I’m having a hard time putting my feelings into words when it comes to this month’s bloghop topic. One thing that I can say is that I absolutely love it! I’m so excited for all of the delicious recipes that will be floating around before and even after Valentine’s day, although, I don’t think that my waistline is. 😉 I already have so many ideas whirling around my head, I can’t wait to spoil you all with decadent recipes that seduce you into making them. But, don’t worry, I’ll sneak in a few healthy ones here and there so as not to be so guilt inducing.
The bloghop, this month, is filled with so many amazing blogs! I love that I’m able to be a part of it, and continue to share the foodie love. Here’s a list of all of the bloggers that are participating!
Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves ~ Becky HigginsBaking Extravaganza ~ SamanthaEasily Good Eats ~ Three CookiesElephant Eats ~ AmyKitchen Belleicious ~ Jessica
Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove.
Super bowl Sunday is coming up, so I have my first cooking video to show you a great appetizer! I took some inspiration from my smoky mac & cheeze, but added a little Mexican flair with cilantro and jalapeños, while making the smoky flavor more subtle. Serve this delicious dip with some crispy tortilla chips or raw vegetables like I did!
This dip isn’t particularly cheesy, per say, but it definitely has some great color and flavors. I substituted the cashews typically used with this type of sauce with some chickpeas, to keep it healthy and low-fat. Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! 🙂
- 3 Cups Kabocha Squash, Seeded & Baked
- 3/4 Cup Cooked Chickpeas
- 6 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
- 3 Tbsp. Smoked Sun-dried Tomatoes
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp. Dried Cilantro
- 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
- 1/2-1 tsp. Sea Salt, closer to 1 tsp. is better
- 1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp. Minced Jalapeño or other Pepper
- Follow directions in video: Healthy Squash Queso Dip!
As for making my first cooking video, I was so nervous! I can’t even begin to tell you all how anxious even pressing the record button was. I hope that you all enjoy it, and if you have any pointers (constructive obviously) I’d love to hear them. So, thanks ahead of time, for the feedback! 🙂