Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Evening... Yours, Not His

I recently up and bought an issue of Real Simple magazine - which I never do, because their pages and their motto, "Life Made Easier," seem to assume that: (1) Most people already have really nice houses, a lot which are on the beach or in an English garden, and (2) lots and lots and lots of closet space that just needs a few simple solutions.

And yet, their most recent issue had a cover with lots of scrumptious looking food, and promised me "3 Ingredient Recipes." This is perfect, because a chef I am not. We've also been stuck in a food rut as of late, and some quick, delicious things to churn up in the kitchen are just what we need.

Sadly, the food portion took up a small space in the back of the mag, and the most promising part was a bit on yummy looking dips, none of which have only three ingredients. I forged ahead with the dip that promised it was the least labor intensive, and made this actually ridiculously good "Spinach and White Bean Dip," with a few added touches... and a drink to match, of course!

-- Spinach and White Bean Dip --

1 can of Cannellini Beans
2.5 cups of fresh spinach
1/4 cup fresh dill
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (I used about 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lemon)
1 clove chopped and quickly sauteed garlic (*I used about 3 instead)
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Throw everything together in a food processor until pureed, and then serve!

-- Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri --

1.5 cups ice
3.5 oz. strawberry daiquiri mix
1 oz (or whatever) light rum
3-4 fresh strawberries

Throw everything in a blender until, well, blended, and then serve!

Both the dip and drink are pretty girly, so queue up the latest episode of _______ (fill in the blank with whatever is waiting for you on Netflix; it's Dirty Sexy Money for me), feel free to toss out the significant other, and enjoy!


kate funk said...

Such a good point, home magazines often help you revamp your home, if your home happens to be a cottage with a gorgeous garden or a view of the beach. I also was interested in the new Real Simple because of the cover, so thanks for letting us know it was a wash, that dip sounds and looks good though!
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Anonymous said...

That drink looks so yummy!!