This recipe comes from my good friend Kristacular. Enjoy!
I’ve been a Chefanie groupie for some time now, so when I created this recipe I knew it would be perfect to share with the community! This summer my CSA box from Eat Well Farmshas been filled with Middle Eastern Cucumbers. I have been trying to find new creative way to use them and have fallen back on ol’ faithful: cucumber and cream cheese. Cucumber Splits are a variation on the ol’ faithful theme and have become a staple in my kitchen this summer.
Not only does this dish only take about 20 minutes to make it will also make you feel like a superstar when you are done. It looks elegant. I guess scallops always do. The sauce is sweet from the tomatoes and fennel but has a little bite to it from the capers. Once you learn to make this sauce it will be your go to. I have used it as the base for shrimp, pork chops, and fish (recipe coming soon) and each time it turns out great.
It isn’t very often that I come across a recipe so good that I literally have to brag about it. This however, is one worth bragging about. The minute I put my fork down, I texted my mom to tell her. I just had to tell someone.
As you might have picked up on this blog, Chefanie Wambach and I both like to create healthy meals. I have to be in a bikini in a few weeks which means my meals these days are full of salads and low calorie options. But that gets old, which is why I am always on the search to pack in the most flavor with the least amount of calories. This recipe does the trick. It is like your favorite bar snack, cleaned up a bit. It is spicy and creamy and has all the flavors you expect from chicken wings minus all the calories and fat. The whole salad will only cost you 250 calories. Success!
I hope you don’t get sick of this bean burger series because my friend Krista and I have created a list of about 20 more we have to make. I think the key to keeping them fresh here is to make a really tasty sauce to use as the condiment. The tzatziki was a big part of why the falafel burger was so successful.
We topped this one with fennel, spinach and tomatoes, which was a good combo, but feel free to add whatever makes you happy. These patties, like all the bean patties I have made come in at around 175 calories and they are full of fiber! Even Flat Paige (see below) loved them!
Last week we were in Vegas for my dad’s 60th birthday. We had a blast. It was so much to be with my whole family. On his birthday we went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he got to race some really fast cars that you only see in movies like James Bond or Fast & Furious. As a car lover he couldn’t have enjoyed it more. If your dad, husband, boyfriend, brother, friend or anyone for that matter is into cars, this is definitely a great gift.
The last day we were there we ate at the Mirage pool bar and they had a B.L.A.S.T salad. It’s like a BLT but with shrimp and avocado. As you probably gathered by now if you read this blog, I LOVE SHRIMP. I didn’t end up ordering it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I made it the other night and it is good to the last bite.
We have really been trying to watch what we eat in our house so I made it a light version. I only used 1 slice of bacon and tossed it in a light vinaigrette. The creamy avocados mixed with smokiness of the bacon and the crunchiness of the shrimp was a real hit! And best of all it was only 240 calories. Score! I can’t wait to make it again.