Category: appetizers

Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus – Takes only seconds to make this healthy, nutritious treat!

Was there life before hummus?

I don’t know about you, but I barely remember life before hummus.  I’m not even sure when this delicious, nutritious food came on the scene but I’m glad it did.  It is so popular it shows up on restaurant offerings as well as almost every pot luck and party.  It comes in a variety of flavors and is very versatile.  In addition to being served as a dip with pita chips or veggies it can be used as a spread on wraps and sandwiches too!

So what exactly is thing called “Hummus”?  It is made from garbanzo beans.  Yep, garbanzo beans blended with some seasonings.  That’s it.  It is that simple.  So why would anyone want to make their own hummus when you can just buy it already made in almost any grocery store?  That is a great question and my answer is…because it is so easy and you can whip it up on a moments notice using ingredients you have on hand (providing of course you have them on hand).  Another reason is that you can control what you put in it and adjust the seasonings to your preference.  And…not to mention…it is fun and impressive to say you made it yourself.  Right?  Sometimes it is just fun to say you made something yourself.

I hope you will give this recipe a try.  The recipe is more of a guideline than anything.  Feel free to add more jalapeños if you like it hotter.  You may want to add some lemon or lime juice and a sprinkle of oregano would taste great too.  Have fun with it and make it your own.  Oh, and please let me know how it works out for you.  I love to hear from you!

Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus - serve with tortilla chips!

 Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus - serve with tortilla chips!

Ingredients

  • I 15oz. can garbanzo beans (aka chick peas)
  • 2 cubes crushed garlic or 2 fresh garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon jalapeño slices from a jar
  • 1 teaspoon juice from the jar
  • 2 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and whirl until smooth! That's it!
  2. May be served immediately or refrigerated for up to a week.
  3. It is great served with tortilla chips!
  4. May also be served with fresh veggies or your favorite crispy chip or cracker.
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Stuffed Baked Artichokes – Omg…this is heaven

 

This is heaven…

I loooove all things artichokes!  I use artichoke hearts in salads and dips and pasta dishes. There is just mysterious and wonderful about this thing called an artichoke.  They are a bit like life…hard to read from the outside and yet once you’ve unsolved their mystery they are yours to do with as you wish.  You just have to get to know them at a deeper level than meets the eye.  Okay…perhaps I’m getting a little carried away and dramatic…all to drive the point of my passion for these wild creatures.

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Cranberry Bleu Pecan Cheese Ball – faux pas and all!

 

 

Soooooo Easy…only 4 ingredients and it is awesome!

One night this flavor combination just popped in my head so I quickly wrote it down…a few weeks later I had the opportunity to try it out and serve it at a luncheon.  It was a hit!  I originally served it as a spread with crackers and also with celery sticks for a gluten-free option.  I’ve made it several times since and it is always well received.  I hope you’ll give try it out and taste for yourself.  Enjoy!

Cranberry Bleu Pecan Cheese Ball ~ AKA CBP Cheese Ball

Cranberry Bleu Pecan Cheese Ball ~ AKA CBP Cheese Ball

Quick and easy cheese ball or spread! Only 4 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional 3/4 cup chopped pecans for rolling

Instructions

  1. Place cream cheese in microwave safe bowl
  2. Heat in microwave on 50% power for 1 minute to soften
  3. Add cranberries, bleu cheese, and pecans
  4. Use electric mixer to mix together
  5. Form into a ball and roll in chopped pecans or you can serve it as a spread
  6. You may serve immediately or even better make ahead and refrigerate for flavors to blend
  7. Before serving, remove from fridge 30 minutes or so to soften
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