Dare I say that summer made it? Today, driving home from work, my car registered 90 (although I’m sure it was really somewhere between 80-85 degrees)! It was so nice that my supervisor suggested we have our afternoon meeting outside, and that was just what we all needed today! A little sun, a little wind, a little vitamin D, and a little happiness! I planted my “garden” this passed weekend, which really consists of a bunch of recyclable containers and coffee mugs filled with dirt lining my window sill, and the sugar snap peas are already sprouting. I can’t wait to plant them! For those that don’t know, we just bought our house in October last year, and we weren’t able to do much with the yard before the ground froze. So we will soon be leveling the landscaping, installing a fence (for the giant pooch!), and then and only then will I be able to actually plant a garden. So it will be sparse this year. I’ll post some pictures after all this is complete. It’s going to be a huge undertaking, but we’re so excited!
Yesterday, our CSA box contained all kinds of goodies! Boltonfeta cheese, organic black beans, 3 lbs of potatoes, fresh chives, cornmeal, 1 lb crimini mushrooms, and 3 lbs of apples. I’ll be creating a dish with some of these items soon. But in the meantime, these crackers are an awesome snack! Some of you know that I make my own almond milk (sometimes – sometimes I buy Blue Diamond’s Almond Coconut blend milk). You can find my recipe here. I am always left with almond meal afterward, and I hate throwing food away that I can use! So the almond meal serves as the base for these crackers. Regular almond flour or ground almonds could be used instead, but you will want to add some liquid – I’d start with 2-3 Tbsp of water or olive oil and adjust as needed. You don’t want this to be really wet, or it will take forever to bake!
BASIL PARMESAN ALMOND CRACKERS
Makes: About 24 crackers
1 cup almond meal (or ground almonds)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2-3 Tbsp dried basil
2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil, as needed
1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Roll out thin on baking sheet – about 1/8 inch. Score with pizza roller or knife.
3. Bake at 250° F for an hour and a half.
4. Allow crackers to cool before breaking apart.
These crackers are tasty by themselves but would also be pretty great with hummus or salsa!
Happy, healthy eating!