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pistachio & goat cheese dip

hang in there friends. we only have a couple more crazy weeks of madness till we can all breath a sigh of relief as we prepare for a new year.

between gift exchanges, holiday parties and family gatherings, i know i’m not the only one who is stretched a little thin.

it seems that every event i go to these days is pot luck style. so i needed an easy appetizer that was equally delicious and beautiful. and this dip is just that. it is zesty, and nutty and the caramelized onions and roasted garlic really add some delicious umami to the mix.

pistachio & goat cheese dip

serves: about 4 cups

prep time: 10 minutes

inactive time: 1 hour

active time: 20 minutes

total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

ingredients: 3 cups crumbled goat cheese. 1 cup greek yogurt. .5 cup pistachios. 1 head roasted garlic. half 1 brown onion, thinly sliced. 3 tbs olive oil. handful of pomegranate seeds. 1 green onion, green parts thinly sliced. 1 tsp kosher salt. .5 tsp freshly ground pepper. food processor. crackers or veggies for serving.

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start by getting your garlic roasted. follow THESE instructions if you don’t already have some roasted garlic on hand. while your garlic is roasting, you can prep the rest of your ingredients and then finish some other project you surely have waiting for you. when your garlic is roasted, caramelize your onions. in a medium sized pan, heat the pan and 2 tbs of the oil over medium low heat. add in the onions and season with half the salt and pepper. let the onions caramelize, stirring every few minutes for about 15 minutes, till they are soft and browned.

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while the onions are caramelizing, place your pistachios in the bowl of your food processor. blend until the pistachios have turned to crumbs.

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add in the greek yogurt and goat cheese.

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add in your roasted garlic. when the onions are ready, add them into the food processor.

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top the mixture with the remaining oil, and salt and pepper.

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blend until everything is very smooth.

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pour the combined dip into a serving bowl. top with pomegranate seeds and green onions.

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serve with your favorite crackers or veggies and enjoy.

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xo, a

pistachio & goat cheese dip

serves: about 4 cups

prep time: 10 minutes

inactive time: 1 hour

active time: 20 minutes

total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

ingredients: 3 cups crumbled goat cheese. 1 cup greek yogurt. .5 cup pistachios. 1 head roasted garlic. half 1 brown onion, thinly sliced. 3 tbs olive oil. handful of pomegranate seeds. 1 green onion, green parts thinly sliced. 1 tsp kosher salt. .5 tsp freshly ground pepper. food processor. crackers or veggies for serving.

start by getting your garlic roasted. follow THESE instructions if you don’t already have some roasted garlic on hand. while your garlic is roasting, you can prep the rest of your ingredients and then finish some other project you surely have waiting for you. when your garlic is roasted, caramelize your onions. in a medium sized pan, heat the pan and 2 tbs of the oil over medium low heat. add in the onions and season with half the salt and pepper. let the onions caramelize, stirring every few minutes for about 15 minutes, till they are soft and browned. while the onions are caramelizing, place your pistachios in the bowl of your food processor. blend until the pistachios have turned to crumbs. add in the greek yogurt and goat cheese. add in your roasted garlic. when the onions are ready, add them into the food processor. top the mixture with the remaining oil, and salt and pepper. blend until everything is very smooth. pour the combined dip into a serving bowl. top with pomegranate seeds and green onions. serve with your favorite crackers or veggies and enjoy.

spiced quinoa cakes

after a solid week of gorging myself on everything from stuffing to pie, my body is screaming for something a little on the healthy side.  there is just no way i can hang on like this from now till the new year.

quinoa is one of those great for you foods that will fill you up and make you feel good. it is a gluten free, whole grain that contains antioxidants, fiber and loads of other important nutrients to help you get back on track after a holiday.

spiced up and packed with other tasty ingredients, these quinoa cakes will help you feel better and please your taste buds at the same time.

spiced quinoa cakes

serves: 12 cakes

prep time: 30 minutes

inactive time: 20 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 1 hour

ingredients: 4 tbs coconut oil. 8 oz cooked quinoa, cooled (cooked to your package instructions). 2 eggs. .5 cup grated parmesan. .5 cup shredded carrot. .25 cup chopped bell pepper. .25 cup chopped green onions. .25 cup finely chopped pistachios. 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped. 3 large sage leaves, finely chopped. .5 cup greek yogurt. 2 tbs honey. 2 tbs lemon juice. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. .5 tsp turmeric. .5 tsp paprika. .25 tsp ginger. .25 tsp cumin. baking sheet. parchment paper. .25 cup measuring cup. heavy pan.

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start by combining the salt & pepper with the turmeric, paprika ginger and cumin. in a small bowl,

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combine half the greek yogurt, 1 tsp of the spice blend, 1 tsp of the chopped garlic, the honey and the lemon juice together.

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whisk together until well combine. top with a pinch or two of green onions and set aside.

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in a large bowl, combine the quinoa, the rest of the greek yogurt, the parmesan, pistachios, eggs, bell pepper, carrots, green onions, garlic and the rest of the spice blend.

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mix well until everything is combined.

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lay your parchment paper on the baking sheet. using your measuring cup, scoop quinoa cakes onto your parchment paper.

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once you have scooped all your cakes, set them in the freezer to harden for 20 minutes. 5 minutes before you are ready to fry your cakes, heat the coconut in a heavy bottom pan. when the oil is very hot, place the cakes in the oil and fry till browned on both sides.

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about 4 minutes a side. make sure not to crowed the pan. cook in two batches if necessary. when fried, set the cakes on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.

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serve your cakes hot drizzled with your yogurt sauce.

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xo, a

spiced quinoa cakes

serves: 12 cakes

prep time: 30 minutes

inactive time: 20 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 1 hour

ingredients: 4 tbs coconut oil. 8 oz cooked quinoa, cooled (cooked to your package instructions). 2 eggs. .5 cup grated parmesan. .5 cup shredded carrot. .25 cup chopped bell pepper. .25 cup chopped green onions. .25 cup finely chopped pistachios. 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped. 3 large sage leaves, finely chopped. .5 cup greek yogurt. 2 tbs honey. 2 tbs lemon juice. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. .5 tsp turmeric. .5 tsp paprika. .25 tsp ginger. .25 tsp cumin. baking sheet. parchment paper. .25 cup measuring cup. heavy pan.

start by combining the salt & pepper with the turmeric, paprika ginger and cumin. in a small bowl, combine half the greek yogurt, 1 tsp of the spice blend, 1 tsp of the chopped garlic, the honey and the lemon juice together. whisk together until well combine. top with a pinch or two of green onions and set aside.

in a large bowl, combine the quinoa, the rest of the greek yogurt, the parmesan, pistachios, eggs, bell pepper, carrots, green onions, garlic and the rest of the spice blend. mix well until everything is combined. lay your parchment paper on the baking sheet. using your measuring cup, scoop quinoa cakes onto your parchment paper. once you have scooped all your cakes, set them in the freezer to harden for 20 minutes. 5 minutes before you are ready to fry your cakes, heat the coconut in a heavy bottom pan. when the oil is very hot, place the cakes in the oil and fry till browned on both sides. about 4 minutes a side. make sure not to crowed the pan. cook in two batches if necessary. when fried, set the cakes on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. serve your cakes hot drizzled with your yogurt sauce.