Saturday, April 18, 2009

Jalepeno Cilantro Hummus

I became a fan of hummus after a friend brought some from Trader Joe's. I had a few critieria for the perfect recipe, the hummus had to be garlicky, have a lot of flavor and spicy. In my search, I came across this one and tweaked it for my taste buds. This has become a family favorite that is made often. It is a fairly easy one to make and has many uses. I love using the hummus in veggie wraps as it adds a lot of flavor and makes the wraps even healthier. We take these on long trips all the time. Even my 14 month old loves the hummus (minus the jalepenos)!
Ingredients:
  • 2 cans gabanzo beans, drained and well-rinsed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (decrease if you don't like it tart)
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 jalapeƱo peppers, seeded/minced (optional)
  • 4 medium cloves garlic (decrease if you don't like a lot of garlic)
Directions:
  1. Place garlic in a food processor and process until minced, about 10 seconds. Add beans, lime juice and salt. Process until it is pureed. With the processor running, slowly add olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube. Process until mixture thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Add cilantro and jalapeno and process until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Enjoy with pita bread, chips or in a wrap. To make the veggie wrap, spread a generous amount of hummus on a tortilla. Add your favorite veggies (I prefer spinach, onion, bell pepper, green chile, cucumber) and cheese; fold and enjoy! If you want to kick up the heat, add hot sauce on the veggies.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What should my next meal be?

That question is always on my mind (even if I am eating). I started this blog as a way to catalog my cooking experiments. I loved to experiment with cooking as a kid...so much so that my mom would tell me that no one else would eat some of my creations (their loss!). Now that I'm all grown up, I try to expand my horizons beyond the three cuisines (Indian, Mexican and Italian) that I tried as a kid. So join me on my journey of making some delicious mistakes.