Tropical Fruit Smoothie

This is the most perfect afternoon drink on a hot summer day.  We’ve had temps in the high 90’s and low 100’s lately so we’ve been making ice cold drinks to stay cool.  One of our favorite is this Tropical Fruit Smoothie.  Though we can’t be in the tropics, the girls and I decided to bring the flavors of the tropics home.  Continue reading “Tropical Fruit Smoothie”

Popeye Muffins Yum

Popeye muffins are one of the girls’ favorites.  I started making these when the girls were too young to eat leafy greens but old enough to eat more than pureed meals.  They were an instant hit then, and luckily they still are now.  Vibrant green, sweet and soft…. you can’t go wrong with these!

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Spicy Garlic Hummus

I love snacking.  Who doesn’t?!  Hummus is one of my favorite foods.  Since the first time I tried it in college, I was in love.  Recently, S (my 2 year old) has also been snacking on hummus.  And my hubs too.  This is just one of those foods where I like to add it to everything.  A great snack for S with some carrots and broccoli, or on a sandwich for my hubby, or in a wrap for me.  The versatility of hummus is amazing.
Most hummus recipes have a key ingredient – tahini, which is a paste made of sesame seeds.  Well, I didn’t have any around but I was craving hummus so here is my versions of tahini free hummus.  Hope you enjoy it!

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That’s my little helper.  She loves helping me cook in the kitchen and makes me so proud!
Drain the garbanzo beans and reserve the liquid – you’ll be using it later.  I used canned beans but you can use dried beans and soak them and cook them.  If you do, reserve the water that you cooked it in.  It’ll be used later.
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In a blender, combine the garbanzo beans, garlic, salt, pepper, Sriracha, lemon juice, half of the reserved liquid and olive oil.
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I just love Sriracha!  The kick it adds at the end of each bite when you eat this hummus is the perfect touch!
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Blend it so it becomes a good chunky paste.  This picture is deceiving – it really is chunky!
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Serve it with your favorite veggies!  S’s current fave is carrots as she gets a kick out of dipping them in her hummus.  Hope you enjoyed this as much as our family did!

Ingredients:
1 ½ cans garbanzo beans, drained
½c liquid reserved from the garbanzo beans
juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp EVOO
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and grind into a chunky paste.  Serve with your favorite veggies and crackers.  Enjoy!