Hummus making

Today’s adventure was Hummus. I haven’t made it before and my family is on a health kick so they are letting me make them great, healthy food. I used this recipe and modified it a bit.

I used:

One 15 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
• Juice from one lemon
• One artichoke heart in oil
• ¼ cup water
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoonTrader Joe’s thyme, lemon, and bay sea salt
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 10 sprigs parsley
• ½ teaspoon paprika (on top as garnish)

I used this juicer to get the max amount of use out of my lemon, I don’t think the recipe was expecting that and this ended up making the final product a little bit watery!

 

 All together in the blender…

…baby food…

The final product: topped with oil and paprika with mixed veggies for dipping!

A strawberry nectarine kind of morning

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          This morning I woke up after a dream about making sweet potato pancakes and my mouth was watering. Unfortunately I don’t have any sweet potatoes right now so instead I went in search of other good breakfast recipes. I was inspired not only by my dream but also found the spark in Brett McCracken‘s latest article about Eating Christianly. The idea of paying close attention to what you are eating, to keep your body healthy and to enjoy the food you have is an awesome way to work on being whole human beings. With my fairy dust in hand I set about an adventure to take time to create something that I could then enjoy. It is a well-known fact that you gain more pleasure from the things that you work hard to get. In my search I discovered a recipe for a Peach smoothie, which looked lovely, so I repeated the experiment with a few changes.

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For starters I used a plain yogurt instead of Greek simply because my budget is a little tight. I also decided to use nectarines instead of peaches and add strawberries to the mix (using what I have!). The original recipe uses Stevia, which is a great idea if you like a little sweetness in your drink. I like my smoothies a little bitter and my coffee black (unadulterated pleasure!).

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Blend it all up…

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…make some French press coffee on the side, add toast with strawberry jam…

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…and viola! a delicious, contemplated brunch (it was 11 o’clock by the time I finished!). Two drinks too much? I think not, the warm, rich coffee did a wonderful job of balancing out the creamy, cold smoothie!