Scrumptious Recipes | Megan E. Collins

Nana's Dill Pickles

prep time

Prep Time: 25 Min

cook time

Cook Time: 3 Days

total time

Total Time: 3 Days

These homemade pickles are bursting with heat, flavor and crunch. Home grown cucumbers combined with fresh aromatics come together in a fantastic snack, any time of the day!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup pickling spice
  • 1/4 cup picking salt
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2/3 lbs pickling cucumbers
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped

Directions

  1. Mix water, vinegar, salt and pickling spice.
  2. Cover bottom of crockpot with dill and garlic.
  3. Add cucumbers and cover.
  4. Store for 2-3 days, do not turn on crockpot!
  5. They are ready to transfer to jar when firm.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

prep time

Prep Time: 10 Min

cook time

Cook Time: 10 Min

total time

Total Time: 20 Min

These buttery cookies have a tender texture and crispy exterior that you’re sure to love!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to a bowl and stir.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar together.
  4. Add egg and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir until fully combined.
  6. Drop teaspoon-sized dough onto the parchment paper. Keep dough 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nut-Free Basil Pesto

prep time

Prep Time: 5 Min

cook time

Cook Time: None

total time

Total Time: 5 Min

This gorgeous pesto is full of color and flavor! Serve on your favorite pasta or crackers for a delicious, healthy meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions

  1. In a food processor, pulse garlic and basil together.
  2. Add parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and salt. Pulse again.
  3. Add olive oil and blend. If the mixture is too thick, add more oil or hot water to thin.

Watermelon Salad

prep time

Prep Time: 15 Min

cook time

Cook Time: None

total time

Total Time: 15 Min

This salad combines juicy watermelon, tangy lemon juice, savory feta cheese, and sweet honey into one delicious bowl. Serve right away on a hot summer day for a cooling treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped

Directions

  1. Cube watermelon, or use a melon baller to scoop chunks of watermelon. Place in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and salt.
  3. Add feta cheese, basil, and red onions to the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture over the watermelon.
  5. Toss watermelon with the mixture and serve immediately!