Seasoning Blends

Originally posted by animefoodissugoi

A lot of spells call for singular herbs like basil or cinnamon, but seasoning blends often get overlooked! Especially because these blends tend to be easier and more affordable in the kitchen. Let’s break a few down.

Pumpkin Spice- (Allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.) MONEY MONEY MONEY and also luck.

Five Spice Powder-  (Cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, pepper.) Protection, banishing/exorcism, probably especially so for things related to psychic powers and abilities.

Italian Seasoning- (Thyme, oregano, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, savory, sage) Cleansing, purifying, and consecrating spaces, protection. Combined, this probably makes it great for warding.

Creole Seasoning- (Paprika, garlic, onion, pepper, cayenne, thyme, oregano.) Hella banishing power, with a kick. May also help start patching up any spiritual wounds, afterwards. But mostly banishing.

Tajin- (Chili peppers, salt, lime) Cleansing! Burn out/erode all that gunk.

Old Bay- (Mustard, paprika, celery salt, bay leaf, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, mace, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger.) Can be used as a general enhancer to the power, strength, or success of a spell. Banishing.

Foodie Friday: Pasta al Pomodoro

Servings: 2-4

-¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
-1 medium onion, minced
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
-28 oz. can peeled tomatoes, pureed
-Kosher or Sea salt
-3 large basil sprigs, plus basil leaves for garnish
-12 oz pasta of choice (spaghetti, linguine, rotini, or cavatappi recommended)
-2 tbsp unsalted butter
-¼ cup finely grated parmesan, pecorino, or romano cheese

1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft. In a separate pot, bring salted water to a boil.

2. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for about 2-4 minutes (remember to use your nose and keep close attention on fragrance; you don’t want the garlic to burn)

3. Add the pepper flakes and cook for about a minute to release flavor. Increase the heat to medium, add t he tomatoes, and season lightly with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken slightly and the flavors blend (roughly 20 minutes).

4. Remove the pan from heat, stir in the basil sprigs, and set aside.

5. In the pot, add pasta to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally until it is close to al dente (but not quite there yet). Drain the pasta, reserving about ½ a cup of the pasta water.

6. Remove the basil from the sauce and heat the skillet over high heat. Stir in the reserved water to loosen the sauce and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring, until al dente. Remove the pan from the heat, add butter and cheese, and toss until the cheese and butter has melted.

7. Transfer to warm bowls, and garnish with grated cheese and basil leaves or parsley.

Magical Ingredient

When I get home from work, my boyfriend sometimes comments about how I smell. As I work in an Italian kitchen, this can either be a good thing or a bad thing for him. On a good day, I end up smelling like alfredo with a hint of garlic. On a bad day, I come home smelling strongly of tomatoes. Love them or hate them, it’s difficult to separate the tomato from Italian cooking. From savory to sweet, tomatoes have a wonderful range of flavor depending upon how they’re cooked, and they lend a vibrant red color to whatever dish they’re being made into.

Given how strong of an association tomatoes have to Italian cuisine, it’s sometimes easy to forget that historically, tomatoes are actually fairly new to European cooking, having been introduced as part of the Columbian Exchange and spurned because of its status as a member of the nightshade family of plants, much like potatoes and eggplant. It wouldn’t be for another 150 years before tomatoes would be considered safe for consumption, and even then, only in sauces.

Part of the fear of tomatoes was because of its link to deadly nightshade, but another aspect of this fear was due to its connection to lust. Its deep red color and use as a powerful aphrodisiac linked it rather strongly to the temptation of Eve in the Christian Genesis story, and some languages still associate tomatoes with lust and love (particularly French - pomme d’amore - and Hungarian - paradice appfel - which mean “apple of love” and “apple of paradise” respectively).

In terms of health, tomatoes are extremely beneficial for those who aren’t allergic or sensitive to their acidity. In particular, they’re useful in aiding liver function and are rich in potassium and citric acid. In addition, their high water content makes them useful in helping with hydration.

But in witchcraft, the tomato continues to embrace its status as an ingredient of lust, love, protection, and money-drawing - especially when paired with other ingredients with shared correspondences. When dried and added to sachets, tomatoes can be excellent in attracting love (or sex), or if added along with dried basil or rosemary can be a great money sachet or protection sachet respectively.

Consider pairing tomato varieties with your purpose. If attempting to attract money, consider using a golden variety or little green tomatillos. If working lust or love spells, plump red tomatoes are always a great choice. If looking for protection, consider fiery orange colors.

Many names for tomatoes have linked them to apples. As such, it’s not too great a leap to replace apples in other spells with tomatoes, if it seems appropriate or is more accessible. On the flip side, tomatoes can also be used in spells where nightshade may be an ingredient. While not poisonous, tomatoes are much more easily obtained and the family resemblance is rather uncanny.

For garden witchery, tomatoes are exceptional plants to grow for protection and wealth. Grow them to help banish negativity and invite positive energy to the property, as well as to encourage prosperity and love.

Consider different ways in which this delicious fruit can be used in your spells! Whether cooking up a sauce, roasting them, or setting them in the window to banish negative energy, tomatoes are useful and versatile ingredients for the every day witch!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

A Spell to Banish and Protect: “Restraining Order Bottle”


o   An airtight jar or bottle.

o   Black or red craft paint and a small paintbrush OR a black or red sharpie marker.

o   Simple taglock representing the person or thing that you want to banish.  Something that includes DNA – such as hair – is very powerful, but a slip of paper with the name that you know the target as can serve just as well also!

o   A few things (or representations of some of the things) that your target hates (foods, scents, colors, images, written examples of what they hate, etc). If you can, add something that you know they are allergic to.


Suggested Ingredients:

o   A few drops of my Banishing Potion

o   A Keep Away Stone

o   Basil

o   Bay Leaves (crushed or whole)

o   Black Salt

o   Black and/or Red Crystals

o   Black and/or Red Pepper

o   Black and/or Red Wax Chips

o   Cayenne Pepper

o   Cactus Spines

o   Crumbled Dragon’s Blood Incense

o   Dead Spiders (added as a warning to your target)

o   Eggshells (crushed into a powder)

o   Juniper Berries

o   Pumice

o   Red Pepper (crushed or in flakes)

o   Rosemary

o   St. John’s Wort

o   Tobacco

o   Willow Branches


Spell Steps:

Step 1: If you will be using the Banishing Potion and/or the Keep Away Stone, make those in advance.  

Step 2:  Prepare for your spell.  Make sure that you have your supplies and ingredients on hand; meditate; cleanse yourself and your area; make sure that you are grounded, centered, and protected; take any of the steps that you usually would when engaging in magick work.

Step 3: Take your dry ingredients and mix then together. As you add each ingredient to the mixture, focus on its banishing abilities; imagine it radiating your desire for this person to leave you alone.  

Step 4: Take your bottle or jar and fill it about halfway with your mixture. Shake the bottle a bit to help the mixture settle.  

Step 5: Add in your taglock, and whatever items that you are using to represent things that your target hates.  If you are using a Keep Away Stone, add that in now as well.

Step 6:  Add in the rest of your ingredients, and finish off with a few drops of the Banishing Potion if you are using it.  

Step 7:  Taking your marker or paint, add a copy of your ‘restraining order’ to the outside of the bottle.  Be sure to include your target’s name, as well as the distance that you want between you and your target.

Step 8:  Seal your bottle completely and give it a few shakes, thinking about how much you want your target to stay away.

Step 9:  End the spell and ground yourself.

Step 10:  Put the bottle somewhere safe and preferably dark; let it do most of its work in the shadows.  If you feel that your Restraining Order is about to be infringed on or broken, grab your brightest light (flashlight app, actual flashlight, mirror reflecting the sun – whatever you have on hand, seriously) and shine it directly at the bottle. Take the bottle and shake it a few times, repeating the same words that you used when you first created your bottle <3 

Tonight I channeled the olden days of when I worked at the Olive Garden and devoured Zuppa Toscana all day, every day! Kevin has never had it 😱(I didn’t believe him but he insists)

I adapted this recipe from Low Carb Yum (She’s amazing!) and made it slow cooker style because I love me some crock pot recipes.

*1 pound Ground Sausage, Browned
*½ small onion chopped
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*64 fluid ounces chicken broth
*1 Package radishes, thinly sliced
*10 ounces of chopped Kale
*1 cup heavy cream
*3 slices cooked bacon chopped
*1-2 teaspoons salt adjust to taste
*1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
*½ Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

*Add broth to the Crock Pot. Turn Crock Pot on low.
*Brown sausage with onion and garlic in small pan. Add to crock pot (Oil and all).
*Stir in radishes, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, to crock pot and stir. Cook on low for 4 hours.
*After 4 hours mix in cream, kale, and cooked bacon.
*Cook on high for 1 more hour.

This was awesome because the radishes take on the taste of the soup but have the texture of potatoes. If I didn’t make it myself I wouldn’t have believed they were radishes.

Thanks for reading and please send me your pics of your soup!!


Fried Egg and Rice

I love how they say bird egg, like there might be the slight chance that you might use a dinosaur egg.

Difficulty: Easy-ish, it’s easier if you’ve made fried rice before, 20-ish minutes, serves 1


  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper flakes, more or less depending on your spice level
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • oil for frying

Prepare your rice. I’m using a rice cooker, so wash your rice, measure the right amount of water, and set it to cook. Cool completely before using. Leftover rice also works for this.

Thinly slice up your green onion. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, salt, and red pepper flakes. 

In a pan, heat about a tablespoon of oil on medium low. Crack your egg in the pan, and cover. Cook until it’s done how you like it.

While that’s cooking, heat another tablespoon of oil in another pan. Put your rice and fry for about 1 minute. Mix in the soy sauce mixture, and stir. When everything is incoperated, turn off the heat and mix in the green onion.

Put rice into a bowl. Place fried egg on top. If you want to add a protein to your fried rice, you can. Just fry it up before adding rice. It’s a super filling breakfast that’s easy (enough) to make and tastes great.



Welcome to Cucco’s Kitchen! I will be making various anime and video game style drinks, dishes, deserts and more!
By watching these videos I make money to donate to Alz and you guys can learn to cook and make great and fun dishes!

Today we tackle the Meaty Rice Balls in Zelda Breath of the Wild
In the game the Meaty Rice Balls description is
“The sweet and spicy meat stuffed into these rice balls will keep you full for some time.”

I hope you will enjoy!

1-3 Cups Of Short Grained Rice
¼ Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
¼ Cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
½ Teaspoon Crushed Red-pepper Flakes, Or More To Taste
¼ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Pound Ground Beef
10 Slices Of Prosciutto

Cuccos Kitchen: Hearty Meat, Pepper & Mushroom Skewers: Zelda Breath Of The Wild…

Cucco’s Kitchen - Cucco’s Kitchen: Skyward Sword’s Pumpkin Soup…

Snapchat: Pwnapplez 

🍲🍁 Hearty sausage and cabbage🍁🍲

This dish is comfort food to the extreme.

What you need:

  • 1 head of cabbage (washed and chopped)
  • 6 russet potatoes (peeled, washed and chunked)
  • 2 links of your favorite sausage (cut into rounds)
  • ½ of a large onion sliced thin
  • 2tbs garlic minced
  • 3tbs onion powder
  • 3tbs garlic salt
  • 3tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3tsp paprika
  • 4tbs butter
  • 2tbs veggie oil
  • 3tsp coriander
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Crock pot
  • Crock pot liners (optional)


  1. Sauté onions, garlic, and sausage in 2tbs of butter.
  2. Line your crock pot.
  3. Combine all ingredients (excluding last 2tbs of butter.) including sausage and onion mixture (oils too.)
  4. Place rosemary springs ontop of it all with 2 table spoons of butter.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6 hours.)


Happy homes, and happy crafting!

Recipe of the Day: Quick Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Italian for “Brother Devil,” Giada’s shrimp prep is a classic recipe known for its spice. A teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes brings up the heat, and an herb-packed tomato sauce makes it the most-enticing (and quickest) way you can eat shrimp. [recipe in bio]

i have a recipe for you guys! my grandma made this up and it’s been my favorite for years, you have to make it. we call it stewed zucchini and it’s a mix between a sauce and a soup but anyways i went to make it with her today and this is what i gathered.

3 cans stewed tomatoes
4 zucchini (cleaned & sliced thin)
1 onion
sweet mini peppers
3 stalks of celery
italian seasoning
garlic salt
garlic powder
crushed red pepper flakes

NOTE: we don’t measure spices we just eyeball it so do it to your liking!

1. sautee the onions, celery and carrots with some olive oil and add in the tomatoes once the onions have time to turn translucent. (i cut up the tomatoes and take the core out but you don’t have to).
2. add in the zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and give it a nice stir
3. season her up and let it cook for a while then simmer just like you would for sauce. you want all the vegetables to be nice and soft
4. serve over pasta, rice or enjoy it plain in a bowl with a spoon! so so good and healthy

‘Mexicali’ Taco Salad

(Chose your own proportions)

  • Lean meat: ground turkey, or shaved/sliced chicken
  • Mixed greens
  • Corn
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • Avocado, optional

Taco seasoning: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, salt + pepper

    Dress you salad with: salsa, sour cream or greek yogurt, or cilantro lime dressing

    cheap soup recipe that tastes really fucking good

    3 cup mushrooms, chopped
    ½ cup carrots, chopped
    2 cups brussel sprouts, chopped
    3 tablespoons miso
    1 ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (reduce if you want)
    1 vegetable bullion cube
    ½ onion, chopped
    3 cloves of garlic, crushed and then chopped finely
    1 tsp smoked paprika
    ¼ tsp thyme
    1.5 tsp salt
    1 tsp soy sauce
    9 cups of water
    olive oil, for cooking (or any oil, but olive oil is best)

    instructions: Chop all vegetables. Sautee mushrooms, brussel sprouts, onion, and garlic in a pan with olive oil on medium hight heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Take off heat and put the vegetables, along with the rest of the ingredients (besides the miso) in the crock pot with 8 cups of water. Turn on high. Boil 1 cup of water and pour into a bowl with the miso. Mix thoroughly with a spoon until no clumps remain, then pour into the crock pot. Mix everything with a large spoon, replace the lid, and let cook until dinner, stirring every few hours.

    **If you don’t have a crock pot, you can just make this on the stove, on medium heat in a big pot. It’s done when all the vegetables are soft (especially the onions, that’s the best way to check). If you don’t have smoked paprika that’s ok just leave it out. Carrots are also optional. Mushrooms and brussel sprouts are the two important things, really. If you don’t have miso paste, you can probably buy it at any grocery store, likely in a refridgerated section by soy meats (the tub I have was like $3 and it lasts a month or so). The miso is what gives this flavor so you really need that to make this work!**

    This makes like 5 big bowls of soup.

    Snowy Wyvern Wings

    So, basically chicken wings in a white sauce. Like I said, it’s kind of a vague description for now because I don’t have anything written down.


    Chicken wings
    Garlic (lots)
    Crushed red pepper flakes
    Dried basil
    Onion powder


    I started by making the sauce
    Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the garlic, onion powder, basil, and crushed red pepper.(I used lots of red pepper and garlic. I was lighter with the basil and onion powder, but it’s however you like it.)
    I let those go for a few minutes on low heat before adding in the flour to make the roux to thicken the sauce. Then I turned off the heat and stirred in some milk, which I then brought back up to a simmer while stirring. Next I added a handful of parmesan cheese (I know, very precise.) and salt and pepper to taste.
    (this is basically just a spiced up Alfredo sauce. Don’t judge me.)

    Then you just pour the sauce on wings that are cooked however you prefer to do it. (I put salt and pepper on mine and threw them in the oven. )

    (They didn’t turn out much like what I think of of when I think wings, but they were delicious.)

    And that’s basically it. I know it’s not much, but for now it’s what I have.


     Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls


    • 1 lb. spaghetti
    • ¼ c. vegetable or canola oil
    • 1½ tsp. sesame oil
    • 5 tbsp. soy sauce
    • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
    • ½ tsp. Sriracha (more to taste)*
    • ¼ c. peanut butter
    • 2 tbsp. honey
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 green onion, minced
    • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 1 carrot, julienned
    • ⅓ c. cilantro, chopped
    • ½ c. dry roasted peanuts (I used Planters), chopped and whole
    • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds


    1. Bring a large pot water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook till al dente.
    2. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha, peanut butter, honey, minced garlic and minced green onion. Whisk vigorously until smooth.
    3. Drain the noodles and return to the same large pot. Add the sauce, red bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, peanuts, crushed red pepper flakes and sesame seeds. Toss until combined, serve and garnish as desired.
    More things from my Spell Book!

    Like I said, I actually have 4 spellbooks. 3 of them are binders and then one is an actual notebook. Actually, all of them aren’t actually filled, I just wanted to claim binders from my mom lol. Aaaaaanyways.

    Glamour/Beauty Spell

    *Whole rose,fresh

    *Fresh rosemary


    *Red candle

    *Pink candle


    –Look at yourself in the mirror. Think about what you want to change about your appearance. Light the two candles. Take the rose, and sprinkle it with the rosemary and the glitter.  Look back at the mirror and say;

    “Rosemary, glitter and rose. Pink and Red

    Make me beautiful,make me grand. Make me pretty, make me stand (out) so mote it be.”

    Earth Herbal Blend

    *White sage

    *Juniper berries





    *Star Anise




    -Good for using in Earth spells

    “Curse Juice” Oil




    *Red pepper (crushed flakes)

    *Black pepper


    Note; this is really messy, due to the cinnamon and paprika  fyi

    Blue is the Warmest Colour Recipe: Spaghetti Bolognese

    Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce Recipe


    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 pound lean ground beef

    4 cloves minced garlic

    1 tablespoon dried oregano

    ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

    1 1/4 cups water, divided

    1 28 ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes

    2 tablespoons tomato paste

    1 tablespoon salt

    1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

    1 pound orecchiette pasta

    ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

    2 tablespoons dried basil

    ¼ cup heavy cream

    ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese


    Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 5-7 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until the meat has lost its pink. Stir in the garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute more. Add 1 cup of the water, canned tomatoes and their juices (crushing them with your fingers before adding them in), tomato paste, salt and pepper, stirring until well-combined. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. 

    Meanwhile, prepare your pasta and finish the sauce while it cooks. 

    Add the nutmeg, basil, cream and remaining ¼ cup of water to the sauce and simmer for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. 

    When your pasta is ready, drain it and pour it into your serving bowl. (I don’t have a serving bowl- I’m a cretin and I just use the pasta pot!). Add the majority of the sauce and ½ cup Parmesan and toss. Serve with a spoonful of the remaining sauce and a garnish of Parmesan. 

    Just Tell The Truth

    an Audrey Jenson imagine

    A/N: This is something that is a little different. It’s sort of a different perspective to have on Audrey with everything that happened in season 2. Y/N doesn’t trust Audrey. I felt like I needed to write this because there isn’t much out there that explore this side of Scream or dare to even do that, but I was like what the heck lets do it! I hope you enjoy!

    Audrey Jensen Fics here 

    You watch as the Audrey walks into the cafe, you were washing mugs, while emma cleaned tables. The Saturday morning rush had just left leaving a few customers enjoying their books or working on homework. You roll your eyes and focus on the mug in hand, scrubbing it with the sponge making sure it was almost spotless. Why did she have to come in now, didn’t she have to be a work soon.
    The past few weeks had been all over the place with Kieran being arrested and Eli dead. Emma had told you a lot and Brooke had told you a lot in fact you were certain that Brooke hadn’t told Emma as much as she had told you afraid of a bias. What Brooke probably didn’t know is that Emma was just on edge around Audrey as she was. After all that had gone down.
    “Hey Y/N,” Audrey approaches the counter, you were the only barista working behind the counter that morning, besides Emma, but she was out on the floor cleaning. You look up from the sink and flicker your eyes at her. She was wearing her leather jacket and a t-shirt ripped in places. You didn’t want to say anything, but you place the mug on a dry towel and walk over to the counter. “What can I get you Jensen?”
    Audrey squints her eyes and looks to the side, it had been weeks since the two of you had spoken, but Audrey couldn’t recall a falling out between the two of you. Then it dawned on her mentally that of course with all of the information leaked from the anonymous ghost face such as the video. You had been really good friends with Jake even though you didn’t always support Brooke’s and Jakes on again off again relationship.
    “Can we talk?” Audrey boldly asked leaning in on the counter.
    “I’m on the clock,” You dryly state. “Unless it’s about you ordering a coffee or a pastry from the case, I’m all ears.”
    “I mean really talk.” Audrey places her hands on the counter and looks around the place.

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    Vegan "Cheesy" Spicy Beans & Rice Stuffed Peppers

    “Cheesy” Spicy Beans & Rice Stuffed Sweet Peppers:

    2 c dried black beans

    2 c dried rice

    1 tsp chili powder

    1 tsp onion powder

    1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

    1 tbsp soy sauce

    1 tbsp sriracha sauce

    1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

    10 large peppers


    Soak the beans over night, and then drain and rinse them. Put them in a pot and fill the pot up with water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover, and let cook for a hour and a half. Cook the rice as instructed on the package, drain the beans, and when both are done, mix them together. Pour in all of the seasonings and stir until well combined. Cut the tops off of the peppers and de-seed. Stuff the peppers, using a butter knife to make sure the beans & rice go all the way to the tip. Lay on aluminum foil and cook at 350 for 5 - 8 minutes. (I didn’t want the peppers to really cook, just get warm.)

    Final cost:

    Black Beans: $0.65

    Rice: $0.60

    Soy Sauce: $0.01

    Sriracha Sauce: $0.01

    Nutritional Yeast Flakes: $0.46

    Peppers: $7.90

    Total cost:

    $9.60. About $0.96 a serving.

    Serves 10.

    California Chicken Flatbread with Chipotle Ranch Sauce    

    Prep time  15 mins    Cook time  15 mins    Total time  30 mins      California chicken flatbread with juicy chicken, bacon, avocado, red peppers, cilantro, and creamy chipotle ranch sauce!  Author: Tiffany Recipe type: Main Dish / Appetizer Cuisine: American Serves: 4   Ingredients

    • 1 large flatbread or naan, or 2 small (I used Stonefire brand- my favorite!)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or any other favorite cheese such as monterey jack or pepperjack for a spicier version)
    • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded to ½ inch thickness + salt and pepper to taste
    • 2-3 slices cooked bacon, chopped
    • ½ avocado, sliced or diced
    • ½ red pepper, diced
    • 1 tablespoon packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
    • ¼ cup ranch dressing
    • 1 teaspoon chipotle seasoning (see note)


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Cook in a pan or skillet on the stove over medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes each side or until cooked through. Dice chicken and set aside.
    2. Brush flatbread with olive oil. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Top with chicken, red peppers, and bacon. Place on a lightly greased sheet of foil and bake on the oven rack for 10-15 minutes until cheese is completely melted.
    3. While flatbread is baking, whisk together ranch dressing and chipotle seasoning. When flatbread is finished baked, top with avocado, cilantro, and crushed red pepper flakes. Drizzle with chipotle ranch dressing and serve immediately.

       Notes *This recipe is written as an appetizer that will feed four. If you want to use this recipe for a main dish, double the recipe!!

    For the sauce, you can use any brand of storebought chipotle seasoning or a homemade version. If you have neither, you can drizzle the ranch dressing straight up!

    Lemon Chickpea Soup

    -4 cans of chick peas, drained and rinsed
    -1 large onion, diced
    -2 carrots, sliced
    -3 ribs of celery, diced
    -5 peeled cloves of garlic
    -12 cups (3 quarts) of vegetable broth
    -2 lemons
    -¼ cup tahini paste
    -1 tsp dried mint leaves
    -1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    -1 tsp ground coriander
    -1 bunch green onions, minced
    -salt and pepper to taste
    -olive oil

    -Saute onion, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil for 10 minutes.  Add the vegetable broth and 3 cans of chick peas.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.  
    -Juice the two lemons, and slice off slivers of the peel to make lemon zest (thin slivers, use all of the peel). Add the juice and zest, along with the tahini, mint, red pepper flakes, and coriander.  
    -Puree the soup using either a hand blender, or putting portions of it into a blender, until smooth.
    -Add the last can of chickpeas, the green onions, and salt and pepper.
    -Stir and serve! I like it with crackers :)