Cilantro Week: Mango Salsa

Hello;) Week three of herb month is here; Cilantro Week! The first recipe that I have for you guys was shown to me by my aunt, and is perfect for summer. This mango salsa works great with chips, on tacos, or as a side with any main course. It’s super fresh and colourful as well! As a side note, does anyone else have an obsession with mangoes? I think that I could eat them everyday. Put them together with some avocado, red onion, red pepper, tomatoes and cilantro……. delicious! But as with every week, first I’m going to give you some tips on growing this week’s herb.

Apparently cilantro does better in the cooler temperatures of spring and early fall, but my plant has been doing just fine sooooo…… Keep the dirt around your plants moist, and once they start to provide leaves, you can cut or pick them off. That’s pretty much it, cilantro is pretty low-maintenance. Here’s the Mango Salsa recipe!

Mango Salsa

Serves: 4-6

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • 1/2 a red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 an avocado, diced
  • 1/3 cup of fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Directions:

  1. Once all of the veggies are diced, toss them in a bowl with the lime juice and cilantro.
  2. Enjoy!

Enjoy this recipe and have a great week! See you later;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

Parsley Week: Spiced Up Hummus

Hello again! My parsley plant is flourishing and so I used it in another delicious recipe: Spiced Up Hummus. This Hummus is where it’s at! It has tons of fresh parsley, lemon juice, and mediterranean spices. Hummus is great as a dip, a spread, or a sauce type thingy on bowls. I like eating it with crackers and veggies. And in wraps. And in veggie bowls. So basically all of the above. Anyways, here’s the recipe for my Spiced Up Hummus!

Spiced Up Hummus

Serves: 4

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/3 cup packed parsley
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend everything but the olive oil until combined but still chunky.
  2. With the blender on medium speed pour in the olive oil. Continue to blend the hummus until smooth.
  3. Store in the fridge.

Hope you enjoy this hummus recipe! I’m still in the process of experimenting with the final parsley recipe of the week, but it should come out soon;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

Parsley Week: Corn and Bean Salad

Hi there! As promised, today I’m starting parsley week off with a refreshing corn and bean salad. Parsley is an great herb with lots of flavour, and can be used in a variety of different dishes. Before I get into the salad recipe, here’s some tips on how to grow some awesome parsley!

Like most other herbs, parsley should be exposed to a lot of sun during the summer months. Make sure to water your plants evenly so they don’t dry out though. You can tell when the parsley is ready to be harvested when the stem segments have three leaves on them. Then you can cut off these leaves, leaving the segments with less than three leaves to mature. If you want to store your harvested parsley for later use, cut off whole stem segments and put them in the fridge in a ziplock bag with some paper towel in it to soak up any moisture. Now that you know how to look after your parsley, here’s a delicious salad recipe to use it in!

Corn and Bean Salad

Serves: 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1 cup of yellow corn
  • 1/2 a cucumber, cut into half circles
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix until the vegetables are coated.
  3. Enjoy!

This salad is great for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. To make it more of a meal, I mix some quinoa in with it. There’s another quick and easy lunch idea!

Some more awesome parsley recipes are coming your way this week! Thanks for reading and see you then;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

Dill Week: Dill Roasted Sweet Potatoes

It’s the final day of Dill Week, and so I’ve decided to post about one of my favourite things to eat: sweet potatoes. I absolutely looove roasted sweet potatoes, and adding dill just pushes them over the top. These potatoes are great as a side dish, in a roasted veggie bowl, or just on their own. I’ve been guilty of eating a lot of them right off of the pan. But hey, they’re really good! As you can tell, this recipe is sort of a big dill (hahaha), so let’s get into it!

Dill Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 2

Total Time: 35-45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into small, 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil, dill, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the sweet potatoes on it.
  4. Roast the potatoes for about 25-30 minutes, until they are soft on the inside, but are starting to brown a little bit in the outside. Crispy sweet potatoes are my favourite, so I try and leave them in for the full 30 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

Hint hint wink wink nudge nudge: These potatoes go super well with the dill tzatziki recipe I made early this week;)

Hopefully you guys enjoyed the first week of herb month! I’ve definitely developed a love for dill over the course of the week. Starting Monday I’ll be posting about parsley!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)

Dill Week: Hungarian Dill and Cucumber Salad

Hi!! To continue on with Dill Week, I have a great recipe for a Dill and Cucumber Salad, which I adapted from a Hungarian cookbook:) It traditionally uses sour cream, but I created a lighter version with Greek yogurt. Hungarian food is very homey and fresh-tasting, and I feel like this salad embodies that. The dill really comes through, and the dressing just enhances everything.

To slice the cucumbers really thin, you can use a mandalin if you have one, or you can just use a knife. My cheese grater has one side where you can move the cucumber up and down and it slices thinly. I sliced the onion by hand, and split up the layers so that when I was done I got thin strips. Hope you enjoy this dill-ightful recipe! (Sorry for the bad puns this week😂)

Hungarian Dill and Cucumber Salad

Serves: 2

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-3/4 of a large cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 of a medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbs of fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toss the cucumber, onion, and dill in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, maple syrup, paprika, salt and pepper together in a separate bowl. Pour over the cucumber and onion and mix together until everything is coated.
  3. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend everyone! My final dill post will come out soon;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked❤️❤️