We heart Dads
Daddies, we salute you! You hold it all together. You’re brave. You know how to gently take a spider out of the house. You know how to build stairs. You know how to change oil. You make the best pancakes. You drop off forgotten school lunches. You coach our teams. You wipe our tears. You wake us up, and put us to bed. You make the best growling noises. You walk the dogs. You protect us, and keep us safe. For all of that and more, we thank you, especially on Father’s Day!
Dads all around the world need breakfast. In fact, most dads could survive on breakfast food alone, pouring a box of cereal in a cooking pot and filling it with milk. Let’s raise the bar a bit this Sunday with some flatbread magic, shall we? How about French toast and early summer berries easy for little (and big) hands to make.
If a Mexican breakfast is more in order, try this fabulous take on chilaquiles using (you guessed it) flatbread chips and salsa verde. We promise you Dad won’t miss the eggs and cheese in this delicious vegan phenomenon. We’ve even got a video to run you through it. Super simple, super tasty.
After everyone finishes washing his car and cleaning out the garage while Pop chills in a lounge chair, there’s even more food to make to delight him. Father’s Day would hardly be Father’s Day without the appearance of a grill, right? What better way to try out that new grill set he got as a gift? Flatout flatbread has you covered in the grill department. Not only do most all of our flatbread pizzas cook perfectly on the grill, but we know a thing or two about burgers. We got the jump on boring buns with our flatbread Foldits, perfect for a BBQ bison melt, a South American street food classic, or a light and beautiful Greek turkey burger using mint and yogurt.
Tacos are easy with flatbread, too. Invite some friends and their dads, buy some extra drinks. Bake a pile of shells up using flatbread Foldits and keep it easy on the day (and the Dad) by everyone building their own tacos. Make them spicy or mild, and whatever you do, make enough! He will love these spicy salmon tacos with mango salsa, made with fresh grilled salmon and ripe mangoes. But if steak is what he craves, then grill up some steak and surprise him with carne asada tacos with cabbage and cilantro on the side.
Here’s to the Daddies all over the planet. We love you, we need you, and we’re very sorry but there’s a spider in the bathroom and can you please take care of it? Thanks! xoxoxo
Is it just me, or has the summer just flown by? I know that technically autumn doesn’t start until deep into September, but I think we all know summer unofficially ends near the end of August. The days get noticeably shorter, the air drier, and the quality of the light just says…..fall. Monarch butterflies can already be seen in my neighborhood, fresh from their cocoons, a clear harbinger of the next season arriving soon.
I hope there’s been some good cooking and eating for you this summer. Farmer’s markets are absolutely in their prime, bursting with color and gorgeous vegetables, berries, and stone fruits. And by now your grill is broken in and you’ve mastered the coals, so making this flatbread pork tenderloin sandwich or spicy, aromatic jerk chicken wrap is a snap. If you’ve been grilling lots of flatbread pizza like we have, then you’ll love our new sweet potato flatbread and a couple new chicken pizzas, too: one using sun dried tomatoes and one that the kids in your life will appreciate, broccoli, chicken, and all.
I’ve still been eating relatively light these days, getting in lots of vegetables with my flatbread. Summer eggplant shines in the new baba ghanoush salad wrap where texture and smoky flavor is king. And a light summer wrap with chicken and a lemony dressing is the perfect after beach or gardening meal. For dinner, I’ve been making mushroom burgers that are as good or better than the real thing.
On my birthday, we had some friends over and made a slew of the best, easiest carnitas tacos in the world using tender, melt in your mouth pork and spicy flatbread taco shells. What a great, easy party! And I got to recreate a Greek favorite using flatbread, feta, and lots of spinach. It was a wonderful day to turn a year older.
Whatever the rest of your summer holds, make sure you get out there and make the best of it. Keep cooking, stay active, get outside, and love the ones you’re with! Make it #FlatoutFabulous!
Amy at Flatout
Not accidentally, September is a great month to have a birthday. First of all, it probably means your parents were feeling the warm glow of the holiday season, if you know what I mean. And a lot of that happened, because there are a ton of September and October birthdays out there! Big, harsh winters usually mean even more birthdays in those months.
In terms of weather, you get the best of summer and fall, and back to school is easy because you get to bring treats for the class. Or the office!
People born in September have a better chance of getting into difficult, prestigious colleges, as well. I guess this has more to do with school schedules and child development, but either way, September born folks tend to be ahead of the class. Also, September-borns have the most beautiful birthstone, the sapphire.
So it’s only natural that many of you, like me, have a lot of birthdays to celebrate in our inner circles. This month is also a gateway to the holiday season, so it’s easy to slip and start eating everything in sight. (I’m talking to you, donuts!) I want my jeans to fit come October so I’ll be making some fab flatbread treats to show my September peeps some love.
First things first: we have some new ways to use flatbread, this time with a great (and easy) Tequila-Lime Bars recipe that will wow your adult friends. Grab some reposado and turn on the music!
If you have a little time, try these meringue filled treats, Gaznates made from lightly fried flatbread. Our recipe uses a bit of cream cheese for body, and lots of beautiful fruit. It will be the most delicious gift ever!
For the super healthy birthday girl (or boy) use flatbread to bake up our unbelievable Flatout Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Pie. No one likes a party pooper who won’t eat their cake, and this one is made with zero guilt.
If sweet treats happen to be in the form of Margaritas, then host a flatbread pizza party. Our new favorites are the Calabacita Pizza A La Parrilla, the Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Pizza and the Spanish Tapas Pizza. All of these can be made on the grill! (Oh yeah, September is also a perfect month to grill.)
This September, make it fun, just be sure to include all those friends and family with birthdays. Get creative, make some beautiful food, and celebrate!
-Amy at Flatout
Some of us in the world got an extra hour this week to sleep in, which, in my humble opinion, is the nicest part about the weather turning cold. One. Whole. Hour. All to yourself to stay snuggled in bed, or, perhaps, to get that workout in and then treat yourself to an amazing homemade flatbread breakfast. After all, we’ll get used to it pretty quickly; the extra hour blends into the rest of the day all too soon, so let’s grab that extra hour and turn it into the best part of the morning!
Recently, I bought new fitness shoes, and I have started walking in the mornings just to get my heart rate up, and jumpstart my metabolism. Up until now, I’m ashamed to admit, I used any old gym shoes to exercise with. But about a month ago, I participated in a 5K “fun walk” and the shoes I used didn’t do me any favors; in fact, my feet and knees were sore for days afterwards. I decided to get fit with quality athletic shoes that are made for my post- career-waitress feet, and boy howdy, the difference is amazing. I feel like I’m walking on clouds, with none of the pain afterwards. No excuses now!
When I get home from my walk, I chug a big glass of water with lemon juice, then it’s time to make coffee and get breakfast started. Our new recipe for apple butter flatbread quesadillas has been a favorite with my better half, because of his love of all things apple. It’s sort of like apple pie for breakfast. He also loves the granola crunch apple peanut butter sandwich wraps that he makes with his favorite "limited edition” pumpkin flavored granola, from his stash of the 12 boxes of it he hoards in the pantry. (The store only sells it around Halloween, so yeah, he buys a bunch….)
If I’m feeling like sweet over savory, I love the blueberry hand pie, that we make with frozen blueberries from this summer and a tiny bit of sugar, all baked up in a flatbread crust. A dollop of Greek yogurt seals the deal. Or, if I’ve been really proactive, there will be chia seed pudding in the refrigerator from last night, ready to eat with baked flatbread chips, seriously one of my all time favorite breakfasts these days.
Mostly, though, I crave savory, protein packed breakfasts, and that means: EGGS! I love ‘em. Give me the breakfast diner pizza, the Portland brunch pizza, or the Alta California breakfast wrap, any day. Scrambled eggs? Avocados? I’m all in.
Whatever you do with that extra hour this week, make the most of it. Don’t just run out the door with a granola bar or grab a donut on your way to work. Start your day right with some flatbread and a breakfast that takes a little time to make. It’ll be worth it, I promise. Just like those shoes!
-Amy at Flatout
Need some spice in your life? Some zip in your step? Got a hitch in your gitalong? If you answer yes to any of these, then maybe you need some pickled vegetables. Pickled veg, (as my chef friends call them) are the best for adding just the right amount of je ne sais quoi to your everyday meals, especially sandwiches and flatbread wraps.
If you’d made any of the recipes on this site, you know how tasty picked red onions can be to giving your flatbread meals crunch and zing. They’re so easy to make, too: I just slice up a whole red onion, stuff it into a glass jar, and pour in white vinegar. In mere minutes, the onions turn bright pink, lose some of their hotness, and become delicious additions to everyday flatbread cookery. They keep so easily in the fridge and can be added to tacos, salads, and pizzas, too.
Escabeche, on the other hand, takes a few more steps, but gives you the satisfying pickled crunch of cauliflower, peppers, and carrots: the most perfect blend of sandwich pickles you’ve ever had.
Got a few minutes? Then make your own escabeche today!
Cauliflower florets from one head
1 red pepper, seeded and trimmed, sliced lengthwise
4 jalapeño chiles, seeded and trimmed, sliced lengthwise
6 cloves of garlic, whole
3 carrots, chopped into thick, coin sized pieces
2 bay leaves
pinch of dried oregano
pinch of dried thyme
pinch of dried chili flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
In a pan over low heat, sauté the vegetables with the salt gently, to cook them without browning. After 8-10 minutes, add the herbs, chili flakes, sugar, water, and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let cool, then pour the mixture, veggies and all, into a glass container and add the bay leaves. Store in the refrigerator for a couple days before eating, to let the flavors meld.
That’s it! Use these as a great addition to your flatbread wraps, this awesome Foldit panini, a side dish for your tacos, or even just a low calorie snack that’s good for you.
I guarantee that you’ll love these healthy, crunchy, zippy veggies. Now gitalong!
-Amy at Flatout
It’s totally fine if you overdo it now and again. Especially since it’s December and as far as I’m concerned, we are officially in the homeward stretch. For example, (and this is not a food story, but bear with me) yesterday I bought our dogs……snow boots. I don’t make it a practice to dress my dogs, but this winter so far is gross in my city, salt everywhere, and the dogs can’t walk in it because it burns, so, I made the leap and slapped down the cash for footwear. I guess it bears reminding you readers that a “pair” of shoes for dogs is actually four, not two, and that, my friends is a major hassle. Do the math! I have eight little boots to put on a couple of more-than-reluctant puppies each and every single time we go out. Ugh. It’s definitely an investment, but, in my neighborhood, an important one.
Anyways, investment, splurge, same deal in that case. But now let’s talk about the fun splurges! Like how this year I’m putting a tiny jar of caviar and a can of crabmeat in my better half’s stocking, so we can celebrate with caviar flatbread bites and Bloody Mary snake bites on New Years. Yum! He doesn’t know this yet, so please don’t tell him…
With every night being another holiday party, and every day an office party of some kind, you have to pick your splurge battles wisely. If your office does a potluck thing, try this off the beaten path recipe for fattoush, a bread (in this case flatbread) salad made with steak and chipotle chilis. Your team will devour it and they won’t blame you for their afternoon slump.
Two of my favorite weeknight meals involve flatbread and rich, bold, spicy flavors: the oh-so Christmas-y Spanish tapas pizza (goes great with Rioja!) and this household’s ever popular Tipsy Chicken Pizza, made with chicken AND bacon. Totally delicious. Totally satisfying.
Speaking of Christmas, I can’t celebrate without a little bit of indulgent smoked salmon around the house. This Sunday morning flatbread uses smoked salmon and can be made anytime, not just Sunday morning!
But Amy, you think as you read this, where’s the chocolate in all of this splurging? WHERE IS THE CHOCOLATE?!? I have saved the best for last. It’s the end of the year, after all, all we are wearing is sweaters and long underwear, let’s eat some glorious chocolate! All too soon it will be January and we’ll be signing up for fitness classes and buying yoga passes and buying nothing but juice. So to tide you over, may I recommend the unbelievable recipe for cinnamon laced flatbread taquitos that you dip in a Mexican chocolate fondue? Holy moly, chocolate lovers, this recipe strikes gold. Or the gone-as-soon-as-you-make-it dark chocolate flatbread bark with walnuts and pomegranate seeds? Pomegranates are in their prime, so hurry to the store. And finally, our newest recipe for an indoor s’mores pizza, made inside with whole grain flatbread. Some cocoa, some brandy, some Blossom Dearie on the hi-fi…..I can’t think of anything more beautiful and indulgent.
Treat yourself right, flatbread lovers! You’ve come a long way in 2016, just a little bit more to go…make it taste good.
-Amy at Flatout
Love is in the air, so here in my house, we are getting ready to stay in and get hygge with it. Our city just wrapped up restaurant week, where our local eateries got a much needed winter boost after the holidays. Naturally, before it began, I made a bunch of reservations at my favorite places, and was super excited for January 27 to roll around. Winter has been rough on us, and we felt like getting out a bit and eating some beautiful food. Besides having someone to cook for me, I love to eat out in order to get inspired by new and unusual flavor combinations and different and delicious cocktails. The next day, when I get home, I usually try to recreate something I really enjoyed the night before; it’s a ton of fun for me! And my better half doesn’t mind a bit either...
We were all ready to get our restaurant week on, but then, disaster struck! Our two dogs, one after another, came down with some kind of stomach bug, and between emergency vet bills that blew our discretionary budget, and lost work time, I cancelled all my reservations. Everyone is on the mend now, thankfully, after two weeks, but it’s been a beans and rice sort of menu for us. We’ve probably all been there, at least once, right?
So this year we are keeping it simple and cosy and staying in with something we’ll throw together (not up!) over a glass of wine (or two!) I have to admit that even though I know Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday, I still really love it. Why? Well, I love Love, for starters. And I love hearts. And I love chocolate. There it is, the holy trinity of Valentine’s Day. Guilty as charged. Just don’t buy me a teddy bear and a balloon, that’s a little much.
Whatever we’ll make, we’ll share, because that’s one of the foundations of love. I found some flatbread recipes that are completely and absolutely shareable for you and your loved ones, no matter what you feel like snacking on. Ready? Here goes:
You could, for example, grab a couple flatbreads and whip us an impromptu dessert quesadilla using little bits of fruit, nut butter, and chocolate. Don’t forget the whipped cream! My favorite quesadilla, the apple butter quesadilla, would be perfect with a nip of that bottle of brandy you have in the back of your cupboard, hint, hint.
Everybody loves ice cream, but if you’re celebrating with kids, these petite flatbread ice cream cones are a snap to make and make great Valentine treats. Let the little ones dip their own cones in their favorite toppings. Or try our recipe for banana split grilled dessert nachos, as fun as it gets in the middle of winter!
Sticking to a stricter regimen? You don’t have to suffer. Make this delicious chia seed pudding and baked flatbread chips sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Mildly sweet and super tasty as a dessert to nibble on while watching a movie at home.
So spread your favorite sweet something on your favorite flatbread and spread the love, you hopeless romantics!
-Amy at Flatout
2017. It’s a fresh start, a blank page. I think we’ve all seen those “your life is a book, today is page 1, make it a good one” type of posts already, or is it just me who does an inner eye roll at them? There’s a mite of truth in the phrase, though, despite the obvious cliché. Instead of all the resolutions involving diet and exercise, this year I’m trying something different. Working out is already part of my week, and cutting out sugar is on the list too, but I’d like my resolution to be a bit more out-of-the-box challenging but really, potentially fun, too.
This year, I’m taking some courageous steps to really get out there, and go way outside my comfort zone in two ways: hip hop dance classes and (gulp) ice skating lessons. There, I said it. The truth is I’m pretty horrible at each, but my inner Amy longs to be good at one or both. And because I’m not getting any younger, I’m ignoring all those “you’re too old!” voices in my head and I’m just doing it. I’m carping the diem, so to speak.
The most difficult part about the dance classes is that it’s at a real dance school, so I’m in a group of actual dancers. You know, the kind who look at themselves in the mirror and twirl around a lot before class? Yep, that kind of class. SO, naturally, everyone (except me) is really good and everyone (except me) likes to look at themselves in the mirror and no one (except me) minds when they have to do a solo across the floor. It’s pretty daunting, but it feels so good at the end of class that I keep going back. I’m hoping that I won’t mind as much at some point.
In my city, it seems that ice skating is a required outdoor sport. My better half bought us skates last year for Christmas, and we rode the train down to the brand new skating park, which is shaped like a ribbon, to try them out. Since it was many years since I’d been out on the ice, I soon figured out that I had a lot to re-learn. The elegant ribbon of ice soon became a ribbon of terror. Then my optimism ended when I saw a man, out cold and face down on the ice, in a pool of his own blood. It was so scary, I put the skates away that year. This year, though, I’ve signed up for lessons and can even skate backwards a little! My teacher Bob thinks I’m a super skater, but I wouldn’t go as far as all that. I’m just happy to swizzle.
I encourage you to get out there this year and try something you normally wouldn’t, either. It makes a difference, keeps you young, and expands your horizons. It doesn’t always have to be physical; it could be singing lessons, a jewelry class, or going back to school. It could be eating a food you thought you hated, or going meatless for a week, too.
If meatless is something that sends chills down your spine, relax! Try our spicy mushroom burger on a flatbread bun and you’ll never miss it. Or step way outside your comfort zone with the tofu banh mi flatbread wrap. If sweet potatoes are too sweet for you, they are savory superstars in this flatbread pizza with avocados, radishes, and corn nuts. Light, plant based meals are healthier all the way around.
Many shy away from lamb for its earthiness, so if you’re new to this glorious meat, try it in our flatbread lamb molé tacos. It’s a nice rich taco filling that I bet you’ll love.
If you’re tired of boring, routine burgers, and you love Indian spices, make these chicken burgers on flatbread for a perfectly exciting weeknight meal. Easy to make, and never boring.
Do even bacon and eggs seem blah? Then turn breakfast on its head. For a morning or brunch meal, a rarely seen Monte Cristo makes a sweet and savory comeback to thrill and delight any eater. We use flatbread to keep the calories down. It is January, after all.
Whatever you’re doing to ring in the first month this year, make it fun, at least a little challenging, and as always, delicious. Carpe that diem!
-Amy at Flatout
Is the holiday season making you a little bonkers? Are you flying around trying to get “it” all done, whatever “it” is? I am right there with you, people! I’m still getting emails from companies telling me “IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!!!” and I’m really looking forward to the super quiet, next few days when it actually is too late, when all the emails give us a little breaky-break and we can just sit around in slippers and pajamas and drink whatever it is (champagne) that makes us happy and play cards. Or binge watch television. Or all three of those things.
But until then, this pre-holiday craziness is bound to make us all feel a little…..nuts. Meals are eaten on the run, if at all, and last minute gifts to buy and parties to attend all sort of blend together. Speaking of nuts, I’ve personally spent the last two weeks stalking our building’s cleaning lady, who shows up to work at odd hours. I don’t know her name, and that’s kind of a long story, but I’ve been waiting with an envelope of cash inside my front door so I can get it to her before the end of the year. Every time I thought I’d heard a vacuum noise in the hallway, I’d fling open the door, only to find one of our neighbors coming up the stairs, giving me an odd look. Oh, well. Last night I finally found her and was able to give her the gift, so that task is finally checked off Santa’s to-do list. Mission accomplished.
In case you’re feeling extra nutty right now, I’ve rounded up some actual nut flatbread recipes for you to try. Nuts are plentiful during the holidays (I’m not talking about family members!) and they’re usually less expensive at the store right now, sort of like turkeys are the cheapest during Thanksgiving. Not only are nuts good for you, but they’re a delicious source of protein and will give you some energy to push through your holidaze with flying colors.
A little salad never hurt anybody, especially when it actually is a “little” salad. These Chinese chicken salad cups are served in baked flatbread cups that are super easy to throw together for your next potluck party. Almonds add crunch and protein, too. If you’re loving the counter balance of bright and fresh Asian flavors, then try the cashew ginger chicken wrap. It’s a flatbread packed with a gingery crunch and loads of chicken and cashews. Perfect for quick weeknight meals in-between all the parties. And if one of those parties send you home with some roasted turkey, be sure to make this divinely delicious cranberry turkey wrap, and throw a handful of walnuts into the wrap for brain power, one of the things walnuts are known for.
Now I know peanuts aren’t technically nuts, but legumes...still, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one peanut recipe in the mix. Try our new favorite flatbread wrap, the granola crunch apple peanut butter wrap, with juicy apples, the granola of your choice, and a crunchy peanut butter to hold it all together. Or the spicy and savory banana foldit, great for an on-the-run, grab it and go protein fix.
For those of us who need a little extra sweetness in our life to tackle all the nuttiness, may I recommend three of my favorite flatbread desserts? A flatbread brittle made with extra fine espresso, chocolate, and hazelnuts, or a guilt-free frozen yogurt bite, dipped in chocolate and rolled in chopped pistachios? (They’re fab.) Or maybe the most gorgeous flatbread dessert of them all: a dark chocolate flatbread bark with pomegranate seeds and walnuts. Talk about anti-oxidant overdrive! One bite and you’ll be able to conquer the whole world, nuts and all.
Which reminds me of my favorite little poem, I read many years ago in an old copy of an Archie comic book: “No matter if your grades are low, or if your rewards are few; just remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you!”
Especially now, but not for long. We’ll have our weekend to relax and regroup. Stay strong, mighty oaks, and have the happiest of holidays!
-Amy at Flatout
If you’re like me, you get a lot of email. You might sign up for a lot of sweepstakes- who could, really, resist an all expenses paid trip to culinary Paris? Or a $30,000 kitchen makeover? But then, inevitably, you get put on a List. And another. And another. Until your inbox has thousands of unread messages from every furniture and travel and cooking and bra company IN THE WORLD, and your inbox is flooded with email subjects like “the 109 bucket list destinations you CANNOT miss” and "247 best meatloaf recipes EVER” and “300 prize winning brownie recipes to wow your in-laws” and "852 mac n’ cheese casseroles using only cauliflower” and every company seems to have the “one bra you’ll never get tired of wearing everyday.”
Well. First off, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re flooded with hundreds of demands, especially when they’re demands from companies merely trying to get you to buy something, right? I mean, who has time some nights to even make one mac n’ cheese casserole using cauliflower, let alone 852? How can 247 meatloaf recipes all hold the title “Best?” Am I the only person who has only a couple, not 100, bucket list places I want to realistically visit? And don’t even get me started about the bras! Grrrrr.
Currently, there are four months of "What to Cook This Weekend" sitting in my inbox, untouched. Do I feel overwhelmed at the thought of hyper-efficient people whipping out every single recipe, as well as a pan of prize winning brownies for their in-laws? Absolutely. Do I sometimes wonder if my meatloaf is, well, good enough? Sure do. No wonder ready-made meal companies are thriving! Because I think the suggestions, the demands, for what to make for dinner are becoming, in my humble opinion, a bit unrealistic. We are being bombarded with so much, it’s easy to just shut down and let someone else take the wheel.
But if I take a deep breath, and I remember that it’s just different businesses vying for my attention, that calms me down a bit. I’m not competing with anyone, after all! And dinner this weekend got a whole lot easier. Instead of 6,000 chicken recipes, I’m going to give you…..six. Whether you have a rotisserie bird in the refrigerator, some ground chicken to thaw out, these recipes are simple, quick, and delicious and have nothing to prove beyond that.
Chicken veggie fajitas made with flatbread make a festive Friday night dinner, and bonus, they’re Weight Watchers® friendly, too! So is this sun dried tomato chicken flatbread wrap, at only 7 SmartPoints® per serving.
I happen to love chicken pizza, so if you do, too, try the new margherita flatbread with chicken, or the super light and tasty Thai chicken flatbread. Big huge flavor for such little effort, so you’ll have time to go to the garden center later.
Another nice wrap to try is the Mediterranean roasted chicken wrap, or if you have a bit of time, do yourself a favor and recreate my favorite fast food sandwich, the spicy chicken sandwich on a Foldit. Crispy breaded chicken for the win. Goes great with a light beer on a Saturday afternoon!
If you’re able to make even one of these great flatbread recipes this weekend, pat yourself on the back. You did good!
Here’s to keeping it simple and fun, (and not letting your inbox make you feel bad)
-Amy at Flatout
The Big Game doesn’t necessarily have to mean The Big Gain. And with Flatout flatbread, it’s still totally possible to hang out with friends, have a blast, and still eat right and stay the course. I refuse to have a massive food hangover on Monday morning, because Monday is hard enough at it is, am I right? To that end, I’ve rounded up six of my favorite flatbread recipes that are good, no, SUPER, for Sunday’s game. So grab some flatbread at the store tonight and get to cooking, sports fans!
Need a fabulous appetizer that packs a serious spicy punch? Then look no further: try the bloody Mary inspired, hot and spicy "snake bites” using lump crabmeat and your favorite hot sauce. Or if you need something that travels, whip up some olive tapenade and some baked flatbread chips. Promise me that you’ll make enough chips. (Things could get ugly if you don’t.)
Or you could make a big bowl of a Chinese-style chicken salad and serve it up in mini baked flatbread bowls, the perfect one-two-three bite snack for halftime and beyond. Of course, while they’re eating that, have some black bean and spinach quesadillas waiting in the sidelines. Touchdown!
Our goddess of green dip never fails to satisfy, and with lemon pepper flatbread chips, it’s a mean green delicious machine at any party, sports or not. And speaking of dips, our winner of a pizza takes the 6 layer dip to a new level of eating well, and eating right.
No matter what side of the stadium you’re on, flatbread snacks will score big with all your players. And they don’t have to know that what they’re eating is actually good for them. So here’s to the winners, but here’s (especially) to the losers this Sunday! You know who you are.
-Amy at Flatout
We are officially going green over here, in many more ways than one. First of all, it’s about to be spring. My garlic plants are peeking up out of the straw, the daffodils are blooming, robins are singing, and soon there will be a day where we can drink beer in the morning, even all day long, with impunity. It’s about to be St. Patrick’s Day, which is huge in my city. They turn the entire river green, I’m not even kidding. It’s a day-long party with green painted faces, glittery shamrocks, and green beer. You wear green, or else you’re sore from the pinches. Evidently, personal boundaries don’t apply on St. Patty’s Day.
Beer isn’t the only thing that we’ll consume that’s green. Why not use the day to eat more veggies, as well? That way you don’t have to feel so remorseful the next day. Flatout flatbread comes in spinach flavor, too, so that’s a great start. Try this lean, mean protein machine wrap which uses a spinach flatbread wrapped around a quinoa salad. We also made a Ploughman’s wrap to celebrate the day in a more traditional way.
If you’re a fan of all things dippy, have we got some recipes for you! I’m in love with the light and easy Goddess of Green dip served with lemon pepper flatbread chips you bake at home, but these spinach and artichoke mini shooters are super fun to bring to a pre-parade party or office celebration, too, if you want to stay strictly vegetarian.
Green could mean limiting your animal proteins, as well. If that’s the case, there’s no better way to do that than by baking up some flatbread pizzas. Mushrooms easily fill in for meat on the mushroom spinach flatbread. Or try the sophisticated combination of flavors in a flatbread baked with ricotta cheese, broccolini, and a hint of lemon zest for a lovely fresh, light meal.
Or green could mean less environmental impact. I was watching some cute little animated info-cartoon about the impact of washing polyester clothing. Supposedly, microfibers from the laundry enter the water supply, potentially affecting well, everyone, from humans to wildlife. It sounds awful, and with news like this it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But instead of feeling completely out of control, I’ve decided to make an impact in my immediate environment, in order to feel happier. I pick up litter on my morning walks. I cook at home more. I use glass storage containers rather than single use ones, and I shop at thrift stores for the bulk of my houseware needs. I pack lunches during the work week, too, which really helps the monthly budget. This tofu banh mi wrap is one of our go-to faves, as well as Blogger David Dial’s recipe for Thai peanut wraps. Both flatbread recipes are absolute winners compared to ho-hum carry out.
Whatever you do to celebrate spring or St. Patrick’s Day, make it fun with some new recipes and your favorite flatbread. Just don’t get glitter in your food!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
-Amy at Flatout
We are saying oui to spring right now, because over here the tulips are blooming, the lilacs are out, and just as soon as it stops raining we will be outside sniffing up the gorgeous fragrance of May in all its glory. Who’s with me on this? Last night I raided a lilac bush in my neighborhood, at the edge of a construction site, just so I could fill our home with their short-lived perfume. They never last long enough, but I’ve learned that if you pound the woody stems with a hammer before putting them in water, it helps proving their life a bit...I think it works!
As promised, we have some nice new flatbread recipes to try that reflect the changing season. Sure, it was technically spring last month, but it doesn’t really feel like it until May, at least around here.
The smoked salmon nosh uses our flatbread Foldit to make a super easy, extremely elegant breakfast lunch or brunch. I just love our flatbread with smoked salmon; it’s the perfect ratio of bread to fish.
My mom will be out of town for Mother’s Day, so we had her over last weekend and made her this sinfully rich triple grilled cheese with the last jar of pear chutney my best friend made in the fall. Sometimes a grilled cheese is a hard thing to beat. She loved it, and so will the mom in your life!
There’s nothing better than a hamburger, more specifically, a lamb burger! Our Foldits take all the bulk out of eating burgers; this springy lamb burger is covered with artichoke hearts and briny feta. You may never need a bun again.
For those of us who still have to work in this beautiful weather, try this salmon flatbread wrap rolled up with a sheet or two of nori inside. Add some extra spice by using wasabi nori! Or try this salad wrap with cumin scented chickpeas, mint, and hard boiled egg. Just perfect for a springtime lunch.
Whatever you do this month, just say oui to delicious, inspired flatbread food!
-Amy at Flatout
One morning a few years ago, my better half and I were walking the dogs on the beach up in Michigan. It was July, I think, and we were in the habit of taking the dogs out to run around and swim early in the morning before the beach got too crowded. Once the beach filled up, our friendly dogs tended to get their sandy whiskers in people’s Robert Ludlum novels, which made the readers cranky.
So here we were, in the wee hours of the morning, with the dogs, on the beach. A ways into our walk, we notice that a family has set up a blanket with their chairs and umbrellas, which isn’t all that uncommon for families with little ones who are up early. We spy them quite a bit further down the beach: two little kids with their parents, wading in the water.
All of a sudden I see Tula, our very gentle dog, with her nose sniffing around in what looks to be a to-go box left open on the blanket. Before I could say “leave it” she gulps whatever it is down in one bite and moves on, licking her chops. Oh, no.
This family must have left their breakfast behind, and Tula very ungraciously dispatched with the leftovers. How embarrassing! We hightailed it off the beach after her; she knew she was in trouble, but she didn’t care. She thought she had earned that breakfast.
Eating at the beach, or, well, just about any outdoor recreational spot, can be a tad challenging, and not just because of ants, sand, or in this case, dogs. What you bring has to be easy to eat, easy to tote around, and more appetizing than a greasy piece of freezer pizza or an overdone hot dog. Enter flatbread!
Flatout flatbread has tons of portable, beach friendly recipes for all of your outdoor endeavors this summer. We have the new picnic wrap, made with chicken and goat cheese. Or a light and delicious citrus Thai shrimp wrap full of tender shrimp and crisp vegetables. I also love the nouveau tuna wrap, made without mayonnaise rolled up in an easy to eat flatbread of whatever flavor you choose.
Keeping things simple and budget friendly on a vacation? Go to a grocery store and make your own lunches! Grab some hummus, some veggies from the salad bar, and some lunchmeat from the deli and whip up a hummus wrap on the go to eat midday. Lunch in two minutes, I kid you not. Also, our tasty baked chicken shawarma wrap is a cinch to prepare in a hurry. We love the spinach flatbread for this recipe!
Or whip up a super healthy take on Texas caviar, to be scooped up with spicy baked flatbread chips you make the day before. Or if you’re feeling super prepared, these do-it-yourself taco cones are fun and festive, and can be packed up for an extra-special lunch. We love spicy, crunchy, delicious summer food that is made to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Just be careful of any leftovers and roaming dogs!
Love the summer, and eat beautifully!
-Amy at Flatout
May is National Strawberry month, but who can keep up with all the celebratory months these days? Strawberries have to share the limelight with dozens of other crazy food holidays, but in my opinion, this noble berry soars head and shoulders above the rest of them. So let’s celebrate the strawberry!
Who doesn’t adore a fresh, ripe, well grown strawberry? Nobody, that’s who. As early as the 14th century, the strawberry plant was used to cure depressive illness; even the plant was thought to have brightened outlooks! Think what the fruit does to us. I know it makes me super happy just to think of eating a red, ripe, freshly picked berry.
It’s the berry we eat today, thanks to careful cultivation over the centuries, and boy, what a berry. I’ve praised the strawberry before, but it’s May all over again and my annual berry excitement has taken over. It’s just so difficult to find delicious strawberries any other time of the year, because the ones you find outside of the prime season are, in my opinion, just hollow, pale shells of what they could be.
I’ve rounded up some of my fave flatbread recipes that use strawberries, so pick up a couple pints on your way home and try these sweet little treats!
Strawberries are versatile enough to use in this chicken and spinach salad wrap that harkens back to the 80s when goat cheese was all the rage.
These empanadas get a little kick from chipotle chili paste mixed in with strawberry preserves and baked. I love sweet with a little spice, don’t you? Just a bit makes a big taste sensation.
Or go full on rich and wonderful with our over the top strawberry and dulce de leche Foldits. Strawberries add the perfect counterbalance to dulce de leche.
This easy to make version of a quintessential dessert, strawberries and cream, is made with your favorite flavor of flatbread and can be made in advance for parties or any special occasion. It is Strawberry Month, after all!
One of my ultimate favorites, the berry hand pie uses a flatbread and only one teaspoon of sugar to make a gorgeous pie for one. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and dessert is ready in 15 minutes. Make two, you know, just in case…..
May this year be the best strawberry filled month for us yet!
-Amy at Flatout
Summer is in full swing, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to have a pint of your favorite flavor of ice cream stashed somewhere in the freezer. And nope, popsicles don’t count!
When I first met my better half, I asked him what one of his favorite foods was during one of our phone conversations. His reply was so hilarious, I can still hear him. He said “Well, I’m from Massachusetts, so of course I love ice cream.” I thought about this for awhile, because I've never assumed that all Massachusetts residents have a love affair with ice cream, while he definitely did.
I looked it up; early settlers to America brought dairy cows to Massachusetts in the 1600s, so it’s been a vital part of the agriculture ever since. And of course, with all that dairy, comes ice cream.
My better half was in luck, because I own a commercial ice cream freezer, the kind that starts to freeze at the flick of a switch. In fact, sometimes I think that’s why he loves me, because I take ice cream seriously enough to have a large appliance dedicated to it. There are probably other reasons, too, but sometimes I wonder...
If you love ice cream treats as much as we do, then roll up your sleeves, grab some flatbread, and let’s celebrate summer in delicious style: with good old-fashioned ice cream treats!
Flatbread can turn an ordinary scoop of vanilla into something truly special, like our brand new matcha and coconut ice cream sandwiches. Foldit flatbreads make awesome ice cream sandwiches that can be dipped, topped with a bevy of ingredients, and stashed in the freezer when you need something sweet.
The wraps make great ice cream cones, too! Roll them up, bake them, and fill them with Chubby Hubby or whatever your cold little heart desires. They even can be dipped in chocolate and rolled around in nuts, candy, sprinkles, you name it! Just plop a scoop into the cone and voilà, instantaneous delight.
Need a cute dessert idea for a crowd? Make a batch of flatbread bowls for a build your own sundae party. Kids and adults are wild about sundaes. Who wouldn’t be?
And if you have a bit of extra time on your hands, try these irresistible quick-fried ice cream filled chimichangas Cinnamon, sugar, crispy crunchy sweet flatbread and vanilla ice cream makes everything okay.
The recipe for pistachio chocolate frozen roll-ups calls for frozen yogurt, but I won’t mind if you switch out the yogurt for ice cream. Either way, it’s a super decadent way to end a meal, especially for pistachio lovers.
However you enjoy ice cream, flatbread can make it fun, creative, and most of all, delicious. Just promise me that you’ll make enough for the ones you love, especially if they’re from Massachusetts!
-Amy at Flatout
August is officially National Sandwich Month, so there’s no time like the present to grab some flatbread and, well, celebrate sandwiches. And what better time than August, really, when summer is at its peak and the high temperatures are relentless? It’s hardly the time to turn on the oven or even stand over a blazing stove or grill. Nope, hot summer days and nights call for sandwiches made with the garden’s bounty, or leftover grilled meats and vegetables, or even a chicken salad made on the fly.
I don’t know about you, but summer is a crazy busy time. From the moment I wake up, it’s rush, rush, rush: work, walk the dogs, water the yard, manage this, oversee that. My mental workload is at an all-time high. And by the time I finish working out, it could be as late as 8:30, with a hungry household to boot.
Enter Flatout Foldit flatbreads. I love these little babies because not only are they substantial and delicious, they’re the perfect size to hold all my favorite sandwich fixings. Just today, I made a quick lunch Foldit with a thick slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, some salt, pepper, and a few leaves of basil. No recipe, just summer at its best! If your tomatoes aren’t quite ripe yet, you might try this halloumi sandwich with quick-pickled onions for a salty-sweet-tart lunch using Greece’s famous, grillable cheese.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as you use fresh, quality ingredients, either. Take Kyle Cherek’s turkey sandwich with micro greens, for example. Simple and delectable from someone who knows his food. There’s also a soft, luxurious chicken and avocado sandwich that would be perfect for a summer picnic in the park.
If burgers are your favorite type of sandwich, have I got a couple for you! Ground bison makes a fantastic BBQ style sandwich complete with the melted cheese of your choice. Or an Indian spiced chicken burger with cooling cucumbers and yogurt. Make the mix in the morning, turn on the grill for 10 minutes tops, later on for dinner. You’ll love them both, I promise!
Oh, yes, Sandwich Month means ice cream sandwiches too! Foldits make excellent ice cream sandwiches, which can then be dipped in chocolate and rolled in whatever you like: nuts, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, almost anything. These new matcha coconut ice cream treats are begging to be made for visiting friends this weekend; the tannic properties of the tea is he perfect match for rich vanilla ice cream.
Summertime means sandwich time, and August is the ideal month to pay tribute to the most noble meal of all. All you have to do is let your inner Dagwood shine and make up your own flatbread masterpiece!
Shine on, sammie chefs!
-Amy at Flatout
Today is National Garlic Day and I love this day so much. I’m the kind of girl who chuckles to herself when a recipe calls for only one clove of garlic, and my better half buys a head of garlic every time he goes to the store, because he has learned over the years that we always need it. He likes to save steps.
People all over the country will be going to garlic festivals celebrating “the stinking rose” in all its forms, especially my favorite style of garlic: roasted garlic.
Roasted garlic went through kind of a phase in the 1980s, and you can find those little terra-cotta roasters at every garage sale you visit, but you don’t need one to roast up a big batch of good for you garlic; in fact, all you need is a piece of foil. And baking up roasted garlic is one of the best things you can do to liven up your weekly menu, too. Here are some Flatout recipes that would be amazing with a little extra garlic punch:
The Bacon Kimchi Foldit has a lot of garlic going on, but what’s another little pinch going to harm? http://www.flatoutbread.com/recipes/bacon-kimchi-bkt-foldit/
This Lamb Sausage Flatbread with Za’Atar would be unbelievable with some roasted garlic spread over the flatbread first. http://www.flatoutbread.com/recipes/flatbread-lamb-sausage-zaatar/
And you could turn this simple Warm Ham and Brie Foldit on its heels with a schmear of garlic, too. http://www.flatoutbread.com/recipes/warm-ham-brie-apple-butter-foldit/
Here’s how to make roasted garlic:
Turn your oven on to 400 F. While the oven is heating, gather up your whole heads of garlic and slide off as much of the loose outer ‘paper’ as possible. With a knife, trim about 1/4” off the tops of each head, and arrange on the foil. Drizzle a little olive oil over each head, and fold up the foil over them, pinching the packet closed. Bake garlic a minimum of 40 minutes, longer if you want deep, nutty brown garlic.
Cloves will be soft enough and oh, so delightfully gooey, so you can spread them on your favorite flatbread, pizza, or wrap for a burst of flavor without the calories. I will take flatbread, cut them up into chips, and bake them until crisp just to dip into a warm head of garlic as an afternoon snack, or with a rich glass of wine before dinner. Cheers!
This year, for the first time, I’m growing my own garlic, which in my zone you have to plant in the fall for summer harvest. As I look out my window, the little bulbs I planted in the fall are almost 6” high with little green shoots! Last year, I bought a nice selection of heirloom variety seed garlic here, at a little farm that specializes in growing garlic just for planting. I can hardly wait for July!
(When buying garlic to eat, I stay away from all garlic with completely smooth bottoms, and absolutely no roots whatsoever. I look for garlic that still has the little furry roots in place. The totally smooth garlic was grown overseas, usually China, and was irradiated in order to be allowed into the US. No one needs to eat irradiated food!)
Here at Flatout, we like to keep food fresh, healthy, and easy to prepare at home with quality ingredients you care about, especially if it includes my favorite ingredient, the stinking rose.
-Amy at Flatout
Spice It Up
Is it hot in here, or is it just the jalapeño I just sliced up? It’s getting cold outside, so it’s time to heat it up with some of my favorite spicy flatbread recipes! That means chili peppers, peppers, paprika, and spice. Peppers warm us up, or seem to anyways, from the inside out, and since peppers are so plentiful this time of year, let’s make some delicious flatbreads with them. Eating chilis is good for us: capsaicin, the chemical in chilis, has been thought to regulate insulin levels and boost circulation. Just don’t rub your eyes after handling them!
Shake some hot or mild paprika on flatbread to make your own healthy chips, then make a batch of muhumarra, a Middle Eastern dip made with red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranate. We can’t stop making this fast appetizer using mostly pantry ingredients. Or take a page from Baltimore’s book and try these bloody Mary snake bites with snake oil hot sauce, tabasco, and crab meat. That Friday night beer will thank you!
Mushrooms are also looking great at the store, so these spicy portabello mushroom burgers might be a good idea. Marinate them during the day, and grill at night for a vegetarian weekend dinner that challenges any meat eater’s menu.
This weekend, host a flatbread party, gathering some tasty spicy ingredients so guests can make their own pizzas. Try the Spanish tapas inspired flatbread , the jalapeño topped Mexican pizza, or a grilled steak flatbread with bright and zesty chimichurri. Make sure there’s plenty of cerveza, rioja, and tequila!
For you sweet and spicy lovers, we dare you to try our very favorite spicy banana chocolate Foldit sandwich. Chili powder, chocolate, banana? Yeah! Makes a sinfully good breakfast or snack. And as always, flatbread has your back with lower carbs and whole grains. So spice it up this week, Flatouters!
-Amy at Flatout
Well, it happened.
The holidays are officially over. I know this because last night, I ate the very last Christmas cookie. There were two little spritz cookies, wrapped in tin foil, languishing on the counter. I thought to myself, okay, these cookies aren’t gonna eat themselves. And I really can’t start my “no sugar” routine until they’re gone. I could have pulled a Miranda and used dish soap to keep me from eating them, but considering the cookies were a gift, it seemed rude. Right? So I ate them. And now, my no sugar thing can start, officially. Buckle up readers, it’s gonna be a grumpy ride!
And today was the equivalent of Black Friday at the gym. Of course. I count myself among the guilty on this one; it has been awhile, or so my sports bra tells me...
Thank goodness there’s flatbread, and new flatbread recipes for January to boot. I can ease into my sugar restriction with the apricot almond butter cheddar Foldit, because almond butter is known to counteract one’s sugar cravings. And since pineapple is fruit, not candy, the Hawaiian pizza recipe is a no-brainer for sometime this week. Viva la pineapple!
Other than that, the recipes are packed full of good-for-you vegetables and make a good starting point for any New Year’s resolutions you may have. There’s a new spin on an old classic, the Margherita pizza, as well as a spicy chorizo and kale egg flatbread wrap. The Mediterranean chicken flatbread wrap, filled with winter vegetables, is guaranteed to please any olive lovers in your household, with an Kalamata mayonnaise that packs a salty, earthy punch.
For those of you who are resolving to eat more plant-based meals, try the tofu banh mi wrap or the flatbread with cold weather broccolini and ricotta. Both of these recipes take the boring out of the equation and are full of light fresh flavors after months of stews and roasts.
It’s hard to quit the holiday snacking cold turkey, I get it, so make what you snack on count. Try the rustic olive tapenade with baked flatbread chips sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. A little cheese goes a long way in this fabulous chip and dip combo.
If breakfast is your weak link, but you’re interested in starting the day on something more than coffee, make the egg white frittata sandwich. Flatbread makes it easy to carry to work, and spinach and feta cheese make it easy to eat. I promise you it will become your go-to morning sandwich.
If you still need a richer lunch once in awhile, that’s okay, too, just make it smaller. Try the mini club sandwich on a Foldit flatbread. Delightful.
In many ways, January, for all its drudgery, can be a way to re-set, re-boot the old operating system, and get back to the goals (and jeans) you set aside last year. Just don’t forget to buy some extra dish soap!
Happy New Year, everyone!
-Amy at Flatout
Eggs, such glorious food! So healthful and scrumptious! My neighbor’s family lives in rural Vermont, so last summer when she made the two day drive to visit her parents, I watered her plants and took in her mail. When she returned home, as a thank-you, she handed me a shoebox filled with four carefully wrapped goose eggs laid by her mom’s goose, Lucy. This goose is her mom’s dearest pet; she has a cute little house to live in, right in the backyard. She gets to wander around, eat things in the flower garden; basically Lucy lives a pretty ideal life for a goose or anyone, for that matter. All she has to do is lay eggs, which she does!
Her eggs were so gorgeous and strong, and so big (a goose egg is about the equivalent of 3 chicken eggs) that it was a bit of a chore to even crack them. But break them I did, and wow! Each one was the most delicious, rich, golden-yolked egg I’ve ever tasted. I cherished every last egg Lucy gave, and can’t wait for my neighbor to head back up to Vermont this summer. Maybe she can sneak Lucy back for a visit…..if my city will allow it, that is.
If you’re like me and just can’t get enough of the good egg, then these recipes should be on your must-make list. Don’t wait for goose eggs to show up at the grocery store, though, just use the little ones!
My current favorite recipe is a flatbread ham and cheese with a fried egg on top, a French bistro favorite called the Croque Madame. Oo-lala! Of course, the flatbread sandwich can be made without yolks, too, if you’ve got a few extra egg whites in the fridge, you can make an egg white frittata to beat all frittatas.
If the flatbread wrap is your thang, then prep up some curried egg salad and simply roll it up. Sweet and spicy and super easy to eat, unlike egg salad on regular bread, which falls out of everywhere onto everything. Or this kale and egg wrap with spicy chorizo, just begging to be made with that bag of kale languishing in the vegetable drawer.
Eggs are great for dinner, and these flatbread pizza recipes can both be whipped up in no time flat. The breakfast diner pizza is the epitome of basic yet wonderful diner food, while the sausage, egg, and pepper pizza is a kid’s dream come true. Or a frugal chef’s dream come true; turn breakfast leftovers into dinner in under 5 minutes.
Whatever egg-cites you, we have a flatbread recipe for it, so get crackin’ egg-lovers!
-Amy at Flatout
As if we need an excuse to celebrate chocolate, here it is: National Chocolate Day! Just to get a jump start on this beautiful, glorious holiday, I’ve already eaten some chocolate, even though it’s early in the morning. (What can I say, some days seem, well, harder than others.) Ayurvedic practices recommend eating chocolate in the morning, so I have an excuse. That means that you do, too.
Chocolate Day is way more exciting to me than, say, Peanut Butter Day. You can have your peanuts, give me the chocolate. Because chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is really good for you. It’s high in magnesium, copper, iron, fiber, and manganese. It raises your dopamine levels, which makes you calmer and happier, and it’s huge source of anti-oxidants. Oh, also, it tastes fabulous.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Chocolate Day than with 5 of my favorite chocolate filled flatbread recipes. Whether you like it hot, gooey, cool and smooth, dark, or on the healthy side, these flatbread recipes have what you’re hankering for.
Got a pomegranate sitting around? Bake up some flatbread and make this spectacular dark chocolate brittle with pomegranate seeds and walnuts. From oven to table in about ten minutes, I promise you! If you have more time, please try this chilled Greek yogurt chocolate pie, which uses flatbread as a crust. It’s light and healthy and perfect for a weeknight dessert.
Kids and adults alike love a s’more, and they’re easy to make in the oven when it’s too cold and snowy to build a campfire outside. Use dark chocolate for maximum health benefits, we dare you.
Watching calories is easy with flatbread. We hacked our favorite dessert, the ice cream sandwich, by using flatbread and frozen yogurt, and them dipped them in melted dark chocolate and mini chocolate chips. You can even make mini sandwiches for a delicious dessert with even fewer calories! When chocolate is involved, it’s all about quality, not quantity.
A warm crêpe filled with silky smooth chocolate hazelnut spread and fresh red berries might be just the thing for the end of a romantic dinner for two. Forget the batter, just use flatbread! A sophisticated chocolate dessert that’s best shared with a glass of port and a book of romantic poetry. Or an episode of The Good Wife, it’s really your call.
Whatever you do, even if you just nibble on your favorite bar at your desk today, celebrate and savor the rich (and healthy!) magnificence that is chocolate. You have our permission!
-Amy at Flatout
October is here, and already I’m yawning a little more, making more tea in the afternoon, and, as you might have guessed, coming up with tasty things to eat with that afternoon tea. How easy would it be to have cakes, bars, and cookies with that steamy pot of English Breakfast, and thereby piling on the pounds before the holidays even begin? That’s why I snack safely with flatbread. This month is dedicated to all things snack worthy. But even though these flatbread snacks don’t look like spiders or severed digits, in the spirit of Halloween, they’re just as delicious and a tiny bit more sophisticated than your run of the mill treats.
If you need to shake up your breakfast routine a bit, try the new chia pudding with cinnamon and sugar dusted flatbread chips It takes some time to gel up overnight, but you’ll hug yourself in the morning once you taste it. Or warm up that panini grill and make a spicy banana flatbread with a few chocolate chips- chocolate is good for you after all!
For lunch, I made an Italian inspired salami panini that comes together fast and is wonderful next to a green salad or a soup. The same applies to the mini pumpkin quesadillas It’s pumpkin season, and those little pie pumpkins roast up nicely in advance so you can make these spicy little flatbread numbers when the urge strikes.
If chips and dip is your thang, then Snack-tober is the month for you. Try the green goddess dip for a healthy dose of veggies, or the Turkish muhumarra with smoky paprika flatbread chips Both are super easy and extra delicious.
Pizza is snack food, right? Well sort of, if you share with friends or loved ones! Both of October’s flatbread pizzas are savory and totally satisfying: a classic spinach and mushroom pizza or an autumnal squash and sausage pizza using fresh sage from the garden.
No snack repertoire would be complete without dessert. I love the flatbread bark made with toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds, and deep, dark chocolate Once you make this bark, it disappears, trust me on this. I also took flatbread to the third dimension, rolling it up with with Greek yogurt, pistachios, and chocolate or a frozen dessert/snack that you’ll be happy to have in your freezer. No creepy crawlies, no monsters, just really, really good snacks. I hope you love them.
-Amy at Flatout
June is busting out all over, and we’ve busted out the grill, dusted it off, and stocked up on coals to get us through the month. I don’t know about you, but May in my part of the world was dreary, cold, and wet. It finally, FINALLY feels like spring around here. The heat is officially off. Our freezer is filled with tender cuts, ready to cook, and all we want to do is swing in the hammock, sip a cool drink, and prepare tasty meals for ourselves and the occasional friend.
One of the things I am most excited to try is flatbread pizza on the grill. We’ve started a Pinterest board of all the pizzas that lend themselves to grilling. It’s almost as good as having your own wood burning oven in your backyard, and much easier than building your own. Our Grilled Steak Flatbread recipe is a nice starting off point, and if you really want to get exotic, try the Curry Crab Flatbread, with a spicy green curry sauce and lump crabmeat. Grab some pilsner, because nothing washes down the heat better than beer!
Flatbread has helped us up our taco game, of course. A little advance prep and we have our own spicy baked taco shells, brushed with hot sauce and ready to be filled with whatever we can dream up. Carne asada is a no-brainer, but we are also in love with these Spicy Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa, too, all made with Foldit flatbread.
The Pork Tenderloin Wrap with Grilled Peppers is just the thing to make out of a leftover pepper medley and the last few slices of pork tenderloin from Friday’s party. And BBQ Bison Melts are perfect for a graduation or end of school year cookout, especially when paired with flatbread chips and an easy homemade guacamole.
The early warm weather in our neck of the woods is perfect for a New Orleans inspired Shrimp Remoulade Wrap, easy to make, and enjoy, in a big way.
Please take a look at the new June recipes, bursting with easy and interesting ideas on and off the grill, all using Flatout flatbread in creative and fun ways that will keep you feeling wonderful, all through the summer.
Amy at Flatout