Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter!

It is rare to see a naturally bright pink food. But thanks to the good old beet, this hummus is a delicious exception! This Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter is a cinch to make and the color will have everyone asking how you did it.
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Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter! #hummus #beethummus #hummus #appetizerplatter

 

The Hummus:

If you have ever made my Traditional Hummus, you know it only takes minutes to make your own, and it’s so much better than store bought. This beautiful fuchsia hummus takes minutes to process as well, but first you have to pop a beet in the oven for a little roasting.

 

 

Serve with Simple Pita or Make a Platter!

You can put any vegetable you desire on this platter. I used tomatoes, thinly sliced radishes, Marcona almonds, sliced carrots and cucumbers. Broccoli, cauliflower, and jicama work great too!

Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter!

Amp Up The Pita:

I used a store bought naan, brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled it with rosemary and Parmesan and put it in the oven for a few minutes. Warm and soft, this bread is the perfect accompaniment to the hummus and veggies! BUT for you die hard “from scratch” bakers out there, I offer you my Homemade Flatbread Recipe.

Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter!

The Recipe: Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter

Tips and what you will need: you need a food processor to make hummus, and as always you need a good knife! If you want to turn this into a complete meal salad, click here.

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Roasted Beet Hummus Appetizer Platter!
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
A gorgeous bright pink hummus surrounded by veggies and rosemary parmesan naan
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, easy lunch recipe, easy snack recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Hummus:
  • 1 small beet 2" in diameter if you can't find one that small use half of a bigger one)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 can garbanzo beans 15 oz
  • juice of half a lemon
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil give or take
Platter:
  • assorted veggies of your choice I used carrots, radishes, peeled and sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes but broccoli, cauliflower and jicama work well too
Naan:
  • store bought naan bread 4 usually come in a pack
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place oven rack in center position
  2. wash beet well, cut off ends, wrap in foil and place in the oven for about 40 minutes or until soft enough for a fork to easily pierce
  3. Remove beet and allow to cool
  4. place garlic in food processor and mince
  5. add garbanzo beans, beet, sea salt and lemon juice, process while slowly pouring in olive oil
  6. check consistency, if needed add a little more oil
  7. When consistency is to your liking, taste and see what you think. If needed add more salt
  8. Brush brrad with olive oil, sprinkle with cheese and rosemary, place in oven and cook until golden and cheese bubbles
  9. Place hummus in a bowl and surround with veggies and flatbread
  10. Enjoy!

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10 Pasta Dinners in 20 Minutes or Less!

Time. Sometimes there just isn’t enough of it! I remember the days when our kids would come home from school, pile in the car, and I spent the next several hours carting them from one activity to another. We would walk back in the door at dinner time and everyone was hungry, then I would scramble to figure out what to make. I wish I had a blog I could refer to back then that would have told me how to make a fantastic, filling dinner in 20 minutes. Luckily you have the internet…and me!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

The following pasta dinners are all quick, budget friendly, delicious, and not one of these recipes uses hamburger or jarred pasta sauce! 10 Pasta Dinners In 20 Minutes or Less!:

Pasta Aglio e Olio with Eggs Sunny Side Up!

This delicious pasta is easy on the wallet. Minimal prep. Maximum flavor! And look at those eggs!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes!

Oh my…this recipe was inspired by our 2018 trip to Italy. So creamy. flavorful and delicious.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini!

This pasta cooks in the same pot as the veggies for easy clean up. Add some rotisserie chicken if you prefer some protein.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Simple Lemon Pasta with Walnuts:

This simple pasta is done in the amount of time it takes to cook the spaghetti!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Pasta with Mint Pea Sauce!

This pasta is so unique and delicious. It makes a big impression and requires little effort.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Linguini with Chicken and Goat Cheese:

A savory linguini that is perfect for the family and entertaining!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Penne Pasta with Asparagus:

This penne pasta with cream sauce was a favorite among my students when I taught cooking classes.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 Spaghetti Carbonara with Italian Sausage and Rocket:

This pasta feeds a crowd and just in case you are wondering…’rocket’ is just a cool way to say arugula.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Three Cheese Tortellini with Sun Dried Tomatoes!

This tortellini dish requires almost no prep and cooks in a snap!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 

 

 

Pasta with Tomatoes and Lemon

No lie, this pasta is ready in under ten minutes! Light, lemony and perfect for the tomato lover.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 

 

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The Secrets to Making a Fantastic Burger!

Summer and a juicy grilled burger go together like peanut butter and jam… peas and carrots…or in this case, pepper jack and garlic aioli. And since it’s time to start gilling, here are The Organic Kitchen’s Secrets to Making a Fantastic Burger!
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The Secrets to Making a Fantastic Burger!

 

The Secrets to Making a Perfect Burger!

There are common mistakes made when making a burger that can take your burger from fabulous to dry and flavorless in no time. So read, learn and apply these tips my darlings and your next BBQ will be the talk of the town…for good reasons;)

The Secrets to Making a Fantastic Burger!

The Meat:

Don’t go for lean when it comes to a burger. Lean ground beef makes for a dry, flavorless burger. Keep it 80/20. Yup, 20% fat that is what I’m talking about! Don’t be putting your hands all over it either. Just take a portion of ground beef and form it into a patty with as little handling as possible. Over handling makes a burger less tender. If you can, use grass fed beef. Better for you, better for the planet.

ButcherBox delivers grass fed beef right to your door!

Size matters:

Make the patty a half inch wider than your bun. Otherwise when the burger shrinks on the grill it will appear miniscule, even with toppings. Six ounces of meat made about 3/4 of an inch thick should be just about perfect! Make sure the patty is flat so toppings will stay put.

Seasoning:

Always season after forming patties. Salt dries out food, so add it only to the surface instead of working it in. I use Maldons Sea Salt. And love my battery operated pepper grinder because I can handle the burger patty with one hand and season with the other! I usually keep seasoning simple, sea salt and pepper, most of the flavor comes from the toppings (recipes below)

The Secrets to Making a Fantastic Burger!

 

Prepping the Grill and Cooking:

Before firing up the BBQ, clean and oil the the grill. Actually it’s best to clean the grill after the last use. Simply remove whatever you have been cooking, turn off heat and scrape with wire brush. Then when you are ready to use the BBQ again, just use a paper towel with a little coconut oil on it to wipe down the grill and prevent sticking. And whatever you do don’t press on the hamburgers with your spatula! That presses out the juices that make a moist, flavorful burger. Cook at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes for medium…that is how I like it. But if you like it well done then cook it for 10 minutes, I won’t judge you (well maybe a little;)

Now that you know how to make a perfect burger let’s talk toppings!

Of course you can choose whatever toppings you wish, but I will be offering you three recipe options below: A bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg, a cheese burger with grilled onions and blue cheese, and last but not least a Cali inspired burger with pepper jack, avocado, bacon and garlic aioli!

The Recipe: Three Fantastic Burger Recipes

Tips and what you will need: Homemade mayo or garlic aioli is a great addition to this burger. See my recipe here. If you don’t want to make your own mayo I recommend using a store bought version made with olive oil. If you are making the blue cheese burger, you will need to know how to caramelize onions! Want the recipe for the burger pictured above?

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How to Make a Fantastic Burger~ Three Recipes!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Three recipes Inspired by The Rustic Burger Restaurant. Read "the secrets to making a fantastic burger" (above) before preparation.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, grilling recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • PER BURGER: 6oz grass fed beef 80/20 ratio (20% fat)
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • aioli you can use store bought mayo or click the link above to make your own
  • hamburger buns
For Farm Burger add:
  • 2 slices of bacon per burger
  • shredded lettuce
  • tomato slices
  • one fried egg per burger
  • cheddar cheese or provolone
  • garlic aioli recipe link in blog post above
For Cali Burger add:
  • avocado slices
  • two slices bacon per burger
  • tomato slices
  • one slice pepper jack cheese per burger
  • arugula
  • garlic aioli recipe link above
For Blue Cheese Burger add:
  • caramelized onions recipe link above
  • blue cheese as much as desired
  • arugula
  • aioli recipe link above
Instructions
  1. Depending on what burger you are making have aioli, avocado, tomatoes, cheeses, caramelized onions (see link above) and bacon prepared in advance. If using a fried egg, make sunny side up right before burgers are done.
  2. Without overworking meat, form patties making them 1/2" wider than bun.
  3. Season with sea salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Use a paper towel to wipe coconut oil on grill. Turn heat to 400 degrees.
  5. Cook meat to liking, place a slice of cheese on the burger the last minute of cooking. (5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through for medium)
  6. Remove from grill.
  7. Spread bun with aioli, place burger on bun, add suggested toppings above. Last , add the top bun spread with aioli!

Need Some Sides for Your Burger?

I have some suggestions: Corn Off The Cob, Mexican Street Corn, Simple Grape and Avocado Salad.

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Fresh Fish Tacos!

Nothing says spring and summer like Fresh Fish Tacos! When it comes to warm weather recipes, fresh is the name of the game and these fish tacos are as fresh as they come. They also happen to be full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein, and are gluten and dairy free.These tacos are so fresh and flavorful you will hard pressed to find better in a restaurant!
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Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Lets Talk Fish!

I like to use two different fish for this recipe. My favorite, salmon, and my husbands favorite, halibut. Halibut is in season from April to October but Sprouts carries an all natural frozen halibut fillet in the off season that cooks up great.
Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about buying fish:

1. It’s best not to buy fish wrapped in plastic. You should be able to smell the fish you are buying. I always buy mine from a fishmonger I trust. If he is handling it, cutting it etc… he will know if it’s not fresh.

2. Always buy fish the day you plan on making it.

3. When selecting fish always point to the piece you want. In stores the freshest fish is placed in the front of the window, closest to you, and the fish from the day before is placed in the back, closest to the fishmonger. So when you are looking at the fish closest to you and ask for it, he pulls it from the back. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with that fish from the day before, it’s just not the freshest…and you want the freshest!

4. If it’s available to you, use wild caught salmon.

The Toppings:

My homemade Pico de Gallo is a super easy and tasty option, but you can also use your favorite store bought salsa or pico de gallo if you don’t have time to make your own.

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

I also LOVE Mango Salsa on fish tacos. The blend of savory, sweet and salty is perfection!

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Chunky guacamole is always a fabulous choice as well!

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

The Tortillas:

For me, tacos aren’t just about the filling, to be fabulous they need a great tortilla. One option people don’t often think about is buying freshly made tortillas from a local Mexican restaurant. Luckily my favorite happens to be right next to Whole Foods market where I buy my fish.

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

The Process:

First cut the fish into chunks.

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Then season the fish with sea salt, freshly ground pepper (affiliate links) and garlic powder, then  sauté it in coconut oil, butter or ghee. If you are using two kinds of fish, like me, try to keep them separated in the pan.

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Then just build your taco! Place the fish, crispy romaine, salsa and fresh sprigs of cilantro, drizzle with lime and voila!

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Fresh Fish Tacos ~ made with salmon and halibut! #fishtacos #salmontacos #halibuttacos #glutenfreetacos

Fresh Fish Tacos from The Organic Kitchen

The Recipe: Fresh Fish Tacos and Homemade Salsa

Tips: if you want to make everything from scratch try my homemade Pico de Gallo or Chunky Guacamole!

Fresh Fish Tacos!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Nothing says spring and summer like Fresh Fish Tacos! When it comes to warm weather recipes, fresh is the name of the game and these fish tacos are as fresh as they come. They also happen to be full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein and are gluten and dairy free.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: classic recipe, easy dinner recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 12 oz fresh halibut or salmon (or 6 oz of each) cut into 1" cubes
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 T coconut oil, ghee or butter
  • 1 lime quartered
  • handful of cilantro sprigs
  • fresh pico de gallo or chunky guacamole, recipes linked above
  • 4-6 corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. Cut fish into 1" cubes, lightly season with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder. 

  2. Place large pan on cooktop on medium heat. Add a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, butter or ghee. 

  3. When melted add fish to pan, turning as each side browns. Fish should be done in about 6 minutes.

  4. Top with pico de gallo, mango salsa, chunky guacamole and cilantro sprigs

Healthy, delicious and easy, the perfect spring dinner! If you enjoyed this recipe. please subscribe for my FREE weekly recipe newsletter! (just under my picture on the right sidebar)

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