Sunday, February 06, 2011

Chipotle Hummus and Awesome Freezer Eats!

Well, my sons track meet was cancelled due to weather. This winter has been nuts! I'm home for the first time since Thursday and it's nice to be back in my own house.

I loved all of the pancake suggestions from my last post! I think the one I'm most interested in trying is the frozen corn kernels.

For lunch, I went to my freezer and grabbed one of my 2 cup portions of frozen food. Today's deliciousness was my New Years Day Black Eyed Peas and Greens! Since I spiced it knowing I would eat it over rice, I decided to add a couple T of dried quinoa ( I have a very small stash I use very judiciously since quinoa is so expensive now ) and water to make a stew. What I LOVE about the freezer is that it actually IMPROVES the taste of many soups/stews. The flavor was out of this world. The little chunks of ginger were still crisp and gave delightful bursts of flavor with every bite.

If you aren't utilizing your freezer, what are you waiting for?  Here are some links for several of my favorite freezable recipes:

On a different note, I had some really good commercial Chipotle Hummus at my brother's house. I don't usually like commercial hummus at all, but this was really good. I think Tribe was the brand? I whipped up a batch when I got home today. Super simple and delicious!


Chipotle Hummus

  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 t Tony’s creole seasoning
  • ¼ t cumin
  • ¼ t coriander
  • 2 c HOT chickpeas (reserve ½ c cooking liquid)
  • 1-2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 T tahini or peanut butter
  • 2-4 T chickpea cooking liquid as needed or Olive Oil if you aren't watching  your calories
  • Juice of 2 limes ( around 3 T )
  • ¼ c chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Pulse garlic and tony's in food processor until garlic paste is formed
  2. add the rest of the ingredients and puree until totally smooth
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add more lime juice if needed. 

I just love hummus! It's so versatile. I am planning on using a good portion of this in soup later on this week.
Here are some of my other hummus recipes:

I am going to have an entire chapter devoted to different types of hummus in my cookbook!
What are your favorite hummus flavors?

10 comments:

  1. Melody,
    Are you working on a cookbook? Because I will TOTALLY buy it! I love your simplicity and creativity.
    xo
    Aimee

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  2. Ohhhh, love the idea of chipotle humus!

    Did you change the header to your blog? It's fabulous!

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  3. I love hummus, great idea! I'm with Aimee, I'd buy that cookbook!

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  4. I am sort of boring when it comes to hummus, but I really like plain ol' ordinary hummus the best! I am very spoiled here, and can buy vats of the creamiest hummus from a local Middle Eastern market . . . my homemade stuff just can't compare! Waaa!

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  5. Aimee, I am! It's an ongoing project and I am getting it together and am going to start shopping for a publisher..

    JL.. I changed the header and the colors.. thanks!

    Lauren.. I can't wait til you can buy it! .. Catherine, you are so lucky to have such good authentic hummus close by!

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  6. As a new reader, I love when you link to old posts and recipes! It's also wonderful to know which recipes you use again and again, because then I can be doubly sure they're crazy-delicious :D

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  7. nice a whole chapter to hummus:) the stuff is great! sadly, the storebought kind is (usually) half fat. good fats, but still fat,lol.like your new background Melody!

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  8. gonna make this hummus tonight!

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  9. I'm delighted you're working on a cookbook. My favorite flavor of hummus is Calamata olive! Oh, my, it's so good.

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  10. That looks so delicious! Advice: How do you start a blog page? I want to start posting some of my recipes for people to enjoy also. I make a (not very low-fat) spicy avocado hummus. Yum! Thanks for all of your terrific recipes!

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