This dish might sound fancy, but in actuality it is super-easy! I love making kebabs, because they are easy prep and easy cleanup. These kebabs are different than any I have made before, because I included sausage, apple, eggplant and CHEESE! I had not heard of halloumi cheese until recently. It is the only cheese that can be grilled because it doesn’t melt! It is made from sheep’s milk, and it holds its shape and consistency, even at high temperatures. It tastes a little like mozzarella, and the texture is unique. However, Thing 2 loved it, so I conclude that it is kid-friendly!
This is perfect for a weeknight meal, especially if you cut the sausage and cheese the night before. You can also make the dressing ahead of time. (more…)
As we approach Labor Day weekend, I have two things on my mind: a day off from work (woohoo!) and barbecues (yippee!). Labor Day weekend always involves some kind of gathering where we grill and eat outside, enjoying the last few moments of summer before the school year kicks into full swing.
My kids are actually home this week. Day camp is over and school has not yet started for us. It is usually a tough week, although it has gotten easier now that they are older and can fix their own breakfast and lunch and basically fend for themselves. They just need a little supervision to make sure they don’t spend all day on the computer or in front of the TV. Luckily, I can work from home when needed, so it all works out one way or another.
Anyway, in the spirit of Labor Day weekend cookouts, I am sharing the recipe for this wonderful coleslaw that I like to bring to picnics. It is not mayonnaise-based, so you don’t have to sorry about giving food poisoning to your friends and family (ack!). But it is delicious and I get huge compliments on it every time I bring it to a party. It is super-easy as well. The hardest part is toasting the sesame seeds (sometimes I forget about them in the oven and they burn!). (more…)
I am so excited to welcome Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles to my blog today! Anyonita is actually the very first guest blogger ever on Dizzy Busy and Hungry! Her blog is packed with all kinds of delicious recipes, helpful tips, and more. Definitely head on over and check out all the goodies on her site! When I saw the recipe she is sharing today, I have to say my mouth starting watering and I began to crave these amazing burgers. And it is such a bonus that they are made in the crock pot! Thanks, Anyonita, for sharing this fantastic recipe with us! Without further delay, here is Anyonita!
A big hello from me to you! I’m Anyonita and I blog over on Anyonita Nibbles where I’m concerned with producing nourishing, flavorful food! But before we get to the recipe, let me tell you a bit more about me: I’m an American expat living in Manchester, England with my husband (yes, he’s British) and our mischievous toddler, Callum. I’m a stay-at-home and full-time blogger as well as the owner and baker of an international online bakeshop, specializing in French macarons, The Mighty Macaron. I’m so excited to be guest posting here for Kristin and even more excited that I’m the first person to ever guest post on Dizzy Busy and Hungry! Okay, let’s get straight to the recipe!
I am so excited to be participating in this amazing giveaway! My friend Anyonita, from Anyonita Nibbles, is celebrating because she reached and exceeded 1,000 Facebook likes and Twitter followers, all in the same week! Woohoo! Congrats to Anyonita! To share the excitement, she has organized this amazing giveaway. It’s really simple to enter, just use the Rafflecopter below to enter by liking any (or all!) of the Facebook pages listed and following any (or all!) of the Twitter accounts! There will be 1 winner who’ll receive a $200/£130 Amazon Gift Card! If you don’t live in the US or the UK, you can still enter! We’ll purchase the gift card in the currency of your choice equal to $200. ANYONE is eligible to enter & there must be a winner! It could be you!
We used to have a Baja Fresh right around the corner, and I loved their shrimp soft tacos. I was crushed when it closed! It was kind of like an upgraded Taco Bell, with food that you could feel a little better about eating (not to knock Taco Bell…I have been known to eat there, too!). We used to go to Baja Fresh after church on Saturday evenings and have a nice, quick, affordable dinner. Even though it was basically a fast food place, they would take your order, tell you to go ahead and find a table, and then they would bring tortilla chips over for you to munch on while you waited for your food. The best part was the salsa bar! They had all kinds of salsa options, and you could help yourself to all of them if you wanted. They also had a container of chopped cilantro, which I always dug into enthusiastically. (I love cilantro!) We would sit with our chips and our drinks, and chew happily until our food was ready. I remember the shrimp soft tacos were always so flavorful and delicious, and they were never skimpy with the shrimp.
I don’t know why they closed (the chain still exists, just not the location near us), but I decided that I wanted to make my own shrimp soft taco since I couldn’t get them from Baja Fresh anymore. Unfortunately, the place near us closed quite a while ago, and my memory isn’t good enough for me to really say whether or not this recipe is a good imitation. However, it was delicious, so I am not too concerned either way! I imagine Baja Fresh did not cook their shrimp in beer, and I know they did not use asparagus, but this is my recipe so I made it the way I wanted! (more…)
August is National Sandwich Month…which to me is another excuse to come up with a fun grilled cheese sandwich!
I do love grilled cheese, because it is fast and easy and a guaranteed kid-pleaser. As we get closer to the new school year, it is just a matter of time before the flurry of evening activities kicks into high gear again (some people have already started, I know!) and I will need to incorporate more of the easiest, quickest meals. In fact, during the school year, I include a grilled cheese dinner into my meal plan almost every week. So I have started playing with different combinations of fillings to change things up a bit! (more…)
Because I just don’t have enough to do, I decided to make my own granola cereal.
Actually, it was super-easy and didn’t take much time at all. And breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you want to make it count! Can you say whole grains?!? I used puffed kamut, puffed wheat and rolled oats to get that whole grain goodness going. I added in some sliced almonds and toasted sesame seeds, then coated the whole mixture with a buttery vanilla-maple syrup mixture and baked it until it was nice and crunchy. The end result was a lightly sweet, crunchy, satisfying breakfast that the whole family loved. (more…)
Thing 2 does not like eggplant.
I took that as a challenge.
Why, you may wonder? Well, eggplant is a nutritional POWERHOUSE. There are so many good things in there. Vitamins and minerals are just the beginning.
In addition to vitamin A, a bunch of B vitamins, folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, eggplant contains compounds that are thought to prevent cancer. One of those compounds, chlorogenic acid, is an antioxidant and is also antimutagenic (inhibits cell mutations) and antiviral as well. The skin of the eggplant contains nasunin, which is also an antioxidant, but has the bonus of being antiangiogenic (prevents cancer cells from creating their own blood vessels to increase their blood supply). [Information source: LiveStrong.com]
And that is not even mentioning that eggplant is loaded with fiber, has zero fat, and only 27 calories in a 1 cup serving!
So, I made it my mission to see if I could get Thing 2 to not only eat eggplant, but actually enjoy it! (more…)