We Wine We Dine


February 2016

Peanut Sauce

Peanut butter makes pretty much everything better. Here is a recipe for peanut sauce to make your meal a little more interesting and delicious!

1 small glove of garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. ginger, peeled and minced
1-1/2 tbsp. all natural peanut butter
1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. orange champagne vinegar
2 tsp. blue agave

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Serve over chicken or another protein/grain of choice!

Chicken Cacciatore

A classic family dinner that never gets old.

8 chicken tenders
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large tomatoes, chopped
2 cans tomato soup
2/3 c. water
3 tbsp. white or red wine (can substitute with cider vinegar)
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. paprika
dash of pepper

Saute onions, garlic, and green peppers in olive oil in large pot on high heat until soft.Add tomatoes, tomato soup, water, and wine. Separately saute the chicken in olive oil for a few minutes until browned (but does not have to be fully cooked) and add it into the large pot, with seasonings. Allow to simmer for 1/2 hour until chicken is fully cooked. Serve with rice or quinoa.

– Best if consumed by the gallon.
– Do not add chunks of turkey to week old cacciatore in hopes of diversifying the taste.
– Can be eaten for breakfast the next day.

Chewy PB Granola Bars

These granola bars are both more delicious and more economical than those you’ll find in any store! And they keep well in the refrigerator too. Be careful, they’re addicting!

3/4 c. oats
2-3 heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter
1/2 c. raisins
1/4 c. shredded coconut
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. chocolate chips (optional)

Put all ingredients into a bowl and stir well. The oats should stick together and none should be left dry; if this is the case then add more peanut butter and/or honey to taste. Lay dough out in a tupperware container or other similar vessel and pat down with spoon until about 1-inch thick. Refrigerate for a couple hours (or eat immediately!). Amounts of all ingredients can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

Chocolate Lava Cakes

A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite person!  This dessert is crisp on the outside and oozing chocolate lava in the middle.  “If today was my last day on Earth, this would be dessert” – K. Enough said.

3/8 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
2-1/2 tsp. espresso powder
3/4 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/8 c. butter
1/2 c. egg substitute
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1.3 oz. dark chocolate

Chop up the chocolate finely. Beat together butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg substitute. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix. Gently mix in the chocolate. Pour batter into six 4-oz. ramkins. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes depending on desired texture. After 12 minutes the cakes will have more lava in the center and after 14 they will be more firm.

White Bean Dip

A healthy and easy alternative to hummus when you’re straight out of chickpeas or need a change of pace!

1 can navy beans
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If too thin, add more beans (without any liquid). Enjoy with pita, chips, vegetables, or bread!


Pizza Bread

Try this creative twist on pizza! Because who doesn’t love pizza?

1 lb. pizza dough (enough for one large pizza)
1/3 c. marinara sauce
1/2 c. shredded jalapeño jack cheese
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
Roll out pizza dough onto a floured surface about the size of a large pizza. Spread marinara sauce evenly over the dough all the way up to the edges. Sprinkle the cheese evenly and up to the edges. Cut into rows and columns of approximately 3 inches, such that you are left with 3 inch squares. Create stacks of about 4-6 of these squares, one on top of another. Line a loaf pan with a sheet of buttered parchment paper. The paper should go up and over the sides of the pan. Carefully lay each stack of dough squares on its side into the pan. The stacks will likely somewhat come apart, and there should be some small gaps between sections of dough. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Combine minced garlic and melted butter and spread over the bread. Bake for another 30 minutes at 350. Allow to cool before serving.IMG_4482.JPG

Tomato Chickpea Soup

If you couldn’t tell from the the weather, then you could definitely figure out by the number of soup recipes on our blog that winter has arrived. Here is another one that will warm you right up!!

1 can chickpeas
1 can diced tomatoes (with peppers, onion, and celery)
3 c. chicken broth
1 bunch scallions
1 green pepper
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. chili powder

Saute scallions and peppers in olive oil in a large pot for a few minutes. On medium-high heat add chicken broth. Allow to fully heat up and then add diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and chili powder. Remove from heat and blend for just a few seconds, so that the consistency is still very chunky. Return to heat and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This easy and delicious smoothie will wake you up in the morning and keep you going through lunch! Or at least til your 10am snack.

1 heaping c. frozen strawberries and bananas
1 c. vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Optional: 1 tbsp. peanut butter

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk if too thick or more fruit if too liquidy. Add extra bananas for more creaminess!



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