Tomato Basil Hummus

Summer is coming to a close, but my mother’s garden is still producing a ton of tomatoes! I created this Tomato Basil Hummus recipe for two reasons: to put our fresh garden tomatoes to use and to #SpreadHummusNotHate 😀

tomatoes, garden fresh tomatoes

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Caprese Chicken Pasta

Coming home from work after a long day, dinner can be a daunting task (yes, even for me). You know the drill; come home, kick shoes off, flop on the couch. Ask partner “what do you want for dinner?”, they respond “I don’t care”, you sigh loudly. Open the fridge, close the fridge, repeat. Repeat. 

I came to this recipe during the process of opening and closing the refrigerator. Isn’t that how

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Orzo Summer Salad

Very rarely does my husband, Hussein ask for a salad for dinner. He is not picky, per se, but doesn’t like ‘diet food’ or cereal for dinner (yes, I sometimes have a bowl of cereal for dinner :P).

orzo pasta salad, Amanda's Plate summer salad 

I first made this dish two years ago, during a super hot stretch of summer. We did not turn the oven on and barely the energy to come up with an elaborate meal. I had been to the farmers market earlier in the week and a had a beautiful bounty of fresh vegetables on had. I decided to make a pasta salad and thus this Orzo Summer Salad was created 😀

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Zucchini Cakes with Herb Dipping Sauce

amanda's plate zucchini cakes

I love zucchini, but I feel that it must be transformed somehow. Zucchini fries, little zucchini medallions with mozzarella, zucchini bread (my mom was sneaky like so many moms are about vegetables) or zucchini cakes!

Zucchini is currently in season, as demonstrated by the monster piles of zucchini I found at the Farmer’s Market. I brought a few home and decided to make some zucchini cakes with a herb dipping sauce.

zucchini cakes

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Lobster Rolls

We absolutely love lobster rolls and usually only have them when eating out at a seafood restaurant. I decided it was time I should make my own lobster rolls!

The lobster roll is comprised of a delicious butter toasted roll, lettuce, lobster and the ever important sauce that encompasses the lobster.

lobster rolls

I begin my sauce with Best Foods Organic mayo. I add in melted butter for added richness, fresh lemon juice and zest for freshness and minced celery for crunch! This sauce works great with shrimp, halibut and salmon! Feel free to substitute the lobster for any of these fish! I found lobster tails on sale and used those! Feel free to use whole lobsters 🙂 

I also found that these sandwiches make for the most perfect picnic! Prepare everything ahead and build them at your picnic site 🙂

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Lobster Rolls
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Ingredients
  • 4 lobster tails
  • 4 brioche hot dog buns
  • ½ head butter lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¾ cup Best Foods Organic Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely minced celery
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced chive
  • lemon wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. Begin my cooking your lobster tails in salted water for 7-8 minutes. Removed from water and de-shell. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Best Foods Organic Mayonnaise, melted butter, lemon juice and zest, salt, pepper, celery and chive. Whisk until evenly combined.
  3. Fold the lobster meat into the sauce
  4. Brush butter on the outside of the brioche buns. Toast the buns.
  5. Place the butter lettuce on the inside of the bun, scoop the lobster into the lettuce.
  6. Enjoy 🙂

 

This blog post was created in Partnership with Best Foods and FeedFeed, all opinions and content are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who allow me to create and share these fun, new recipes! They help keep this blog going 🙂 

lobster rolls

Have you made your own lobster rolls? I’d love to hear about it 🙂

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

As the warm days of summer approach, so do the picnics, cookouts and outdoor gatherings. One dish that is always on the menu during our summer parties, is pasta salad! It is one of our favorite summer salads. As with many salads, pasta salad is versatile and easy to make your own!

I’ve partnered with the Feed Feed and Best Foods to create my Mediterranean Pasta Salad. Best Foods Organic Mayonnaise makes for the perfect base to dress this pasta salad. Added bonus; all the ingredients in the mayo are free of the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and GMOs!

Hellmann's Mayo

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Spring Salad with Tobys Chunky Feta

May is National Salad Month! A perfect reason to combine all of springs delicious vegetables, eat some greens and top it off with a delicious dressing. Which led me to created this crisp, filling Spring Salad with Toby’s Feta Ranch Dressing!

Toby's Chunky Feta

I was introduced to Toby’s recently and have been enjoying it since. The chunky feta is my absolute favorite. It’s rich, thick, creamy and tangy. 

I created a salad of quinoa, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, radishes, asparagus, cucumbers, chives and the beautiful chive blossoms, almond slivers and Toby’s Chunky Feta!

tobys chunky feta

If you have access to some chive blossoms (Can be found at your local farmers market) please pick them up! They are beautiful and delicious! Also, to get your radishes to curl, place them in ice cold water with a few ice cubes and viola! 🙂

spring salad with tobys feta ranch

Another reason I love Toby’s Family Foods Chunky Feta Ranch is because the cheese is in the dressing! So there’s no need for additional cheese.. its all built in 🙂

 

On to the recipe:

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Spring Salad with Tobys Feta Ranch
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almond slivers
  • 2 tablespoons sliced radishes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chive
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumber
  • 1 cup asparagus
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing
Instructions
Asparagus
  1. Bring 6 quarts water to a rolling boil. Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, removing from boiling water and placing directly into bowl of ice water.
  2. Pat dry and set aside.
Assembly
  1. Arrange baby arugula onto a plate.
  2. Top with rolled quinoa.
  3. Arrange remaining vegetables on top of the bed of arugula and quinoa.
  4. Drizzle with Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing
  5. Enjoy 🙂

 

**This post is brought to you by Toby’s Family Foods. All content, ideas and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who allow me to create and share these fun, new recipes! They help keep this blog going 🙂 

spring salad with tobys feta recipe

If you make this dish, I’d love to see! Please Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate 🙂 <3

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Vietnamese Salad with Peanut Dressing

Today is hot. I mean close to 90 degrees hot. Yes, in April. Yes, in Seattle. Yes, global warming is real. 

I had absolutely no intention of turning my oven or stove on today, so I decided to make a large salad and call it dinner. After a weekend of eating, a salad was the right call. 

         vietnamese salad with peanut dressing 

I had picked up some beautiful vegetables and decided on a super easy peanut dressing to top off the salad. Yay for easy dinner ideas (grilled chicken would be a great addition to this 🙂

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Easy Shakshuka

Brunch has become one of my favorite weekend meals. Eggs, cheese, bread and sweet treats that are usually saved for dessert are some of the things you will find on our brunch menu. 

Shakshuka has made its way into American Brunch culture and I am SO glad! Shakshuka is a traditional Tunisian dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, served with bread (to help mop up all the sauce).

This shakshuka is made easy with the start of a strong spicy sauce from Private Selection.

Shakshuka

For those a but afraid of spice,

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