Friday, June 13, 2008

More Talk On Humus

First of all let me explain that the post about summer recipes was for y'all to SHARE some recipes. My friend Tricia and I were joking today that some seemed excited about getting some but no one has posted any yet. So, does anyone have any summer favorites? If not I'll have to start gathering them in, which I'm okay with doing. But if you have any highlights, let us know!

I tried something at lunch today since I'm trying to change some eating habits. I used humus on my sandwich instead of mayo. It was great! I liked it better! It also gave the creamy texture that cheese does so I may just be able to give up my thin layer of dairy for a few meals anyway (I have a thing for cheese).

My friend Tricia's son was not willing to try humus because he did not like it the last time. I encouraged him that sometimes you like something later on that you didn't like before in your life. He tried it and had some more. :) Remember that with your kids too. We have found it to be very true. We are still working on Emma with humus. We don't force it, but we don't offer alternatives.
For humus you need:

· 2 Cups Garbanzo beans (Canned)

. 2 Cloves peeled garlic (crush and let sit 2-3 min before adding)

· ¼ Cup Tahini Paste

· 1 Tsp. Ground Cumin Powder

· 1 Tsp. Paprika

· Salt & Pepper to taste.

· 2 Table spoon Lemon Juice

· 2 Table spoon Olive Oil

· Parsley for garnishing

Method of preparation :

· Drain the liquid from the can & reserve.

· Blend together all the ingredients to a smooth paste.

· Add the reserved water if too thick.

· Garnish with Parsley, little olive oil & serve as dip.

I did find sunflower butter at TJ's. You can use this in place of Tahini if you want to use that in the recipe. Tahini is essentially sunflower seed paste and is used in many Arab and oriental dishes. The purpose for it in humus seems to be to thicken it a bit in texture and increase creaminess. There is the added benefit of more protein as well.

So, there is the recipe. I'll be getting some groceries soon and trying it. I'll let you know. We have been dipping flat bread in it but we are moving more to just veggies. At least , I am. I don't need further reasons to eat bread. I have plenty all ready. looking for some summer ideas to share. Just go back to that post to post one, post one here if you want on this post. Thanks!


tricia said...

I went to TJ's after you left on yesterday and bought myself some hummas. When I was in line I remembered that I did get the sunflower seed paste. I was to tired to get out of line. Where is it at in TJ's.

tricia said...

When I typed the hummas I knew it looked wrong. So I meant humus. It is just too early in the morning for me to think.

Alicia said...

you will like the jar trish, is has a big sunflower on it!:) it's right with the peanutbutter and almond butter.

I am Katy, said...

Here's one of my favorite cold lunch or dinner sandwiches:

Chicken Croissant Sandwiches:

2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup mayonnaise
1 stalk celery
½ T mustard
Salt/pepper/garlic salt

Spread on croissant roll.

Zimms Zoo said...

Cornbread salad

cornbread (from a box or from scratch) about an 8 x8 pan-crumbled

cheddar cheese-shredded

tomato,onion,bell pepper-chopped

kidney beans-drained and rinsed


1 pkt ranch dressing
sour cream
yogurt (plain) or mayo or buttermilk

crumbled about half the corn bread in the bottom of your pan. then mich together the last 3 ingredients. really make it how you like it but I like it a little thin, so it soaks down into the cornbread, but my friend likes it a little thicker so it stays on top like another layer. so then spread on half of the dressing mix.
Then half of the other stuff. Then repeat the layers. Let it chill for about 4 hours or overnight.

I know it seems weird without the measurements, but honestly I don't have any. This is how I make it. Just kinda guessing. It is really tasty and cold and good with summer cookouts.

I looked at the hummus recipe and maybe I will try again.