Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chipotle Cilantro Hummus

It is about time that I posted about hummus. I am a huge fan of hummus. It is a great dip for chips, pita, or veggies and is also great as a spread for pizzas and sandwiches. Not to mention, it is a healthy snack. Hummus traditionally uses olive oil and/or tahini (made from sesame seeds) which are mostly comprised of healthy monounsaturated fats. Consuming monounsaturated fats is one of the most effective dietary changes a person can make to increase HDL (good) cholesterol. For my Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention class, I have to improve my own cholesterol levels, my HDL in particular. So I may end up making (and eating) a lot of hummus this semester. Increasing duration and intensity of exercise is even more effective, so I am working on that as well.
I found this hummus recipe about a year ago from 28 cooks and decided to try it out. It is Landon's favorite hummus of all time, and I love it as well. Hope you enjoy!

Chipolte Cilantro Hummus
2 (15 oz) cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
4 canned chipolte chiles, and
1 tbsp adobo sauce
1 clove garlic
1/2 c olive oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tbsp cilantro

Puree chipolte chiles and adobo sauce in a food processor until well minced. Add garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), garlic, and cumin and process until smooth. Slowly drizzle in olive oil until well mixed. Add cilantro and pulse a few times. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so for flavors to make friends.

You can find chipotle chiles canned in abodo sauce in the Mexican section of your local grocery store.

*This hummus has some kick to it, if you do not like much "kick," use fewer chiles.

Ratings (scale of 0-10)
Landon: 9.8
Katherine: 9

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cheap but Cute Christmas Decor

During the month of December, life was hectic with final papers, projects, and exams. However, I was able to do one fun Christmas decor project in the midst of the craziness. Sorry I didn't blog about it before the holiday season was over. Now you will have to file it away and remember to try it next Christmas. I was very pleased with it and received many compliments from visitors.

All I did was buy some ornaments (balls and snowflakes) at the dollar store. I then hung them with fishing line from the curtain rod of my front room window. Voila! Like I said, very cheap, easy, and it looked very festive. I was really sad to finally take it down. Sorry about the bad picture, it was hard to get a good one without a glare from the window.