlooked bulb can make any dish burst with flavor.

But, here's a fun fact: June 27th is National Onion Day, which means now is the perfect time to give the bulb the attention it deserves. To help you out in this quest, we rounded up our five favorite onion recipes, which are all worth the pungent breath. And if you're wondering, yes, onion tastes even better when it doesn't play second fiddle to other vegetables. #JustSaying

1. Creamy Onion Gratin

When most people think of gratin, they think of potatoes. But, contrary to popular belief, potatoes aren't the only vegetable that dominates the gratin game. The following recipe proves that onions can be just as tasty, especially if they're paired with blue cheese and a creamy bechamel sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried onions
  • ½ cup Blue cheese, grated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Sautee the dehydrated onions until they turn golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan and whisk in the flour little by little. Then, add the milk and season with the paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for a while until the sauce thickens and add the blue cheese.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400oF. Then, spread the sautéed onions on a baking dish and coat them with the bechamel. Bake for about half an hour or until the creams is golden brown.

2. Three Onion Soup

If you think you have to go to a fancy restaurant to enjoy a bowl of hearty three-onion soup, well, we have some good news for you! Our brand new soup mix tastes exactly like something you'd eat at Chez This-or-That and takes less than 15 minutes to make. Oh, and one more thing: Onions are just one of the superfoods we chose to include in this blend. Healing ingredients like leeks, carrot, chives, and celery also make a cameo and add a nutrient boost to the mix.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the stock to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Then, stir in the soup mix and cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Serve with croutons or a slice of bread.

3. Onion & Bacon Bialys

Often compared to bagels, bialys are small, round rolls usually stuffed with onions and poppy seeds. The following twist, however, is a step-up from the usual recipe as it contains bacon, which highlights onion's flavor and makes the treat even crunchier.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup dried onions
  • 1/3 cup bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Gouda cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour one cup of lukewarm water to a bowl and add the onions. Let them hydrate for 15 minutes. Then, squeeze away any excess liquid and set them aside.
  2. Place one cup of warm water and the yeast in another bowl, and let it stand for a while until it gets foamy. Stir in the flour and the salt until you form a dough. Cover with a towel and let it rest for a couple of hours until it doubles in size.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet and sauté the onions and the bacon. At this point, you can also add the poppy seeds (if you're using any). Set aside.
  4. Divide the dough into pieces, shape them into balls, and create a small indent in the middle. Fill each "hole" with the onion-bacon mixture and top with grated cheese (optional).
  5. Preheat the oven to 450oF and bake the bialys for 15 minutes or until they are puff and golden.

4. Cheesy Onion Pie

Combining cheese's ooze with onion's tang, this creative recipe is impossible to ignore. The crunchy crust also compliments the filling's melt-in-your-mouth texture. And despite its fancy looks, this uber-treat takes just an hour to make, which is practically nothing in pie time.

Ingredients:

  • For the Filling
  • 4 cups dried onions
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups Swiss cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Crust
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Directions:

  • For the Filling
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan, sauté the onions for 4 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Then, pour ½ cup water and cook for six more minutes until the onions are tender. Set aside.
  • Once cool, add the cheese, Greek yogurt, and eggs, and stir until they're evenly combined.
  • For the Crust
  • In a bowl, add the flour and the salt. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over low heat, slowly stir in the milk, and bring to a simmer. Then, pour the milk into the flour bowl and mix well.
  • For Assembling the Pie
  • Preheat the oven to 375oF.
  • Divide the dough into two pieces. Roll each piece out until you form two layers of crust. Place one of the crusts onto a baking pan.
  • Scrape the filling onto the crust and spread it across evenly. Top with the second crust and pinch the seams where the two crusts "meet."
  • Brush the top side with the egg wash, and using a knife, create three "vent holes."
  • Bake for about an hour or until the crust is golden brown.

5. Pineapple Onion Salsa

Sweet, tangy, and refreshing, this salsa recipe is the definition of thinking outside the box. The pineapple's sweetness cuts through the onion's sharpness, and the two create a flavor combo that's hard to ignore.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add the pineapple, onion, and bell peppers. Pour 3 cups of lukewarm water and let them soak for 15 minutes. Then, remove from the bowl and squeeze away excess liquid.
  2. Transfer them to a bowl and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and serve with chips.

How will you celebrate National Onion Day? Let us know in the comments below!

References:

  1. https://www.onions-usa.org/onionista/how-will-you-celebrate-national-onion-day/
  2. https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Creamed-Onion-Gratin/
  3. https://www.garlicandzest.com/onion-poppy-sesame-bialys/
  4. https://www.justataste.com/the-best-pineapple-salsa-recipe/
  5. https://www.foodiewithfamily.com/cheese-onion-pie/
5 Valentine's Day Desserts That Are Sinfully Delicious

5 Valentine's Day Desserts That Are Sinfully Delicious

Valentine's Day desserts
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Fancy gifts and cheesy cards may be everywhere come February 14th, but we all know that the real star of Valentine's Day is good food. And yes, vegetable salads and entree soups are a must when it comes to swooning your S.O., but let's be honest: What we all look forward to the most on this day is dessert! So, if you want to cap off the night in the sweetest way possible (without spending the entire day in the kitchen), these five Valentine's Day desserts are bound to deliver.

1. Strawberry Mousse

Requiring just five ingredients, this Valentine's Day recipe can be a go-to for everyone who has very little time but still wants to impress their beau (or boo). Sometimes keeping it simple yields the best results.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • In a bowl, add the strawberries and enough water to cover them. Let them hydrate for 15 minutes, remove excess liquid, and puree them using a fork.
  • Next, add the sugar, lime juice, and strawberries to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook them, frequently stirring, until you are left with ¾ cup worth of mixture. Set aside to cool.
  • Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract to a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in the strawberry mixture and serve it in small cups.

2. Cherry Brownies

Baking brownies may seem like an overkill (especially when you have to prep an entire three-course meal), but this one-and-done variation is literally a Godsend. Ready in almost 30 minutes, this Valentine's Day recipe spares you the hassle but makes no discounts flavor-wise. So, you and your sweetheart won't be disappointed. PS: To make things more exciting, you can make them look like hearts, Cupid's arrows, or your initials.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup freeze dried cherries
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Directions:

  • Add half a cup of water to a bowl and let the cherries soak in it for about 15 minutes. Then, squeeze away any excess liquid and set them aside.
  • Next, preheat the oven to 300oF and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the coconut oil and eggs and blend with an electric mixer until frothy.
  • Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix again.
  • Now, add the flour, baking powder, and salt and blend once again until you form a batter.
  • Fold in the hazelnuts, chocolate chips, and cherries, and spread the batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Once ready, remove from the oven, let cool, and cut into square pieces.
  • (Optional) You could drizzle the brownies with red candy melts.

3. Chocolate Raspberry Panini

Serving paninis on such a special occasion may sound silly. But, between its fancy ingredients and intricate flavor combos, this adult-ish version tastes 10x better than the paninis we used to down as kids – so, it could make your V-Day one to remember.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Ciabatta
  • ¼ cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter

Directions:

  • Fill a small bowl with lukewarm water and add the raspberries. Let them soak for 15 minutes or until they hydrate.
  • Meanwhile, cut the loaf into four rectangles. Then, using your hands, open up each rectangle, creating some sort of bread pocket with each.
  • In a bowl, add the almond butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and spread 2-3 tbsp of the mixture onto each rectangle.
  • Top with the raspberries, brush each bread pocket with butter and pop them into the press.
  • Grill for 2-3 minutes and serve. If you feel like it, you can drizzle them with more chocolate and crumbled freeze dried fruit.

4. Berry Flapjacks

When it comes to love, there are no rules – which is why Valentine's Day is the perfect day to serve breakfast for dinner. Your better half will never see that coming, and chances are he/she will remember it for a long time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup Berry De-lite Blend
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Directions:

  • Add 1 ½ cup of water to a bowl and soak the Berry De-lite berries for about 15 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt).
  • Whisk in the egg, milk, and berries, one at a time.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Pour one-third of the batter onto the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Then, flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancake is cooked through.
  • Repeat the last step with the remaining batter.
  • Top with crumbled freeze dried fruit.
  • Serve with maple/chocolate syrup or as is.

5. Chocolate-Covered Red Grape Truffles

Despite its fancy flair, this Valentine's Day recipe is, hands-down, one of the easiest things you'll ever have to make for your honey. And if you're having second thoughts about the red grapes (you know, because scoring some in the middle of February is almost impossible), note that our freeze dried red grapes are available all-year-round. So, problem solved!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp freeze dried grapes
  • ½ cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

  • Place the red grapes in a food processor and blend until they turn into a chunky powder.
  • Then, add the dates and pulse again in long bursts until you form a thick paste. You may need to stop at times and scrape the sides with a spatula.
  • Then, add the almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt and pulse until you have a smooth "dough."
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a spoon, scoop spoonfuls of the dough and place them on the baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Now, add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl and place it over a pot with simmering water (double boiler). Once melted, stir in the coconut oil.
  • Remove the truffles from the freezer and, with the help of two forks, dunk each one in the chocolate and roll it around to make sure it's evenly coated.
  • Place them on the baking sheet and freeze once again for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Which Valentine's Day recipes are you planning on cooking for your S.O.? Let us know in the comments down below!

References:

  1. https://anitalianinmykitchen.com/strawberry-mousse/
  2. https://www.natalieshealth.com/dark-chocolate-cherry-brownies/
  3. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chocolate-raspberry-panini-with-mascarpone-359814
  4. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/american-blueberry-pancakes