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Avocado Hummus

AHSo many lovely fresh veggies in the stores right now, and with the blazing heat, it’s nice to have a lighter lunch. I got lucky with the avocados being nice and ripe, too. I’ve been looking forward to making this for a while.

Avocado Hummus
1 can chick peas
1 ripe avocado
Juice of half a lime
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp olive oil

Combine all the ingredients using a food processor or just mushing them together with a fork or spoon. I tried using the miniature food processor that came with my immersion blender. It was pretty useless so I ended up just using a spoon.

Regardless of your method combining the ingredients, you won’t be sad about the result. You will have a smooth, flavorful spread for some hearty bread, or a dip for veggies or crackers. I enjoyed mine with some cucumber slices and spinach, laid out elegantly on one of my palm leaf plates from At Lenas. I hope you’ll check them out. The plates are durable, and sturdy, so perfect for all kinds of salads. And, unlike many disposable party ware, they are 100% compostable. When you’re done, throw them in the compost with the fruit and veggie bits and turn them into food for your garden.


Gazpacho with Crab

Original Post Jun 4, 2013

Sunday, Wegmans was sampling Gazpacho with Crab. It was delicious. But I wasn’t going to pay their prices for a little cup of it when I knew, for a fraction of the price, I could make it myself.

When I got home, I poured through all my cookbooks looking for a recipe for this Spanish classic. Can you believe, everything I found was two pages long? Really! Who has the patience to prepare a recipe that is over half a page. Not me!

I got the gist of the recipe. Tomatoes, spices, cucumber, garlic. Easy. Here’s what I came up with. The crab is a little Maryland addition. It adds some protein. Good stuff!

Gazpacho with Crab
2-10 ounce cans Rotel tomatoes with lime and cilantro
1 can of water
8 oz crab meat
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
Dash of cayenne
Juice of 1 lime
Top with fresh cilantro

1. Blend the tomatoes with the water, garlic, lime and cayenne. If you aren’t clear on what I mean by one can of water, I mean dump the tomatoes into the blender and then fill the empty can with water and dump that in next.
2, Add the cucumber and crab.
3. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. Serve topped with chopped cilantro, parsley or even chopped peppers.

Not even close to two pages!

I ended up with four servings of gazpacho. Let’s calculate the cost per serving together! Two cans of Rotel were $3.38. Eight ounces of crab was $5. One cuke was $1. One lime was .20. Total cost per serving is about $2.40. I didn’t count the garlic, pepper or cilantro. That’s a pretty good price for a hearty soup. I hope you’ll consider adding it to your summer party menu.


Easiest Hummus Ever

eheHave you tried all the different flavors of Triscuits? I have and I love them! My new favorite is Mediterranean Style Olive. It has nudged Parmesan Garlic to second place. For now at least.

When I grabbed the box at lunchtime yesterday, I noticed a suggestion to serve them with Hummus. That seemed like a very good idea to me, but, alas, I had no Hummus. HOWEVER…thanks to a Well Stocked Pantry, I had everything I needed to make my own Hummus in no time at all!

Easiest Hummus Ever
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
2-3 tbsp olive oil

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high power blender and, starting on low, slowly increase speed until Hummus is desired consistency.

I’ve had a tendency in the past to make my Hummus too runny. I resisted the temptation to add more oil or water to make the blending easier. Instead, I used the handy dandy tamper that came with my blender. That made the process very easy. And my end product was very good if I do say so myself. I had it right away on my yummy Triscuits. There was enough to share with My Faithful Assistant, and to have later with some Olive Tapenade. Delicious!

I know this is not The Traditional Hummus recipe than Hummus purists may like, but it is very tasty and my people like it this way. It’s made with ingredients that many people already have in their homes.

You can jazz up your Hummus by adding tons of other ingredients like Cayenne to make it spicy, spinach to make it green, roasted tomatoes or red peppers, olives, etc. Let your imagination go wild!


Key Lime Spinach Smoothie

KLSSAs you know, Prince died yesterday. I grew up in Minnesota and was a teen in the 80’s when Prince was coming into the big time. I worked in a movie theater outside Minneapolis when Purple Rain came out. I loved Prince; his music, his spirit, his boldness; everything. I loved that he showed me and other kids that never felt like they fit in, that being us and being different was okay. For a brief time (like 20 minutes) I had a saucy poster of him wearing nothing but a g-string, standing in a shower with a crucifix on the wall. My mother made me take it down pretty fast. His death hit us former Minnesota girls pretty hard. My FB feed was filled with photos, links to videos, sad declarations.

What does another green smoothie have to do with Prince? I should have posted a purple one, right? True. But that’s not me. I love my green smoothies. So, in my own personal tribute to Prince, in which I am being true to myself, I honor him with this…

Key Lime Spinach Smoothie
One container of key lime yogurt
Two handfuls of spinach – probably 2 cups
6-8 ice cubes

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase to high until smoothie is desired consistency.

If you have been reading my blog at all, you know that I don’t like my smoothies too sweet. This fit the bill. It was not sweet at all. The delightfully refreshing lime flavor was a prefect morning pick-me-up. I felt very energized.

This is a ton of spinach for one smoothie. If you don’t like that much spinach, drop it to one cup and throw in an apple or banana. I did make this with less spinach and a banana yesterday. It was pretty good. I’m not a huge banana fan but I wanted to potassium so I made the sacrifice.

If you want to make a vegan version of this, use some almond milk (or other dairy free milk you enjoy), some lime zest and a tiny bit of key lime juice – not more than 1/2 tbsp – without any sweetener it could be very bitter. Of course, if you do overdo it, just add a bit of sugar or honey or something.

Would Prince approve? I have no idea what Prince would think of my smoothie. But if all my years, I did not learn from the man that I should be okay being me, than I probably wasn’t listening.

photo credit Us Magazine

photo credit Us Magazine

A rainbow appeared in the sky over Prince’s home and recording studio, Paisley Park. If that isn’t a sign that he is in a better place, I don’t know what is.

RIP, Prince. You will be missed far more than you could possibly have imagined.


Banana Cookie Butter Smoothie

BCBSThere is a reason all these strange items are surrounding my smoothie. It’s been an interesting and not always happy couple weeks. And all these items represent a small obstacle that was put in my path. There were other small obstacles and some bigger ones I won’t get into. You probably had a similar week or two.

The rice to the left of the smoothie was used by My Faithful Assistant to remove the moisture from his phone which he dropped in the sink while simultaneously doing the dishes and answer a classmate’s homework text. Bottom line. Rice worked. The bath was very short. Thankfully. We have no upgrades right now and I wasn’t looking forward to paying full retail for a new phone. Crisis averted.

The black things in front of it are pieces of my license plate holder. They broke off and fell to the ground after my car was backed into in front of my son’s dorm. No damage done. The young driver took off though. It was quite the scene with me, screaming and cursing and a sympathetic student chasing after the perpetrator. So much drama.

The fruit cups to the right represent how overwhelmed I have been lately.  My Faithful Assistant had both of these in his lunch on Tuesday. Why? Because he didn’t eat his fruit on Monday, and while I saw that Tuesday morning, my head was not in the lunch making game and he got a second one. He ate neither and not so silently wondered if he was going to get three on Wednesday, etc… He did not.

So now it’s Friday and I am safely in my kitchen and It’s time for breakfast. I wanted a treat. I was successfully able to avoid Chick-fil-a chicken minis all week which has been no easy task for me lately. The Chick-fil-a by work has a crazy efficient drive through. Too efficient. So time to combine something tasty with the healthy ingredients I usually put in my smoothie. And I came up with this delightful concoction…

Banana Cookie Butter Smoothie
10 1 12 oz almond milk
1 banana
1 heaping tablespoon cookie butter of choice – I used Speculoos Cookie and Cocoa Swirl
6 or 7 pieces of ice

  1. Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase the speed until smoothie is desired consistency.

This was a nice treat. I added some vegan protein powder so that it would have a little staying power and get me to lunch. Success! I would totally make this again, and add some fresh or frozen berries, too.

My week has settled down. Back to the mundane tasks of suburban life. I will happily dive into them. Very happily.