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First off, homemade Hummus! (CAUTION: this stuff is really yummy, but very potent; so, if you're not a fan of garlic, you will probably want to half the amount called for, or use a light sprinkling of garlic powder instead.)
- 2-3 cups Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas
- 2-3 Garlic cloves
- 2 T. (or more) Parsley
- 2 T. Lemon Juice
- 1/4 cup Water
- 2 T. Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Pepper
- 2-4 T. EVOO (Extra-Virgin Olive Oil)
- 1/4 cup Tahini (Sesame paste)
Mix all of the ingredients except the last two in a food processor or blender until smooth. While pulsing the blender, pour in the tahini and olive oil. If you like yours thicker (like me), use less olive oil. If you prefer it thinner, just add more liquid.
Suggestions: I love sprinkling a handful of pine nuts over my hummus, but it's been so expensive lately that I've had to forgo the now-luxury.
Play around with this recipe until you get it just the way you like it. Feel free to add other spices, such as coriander, cumin, paprika, and turmeric. Some fun ideas for what to do with Hummus are:
- Use as a sandwich/bread spread (mayonnaise/mustard alternative)
- Vegetable dip
- Sour cream/Yogurt alternative (topping)
- Salad dressing alternative
Speaking of salad dressing, here is a basic vinaigrette for you (that is not only easy to whip up, but a staple in my house):
- 3 T. Vegetable/Canola oil (feel free to use another kind of oil; we usually sub olive oil)
- 2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 T. Maggi (warning: not gluten-free, so you'll need an alternative if you eat GF)
- 1 Garlic clove
- Salt & Pepper
Mix all of the ingredients well; I like to shake them up in a mason jar. This dressing separates pretty quickly, so stir or shake it right before using.
Suggestions: A couple tablespoons of Dijon Mustard makes a great addition!
Image credit: Flickr user Mariannika
Stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables has been on my mind lately (it's funny what your brain thinks of when you're only consuming liquids), and FitSugar happened to have some handy tips on how to store them for longevity's sake.
Confession: I have to open the fridge to take out my daily drink ingredients, and the first item my eyes fall on is a carton of the juiciest-looking strawberries. All I know is how much I am going to savour those in a couple more days!