Hummus Finally!

So here’s the deal, I have always wanted to make my own hummus.  Yet, it intimidated me.  Tahini? Blending?  Why do that when it’s less than $3 to grab one at the store.  However, Ryan and I are on a health kick (hello post 1/2 marathon sloth life) and so I started googling Vegan recipes and stumbled across Dana at The Minimalist Baker.  I’m in love with the 10 ingredient philosophy!

While I am not going Vegan, because I love meat too much, I am going to for the next month eat vegan with lean protein and budget exceptions (vegan cheese haha bye-bye money).  Which should be interesting, but back to hummus!

While pursuing Minimalist Baker I came across her Microwave Hummus Recipe.  When I read it I thought it can’t be this easy.  There has to be a catch….but NO, it was that easy.


I picked up a can of chickpeas at Trader Joes, and had a head of garlic at home.  I was a little hesitant when I poured it all together because it just looked weird.  I went with 3 heads of garlic, but would go with 4 next time.  I was worried it would be too garlicky, which is silly because it never can be too garlicky!  I microwaved it for 4.5 minutes which was plenty of time.

The next step was combing the tahini, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil.  That’s it!  I used a hand blender in a bowl and it worked great…although I am having dreams of a Kitchen Aide mixer under my Christmas tree.  Especially if I keep this cooking thing up.

Blending it was super easy.  I was worried it would be too chunky, but it wasn’t.  Also I didn’t measure the olive oil that I added, but just did it based of consistency and it turned out well!


I also didn’t have paprika which it calls for, but used chili powder instead and it gave a good kick.   It also makes a ton!  I still had a full Tupperware of it after this plate.   It was delicious with pita chips and bell peppers.  With garlic hummus under my belt, I am looking forward to exploring other options of hummus.

The real test will be this weekend when I bring it to share at a outdoor concert we are going to!  Fingers crossed ya’all.




Old Loves

This summer I am teaching in a resource style classroom.  As a part of this experiment we have talked about the things that we love and why it is important to explore what makes us happy (regardless of others opinions of it).  One kiddo asked what is something I really like, and I heard myself say cooking.  Which is true, but I haven’t cooked a true meal in months.  I have thrown together things with pre-made/cut ingredients, but it has been too long since I cooked everything from scratch.

I learned how to cook in Nepal, a place where pre-packaged meals were too expensive for a JV budget, and it quickly went from stressful, to fun.  I had grand plans of meals I would cook when I got home, but ended up picking it up and then stopping many times over (even attempted a blog about a different Joy of Cooking recipe).

But now that I am no longer in school, want  need to be healthy, and have the ability, I think it is time to return to an old love of mine.

So last week on a nice summer night (read not aggressively hot), I rolled up my sleeves and cooked dinner for Ryan and myself.  I knew I wanted something that wouldn’t require the oven too much and would be fresh.  So I updated a go-to in my weekly rotation: Burrito Bowls.  It’s a super simple recipe and the best part is, you can add whatever you want!


Mine always includes the same things:

  • Red Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • A Veggie of some sort (this time leftover cabbage and red peppers)
  • Morningstar Spicy Black Bean burger (usually 2)
  • Guacamole (which I finally made from scratch again: avocado, red onion, tomato, dried red pepper, lemon juice, and salt, all mashed together)
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Quinoa


Voila! It is a tasty, easy delicious dinner.  Best part is, the only cooking necessary is the quinoa so it doesn’t heat up a hot apartment… AC, no bueno.


I also went back to my second love, baking!  I am much more comfortable exploring in the baking realm, and made a this delicious crumble.  Top with some vanilla frozen yogurt, some b-day candles, and you’ve got a wonderful birthday dessert.


Plus getting to enjoy this all with this guy isn’t too bad either.