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A few new recipe ideas

I've tried several new recipes that we have enjoyed recently. Sometimes my motivation for trying a new recipe is to try to use up things that I have on hand. Two of the following recipes met that criteria. I checked out a book of Middle Eastern cookery from the library and saw a picture of a salad which looked very colorful and tasty and which would also use up a few radishes that I had on hand. Here is my version of the recipe:


Jerusalem Salad

2-3 small (mini) cucumbers
3 roma tomatoes
1/2 of a sweet red pepper
4-6 radishes
1/2 of a red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
5 Tbsps. olive oil
zest of one lemon
2 Tbsps. lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar (could use red wine vinegar or cider)
1 clove garlic crushed or sliced
1 tsp. sugar
1 can or about 2 cups cooked chick peas

Clean and dice all the vegetables into about 1/2 inch pieces. Mix in parsley. In a bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, and sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over vegetables. Serve on plates topped with some of the chick peas. You could also add Feta Cheese and/or black olives if desired.

I tried this recipe for white bean dip because I had some sun dried tomatoes in the freezer that I wanted to use. It went together very quickly and we enjoyed eating it with fresh vegetables and some pita chips. Please keep in mind that dips and casseroles rarely photograph well, but be assured both of these recipes taste very good. 🙂


I tried this recipe for Crunchy Beef Casserole from the Southern Plate website because it had rave reviews and because I had everything the recipe called for including a can of French fried onion rings. Rob really enjoyed it and encouraged me to be sure to make it again. That's always a good sign. 🙂


Do you ever search for recipes to use up ingredients that you have on hand? Have you found any new favorites that way?


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2 Comments on “A few new recipe ideas”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Mar 18th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I pinned the white bean dip because anything beany is just good! Will have to try it soon! i think I would like the Southern Plate casserole but not sure about the guys here….onions and cheese aren’t requested a lot!

  2. #2 Marilyn
    on Mar 19th, 2014 at 6:05 am

    A few years ago I discovered two websites where you can search by the ingredients you have to find recipes. They were really helpful when truly stuck for ideas.

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