"If you like Hummus" is a great way to start this recipe because nearly 100 million Americans have no idea what Hummus is, and out of those who do, only about a quarter eat it regularly.
What Is Hummus?
How Do You Eat Hummus?
You can eat Hummus as a dip with pita bread or chips, or with whatever bread you have on hand. But it can also be used to replace mayo or mustard. I found a great site giving you 10 ways to eat Hummus, just click HERE.
Is Hummus Good For You?
Hummus is made with beans, ground sesame seeds, and oil (basically) so your nutritional benefits will include getting more protein (about 3g per 2Tbsp), fiber, and fat. If that doesn't sound like a good thing to you, then click HERE to learn how beans are not only good for you but help you lose weight in the process.
How To Make Your Own Hummus
Recipe From: The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School
Prep 1. Cooking Your Chickpeas
Prep 2. Do You Have Tahini Paste?
If you already have Tahini paste at home, continue with the recipe instructions.
If you don't have Tahini at home and have no idea what it is, keep reading.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste, that in Arabic means "to grind"; and that's really all it is: ground up (hulled) sesame seeds. Tahini is normally used for hummus, but it's also used for Baba Ganoush, dressings, and sauces.
You can buy a jar for under $5 at Walmart, Target, and Trader Joe's, or choose to make your own. I found a great recipe for making your own Tahini HERE.
Prep 3. In The Kitchen
This recipe makes a lot of Hummus so prepare yourself!
Homemade Hummus is only going to last for about a week.
This is just a basic Hummus recipe; you can add in your own garnishes to taste.
Remember the last time you were at an expensive restaurant? Remember the last time you had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Fancypants? Remember what you ate? It could have included roasted vegetables as a side, and I bet you loved it didn't you?
Now you can make this at home and look and feel like a junior Fancypants yourself.
Preheat oven to 400
Chop all veggies into evenly sized pieces
Lightly roll veggies in a bowl with olive oil, making sure to cover veggies thoroughly (but not soaking them)
Place on flat baking dish, salt and pepper to taste
Add in sections of garlic OR chop up garlic and add at the end of baking
Put in oven and bake for 15-20min
Great as a side dish to roasted chicken or on top of brown rice. Sweeten it up by adding in cheese, or swapping the garlic for fresh herbs. It's quick, easy, and makes you look like you know what you're doing...and we could all use more help with that!
Stupid Easy Directions
Preheat oven to 450
Wash and dry your potatoes (don't cut)
Roll Potatoes in Olive Oil and place them on a baking sheet
Add salt/pepper to taste and toss in oven
Bake for 20min, making sure to flip them 1/2 way through
There are a ton of variations to this recipe, like adding in other cut veggies, cheeses, sauces... but we thought we'd keep it clean for you and let you decide what you wanted to add! This recipe is 100% Kid Approved and perfect for little fingers. Plus, you can change up how this side dish is presented.
Whole, Diced, or Sliced
Did you know that over half of the nutrients in a potato are found in the skin? Red potatoes are a great source of fiber and B vitamins, so don't peel them!
Thanks to the cooking geniuses at TheKitchn.com, you can now feel naughty while still being nice to your body. Chickpeas are a great source for vegan protein; just 1 cup gives you 15g of protein! Of course, they also contain minerals (like all beans) such as Fiber, Folate, and Manganese.
For another fun recipe using chickpeas, checkout our "Good For You Brownies"! Looking for more complex recipes? Visit TheKitchn.com for more unique recipes.
As always, we recommend using organic, clean ingredients every time you're in the kitchen.
Recipe from Jack LaLaine's Power Juicer. Learn more HERE
If you have 15 minutes and 4 simple ingredients.. you have a delicious salad with your lunch or dinner. But it's also an inexpensive dish to make & bring to a party.
So why do we call it "Cool Cucumber Salad?"
Most people don't know that the phrase "cool as a cucumber" comes from the cucumber's ability to cool the temperature of the blood, and when applied topically, reduces swelling. So get cool and try the Cool Cucumber salad.
1. After washing your produce, (do we even need to say that?) grab a peeler and create stripes on your cucumbers.
2. Thinly slice your cucumbers and add to bowl. Add a bit of sea salt and set in fridge. (We want it cold; the salad will draw out some of the water while you are in the kitchen crying.)
Hey. Wait. Why are you crying?
3. Because you're peeling that red onion. You can choose to dice the onions or create thin rings- that's up to how much you like raw onions. We typically recommend thin slivers.
4. Take the cucumbers out of fridge and drain any water.
Add in the onions and mix. Put back in fridge. Now, dice up your fresh dill. This is used as a spice so you need to make sure that you don't have big clumps or or stems.
5. Take out your cucumber/onion bowl, add in the dill, a bit more salt, and (shhhh!!!) some sugar to taste. We are talking minimal amounts here people. Mix it up and then add 1TBSP of sour cream per cucumber. Less is more. Stir, taste, and add in salt/sugar/cream to taste. You'll want the flavors to all harmonize, so put a lid on it (ya you, loud mouth) and keep it in the fridge for another 15-20min...or until dinner is ready..whichever comes first.
Why it's Cool
The phytochemicals in cucumbers kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Dill is also a wonderful "detergent". We can't say the same for the onion.
Cucumbers are 95% water and known for giving you clearer skin.
"Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers." Read more HERE
"Onions are also a source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C that helps to combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
Colon cancer: High fiber intakes from all fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
Prostate cancer: In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers used a population-based, case-controlled study to investigate the relationship between allium vegetable intake and prostate cancer. They found that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk for prostate cancer.2
Esophageal and stomach cancer: Frequent intake of allium vegetables has been inversely related with the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer.3 Several survey-based human studies have demonstrated the potential protective effects of consuming alliums, as well as reports of tumor inhibition following administration of allium compounds in experimental animals." Read more HERE
It is a very good source of potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte. 100 g of cucumber provides 147 mg of potassium but only 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium. Read more HERE
Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar and have chromium which helps clean the blood.
Just toss those ingredients into your blender and go! Yum yum Yum!
This recipe makes about 7-8 servings. Perfect for parties or a large snack fest. If you need help making it through a a BBQ, this is a great item to bring, and you can read more tips here. Don't waste your money on chemical laden crap that you buy from the store, when you could be enjoying an even better food that is clean! (and in the end, cheaper than buying a tub of chip dip)