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Pesto Hummus

Posted by MelissaE Feb 28, 2008

Great party food & healthy appetizer.



  • One Can Garbanzo beans

  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic-minced

  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

  • 2 Tbsp Tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • Salt to Taste

  • ½ Cup Pesto Sauce (jarred or homemade- see below)


Homemade Pesto Sauce:


  • One handful of basil

  • 1/3 Cup Toasted Pine Nuts (sauté over stove top w/olive oil until golden brown)

  • ¼ cup Olive Oil

  • Salt to Taste


Boil Garbanzo Beans for 30 minutes. Drain (leave a little water) When beans are soft, mix in all ingredients in the pot. Scoop into blender. Blend until pureed.


Enjoy Pesto with carrot sticks, celery sticks, tortilla chips, pita bread, crackers....




Is pesto healthy? I think so.... Check out what others think of its nutritional value:



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Seafood Pasta

Posted by MelissaE Feb 22, 2008

This is one of my favorite recipes. Not the healthiest recipe in the universe, but it's much better than most seafood pastas that are drowning in thick sauces...



  • Scallops

  • Shrimp

  • 1 Lg. red onion

  • Bundle of green onions

  • Alfredo powder (I use Simply Organic)

  • Cream

  • White wine

  • Lemon

  • 1 stick Butter

  • Tomatoes

  • Mushrooms

  • Linguini

  • Parm Cheese

  • Parsley


Saute onions in a bit of butter until they are soft. In a large, deep pan -- mix onions, stick of butter, mushrooms, and fish on low heat.


Add white wine and cream until you get a good consistency. Add alfredo powder to thicken it up a bit and add flavor. Add tomatoes and lemon juice.


Cook on low, covered until shrimp is pink and scallops are white. Add garlic salt to taste. Enjoy over linguini. Feel free to add other veggies... shredded carrots, yellow peppers, asparagus, and zucchini all work well... Get creative.


Garnish with fresh parsley and shredded parm cheese.

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Tilapia Stuffed with Spinach

Posted by MelissaE Feb 5, 2008

This one looks fancy, but is actually really easy. Great for impressing people...





  • Spinach

  • Garlic

  • Mushrooms

  • Thin, white fish (such as Tilapia)

  • Bread crumbs

  • Coriander

  • Garlic Salt

  • Lemon

  • Butter


Saute garlic, spinach, and mushrooms. Mix bread crumbs with coriander, and lots of garlic salt. Wash the fish. Dip in bread crumb/seasoning mixture.


Place spinach concoction in the middle of the fish and roll the fish around the spinach. (starting from one end, so it looks like a pinwheel.) Place on a baking pan, spray with lemon juice, top with very small pads of butter.



Bake on 400 degrees for 25-40 minutes (depending on how thick the fish is.) This recipe works well with any light, thin fish.



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