Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Garbanzo, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil Salad

Easiest salad ever.
End of story.
It's got some freshness, it's got some protein and some interest with fresh basil.  Enjoy.
If you want to keep it Vegan, then substitute the honey for agave syrup.

Serves 3-4

1 15oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
11/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup basil leaves, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp honey, or agave (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

First thing, mix up the dressing in the bottom of the bowl by mixing the garlic, lemon juice, honey and olive oil together with a whisk.  Add Salt and pepper. 

Toss with the cherry tomatoes, chopped basil and the drained garbanzo beans.  Chill for a couple hours and serve. 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Topping & Crust

Pumpkin and Maple.  It says FALL.
I struggled with the depart of Summer, I always do.  I prefer the sun and fun.
Bu, now that Fall is truly here, I can welcome the pumpkin and maple back into my life.

I used the Trader Joe's maple cream cookies, but you could use graham cracker crumbs instead.  Just add the syrup and butter to those, and press into the pan.  But, I do recommend the maple cookies.

Please excuse my messy picture above... I was pressed for time before a brunch with friends.  I should have removed the big crumb on top of the slice, LOL, oh well.


1 package maple cream filled cookies (about 2 cups of crumbs)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp butter, melted

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:

In a food processor, pulverize the cookies until quite fine. Add the syrup and the melted butter.  Mix well. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes in the 350 oven.  Let cool while you prepare the filling.

For filling:
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place in oven for about an hour.  The cheesecake should only be slightly giggly in the center. 

Remove from heat, mix sour cream with maple syrup and sugar, pour over cheesecake and bake another 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
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