Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Hummus

Instead of buying processed hummus, which may contain a variety of additives, make some at home. Nothing beats fresh! The addition of dark green herbs and red vegetables will provide extra holiday color to your festivities. It's easier than you may think.

½ cup raw, unhulled sesame seeds
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove
4 large slices roasted red peppers
salt and pepper to taste

Lightly spritz a frying pan with oil. Cook the sesame seeds in the pan over medium heat. Cook until golden brown, which will be about five minutes.

Place toasted seeds into blender. Add remaining ingredients. Blend until you reach a creamy and smooth consistency. Take a sample and adjust spices and/or oil per your liking. You may want to add some more garlic, some Italian seasoning or sun-dried tomatoes. Or, add freshly chopped parsley or basil.

Serve on your favorite whole grain bread, bagel or cracker. Use as a dip at parties. This is a great potluck dish to share with others.

Store unused portion in airtight container in your refrigerator.

NOTE: If you don't want to cook the sesame seeds, you can simply buy some already made tahini. Tahini is sesame seeds and olive oil blended into a smooth consistency.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cheap and Easy Banana Jam

There are other ways to use those over-ripe bananas that usually go into either the garbage or banana bread. Try turning them into a delicious topping. This makes a healthy, low fat spread. Here's how...

1-2 ripe bananas, peeled

Mash the bananas in a small bowl. Add cinnamon and nutmeg per your taste. Keep mixing with fork until desired consistency is reached.

Store in a glass,covered container. Keep in refrigerator.

Spread onto toast, English muffin, crackers or bagel. You can make a peanut butter and jam sandwich for a taste treat. Dip some pita triangles into the spread.