Basic Hummus Recipe +

Basic Hummus Recipe +

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved

Directions

Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy your hummus!

Variations

  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the hummus and sprinkle with a pinch of paprika and a teaspoon of minced fresh parsley.
  • Try spicing up the hummus by adding ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, ½ to 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and ½ to 1 teaspoon ground coriander.
  • Roasted red peppers or kalamata olives make yummy add-ins or garnishes.

Notes

  • We find it easier to make in the food processor.
  • Sometimes we use jarred minced garlic and/or Real Lemon juice. Not quite as good as fresh, but still yummy.
  • Add a little olive oil while blending if the hummus starts to thicken too much.
  • We eat hummus with pita chips, pita bread, crudités, warm tortillas, tortilla chips, etc. Blue corn tortilla chips go very nicely with this dip.

A Moment of Clarity

A moment of clarity courtesy of Matthew…

I’m changing Adelaide’s diaper while Matthew & I sing one rendition of The Poopy Song. Matthew breaks mid “cha-cha-cha-cha” to explain to his sister, in his most serious tone with his most serious facial expression, that “We don’t eat poopy because it’s DANGEROUS.”

Three Cheers for Her Big Brother!

Our kiddos certainly don’t want for praise, acknowledgment, or encouragement. I was feeding Adelaide her dinner while Mike and Matthew were whipping up some smoothies. (She had a late nap, and, consequently, a late dinner.) Whenever Matthew got a “good job,” “awesome work,” or “way to go,” Adelaide stopped eating to clap for her big brother. 😀

Kitchen Science: Venturi, Bernoulli, & Strawberry-Banana Smoothies

Chefs Daddy and Matthew made us some yummy strawberry-banana smoothies this evening amid an interesting kitchen physics discussion that briefly (and lightly) touched upon such topics as the Venturi Effect, Bernoulli’s Principle, and vortexes. ROFLOL The smoothies were delicious, and Chef Matthew had a great time learning how to operate the blender.  😀

Brown Rice Salad

Mike made this light and yummy Brown Rice Salad to go along with dinner tonight (lightly seasoned turkey meatballs and sautéed squash & zucchini). It was fantastic!

He suggested that next time we mix up the dressing separately before tossing with the rest of the salad. We also found the dressing mild, so we might up the crushed red pepper and Dijon mustard next time as well.

Where is Baby T’s Daddy?

We’re playing with magnetic letters and numbers. Matthew just asked about the small “t.” “What is it?” he asked, and I answered, “It’s a small letter “t.” Matthew replied, “Oh, it’s a baby t! Where is baby t’s daddy?”

We are ALL ready for Mike to be home! lol

RDA

August 11, 2010 at 12:02 p.m.

RDA. Random displays of affection. This is one of Matthew’s super powers.

I’m feeling pretty raw right now what with the lack of sleep & all, and no doubt it’s showing on my face & in my disposition. We’re sitting at the table having lunch when Matthew reaches over, takes my hand, and kisses it. Then he leans down and presses his little cheek against my hand, looks me in the eye, & tells me that he loves me. Then, without missing a beat, he went right back to munching. Thank you, Lord, for moments like this.