Slow Cooker Chickpea Soup

photo 5Ingredients

6 cups vegetable broth (homemade or canned)

2 cups tomato sauceĀ 

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup uncooked rice

2 teaspoons garlic salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

7 cups spinach, choppedĀ 

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

Combine vegetable broth, tomato sauce, chickpeas, and rice in slow cooker. Stir in seasonings (you can add more or less of each depending on your specific tastes). Cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or low for 5 to 7 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving, stir in chopped spinach. Split into bowls and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Advertisements

Make Boxed Cupcakes Taste Like Homemade

photo 2Don’t have enough time to bake cupcakes from scratch, but want that nice homemade flavor? Well I discovered a trick to help make those box mixes taste a little better…milk! Replace the water with milk or a richer flavor. Want to make those cupcakes extra delicious? Substitute melted butter for the oil as well!

 

Bacon and Cheese Pannekoek

Bacon and Cheese Pannekoek

One of the most delicious foods I had the pleasure of trying in Holland was a pannekoek, a Dutch pancake. These pancakes are far different from American ones. They are not fluffy, but instead are thin like crepes. Locals fill them with fruits, meats, cheeses, or just top them with powdered sugar.

I tried the bacon and cheese pannekoek and it was AMAZING! If it were any bigger, I don’t think they’d have a plate big enough for it! The batter has a unique and deliciously fresh flavor, while the fillings were cooked perfectly. There was a perfect ratio of pannekoek to bacon and to cheese.

I finished off dinner with a traditional favorite…sprinkled with powdered sugar! There is something so wonderful about a food like this. It’s so versatile and, unlike most foods you eat out, doesn’t make you feel sick afterwards. I ate a LOT of food here, and I felt full and happy. No regrets!

So if you are ever in Holland…I would strongly suggest ordering up some pannekoeken! You won’t regret your decision.