Thursday, July 15, 2010

Better-for-you hummus

Better-for-you hummus
Originally uploaded by elletrain
I'm not THAT much of a cook. My mom will probably hate hearing that. I do love to cook, but because I hate grocery shopping so much, I rarely do it. Today I was at Trader Joe's though and had just seen an old Rachel Ray episode where she made a version of hummus that seemed really easy. I picked up some ingredients at TJ's and got to work as soon as I got home. I was amazed at how easy to make and how yummy this 'hummus' was! It's a bit less fattening than regular hummus because it doesn't have the tahini in it (sesame paste that contains quite a bit of fat).

So, here's the 'recipe.' You can kinda memorize it like I did. I watched the Rachel Ray episode while getting a mani and pedi at the nail salon...ha!

Lemon & Thyme Chick Pea Dip
2 15oz. cans of chick peas (garbanzo beans)
zest AND juice of one lemon
4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
salt to taste
cayenne to taste
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Combine the chick peas, lemon zest and juice, 1/8 tsp salt, a dash of cayenne, and thyme leaves (just pull them backwards off of the stem, no need to chop) in the food processor.

Blend a bit until most of the peas are processed.

Then, add the olive oil to the mixture as you continue to process it. Watch for the consistency to be much like store-bought hummus. I'm guessing I used around 1/4 cup of olive oil, but you just have to watch the texture.

Taste the mix. Add more salt and/or cayenne to your liking. Yummy, huh??

Serve with crackers, pita chips, sliced veggies or use in your favorite wrap recipe. Enjoy a less expensive, less fattening chick pea dip! I love love the lemony-thyme-y taste. I hope you do, too!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Crochet Summer Fashion Trends

Since most of us reading this are probably into knitting and crochet or at least have an appreciation for it, I thought I'd show you some beautiful fashion trends this summer that include crochet elements. I love the bracelet above and crocheted clutches are always lovely and summery. I've often thought of making a crocheted tank like the one below and the open-work shoes are so cute. Check out Refinery 29 for more crocheted fashion!