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Here’s what I learned yesterday.

If you have guests coming and no food except for a bag of chips of some kind, you can still make a marvelous dip for those chips in under five minutes. Oh, and you can utilize leftovers, while doing it!

Throw a can of beans of any kind ( I used black beans) into the food processor, add a handful of nuts (I used walnuts,) a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and paper and a bit of water and process until smooth.If you want, you can add parsley or cilantro and/or some onion and garlic. My guests loved the dip! and my kids loved it for lunch the next day.

Hummus is a chickpea-sesame dip that works really well on a  sandwich or with veggies.  It is also a good source of  vegetarian protein and fiber. It is rich in monounsaturated fat,  if  made with olive oil.  Hummus also contains calcium, iron,  magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and a few other trace minerals. It  contains a little of the B vitamins, including a good  amount of folic acid and a little vitamin A.

Most people buy hummus in the store and get a bunch of preservatives and artificial ingredients with their chickpea dip. I  make my hummus myself, since I spent quite a few years in Israel, where hummus is eaten every day and the standards for hummus are quite high.  Very few recipes are as easy as the homemade hummus one.

My hummus can be fed to babies, because its protein will help them grow and all of its ingredients are completely natural.  Older children love dipping veggie sticks and crackers into the hummus. You can cook your chickpeas or use canned ones, if pressed for time. You can add things to hummus to keep the dip new and exciting every day: adding whole chickpeas to the finished hummus gives it an interesting texture, cilantro or parsley or chives or garlic or even curry or paprika or pesto sauce change its flavor. Mashed carrots or sweet potatoes add sweetness, while avocado makes it more subtle-tasting. You can even be as adventurous as I am sometimes, making this hummus into a completely different dish altogether, using white beans, instead of chickpeas.

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked or canned chickpeas

1/3 cup tahini paste

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4- 1/3 cup of olive oil

Sea salt to taste

Process everything in a blender until smooth and taste. Some people like their hummus to have a more pronounced sesame flavor (add tahini) and some want its consistency to be more liquid ( add 1/4 cup warm water.) Add the spices I mentioned above if you feel like it and serve on a plate with some more olive oil, poured on top (but not mixed in.) You can also serve it with a pinch of paprika on top. Hummus can stay fresh in the fridge for about 4 days.

 

A friend’s child is lactose-intolerant, so she asked me for some dairy-free recipes. Most of all, she wanted a recipe for dairy-free sour cream. My vegan-raw sour cream does not taste exactly like its dairy version, but it still tastes great. It works very well in recipes, asking for sour cream. This sour cream can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small avocado, mashed
  • Optional ingredients:
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder or finely diced chives
  1. Cover cashews with water and let them soak for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Pour off all water, and place nuts in food processor.
  3. Add 1/8- 1/4 cup cold water, salt, vinegar and avocado. Add garlic and onions.
  4.  Puree for 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

 

I love carrot ginger dressing with pretty much anything. It is wonderful 0n salads, especially the ones with avocado. It’s great as a grain topping and it even works with some meats. Try it as a dip, too! The amount in this recipe makes enough  dressing for a large salad.

Carrot, peeled and chopped  1 large
Onion, peeled and  chopped     1/4
Chopped fresh ginger               2 tbsp
Sweet white miso                       2 tbsp
Orange juice                                1/4 cup

Rice vinegar                                2 tbsp

Toasted sesame seed oil       2 tbsp
Grape seed oil                          1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Put the carrots, the onion and the ginger in a blender and process until finely chopped. Add the miso, the vinegar, the sesame oil, the grapeseed oil and the juice. Blend until smooth.

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