Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Guacamole Pizza

Guacamole and Black Bean Pizza (via Bubby and Bean)

Okay, so it's not really "pizza." But my kids call it pizza and if it encourages them to eat avocados and tomatoes, I'll call it whatever they want. This easy recipe it below!

Serves 4 

1 premade thin pizza crust*
2 cups guacamole (premade or make your own)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup black beans  
1/2 garlic clove, minced  
1/3 cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced olives (optional)
olive oil
chili powder

Follow baking directions on pizza crust packaging. Once fully cooked brush with olive oil and minced garlic. Top with cheese and black beans, and chili powder to taste. Bake for 7-9 minutes until cheese and crust are golden brown. Remove from oven and cover with guacamole. Top with sliced olives and tomatoes. 

This is delicious chilled as well. Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Happy 2023! (And Plans for this Blog)

Happy 2023 from Bubby and Bean

Hello friends! We usually start off the year with a recap of our favorite posts of the previous year, but truth be told, we didn't publish a lot of posts here on the blog in 2022. People have been transitioning from reading blogs and websites like this to social media platforms for years, but this past year it felt stronger than ever. 

The Bubby and Bean blog has now been active for over 12 years (!!!), and our plan is to continue to keep it alive. Our content may be less frequent, but as long as you're reading, we're going to stick around.

We hope your holiday season was wonderful and that this year has started off great for you. More soon!


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Apple Sauce Apple Pie Side Dish

Apple Sauce Apple Pie Recipe

Before I share this incredible holiday meal side dish recipe, I have to comment on the fact that this is the longest I've ever gone without posting here. I still have quite a bit of traffic to this blog, but truth be told, the vast majority of my following is on Instagram. That said, I'm going to make the effort to post at least a few times a month here in 2023. I still haven't given up on the theory that blogs are going to once again reign supreme eventually!

When it comes to holiday meals, I could eat my weight in mashed potatoes, but my absolute favorite is a truly elevated side dish that I called "Apple Sauce Apple Pie."  It's a simple, delicious way to add a little sweetness to holiday meals, and the perfect alternative to cranberry sauce. 

Apple Sauce Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Sauce Apple Pie
(serves 5)

1 24 ounce jar apple sauce (I use Musselman's Original Apple Sauc
1 apple
1 tablespoon maple syrup
ground nutmeg
ground ginger

Peel apple and cut into small cubes. Pour applesauce in a small serving bowl. Top with cubed apples. Drizzle maple syrup over the top, then sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Apple Sauce Apple Pie Recipe
Apple Sauce Apple Pie Recipe

This is extremely simple and can be served as a quick dessert as well.

Happy holidays, friends. If I'm not back here before then, Happy New Year too!  


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Holiday Reindeer Chow

Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

My sister is an expert "puppy chow" maker, and a couple of years ago, I decided to try to make a holiday version. It turned out amazingly well (if I do say so myself), and now we make it every year. The addition of peppermint bark really takes it to the next level, and we had to change the name to suit the season, duh.

Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

Holiday Reindeer Chow

Yields 15-20 servings

8 cups rice or corn square style cereal
2 cups peppermint bark, broken into small pieces
2.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies  

Line a large baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler on stovetop over low heat, or in a bowl in the microwave for 20 second increments stirring in between, until smooth. Pour melted chocolate onto cereal in bowl, and stir until coated. Transfer mixture to 2 gallon food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar, peppermint bark pieces, 
and crushed peppermint to bag and shake to coat. Spread onto baking sheet until cool, then pour into a serving bowl. Store at room temperature or fridge in covered container.
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

This recipe is great to make in double or triple batches to give as gifts too!