I have to brag on myself for just a moment, so feel free to skip this blog for today. I know that most of you do this everyday, but I'm not much in the kitchen, so this is a special day for me!
Today not only did I grocery shop, but I cut up all the fruit and produce, made hummus, made granola bars and am about to start working on my crockpot lasagna. Aaron will not recognize me when I come home. I'll have the “I've been cooking all day glow”! He does not see that on me often.
To make my life easier, I always cut up anything that can be cut up as soon as we get it from the grocery store, or in our weekly veggie delivery. It makes is so nice when kids want a snack to already have it ready to go. Today I cut up our strawberries and grapes. Since I knew I was making hummus I also got some green peppers ready for the kids to snack on today after school.
*green pepper strips, grapes and strawberries. yes I still cut grapes in half for my kids. sometimes i even cut them in fourths. there will be no choking on grapes at this house!
I also made some hummus today. We have been slacking on our hummus intake and I'm ready to get back into snacking in the afternoon on hummus and veggies. We also love a good hummus sandwich filled with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Oh my word I can taste it now.
Someone had sent me this recipe via email once and I didn't write down who gave it to me, so I'm sorry for not giving you credit. I doubled the recipe and I think it made it a little thick. Or my math could have been off too. I mean who likes to double fractions when they don't have to. Or I could have gotten my little t and big T mixed up. Can the difference of a teaspoon and tablespoon really make that much of a difference?
1 can chick peas (retain 1/4 c of juice)
1/3 c Tahini (at heb)
2 1/2 T of lemon juice
2T olive oil
1/4 t garlic powder (I didn't have this so I just threw some garlic cloves in)
5/8 t salt
Put liquid ingredients at bottom of blender; slowly add chick peas until well-blended. Put in bowl; top with sprinkling of cayenne pepper and cover with chopped parsley.
Next I began to work on my ENERGY BOOST BARS (click on name for recipe) that I got out of my Family Fun Aug 2008 magazine. I have made these before and the kids love them. A very easy snack to make for your kids that doesn't cost a lot of money, take a lot of time, or have anything bad in it. I love feeding them this snack after school or throwing it in their lunches. I didn't have dried blueberries so I threw in raisins.
Last time I made this I couldn't get them into bars very well, so we'll see how it works out this time. I might be putting it in a pan that is too big and we usually just end up making it into granola to put on our yogurt or eat in a bowl. It's in the oven now so I can't give you the final call on how it ended up today!
MMMMMM! Hummus! Never made it myself….I just might give it a try! Thanks 🙂
farmhouse delivery!!!!!! What!!!! GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!
who are you? will the real jamie ivey please stand up!
wow you are on a roll! i’ll have to give those granola bars a try. i just made my own homemade granola recently & love it! can’t wait to see you guys this weekend…ryan talked to aaron & i think we’re meeting for coffee after your soccer games. yay!
ha, I just open a can of hummus add freshly crushed garlic (SO much better than powdered) and lemon juice and voila! I don’t like messing with the tahini as it goes rancid too quickly for us. We buy our premade hummus for 1.69/can at the arabic grocery store by our house..SOO easy 😉 oh, and stale pita rubbed with a bit of oil and sprinkled with your choice of spices and baked is really yummy to eat the hummus with!
Nadia now this has got me wondering if my Tahini was bad. I think I put too much in it and that’s why it’s so thick and not the normal hummus-y taste. oh well. thanks for pointing that out.
Wow, I’m impressed that you made granola bars! And your hummus is alot smoother than mine…maybe I should make it in the blender instead of the food processor…?
Ahem…I have never even heard of Tahini. Will have to check that out. My husband and I MUST get on board with eating healthy and hummus is something I really like and ‘half’ my children do, would love to make it myself.
Thanks for the recipes.
Made hummus from the recipe on here and I may never be the same! Oh my goodness, I am going to save so much money, because hummus is expensive for that little container they sell at HEB and Whole Foods. I actually made my garbanzo beans in the crock pot first and used them in the hummus. It’s just me and my hubby, so we have loads of it in our fridge right now!