Susan posted the other day about the challenges of maintaining a social life when you have small children. One of the ways I keep up with friends is through activities like book club. Susan started our club, and Tela also is a member. We get together, eat and chat – sometimes about the book we were supposed to read, but more often about life in general.
I’m hosting the next book club meeting, which takes place on a Thursday after a full day of work. It’s not a problem, though, because I’ve got a lot of quick and easy munchie recipes I can whip up. Today I thought I’d share my recipe for hummus.
My nut-free hummus recipe is made without tahini since I rarely have it handy and some of my friends have children with severe nut allergies. The fun thing about a recipe like this is that the kids can help, too. All you have to do is pop a few things into the food processor, and you’re good to go.
Nut Free Hummus Recipe
- One or two cans of chick peas (depending how big your crowd is), drained
- Juice from one lemon
- Two to three cloves of garlic (depending how much you like garlic)
- A few good “glugs” of olive oil
- Put chick peas, lemon juice, garlic cloves and olive oil into food processor
- Blend ingredients until they turn into a paste
- Continue to add oil, garlic and lemon juice until you get the taste and consistency you want
- Put hummus into a bowl and garnish with chopped parsley, if you like
- Serve with fresh veggies and pita bread triangles
The Simplest of Steamed Veggies
Tela here, and I’d like to rave about new Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies. My new mom-friend Amy had suggested them for O since he is all about feeding himself these days (and has the teeth to do it). So this weekend I headed to the store to buy some and lo and behold–they were on sale! $1 a bag. I grabbed as many as I thought I could shove in my freezer and headed down the road. Later that day, I tried a bag. Can you say easy, and GOOD? Just pop these bad-boy bags in the microwave for about 5 minutes, and voila! Delicious, good-for-you frozen vegetables that don’t taste like the typical frozen vegetable–they actually have taste. This weekend O and I tried some broccoli and peas. Next on the agenda are the green beans. We’ll let you know how it goes.
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