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Hummus [Updated Recipe!]

6 May

hummusIngredients: garbanzo beans, flax/sesame seed mix, olive oil, lemon, cumin, pepper, garlic, salt, white wine vinegar, water.

Start with two cans of garbanzo beans in a colander. Rinse them well with cold water. Then pour into a food processor and add 3 TSBP seed mix, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 lemon (juice), 1/2 TSP cumin, a few turns fresh ground peppercorns, 4 cloves garlic, 1 TSP salt, a splash of white wine vinegar, and 1 cup water. Blend on high, adding more water to thin as needed. Transfer to plastic container and refrigerate as needed. Makes about 4 cups.

Experiment: Try using half garbanzo and half black beans. Add fresh herbs, curry, a few slices of onion, or stir in scallions at the end.

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Vegetable Curry with Lentils

29 Apr

Vegetable Curry with Lentils

Ingredients: quinoa, baby spinach, sweet onion, garlic, yams, carrots, vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, cayenne, orange lentils, and cane sugar.

Saute 1 sweet onion (chopped), 6 cloves of garlic (minced), 2 yams (peeled, cubed), and 2 carrots (peeled, diced) in a large wok until onions are translucent. In a blender, combine 1 cup vegetable broth, a 14oz can of coconut milk, 1 TBSP orange Indian curry powder, 1/2 TBSP cane sugar, 1 TSP garlic powder, 1/2 TSP cumin, 1/2 TSP salt, and 1/4 TSP cayenne. Add to vegetables with 1 cup orange lentils; simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Serve vegetables and lentils over cooked quinoa and top with raw baby spinach. For home made flatbread follow this recipe: Mix 2 cups whole wheat flour with 1 TSP salt, add 1/3 cup oil and about 1/3 cup water. Shape dough into walnut-size balls and roll out on wax paper. Cook on lightly greased hot griddle until lightly browned. You can make these ahead of time and refrigerate to use as needed.

Kale and Swiss Chard Salad

18 Feb

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Ingredients: Kale, Swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, agave nectar, garlic, sea salt, fresh ground pepper corn, and water.

Toss 3 cups kale and 3 cups Swiss chard, torn into bite size pieces, in a large bowl. In a high power blender (I used my Vitamix), blend 1 cup pomegranate seeds, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 TBSP agave nectar, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 TSP sea salt, 3 turns fresh ground pepper corns, and 1 TBSP water for 30-60 seconds. Strain out the pulp from the seeds through a fine wire strainer.  Pour into a jar with 1/4 cup grape seed/olive oil and shake until combined. Pour as much dressing as desired over the kale and Swiss chard. Mix well and top with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Experiment: Use a different kind of vinegar. Add the garlic at the end for a more intense garlic taste. Use a different kind of oil, or use honey as an alternative sweetener. Add your favorite fresh herb before blending dressing for a twist. Top with your favorite cheese or sliced avocado before serving.

Herb & Garlic Hummus

30 Aug

Ingredients: Garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, whole lemon, sea salt, mixed ground peppercorns, water, garlic, white wine vinegar, Italian parsley, basil, and Greek oregano.

Don’t let the number of ingredients deter you from trying this! It’s really simple to make.

Start with two cans of garbanzo beans in a colander. Rinse them well with cold water. Then pour them into a food processor and add 1/4 cup of tahini, 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup of water, one whole lemon (peeled and seeded), one teaspoon sea salt, lots of fresh ground mixed peppercorns, eight cloves raw garlic, a splash of white wine vinegar, a handful of Italian leaf parsley, nine fresh basil leaves, and a couple leaves of Greek oregano.

Blend it till you reach the consistency you like. My family eats this with everything! Try it as a dip with fresh cut veggies of all kinds. Or as a spread on sandwiches or wraps instead of mayonnaise. Serve it with warm grilled pita or on cracker bread with deli meat. Or put a heaping spoonful on a salad instead of dressing.

Experiment: Try varying proportions of herbs, sea salt, garlic, lemon, and peppercorns. Or try adding other herbs you like. You could also try adding roasted garlic instead of raw or roasted red pepper, pine nuts, dried herbs instead of fresh… The possibilities are endless.