Homemade hummus, so easy to make, there’s no need to buy it!

I love Hummus, really love it. It is healthy, delicious and versatile. You can be “naughty” and dip chips in it,  or go “healthy” and use vegetables or homemade crostini.  Whichever you choose as your “transportation vessel” for this tasty snack, there is no reason to keep buying Hummus at the store when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost, and in about 10 minutes!

Homemade Crostini and Hummus

The recipe here is for a very basic Hummus, but like all the varieties you see stocked on the shelves of your local supermarket, you can flavor it however you want.  If artichokes are your passion, throw some in! If Siracha is your pleasure, throw a tablespoon in! lemon, roasted garlic, fresh garlic, spinach, pine nuts, olives, the possibilities are endless for how you can flavor your hummus.

Ready to be transformed

 Super Easy Hummus:

  • 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans (Drain the beans, but SAVE the “juice” you drain off)
  • 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons Tahini (don’t be scared off by the price, usually about $9-$12 per jar, it will last a long time)
  • Juice from 1/2 of a Large Lemon, or 1 Small Lemon
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of the “Bean Juice” that you set aside earlier
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (you can add more at the end if it is too thick for your liking)
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and allow to “process for about 2-3 minutes or until smooth and “Hummusy”. You may want to wipe down the sides and pulse or process more until everything is the same consistency.
  • Transfer to a dish and if desired sprinkle with some crushed red pepper
  • Great dipping ideas are Endive, Red Pepper Strips, Broccoli, Carrots, Green Beans, Snow Peas, Cauliflower, Celery, Crostini, Pita Chips, Fresh Bread, Sesame Bread Sticks, Pretzels, and just about anything else that can be a vehicle for deliciousness!

Mmmm Mmmm Good!

And of course, enjoy!!!! What kind of Hummus flavor varities do you like?

Bacon, Chocolate and a delicious giveaway

If you know me, then you are fully aware of my love of bacon. Currently there is about 10lbs of it in my freezer (from our pork share) and that is not including the bacon wrapped meatloaf which is also in the freezer.  Also, if you know me, you know I like to pair bacon with, well, “different” foods. My friend Sarah and I have been known to top cake with it. (no that is not a joke)

Luckily for me, and you, there are other good folks in the world who love bacon just as much as I do!!! AND they have invented a Wonka-esc place they all “Baconery.” What do they do at Baconery you ask? Why they make baked goodies LOADED with bacon!!!  I am not talking bacon bits, I am talking HUGE chunks of bacon!!!!!

Deliciousness

The awesome folks at Baconery graciously sent me a loaded sampler so I could try out all their amazing treats!  And the best part is, they are giving away a second sampler to one of you!!! What will you find in your sampler……

  • Bacon chocolate pretzel  rods –  Delicious! Crunchy sweet, slightly salty, and meaty. The dark chocolate compliments the flavors perfectly; far better than milk would have been.
  • Bacon Marshmallow Bars –  The only way I can describe them is “smores on steroids” exactly what you didn’t know was missing from crispy treats. I never liked crispy treats, they were always blah to me, and now, I am in love!!!

"Crispy Treats on Steroids"

  • Chocolate Covered Bacon – Bacon, just when you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, it DOES!!!! I admit, I was skeptical, but my mind was blown! The perfect combination of sweet, and salty and of course BACON!!
  • Bacon Brownie- Smells like a chocolate lava cake, tastes like the moistest chocolatelyest brownie EVER, and then there is bacon. Cake meets brownie meets bacon;big pieces of bacon!!! It is divine!!
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Cookie – Deep dark chocolate, peanut butter, hint of bacon, not overpowering, just the right amount, soft chewy and flavorful, exactly what a cookie should be! They perfected the cookie!!
  • Chocolate Chip and Bacon Cookie – It seriously tastes like chocolate chip pancakes with bacon!!!

Are you hungry yet????

To win this box of deliciousness, leave a comment below telling me you want to win it! It’s THAT easy!!

  • For additional entries: (leave a comment for each one you do)
  • For a 2nd entry to win, go and “like”  “Green Skies and Sugar Trips” on Facebook
  • For a 3rd chance to win, go and “like” Baconery on facebook
  • For a 4th and final chance, follow Baconery and Me, Bellacake on twitter
  • And for a 5th and final chance, post this on your facebook page and tell your friends to enter too!
  • Remember to leave a comment for each!!

This contest is open to anyone living in the US (sorry no shipping out of the county)  I’ll use random.org to select a winner and Baconery will ship the sampler directly to you. :-)   (I will contact the winner for their address) Good luck!  (Contest is open until Tuesday February 28, 2012)

Disclosure: I received a free sampler pack from Baconery, but  all opinions are entirely 100% my own 🙂

One Pot Dinner, Classic Casserole!

I grew up with simple and delicious dishes.; things that could be made without a lot of fuss.  That’s not to say there were not times my mom didn’t spend the entire day cooking, in fact quite often she did. But there are definitely some meals I always loved no matter how “basic” they were.

Classic Casserole

Classic

Take casserole for instance…. the quintessential simplistic  dish of the 50’s and 60’s. It was your standard one dish dinner for the working class family.  It could be made in large amounts for relatively small cost and required little more than the ability to read a better homes and garden recipe and follow the directions.

Mmmmm Casserole

I don’t know where she learned to make this from, but it is one of the first recipes I learned from her.  If you find yourself wondering what to make for dinner, or wanting to cook but not wanting to make it an all night affair, consider giving this a try.  And for my vegetarian friends, you could easily omit the meat and use only beans, or add in a meatless “sausage”. It would make a hearty and protein (with the beans) packed dish!

The ingredients

Ingredients, it's that simple!!

Pictured above is a seasoning I get from the “Garlic Festival”, it is delicious, but not necessary.  Before I started using it, I used garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.  So use those and you will be set.  For the beans I used Black Beans and Kidney Beans.  Sometimes I also add Pinto or Small Red Beans, it all just depends what is on hand and feel like having, you can really use any kind you want.  Give this simple and easy recipe a try,  I promise you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Casserole Recipe:

  • 1lb Elbow Noodles
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Black Beans (again you can change up the beans or add more)
  • 4 Cans Hunt Tomato Sauce (plain no basil or seasoning) if you find you like it saucier add another can
  • 1/2 tsp  each Garlic Powder and  Onion Powder (more if you like)
  • few shakes of  Crushed Red Pepper (more if you like)
  • Salt and Pepper  – to taste
  • Fill a large pot (enough to boil a lb of pasta) with water, and add a generous amount of salt to water and bring to a boil
  • Cook pasta according to directions on box, but cook to al dente
  • While pasta is cooking, in another pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef (season it with salt and pepper)
  • Rinse the beans with water until they are clean of all syrups from the can (no more bubbles/foam)
  • Once the beef is browned, add in the beans
  • Add the tomato sauce to the meat and beans, stir and season to taste, about a half teaspoon each of the onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper as needed and a few shakes of crushed red pepper. Cook mixture over low/medium low heat stirring frequently
  • When the pasta has finished cooking drain but do not rinse!!!!!
  • Add the pasta into the meat, tomato and bean mixture, continue to cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Serve and enjoy!