Ratatouille – Southern Living Style

Probably a year or so ago I found a cookbook in the bookstore called Southern Living’s Community Cookbook. It has old recipes from all over the South, which means they’re all absolutely delicious. It could be that I’m partial to Southern food though, ha!

This recipe for ratatouille comes from Carolyn Flournoy of Shreveport, Louisiana and is absolutely delicious! The first time I made it with fresh pesto from a local restaurant and the second time I made it with basil paste (I don’t use fresh herbs fast enough so it’s easier for me to buy the paste versions that’ll last longer). Ready for a filling and tasty meal?!

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Chipotle Copycat

Chipotle is a pretty popular restaurant here in Auburn. I’ve only had their food once (a vegetarian burrito) and it was pretty good. While I was on Pinterest the other day I came across a website that had a copycat recipe for a Chipotle bowl. I’ve seen these before and they look amazing! I also love dishes that have a bunch of colorful vegetables in them. The great thing about this recipe is that the hardest part is waiting for the flavors to fully develop. (It takes at least two hours to marinate). The ingredients are:

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lime zest
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Ground cumin (optional)
  • Brown or white rice, couscous, or quinoa (optional)

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Mint Green Tea

I will be the first to admit that the best thing about Sonic is their happy hour. Recently they’ve added green tea to their menu with different flavors you can add in. One of them is mint and as soon as I saw that on their menu, I immediately ordered a mint green tea. It was amazing!

The only problem is that I can’t afford to constantly drive to a Sonic during their happy hour (or any other time) just to get a mint green tea. I looked online for a mint simple syrup recipe to mix in with some fresh-brewed green tea. The recipe I finally found that I thought would work came from none other than Food Network.

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