Monday, May 9, 2011
Black Bean Hummus
Yesterday was a wonderful Mother's Day- church was nice- my class made big paper flowers for their mom's, then all the kids enjoyed passing out real flowers to all the mother's at church. After church I had a nice visit with my mother and sister & my little niece and nephew had fun playing with Sarah and Joe. Since we were in town, we stopped in at Target- and I had a lovely "no complaints" stroll through, to look at all their new summer housewares. After stocking up on a few new colorful dishes, and a bunch of goodies for our two labs, who we felt a bit guilty about leaving for the day, we headed home for a nice dinner. Gary prepared one of my favorite meals- Taco's with all the fixin's and chocolate cake for dessert. The kids were excited to give me their gifts- Joseph built me a new bird house for all of the Swallows flying over our yard, Sarah made me a cute Mother's Day card/art project along with some Facebook Credits for the games I enjoy, and Gary bought me a bottle of the very fancy gourmet Champagne Vinegar that I have been eyeing for weeks. It was a very nice Mother's Day.
I am eager to get out and garden, but the weather is not cooperating, I am hoping for sunshine sometime this week so I can get out and do some planting. My seedlings are doing great, and about half of them are ready to transplant. While I have been waiting for our sunshine to return, I have been busy in the kitchen.
I love making my own Hummus- I love hummus with pita bread or chips or Naan bread- but can't eat the store bought because of the sesame tahini ( I used to love sesame but started to develop an allergy to it similar to my tree nut allergy). This isn't really a problem though, because making your own Hummus is super easy, and is a good healthy snack. This week I decided to make a black bean hummus- which turned out very yummy. Here is my recipe.
Black Bean Hummus
1 can drained and rinsed black beans
juice of half a lime
1/3 cup olive oil (more if needed)
cumin and garlic powder to taste
dash of sea salt
I put all of the ingredients into a mini food processor/chopper that I have, I imagine you could use a full size one as well- blend until beans are pureed. If it looks like it needs a little more oil to blend up right add a tiny bit more. I started out with a few dashes of cumin and a couple of garlic powder- and added a little bit more after tasting until I got the taste to my liking. Me and Gary had it for a nice snack- then later added it to the top of our lunch salad which turned out very good. To make regular Hummus I just switch the Black beans for Garbanzo Beans, and switch the lime for lemon, and sometimes use a tiny bit cheyenne or red pepper flakes. Great way to get the family to eat beans!