Posts Tagged ‘food processor’

Tasty Tuesday: Cilantro Lemon Hummus

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Hummus is one of my all time favorite snacks! I love it as a veggie dip, with pita chips, as a sandwich spread, or on a bagel. I used to make it myself all the time….that is until¬†I discovered the best hummus in the whole universe at Trader Joe’s. Their Mediterranean Hummus is out of this world delicious! Even people who don’t like hummus, like it. ūüôā¬†I fell into the habit of buying our hummus from Trader Joe’s to the point that I stopped making it myself all together.

We go through a lot of hummus in our family; at least¬†two 16oz containers a week. At $4¬†a container for¬†our favorite Trader Joe’s hummus, that equates to¬†a large chunk of grocery money spent on hummus! Especially when you consider¬†that¬†hummus is super easy to make and sooo much cheaper to make at home. So I recently reverted back to making my own hummus and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Here’s one I made the other day and scarfed down with some carrot sticks and cucumber slices. It was¬†a perfectly delicious and nutritious little snack!

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (avoid using canned beans whenever possible!)

2 tablespoons tahini

1 lemon, juiced

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

4 tablespoons olive oil

4 tablespoons water

¬ľ cup fresh cilantro

¬Ĺ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika. Enjoy!

-Sarah

Tasty Tuesday: Super Simple Curry

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Most nights I am all about simple when it comes to making dinner. One pot,¬†under 30 minute meals are the best! This recipe for Super Simple Curry meets that criteria….well almost. You’ll definitely want to serve it over some rice which can either be made in a separate pot or better yet in a rice cooker. Our rice cooker¬†is a hand-me-down gift from a friend. I have a strong affection for my rice cooker…it seriously makes perfectly cooked rice every single time!

Ingredients:

3 cups coconut milk (I suggest using a light coconut milk in this recipe)

3 – 5 tablespoons red curry paste (I like this brand)

2 cups frozen peas

2 carrots, diced

1/2¬†head of cabbage, chopped (I often “chop” cabbage in my food processor; it’s sooo much faster that way!)

2 cups of spinach, chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Place all ingredients except for green onion and cilantro in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to medium-low. Allow to gently simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over rice, sprinkled with chopped green onion and cilantro. Enjoy!!

-Sarah

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Vegan Berry Ice Cream

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This recipe for homemade berry ice cream is so simple and so delicious! It is¬†a great alternative for those who are not able to (or choose not to) consume dairy. It is also¬†suitable for those who are¬†soy free and/or gluten free.¬†It only takes 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes to make. Plus you don’t¬†need a fancy ice cream maker; just¬†a food processor. Additionally you can easily make your berry ice cream organic by using organic ingredients. Chances are once you try this recipe you’ll forever¬†say goodbye to that¬†overpriced organic vegan ice cream at the store and its long list of ingredients!

Ingredients:

2 cups of mixed berries (any combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) washed and stems removed

1 can of full fat coconut milk or coconut cream

8-10 dates, pitted (you can substitute sweetener of choice if you don’t like¬†dates, but may¬†need to play with the ratios)

Directions:

Combine berries and coconut milk in a container. Cover and place in freezer for about 3 hours. Place berries and milk mixture in food processor along with dates. Process for about 3 minutes or until it doubles in size. Be sure to process it long enough for it to be light and fluffy. Enjoy!

Tip: Try mixing in other frozen fruits to create your own flavors. Mango ice cream is another one of our favorites!

-Sarah