Wonton Paper Madness!!!

This summer I finally got to try my hand at making different wonton type finger foods. Two of my old roomies came over and we made our entire meal using wonton wrappers and various fillings.

Appetizer Wontons

    Mozzarella Cheese
    Spinach and Cheese

Main Course

    Mix of spinach, carrots, onion and chicken: delicious dipped in soy sauce and siracha sauce.

Dessert

    Chocolate Strawberry
    Chocolate Peanut Butter
    (topped with powdered sugar of course)

These were all absolutely delicious. Our favorite appetizer was the spinach and cheese wontons. The main course was perfect. The desserts were also wonderful, but we were unable to agree upon a favorite.

For the appetizers and the main course we fried them in a pan with just a bit of olive oil. However, for the desserts we dropped them in hot oil and deep fried them. As you can see in the pictures we wrapped some like wontons and some like ravioli. The wrapping shape is really a preference but it was sometimes easier to wrap like a ravioli when you added a little too much stuffing.

Speaking of stuffing when using cheese fill to the brim because the cheese will melt and then they end up seeming a bit empty. All in all I’d say it was an incredibly successful meal.

Ooey Gooey Deliciousness

Next time I think I will try a taco inspired main course with diced apples and cinnamon sugar for dessert.

Trying New Things

Today’s the day. I have really been wanting to try roasted chickpeas and today I did. My roommates were gone and I was feeling a bit daring so I decided to cook something new. I followed this recipe.

Now I love hummus, I love these chocolate chip blondies. I love this cinnamon roll pie, but I just don’t like plain chickpeas. So making these roasted chickpeas was toss up. Either they would be delicious like the previously mentioned goods, or they might just send chills down my back like that one time I put plain chickpeas on my salad.


End Result: They were crunchy. They had good flavor. I did not like them

Why didn’t I like them? I am a texture person, and the inside of these roasted chickpeas had a hint of that grainy texture of uncooked chickpeas. Now don’t get me wrong, it was a THOUSAND times better then plain chickpeas, but I just couldn’t do it.

Conclusion: These are flavorful, easy to make and I am sure they would be loved by any person who doesn’t mind the chickpea texture…but that person is just not me.

At least they looked pretty.

My second experiment of the night was more successful. I made spinach chips! These were absolutely delicious. Eveyone should go out and make them. Most of them were crispy, and those that weren’t were still tasty. I used this recipe, but made a few adjustments for convenience’s sake.

Here’s what I did:
1. Toss spinach leaves in olive oil
2. Spread spinach on wax paper lined cookie sheet
3. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper
4. Bake: I put mine into the oven while my oven was preheating for the chickpeas, so it was set at 400, but was not up to 400 yet. It took about 8 minutes for them to get crunchy.
5. Enjoy

These were truly delicious. As in I probably could have eaten 3 or 4 times as much as I made. So wonderful that I didn’t take any pictures because I couldn’t tear myself away from them. So wonderful that I’ll probably make some more tomorrow.

The Final Four

The final four recipes in my adventures with enticing recipes that is. These four are all main course based and were all delicious.

Spinach Tomato Sauce

During one particularly stormy day I had a hankering for tomato soup and grilled cheese, but we were out of tomato soup and it was raining therefore I was not about to leave the house. Instead I set about to find a soup recipe. Well turns out we did have the diced tomatoes, or tomato paste that most recipes called for but we did have a few fresh tomatoes and some spinach. So I took this recipe, subbed real tomatoes for the canned, skipped the milk, skipped the bread and added oregano and basil.

Spinach-Tomato SauceSo basically I completely messed with the recipe but the outcome was amazing; more sauce like then soup like. I poured it on some noodles, made a piece of garlic bread and dug in. It was so good I also ended up putting it on top of my garlic bread, and eating for lunch the next day.

Black Bean Tortilla Cakes

This was another recipe that I played with the ingredients on.
My pie filling consisted of:
black beans
onion
bell pepper
asparagus
taco seasoning
garlic

Instead of a giant pie I used a muffin tin to make miniature ones with corn tortillas. I had to cut my tortillas into small circles to fit into the muffine tins; I used a measuring cup to make the circles, it was quite the experience. The handle of the measuring cute kept getting in the way and the edges being very dull (needless to say some round cookie cutters would have been nice). These were also delicious especially when topped with some hot sauce! (I’d show you a picture but my camera was broken and I devoured this dinner before I thought to take one with my phone…but I promise they were cute and tasty.)

All But the Kitchen Sink Pizza

Do you ever have a craving for some pizza, but you just don’t have the right ingredients and don’t want to order one? Well I did; and this here was my solution. I found this pizza dough recipe a year or so ago when my roomates and I were experimenting with the many different ways you could make pizzas: english muffin, french bread, bagel, you name it we probably tried it. Ironically I never actually used this to make pizza, I did however make it as garlic bread to serve alongside some spaghetti. This is not your traditional pizza crust, it turns out pretty thin, probably due to the lack of yeast, but not super crispy like many thin crusts. Either way, it is super easy to make and makes a nice surface for whatever toppings you might happen to have (everything but the kitchen sink or garlic butter).

Green PizzaThe everything but the kitchen sink part is up to you, mine however included:
pesto
jalapenos
mozzarella cheese
asparagus
onion
garlic

I realize this might sounds like an odd combination…but they mixed well and pizza is all about mixing it up anyways.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

My friend, whom I’ve actually know since I was two, and I were having a nice night in watching movies and eating dinner. I decided that we should make these, which resulted in us spending dinner reminiscing about eating Mcdonalds happy meals in her backyard when we were kids. I actually did follow this recipe, almost to the tee actually. I did however omit the panko crumbs because we had tons of bread crumbs and no panko. These turned out wonderfully, no complaints. I served them alongside breaded asparagus which a lot of people have been raving about. We however, were not impressed and would much prefer our asparagus plain or with a bit of salt.
Blast from the Past

The Most Important Meal of the Day

As a continuation of my enticing recipe adventures I am going to focus on my recent breakfast adventures. (I must apologize ahead of time my camera broke and my phone does not take real high quality photos)

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you ask anyone who knows me you will find out that I am a huge breakfast advocate. I could probably count the number of times I have skipped breakfast, without using my toes, and I was probably sick. My standard breakfast would be oatmeal, cereal or yogurt and granola. But I also have a big place in my heart for pancakes.

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes
During finals week I woke up a bit early so that I could make my roommie a pre-final breakfast. We decided to try protein pumpkin pancakes. Well let me tell you the name is deceiving. Sadly these did not taste like pumpkin. Also I was not able to blend the mixture because the rest of the house was sleeping and waking everyone up at 7am is just not cool. So, the lack of blender usage resulted in an interesting texture from the cottage cheese. However I think with the help of double (or more) of the pumpkin and a blender these would be much more satisfying. I topped my with peanut butter and drizzle of maple syrup for a filling and satisfying finals week breakfast.

Chocolate Chip Raisin Oven Pancakes
On a more successful note I made another wonderful recipe from this blog. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this but it turned out to basically be one GIGANTIC pancake that I got to pop in the oven while I got ready for the day instead of a stack of pancakes that I had to stand by the stove and cook. This picture is only like a third of the entire pancake and as usual I topped it with some peanut butter. 🙂

Pumpkin Muffin with a Side of Spinach
So technically I think this falls under the breakfast category…but it sure did make a delicious lunch. After making the previously mentioned pumpkin pancakes I had to find a use for the left over pumpkin…hmmm…well a pumpkin muffin sounded delicous so i whipped up one of these little guys, including raisins instead of chocolate chips. And decided that while I was at it, I might as well put all the spinach in the fridge to good use since all my roommates had left for break and we still had a TON of spinach (and not much else). Now this wasn’t my first smoothie with spinach in it but it was the first smoothie that I personally made with spinach in it; I made the iced pineapple one, pretty tasty.

Brownies for Breakfast?
My final breakfast baking adventure should probably not be considered breakfast, but I definitely ate it for breakfast. These brownie pancakes really did taste like brownies…especially the batter. 🙂 Oh the batter was sooo delicious.
Brownies for Breakfast? As always this recipie gives you several options: I used 1 Tbs sugar, Hershey’s cocoa powder and 1 Tbs
oil. Then I topped mine with a little bit of butter, some powdered sugar and a side of strawberries. This was probably my favorite out of all of these breakfast dishes, although a little sweeter then a breakfast probably should be; but hey it was Saturday, so why not.