Joanie Simon LOVE + FOOD + PEOPLE Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:23:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joanie Simon 32 32 102187082 Leftover Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:02:47 +0000 This easy recipe for Oatmeal Breakfast Parfaits is an easy and delicious way to use up leftover oatmeal and start your day off right. Leftover Oatmeal Who knew so many people were having the same problem I was with what to do with leftover oatmeal?  My Leftover Oatmeal Cookies recipe is one my most popular recipes, so I figured I’d follow it up with my other favorite (and more frequently used) way of handling leftover cooked oats. Sorta Overnight, but Not I know that Overnight Oats are a popular thing, but I’ve just never been able to embrace that bandwagon.  Something about the texture just never set right with me.  So, this recipe is like a bridge between those overnight oats.  It gives you the morning grab-n-go convenience with a better texture and uses up those leftovers. I typically cook up a big pot of oats on Sunday morning for the family before church.  But, instead of tossing the remaining oats left in the pot, I portion them into mason jars, layered with other goodies, then cover and keep in the fridge for up to three days.  Some people may say, “ewwww…leftover cold oats.”  If that’s you, then skip this...

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Coconut Curry Hummus Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:39:11 +0000 This recipe for coconut curry hummus adds a flair of spice to my favorite extra-creamy hummus recipe with garam masala and coconut oil. The Original Recipe My original hummus recipe is still a favorite go-to.  I make a big batch and it will last a week for random snacking, schmearing on sandwiches and, my personal favorite, as an addition to a hearty salad.  The secret to super creamy hummus is adding baking soda to the soaking process and again to the cooking process.  It interacts with the dried chickpeas to break them down so that when you blend them in the food processor they become extra soft and creamy. Cooking the Chickpeas I always use my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to cook the beans for this recipe.  I much prefer using dried beans to canned from a flavor standpoint.  If you don’t have a pressure cooker, I have the alternative stovetop directions in the recipe below. If you would rather used canned beans, feel free, just omit the extra soaking water and baking soda from the recipe. Hummus with Curry I decided to riff on this recipe by adding a little Indian inspired flair with coconut oil in place of...

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Instant Pot Vegan Chili Tue, 04 Sep 2018 04:46:11 +0000 This Instant Pot Vegan Chili is a quick and easy recipe with pinto and red kidney beans and a rich red tomato sauce finished with corn and a few simple spices. Optional Changes to the Recipe The best part about chili is that it’s a blank canvas, so feel free to freestyle with your own favorite ingredients.  Change up the beans, the peppers, add some additional fresh veggies.  You can make it your own, or use up that produce in the fridge that’s getting ready to turn south. If you’re not into the Italian Salad Dressing Mix (I know, it’s a weird one, but makes this quick and darn tasty), feel free to come up with your own spice blend. Instant Pot or Crock Pot The directions for this recipe are for the Instant Pot, but if you’d rather do it in the Crock Pot, you can still use unsoaked beans and follow the recipe, but cook in the Crock Pot on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours, or until the beans are soft.

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Mushroom Basil Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:02:40 +0000 This recipe for Mushroom Basil Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette is a family favorite with fresh ingredients and you’ll find yourself wanting to drizzle the dressing on everything.  It’s perfect for entertaining guests or as a weeknight meal. My Favorite Dressing of All Time A bold statement, indeed! I do love the famous family Caesar Salad, but this one edges it out on account of some nostalgia. Having dinner at Mom’s house means that this salad will be served, guaranteed. Make It Your Own When my Mom makes this recipe she uses iceberg lettuce.  I’m partial to butter lettuce. You can use whichever green tickles your fancy.  Mom also uses walnuts and I like to use almonds.  Feel free to go NUTS! The Recipe

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Radish Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:50:25 +0000 This summer recipe for Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Radish has tons of crunch and flavor with a bright lemony dressing. Sugar Snap Peas Did you know that sugar snap peas are a cross between an English pea and the snow pea?  They are in season through winter into the late spring.  I thought this would be the perfect recipe to serve as their summer send-off. Salad for Non-Salad Eaters I’m not a natural-born salad eater (pass the meat and potatoes, please).  So, when I make a salad, it HAS to be good.  I like something with a lot of texture, crunch, and plenty of bright acidity in the dressing. I love slicing sugar snap peas on the bias so that they end up like long, green, crunchy slivers, tossed together here with sliced radish, romaine lettuce, and feta cheese.  Certainly, you could riff on this recipe, subbing in different greens and veggies. The Recipe

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Hula Pie Frappe Shake Tue, 12 Jun 2018 01:13:36 +0000 This recipe for Hula Pie Frappe Shake is inspired by the famed Hawaiian Dessert, Hula Pie.  The original Hula Pie contains macadamia nut ice cream in a cookie crust, topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts. We’ve mixed these flavors together into a frozen drinkable coffee version. This post is sponsored by Torani but all opinions expressed are genuine. Want to save 10% on your first order?  Sign up for Torani’s e-newsletter HERE and get your sweet discount.  You also have the chance to WIN a year’s supply of Torani syrups.  Enter to win at the bottom of this post! Hawaii’s Hula Pie I’m headed to Hawaii this summer and cannot wait to take a bite of Hula Pie.  It’s the dessert to end all desserts.  But, since I haven’t hit the island yet, I teamed up with Torani to bring you a drinkable version made with their signature Coffee Frappe base, macadamia nut syrup, and rich chocolate sauce. I assume you’re already familiar with Torani’s awesome line of syrups and sauces (100 different flavors!), but have you tried their Frappe base?  It comes in vanilla and coffee varieties and all you have to do is blend it with ice to make a flavor-filled...

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Sweet and Spicy All Purpose Dry Rub Tue, 01 May 2018 23:46:09 +0000 This recipe for all purpose dry rub is an easy-to-make blend of sweet and spicy flavors perfect for beef, chicken or pork.  It’s versatile and elevates the flavor of your meat without overpowering it. *This recipe is sponsored by Moink.  They deliver ethically sourced/exceptional tasting grass fed & finished beef & lamb, pastured pork & chicken, as well as wild caught seafood delivered straight to your doorstep. All opinions expressed are genuine. A Rub for All Meats Queue the summer fun and fire up the grill! When I entertain, there’s a strong likelihood that something will be goin’ on the grill.  Burgers, chicken, or a slow smoked pork shoulder are all go-tos.  These family favorites pair up with virtually everything and help keep the kitchen cool with outdoor cooking during the warm summer months. And, to keep things easy, I nearly always treat everything I throw on the smoker or grill with my favorite all-purpose dry rub mix that I’ve concocted over the years.  It’s a simple combination of sweet, savory and just a little touch of spice.  Its simplicity means that it works well on beef, chicken and pork, amplifying the natural flavors of the meat without overpowering. Better...

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Instant Pot Hummus Mon, 09 Apr 2018 05:08:01 +0000 This recipe for Instant Pot Hummus is beyond easy but oh so creamy.  A perfect healthy snack to always have on hand. Going from Bad to Fab The first time I made homemade hummus it was AWFUL.  It was not tasty and more importantly, it was not smooth and creamy.  Rewind to the first time I ever had hummus at a restaurant in New York City.  It was creamy, light, garlicky, I could have eaten it with a spoon!  It was my mission to re-create that fabulous hummus experience and this is what I found. How to make the best Homemade Instant Pot Hummus Baking Soda is the Secret What? Baking soda?  I found that in order to get the creamiest and best tasting hummus, I had to start from dried beans (they taste better to me than canned and are a whole lot cheaper) and that soaking the beans in baking soda before hand and then also adding some more to the cooking liquid while you cook them, helps break down the casing of the individual chickpeas.  It allows the soft creamy center to be the star of the show. Pressure Cooking Your Chickpeas I also like to use my...

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Instant Pot Black-Eyed Pea Soup Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:41:53 +0000 Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup is loaded with flavor and good-for-you ingredients including carrots and collard greens.  It’s a New Year’s tradition, but will become a favorite any time of the year because it comes together in under an hour in the Instant Pot. Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup for Good Luck Black eyed peas (not the band…though they’re cool, too) are a symbol of good fortune and prosperity in the south.  Additionally, the collard greens symbolize money.  So, it’s pretty clear that to start the year off on the right foot, you should grab a heaping helping of this soup. Jump into the Throw Back Time Machine I first shared this Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe in 2015 on my YouTube channel.  It has since been tweaked slightly but still relies on the awesome power of pressure cooking.  Catch the video from 2015.   Gluten Free Soup! This recipe also happens to be gluten free.  Of course, if you are preparing this for someone with a gluten allergy, be sure to confirm the sausage and bouillon that you purchase don’t have gluten in them.  Better than Bouillion’s Chicken variety is clear as is Aidell’s Andouille Sausage. Prep Your...

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Low Carb Broccoli Cheddar Soup Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:18:04 +0000 A creamy, hearty, recipe for low carb Broccoli Cheddar Soup made with fresh broccoli, extra sharp cheddar and flavorful aromatics.  Just a few quick substitutions make this comfort food favorite low in carbs and high in flavor.  Soup with Speed This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is low in carbs, packed with flavor and comes together in less than 30 minutes.  I had it in my mind that broccoli cheddar soup should be some sort of long, involved thing.  But, really, it’s a matter of sautéing some onions, adding in some aromatics, milk and a thickener, simmering some broccoli, blending and then adding cheese at the end. Fresh Ingredients for the best Broccoli Cheddar Soup This recipe does call for fresh prepared ingredients, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of time doing prep work for it.  I used a 1lb bag of fresh broccoli florets from the produce department so that I didn’t have to hassle with breaking down a whole stalk. You’ll notice that I include half & half as the creamy component in this recipe.  It’s totally up to you if you’d rather use milk or heavy cream instead.  It’s all based on if you want to go...

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Pineapple Upside Down Iced Tea Tue, 06 Mar 2018 05:17:04 +0000 This recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Iced Tea is inspired by the famed cake of the same name.  Pineapple, cherries mixed up in a refreshing iced tea for your springtime entertaining.   This post is sponsored by Torani but all opinions expressed are genuine. Too, they’re giving you 15% off and free shipping when you visit and use the promo code Joanie15.  Offer valid through 6/30/18 on orders up to $300. Sugar Free Flavor! Torani’s sugar-free syrups are totally my jam.  They offer a wide selection of Splenda sweetened syrups.  Lots of flavor and sans sugar so I can add flavor without adding guilt.   This recipe calls for their sugar-free pineapple syrup and the sugar free black cherry.  Of course, it works just the same with their sugar sweetened varieties, too. Pineapple Upside Down Ice Tea for Entertaining I love springtime parties.  Easter egg hunts, Easter brunch and Mother’s Day brunch being highlights of my springtime calendar.  I put a lot of thought into the menu.  I want everything from apps to desserts to be special and celebratory.  A great way to add pizzaz to these holiday brunches is with a flavored-up iced tea.  Not only does Torani pack in fruit flavor, but...

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Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Truffles Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:07:28 +0000 These three ingredient sugar-free dark chocolate truffles taste righteously decadent and will satisfy your sweet tooth. They were inspired by an Instagram feed full of Valentine’s treats.   Dark Chocolate Truffles I’ve cut out the sugar, but I still wanted something to satisfy the need for CHOCOLATE. Choosing the Right Chocolate Chips I’m not reinventing the wheel on this recipe.  Truffles are truffles, but the key is to using the right sugar free chocolate.  I’ve experimented with a few and I really like the Stevia sweetened baking chips from Lilly’s. The Process Simply place 1 bag of the chocolate chips (9oz) in a bowl.  Then put 1/2 cup of heavy cream in a pot on the stove over medium high heat and heat until it starts to bubble around the edges before it starts to boil.  Then pour half of the cream over the chips and allow to sit, do not stir, for 30 seconds.  This is vital.  We want to start to melt the chocolate, but we don’t want to cause separation.  Then pour the remaining hot cream into the chocolate bowl and stir until everything is smooth and chocolatey! From there, place plastic wrap over the top of the bowl...

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