carrot and leek steel cut oat risotto

Well. This is right about the time I’m done with winter.

We’ve had a couple of good snows, a few days off of work (thanks to the snow), but now it’s just cold. I’m ready for spring, anytime.

I really love lazy, snowy days when we’re cooped up inside and have to catch up on movies or books and / or naps. And I love winter citrus and my comfy sweaters and boots. But after a few weeks of this, I’m ready for some warmer weather. Maybe not 90-degree summer days, but something other than dreary, gray, freezing cold winter days.

But we’re still in the thick of it, or so it seems.

So! To cheer us up, we’re making a new twist on risotto.

carrot and leek steel cut oat risotto

Are you already thinking I’m crazy with this one? I promise, if you like traditional risotto, you will love this.

If you love oats as much as we do, then you know how fun it is to find new ways to use it. And savory options are my favorite. Everyone always thinks you can only make breakfast with oats, but I’m here to tell you that you can do MUCH much more.

With a classic risotto, you slowly cook arborio rice, adding broth little by little, until the rice has released its starches and is tender and creamy. With these Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, it’s the same process! Easy.

Sabra SuperBowl snack round up!

I’m not sure if you noticed, but during the month of January, members of Sabra’s Tastemaker team shared a ridiculous amount of SuperBowl-level Appetizers featuring hummus, guacamole, salsa, and Greek yogurt dips from Sabra. I mean…just check out this huge list!

I am so excited to work with Sabra and with all of these bloggers – get ready to bookmark all of these and add them to your list for the big game!

 Pepperoni Pizza Hummus Palmiers

And if you missed mine, here’s the Pepperoni Pizza Hummus Palmiers we made! These are so easy to make and so much fun. Little pizza bites, with a twist!

Sabra super bowl recipes

Buffalo Chicken Hummus Taco Cups from Carla of Chocolate Moosey

Cheese Stuffed Mexican Hummus Bites from Taylor of Food Faith Fitness

Merguez and Hummus Flatbreads from Lauren of Healthy. Delicious.

Crispy Potato and Hummus Balls from Anita of Hungry Couple

Hummus Sauce Chilaquiles from Elise of Hungry Hungry Hippie

Pizza Hummus Taquitos from Shawn of I Wash You Dry

Hummus Topped Irish Nachos from Tanya of Lemons for Lulu

Hummus Avocado Cups with Spicy Greek Salad from Ericka of Nibbles and Feasts

Chicken Hummus Sliders from Fabiola of Not Just Baked

Buffalo Hummus Chicken Waffle Bites from Gina of Running to the Kitchen

Sabra super bowl recipes

30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder from Alyssa of Simply Quinoa

Bloody Beer Blitzes with Hummus Cheese Breadsticks from Noelle of Singers Kitchen

Cheesy Jalapeno Hummus Spring Rolls from Dan of The Food in My Beard

Hummus Flatbread Pizzas with Fattoush and Feta from Liz of The Lemon Bowl

Hummus Pizza Pockets from Nick of Macheesmo

Whipped Roasted Garlic Feta Hummus from Rebecca of Foodie with Family

Sriracha Hummus Chicken Wings from Susan of Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Southwestern Egg Rolls from Meagan of A Zesty Bite

Greek Totchos from Megan of Country Cleaver

Jalapeno Popper Turnovers from Dani of The Adventure Bite

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wontons from Heather of Basil Momma

Ranch Gyro Sliders from Angie of Big Bear’s Wife

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls from Meghan of Cake n Knife

Healthy Buffalo Shrimp with Blue Cheese Ranch Dip from Marnely of Cooking with Books

Ranch Chicken Strips from Rose of Half Her Size

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders from Emily of Emily Bites

Cheddar, Bacon, Ranch Pasta Salad from Jennie of One Sweet Mess

Twice-Baked Loaded Ranch Potatoes from Julie of Table for Two

Grilled Shrimp with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce from Jane of The Heritage Cook

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mini Pizzas from Danae of Recipe Runner

Cheesy Baked Black Bean Flautas from Jenn of Peas and Crayons

Sabra super bowl recipes

Salmon Croquettes from Matt of Thyme In Our Kitchen

Baked Firecracker Cheesy Chicken Taquitos from Megan of With Salt and Wit

Chicken Shawarma Sliders from Suzy of The Mediterranean Dish

Guacamole Stuffed Potato Skins from Julia of A Cedar Spoon

Easy Guacamole and Spiced Shrimp Crostini from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck

Spicy Guacamole Sandwiches or Sliders from Jenni of Pastry Chef Online

Guacamole Plantain Cups from Melissa of Hungry Food Love

Creamy Tuna Cucumber Boats with Guacamole from Olga of Mango Tomato

Blackened Chicken Guacamole Bites from David of Spiced Blog

Teriyaki Chicken Sliders with Guacamole and Pineapple Salsa from Scarlett of Made It, Taste It, Loved It

Slow Cooker Carnitas Taco Bites from Laura of A Beautiful Plate

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos from Melissa of Bless This Mess Please

Loaded Skillet Biscuits with Bacon and Pimento Cheese Gravy from Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain

Loaded Taco Style Nachos from Gerry of Foodness Gracious

Mini Cheesy Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Fillo Cups from Katie of Katie’s Cucina

Baked Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls from Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny

Salsa Chicken Nacho Bites from Lynda of Me and My Pink Mixer

Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Amanda of Nutritionist Reviews

Sabra Super Bowl Lunch from Becky of Food for Harper

Fajita Black Bean Burger Sliders from Becky of The Cookie Rookie

Vegetarian Baked Taquitos from Rachel of Rachel Cooks

Gluten-Free Japanese-Style Crab Cake Bites from Debra and Rod of Smith Bites

turkey meatball tortilla soup

Welcome back, soup season!

turkey meatball tortilla soup

I try to make soups as often as possible during the winter for lots of reasons.

  1. They’re usually easy to make.
  2. A pot of soup goes a long way, leaving lots of leftovers for lunches, easy dinners, or servings to freeze for later.
  3. Is there anything better on a freezing cold night than a hot bowl of soup? I think not.

turkey meatball tortilla soup

Nick isn’t the biggest fan of soups, so I try hard to make ones that I think he’ll like. This usually means that they need to be super hearty (not thin and brothy) and I try to have some type of carb-y addition to the soup OR some bread / roll / crackers / sandwich on the side.

Some tortilla soups I’ve had in the past are pretty thin, so I knew I wanted this one to be different. I packed a lot of flavor into the meat itself and tried to add as much flavor into the soup without having to use too much liquid.

pepperoni pizza hummus palmiers

Buttery puff pastry crust is wrapped around Sabra pizza hummus and pepperoni, then baked until the pastry is golden and puffed and perfectly flaky. 

Pepperoni Pizza Hummus Palmiers

Oh, football season. Why do you have to come to an end right when winter is getting bad?

We’re stuck inside, in the cold, which is the perfect time to relax with a cold drink, tasty snacks, and a good game.

Lucky for us, there’s a few more games to catch – including the 50th Super Bowl!

Pepperoni Pizza Hummus Palmiers

Even though the teams aren’t set yet, we can at least start planning our snack set up. And these DEFINITELY made the list this year for some Super Bowl viewing.

Have you had palmiers before? I’ve only had a sweet version, but even that was just a year or so ago. In fact, I had never even heard of these little treats until a few years ago when I saw my foodie BFF, Ina, making them on her show.