Greek Stuffed Tomatoes with Quinoa and Black Lentils

I am really excited to be guest posting at Amuse Your Bouche today with these delicious Greek Stuffed Tomatoes with Quinoa and Black Lentils. A recipe that I developed just for Becca and one that we all loved so much.

Greek Stuffed Tomatoes with Quinoa and Lentils by Noshing With The Nolands

Becca is off after getting married and now on her honeymoon. What a truly exciting time!! She is basking away on the shores of Cancun Mexico and I wish her the best vacation ever!!! Have a little cocktail with an umbrella in it for me Becca!!

Amuse Your Bouche is one of my very favorite vegetarian sites. Her dishes, one after another, are creative and scrumptious looking with her huge talent for exceptional photography. Come by to see my recipe but stay awhile to check out everything else. You will love it!!

Greek Stuffed Tomatoes with Quinoa and Lentils by Noshing With The Nolands

 

Mouth Watering Tuesday!!! Zucchini Tagliatelle

Just back from vacation and of course today is Tuesday but I didn’t do a Mouth Watering Monday for you yesterday. Here is one of my favorites from this time last year. It was from a cookbook I reviewed called Raw Essence. This is a fantastic side dish for spring. Bright, beautiful and full of flavor. I will have to make this one again as I adored it!!

Zuccchini Tagliatelle by Noshing With The Nolands

 

Click HERE for the recipe!!

Minted Peas with Goat Cheese by Mess Makes Food

Today I have for you Holly from Mess Makes Food. I know Holly through #SundaySupper and she has a great site with yummy recipes like Broccoli and Blue Cheese Tarts.  Go and have a look around, you will find loads to drool over. I would be thrilled if you followed her to on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. You will love all that she creates. I now give you Holly, or as she is also known Miss Messy!!!

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be guest posting for Tara today on her lovely blog whilst she’s away on holiday.

I’m Miss Messy (Holly) from Mess Makes Food, my little food blog that I’ve been running for just over a year now.

Tara asked me to think of a spring themed recipe and I had so many ideas. In the end I decided on this great little side dish. Quick and easy, but packed full of flavour.

Minted Peas With Goats Cheese by Mess Makes Food

Well actually my first choice was a minted pea and goats cheese tart , but I had a little accident.

It’s been beautiful weather here for the past few days (for the UK anyway) and that means my cat has decided to do something else but sleep. I was photographing the tart and she got under my feet and the tart made friends with the floor. There was no saving it.

Disheartened, I wanted to try something else, rather than making the tart again.

Minted Peas With Goats Cheese by Mess Makes Food

I’m so glad I did, this was so easy, but with so much flavour!

I ate half when I cooked them, then half later, and they taste great cold too. Perfect picnic food spring.

Minted Peas With Goats Cheese by Mess Makes Food

Are you excited for the warm weather and fresh dishes like this? Or do you prefer the winter and hot toddys?

I’m definitely a summer bunny. I can’t wait. I love that spring is on it’s way.

Roasted Asparagus with Roasted Garlic and Almond Vinaigrette

Today we have Roz with us whom I know through #SundaySupper and has a great site over at La Bella Vita Cucina. Look at what she made a couple of Sundays ago, Fontina Polenta with Sauteed Porcini Mushroom, my heavens that looks good!!

I would love for you to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +Instagram and Bloglovin.  I now give you Roz and her wonderful springtime recipe!!

 

Ciao to all of Tara’s wonderful readers!

What an honor for me to be asked to guest post on Noshing with the Nolands!  When Tara requested that I prepare and write about a spring-themed recipe, I knew exactly what I wanted to focus on!
Gosh, aren’t we all just so ready for spring this year?  We sure are and we live in the South!  I’m just itching to start digging in our gardens!
Some of the first veggies that sprout every spring in my garden is asparagus!  Oh so yummy, we usually pluck the spears right out of the soil, brush them off, and plop them straight into our mouths.  Nothing could get any fresher or flavorful than that!
If you haven’t tried roasting your veggies, than you really need to experience the intensified flavor that roasting (or grilling) brings to food.  And nothing is easier or faster than roasting asparagus and garlic!  Your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of garlic as you prepare the table for your family and guests!
So without further chit-chat, let me give you this super easy, super-delicious, super-fresh, spring-themed asparagus!
And as we say around our table before digging in, “Mangia!”
Thank you once again to Tara, for kindly allowing me to say hello to all of you and to share a recipe with you!
Roasted Asparagus with Roasted Garlic and Almond Vinaigrette
Roasted Asparagus with Roasted Garlic and Almonds
 
2 Tbsp olive oil for baking pan
1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed, rinsed, and dried
4 large cloves of fresh garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup slivered almonds
Salt and pepper
Italian seasoning
Set the oven on “Broil”.
Pour the first amount of olive oil on a rimmed baking pan.
Spread it around with a baking brush so that the surface is nicely oiled.
Lay the asparagus on the pan.
With your hands or utensil, roll the asparagus in the olive oil to completely core.
Sprinkle the minced garlic all over the asparagus.
Sprinkle the slivered almonds all over the asparagus and garlic.
Season with salt and pepper or your favorite Italian seasonings.
Mix the olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle over everything.
Roast on ‘broil’ for approximately 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on the asparagus so that it is not overcooked.
Enjoy!

Grilled Asparagus Panzanella by The Texan New Yorker

Today we have Julie Wallace from The Texan New Yorker with a fresh spring dish for you. I love asparagus and grilling it, even better. I didn’t have to look far on her site to be completely drooling when seeing this recipe, White and Dark Chocolate Pudding with NOLA Bourbon Sauce!!!

I would love for you to follow Julie on her tasty adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

I now give you the lovely Julie!!

Hello, Noshing with the Nolands readers! I am so excited and honored to be guest posting for Tara today! She asked me to do something Spring-y for today, and as I’m just as sick of this bitterly cold winter as you, I was happy to comply. Spring sounds like a fine idea (hint, hint Mr. Groundhog!).

Spring makes me think of two produce items in particular: rhubarb, and asparagus. Unfortunately, my area of the general northeast United States doesn’t really get much rhubarb until late April/early May, so that was out. But the asparagus is blooming and looking gorgeous right now – so, easy decision made!

For whatever reason, lately I haven’t been able to get the idea of panzanella out of my head. And even though it’s more of a summery dish, I thought I could adapt it to a spring preparation – using grilled asparagus!

Grilled Asparagus Panzanella4 (Small)Well. This was amazingly delicious. My husband and I scarfed it for dinner one night. It sated my panzanella craving, and the grilled asparagus was a lovely addition. I did choose to lightly char the cherry tomatoes. I think we would all agree that winter tomatoes need a little help in the flavor department, so I threw those on the grill too. It worked beautifully, but if the tomatoes are looking good in your area then of course feel free to leave them as is. I hope y’all enjoy this one. And thanks so much Tara for allowing me to take over your wonderful blog for a day!

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Source: adapted from Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo

Ingredients:

2 cups cubed day-old baguette or Italian loaf

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese

Kosher salt and black pepper

2 tbs unsalted butter

3-4 tbs extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling

2 tsp cider vinegar

1 tsp honey

1 bunch of asparagus, tough ends snapped off

1 pint cherry tomatoes

3 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes

Handful of fresh basil leaves, torn

Directions:

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. In a mixing bowl, add the bread cubes, Italian seasoning, Parmesan, plus salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine. Melt the butter in the preheated skillet and add the bread cubes. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden all over and fairly crisped, 6-8 minutes. When they are done, add them to a large salad bowl. Set aside.

Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill; half of the grill should be on medium heat, half on medium-high heat. Drizzle or wipe the grill with olive oil. Add the asparagus to the side heated on medium-high, and add the tomatoes to the half preheated to medium. Season both veggies with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally with tongs, until cooked through and lightly charred, about 2-3 minutes for the tomatoes and 4-5 minutes for the asparagus. Remove the veggies to a bowl or plate when done.

Let them cool slightly, then chop the asparagus into bite-size pieces. Add to the bowl with the bread. Halve the cherry tomatoes, then add to the salad bowl.

Now add the mozzarella to the salad bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss well with tongs. Add the basil and lightly toss again. Serve immediately.

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Link to credit the cookbook I used: http://www.amazon.com/Homemade-Love-Scratch-Cooking-Jennies/dp/0762447230

Book author’s blog: http://injennieskitchen.com