Tuesday, April 6, 2010

falafel-coated shrimp

falafel is one my favorite middle-eastern foods; a super flavorful ball of chopped-up chickpeas & spices. but, as i'm not into deep frying in my kitchen, falafels do not enter. but their flavor sure does with this awesome, easy recipe from everyday food. you'll need to buy a box of falafel mix, a dry powder mix (pictured) available at most grocery stores. and you can feel good about yourself with this one - it's healthy... and freaking yummy.

falafel-coated shrimp with yogurt dipping sauce
1 egg white
3/4 c. dry falafel mix
6 T. olive oil
1 lb. peeled/de-veined shrimp
(yogurt dipping sauce recipe below)

in bowl, whisk egg white. pour falafel mix onto large plate. heat 3 T. olive oil in pan over medium heat. dip shrimp into egg white, shake off any extra, & transfer to the falafel mix plate. coat with falafel mix and add shrimp to the pan. cook for 3-4 minutes, turning once. transfer to paper towel-lined plate. repeat with the remainder of the shrimp.

yogurt dipping sauce
stir together:
3/4 c. plain yogurt
1 T. lemon juice
1 crushed garlic clove
2 T. chopped parsley
s&p to taste

Saturday, April 3, 2010

avocado basil pasta

i guess i've been on an avocado kick recently. probably because they've been on sale - that's how i roll. this is a fresh, yummy, light pasta dish that would be great as a side, but we usually eat as a main dish - it's just so good. when we had it at kristin's, she made it with regular bacon, but i always use turkey bacon and it turns out fantastic. enjoy!

avocado basil pasta
8 oz. dried bowtie or wagon wheel pasta
2 med. avocados, coarsely chopped
6 slices bacon, crisp cooked, drained & crumbled
1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. finely shredded parmesan cheese

cook pasta according to package, drain and let cool. in bowl, combine all other ingredients, then add pasta. mix and serve room temperature. (need help cutting avocados? try my how-to)