Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

One of my goals this year has been to go through my recipe binder, full of recipes I've pulled out of magazines, received from others or printed from the Internet over the years, and make each one to see if it's a keeper or if I can toss it. I went into tonight's recipe very hopeful and really, expecting to put a star by it (a star means not only is it a keeper but it's a favorite!). The picture looked very appetizing and after reading over the ingredient list I was looking forward to making it. We try to eat a variety of meals with different ingredients; I'm always up for trying new things, while still eating healthy and on a budget. Keeping all of this in mind, I try to incorporate more vegetarian meals throughout the week and we all like chick peas and hummus so I had no reservation going into tonight's dinner.

Chick pea burgers, a tahini sauce made with lemon and yogurt wrapped in a whole wheat pita with steamed veggies on the side. Everything cooked up well and tasted pretty good individually. I plated it up and we all dug in. As everyone took their first bite, I looked around to see their reactions. There was this audible silence and we each had a look of distaste on our faces. It wasn't good! NO! We actually spit out the burgers and just started laughing. I think we all were in shock at the unexpected flavor. When everything was put together it was just so overpowering that we couldn't eat it. We laughed and joked about it for a bit (I even got a "No, no Mommy" from my 2yr old!) but did try to eat what we could of it. I'm thankful for my guys' willingness to at least try everything so far through this recipe experiment. Unfortunately though, that recipe is now in the trash!

I chalk it up to being part of the process of going through each recipe and trying it out. Some are good and some, well, just aren't. Like I always tell my sometimes, although rarely reluctant family, you never know unless you try and who knows, it might just turn out to be something really awesome. We have actually found several keepers through this process already!

At least the veggies were good. Now, on to the next recipe adventure!

Monday, October 24, 2011

September / October Bear Sightings

Just a few cute moments from the past month... Lots more are on the way; I've got some catching up to do plus lots of new stuff to post as well!