September 30, 2013

Oh, hummus?!

I thought I didn't like hummus. I had tried several brands and well I just didn't care for it. A co-worker told me use one can of chick peas and one can of white navy beans. Guys!! I had no idea on what goodness I was missing out on. And the best part? It was pretty healthy too! I've made this several times now and each time is yummy and flavorful. I really love that when you learn to make the basic of one recipe you can change it up to meet your own requirements. Just like the pesto I made previously, it's all about your own taste. Getting Big Boy J, (as he would like to be called now, he said no more baby :[  ) to eat his veggies has been quite the task lately. But, he loves to dip stuff so dipping fresh veggies into the hummus is so fun for him. This recipe is for Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1 can chickpeas, juice too
1 can white navy beans
1 jar roasted red bell peppers, a little of the oil
2 cloves of garlic
About 1/4 cup garlic olive oil
Garlic to taste at end

Mix all up in nutribullet until desired consistency. Refrigerate to let flavors really set in. Serve with anything :)

Have a wonderful day, hopefully this Monday brings a good start to a new week for us all!


September 29, 2013

Rainy Sunday

I truely love waking up on Sunday to clouds and rain! I don't think there is much better. I haven't had a chance to go over the haul I got from the market yesterday. So when I opened up the brown bag and found Basil I knew I had to use it up right away. It was still early and I really wanted some eggs and the boys were asking for breakfast so I obliged, of course. I pulled all the leaves from the bunch of basil and popped them in the smaller jar for the nutribullet,(my new favorite kitchen toy). I had some smoked almonds that I added as well. The flavor is very good and bright. I love the vibrant color green over my eggs on rainy days like this. This recipe isn't even a recipe I just threw some stuff together to make this pesto. You can easily make a pesto from any green leafy stuff and some nuts, a little olive oil and that's it!!

Basil-Smoked Almond Pesto
1 bunch of basil
About 2 1/2 ounces of smoked almonds
1/2 cup garlic olive oil
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Blend all together until you have a spreadable sauce. Add te olive oil a little at a time, you may need more or prefer less.

Mrs J

September 26, 2013

Thirsty Thursdays

Recently, I have received a Nutribullet as a gift from a friend. Let me tell you, it's soo much easier than the juicer. I love my juicer and I LOVE to juice but it's a project and well I don't always have that much time. For a sweet smoothie to end your day try this Blueberry Nectarine Smoothie. This smoothie really packs the flavor! It's sweet and nutty. The toasted nuts really shine through those ripe blueberries and the ripeness of the nectarine. Wow, truly delicious!! 

Blueberry Nectarine Smoothie
A cup of blueberries
One whole nectarine chopped
Unsweetened almond milk, fill to max line on small nutribullet (eh 1/2 cup or so)
Splash of water
Handful of toasted pumpkin seeds and almonds

Mix all in small Nutribullet container and use extracting blade, extract for two minutes in thirty second intervals. 

Drink up kiddos!!

Mrs. J