It's Thursday and it has been a good week. My deepest thank you for your support and well wishes while healing from my most recent Crohn's flare. I've never bounced back this quickly and it feels WONDERFUL. The balance of meds and SCD allowed my body and immune system to heal rather quickly. We've had some gorgeous weather this week and I do believe spring has arrived. I've been making some light dishes and this hummus dip accompanied the kids and me for a fun midweek picnic. I made two batches. One for my kiddos (with light garlic granules) and one for me with the full garlic spice you know I love. Have a beautiful weekend.
-1/4 cup tahini
-1/4 cup lemon juice
-1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
-1/2 teapsoon salt
-2 teaspoons garlic granules, use less for kids. (if using raw garlic, just use a little for the spice factor, or add roasted garlic. Just make sure you check the spice if making for kids)
-1/3 cup oil of choice (more if needed)
1. To roast pepper: Preheat oven to 400. Cut 1 red pepper in half, remove stem and insides. Place the pepper in a glass baking dish, no liquids, just the pepper. Roast until browned (around 20 minutes, if not browned, roast longer). Remove from oven and place a towel over the pepper in the glass dish. Allow to cool. Remove the pepper skin when cooled.
2. To prepare lentils: soak 1 cup green lentils for 6 hours. After the soak, discard water. Cook lentils with 1 1/2 cups water (bring to boil then cover for about 15 minutes) or until water is absorbed.
3. In food processor fitted with the s-blade, blend cooled lentils, pepper, tahini, lemon, garlic and salt.
4. Drizzle in oil, add more if needed
5. Store in airtight container in fridge.
*I was soaking lentils according to the guidelines in the book, but I came across a recent Q&A in which Elaine Gottschall states that soaking lentils 3-4 hours was fine. I error here on the side of 6. You can read more Q &A here.
Some beautiful signs of spring in our neck of the woods...
mouthwatering organic strawberries
Sweet blossoms on our trees
Snow peas are growing like crazy in our garden
Pretty tulips on the table
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