Recently at Betty’s: 30-Minute Grilled Shrimp Tostadas, Cedar Plank Salmon How-To, & Red, White, and Blueberry Chex Treats

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It’s been a few weeks (months?!) since I last shared some Betty recipes, so here are a few summer-time appropriate numbers that require zero oven time and minimal prep.

30-Minute Shrimp Tostadas

These 30-Minute Grilled Shrimp Tostadas were legit my favorite meal last summer when I was pregnant. They quelled my cravings for spicy Mexican flavors and shrimp cocktail, in a single dish. Super easy, super satisfying.

Cedar Plank Salmon How-To

If you are like me, at all, and the thought of taking on a new cooking technique feels daunting, then this little how-to is for you. Before I learned how to grill salmon on a cedar plank, it seemed so scary! It’s seriously impressive but, more importantly, seriously easy!

Red, White, and Blueberry Chex Treats

Even though these festive No-Bake Red, White, & Blueberry Chex Treats were intended for the 4th of July–they’re totally delicious anytime. The pops of dried fruit in contrast with the creamy white chocolate, and crunchy Chex is seriously addictive.

 

Grilled Corn and White Bean Hummus

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GUYS. Grilled. Corn. Hummus. It’s summer and in classic basic b. fashion, I’m eating all the grilled corn I can because that’s who I am and I am totally okay with that.

I have to be honest, I was late to the hummus game. Like, I only started liking it–for real–in the last few years. I’d eat it if it was there, using it as a dip for a pita chip or crudite but, I always sort of felt like it was a shrug-worthy food. Then I had a few versions at Lebanese restaurants–silky smooth and so addictive scooped up with warm pita–that my mind was instantly changed. Store bought versions still mostly underwhelmed me (though there is a local version, chunkier and thicker than most, that I really love) and it took me FOREVER to make my own. The thing is, I kind of didn’t intend to make my own. I actually made Casper a chickpea-carrot puree that was basically hummus and found myself eating it out of the blender. DUH! Lightbulb-moment, guys.

But, now I have hummus in my life and this version is currently my fave because of the subtle sweetness and faint smokiness from the grilled corn. I used white beans just because that’s what I was feeling, but it’s excellent with chickpeas, too. This hummus is great with some pita but, I also really love it with cool cucumber slices for some crisp freshness. PS, it makes a great at-home happy hour snack beside a chilled glass of something to sip (#rosealltheway).

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Grilled Corn and White Bean Hummus

Adapted from Real Simple

Even though my favorite store-bought version is a little on the chunky side, I like my homemade iteration to be super silky, smooth, and almost pourable in consistency. To get this particular texture, I think a high-powered blender and a bit of lukewarm water take this hummus to the next level. It can be made in a food processor with great results, as well. And, of course, blend it with or without the addition of water to you specific tastes.

2 ears of fresh corn

1-2 tablespoons canola or olive oil

1, 15-ounce, can white beans–drained and rinsed

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons tahini

salt to taste

lukewarm water–if needed

chives, olive oil, flaky sea salt, and paprika for garnish (optional)

Preheat your grill or a grill pan. Remove the husks and silk from the corn, rub each ear lightly with canola or olive oil. Grill the corn, on all sides, until you have a few charred spots all over–this should only take a few minutes per side. Remove and place on a plate to cool a bit. Cut the kernels off the ears of corn and set aside 1 heaping cup for the hummus. Reserve the rest as a garnish.

In a blender or food processor add the drained white beans, garlic clove, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and the 1 cup of corn. Pulse until smooth and blended–taste and season with salt to your liking. Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin to desired consistency–I like it to be just pourable. Place the hummus into a bowl and garnish with the reserved corn, snipped chives, some flaky sea salt, a sprinkle of paprika, and olive oil. Serve with pita or vegetables.

Boozy Cherry-Pineapple & Mint Slushies

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It’s Monday and even though the weekend is done, it’s a day for celebration. A celebration with a cupcake for the kid and maybe a boozy slushie for mom. My sweet, baby chicken turns 1 today! ONE! Cue the waterworks and the streaming-tears-emoji.

But srsly: Happy Birthday, Casper (aka Casper-Man, aka Crud Budley, aka Buddy, aka My Dude, aka, Baby Chicken)!! You’re just my favorite guy, ever. For real. Never forget it.

Honestly, I probably won’t celebrate with this slushie today–I’ll save it for the weekend when we have a proper party for Casper with some family and friends. Then, these suckers are probably going in the blender to be sipped merrily through straws while we make Casper wear a party hat and sing at him. I mean, what says 1st birthday better than a booze-laced sour cherry and fresh pineapple slushie sweetened with mint syrup? Probably a lot of things like balloons, cupcakes, and toys…which will certainly make a debut, but we adults are going to celebrate too.  Today though, I’m going to pick up a mini-cupcake for Casper from my favorite cupcake shop and we’re going to have a mini celebration this evening. We’re going to try to get him to blow out a candle and sing him a song and snuggle his stinky little face because he’s seriously the best there is.

Side Note: Maybe you noticed this is a Monday post and those don’t usually happen around these parts? Yes? No? Crickets? I’m going to give twice a week posting a go–we will see what happens and if I can keep up with it. This really just means I’ll need to get my shit together on Sundays or maybe Fridays (Saturdays are a lost cause) and just be a bit more organized and ahead of the game regarding making/shooting recipes. Somethings I need to be doing anyway. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, so I’m going to try it out–the worst that can happen is I’ll go back to a single post a week. Not really a BFD, so why not give it a go?

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Boozy Cherry-Pineapple & Mint Slushies

Makes 2

I used fresh pineapple that I cut into chunks and then froze for this, already frozen pineapple would work AND make you smarter than me. Likewise with the cherries–I happened to buy frozen and pitted sour cherries, if you can find fresh ones–tell me your secrets! Dark, sweet cherries also work, just add a little extra lime and/or a little less syrup.

1 heaping cup frozen pineapple

1 heaping cup frozen sour cherries

1/4 cup mint syrup (recipe below)

1/4 cup vodka (if using)

2 tablespoons lime (or lemon) juice

1 heaping cup ice cubes

1/4 cup water

Mint Syrup:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

Place all of the ingredients in a blender, cover with the lid, and blend until smooth–you may have to tamp down the ingredients a few times so everything hits the blades. Pour into glasses, pop in a straw, and garnish with fresh mint.

For the Mint Syrup:

In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar and heat over a medium-high flame. Cook until the sugar dissolves, add the mint leaves, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before straining out the mint leaves. You can make this in advance and store in a lidded container in the refrigerator for about 1 week.