Roasted Jalapeño & Honey Hummus

Holy Hummus.

I think I’ve discovered my favorite snack, like… ever.

This stuff is legit.

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Don’t get me wrong, my other hummus recipes are awesome.  I love making this stuff from scratch.  It’s so easy and I love being able to customize the flavors.  This recipe puts all others to shame.  It’s just so-freakin-awesome.

The idea for this hummus recipe came from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Jessica, from How Sweet It Is.  Not only do I love reading her hilarious stories, Jessica has just the best recipes.  Her pictures are amazing too.  I knew I had to try this recipe out when I read it a week or two ago.  I love roasting peppers and adding honey to hummus was something I had never even heard of.  I’m all in.

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Roasted Jalapeño & Honey Hummus

Ingredients:

1-4 Jalapeño Peppers, roasted*

2 cans Chickpeas, drained, reserving liquid

1/4 cup Tahini

1/4 cup Honey

1/4 cup Olive Oil

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Cumin

1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Directions:

*To roast the jalapeños, you can hold them with heat-safe tongs over a gas range, or you can roast them in the oven (what I do) on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Roast at 400 checking/flipping every 5-10 minutes or so, until the peppers are soft and browning.  I used 4 peppers with seeds.  Use one at a time, tasting to see how spicy it is.  Dave and I love spicy food, this is about average spice for us.  Remove the seeds if you don’t like spice at all.*

1.  Add the chickpeas, jalapeño, and garlic to the food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped.  

2.  Add in the tahini, honey, and all four spices and continue to blend, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.  With the processor turned on, slowly stream about half of the olive oil into the hummus.  Depending on how you like the consistency, add in a few tablespoons of the bean “juice” (from draining the chickpeas).  Keep processing until you get the desired consistency, adding bean juice or oil as you go.  I stop and taste often.  Serve with chips, cucumber slices, carrots, or spread on a sandwich!  MMM!

Recipe adapted from:  How Sweet It Is

Ready to whirl!

Ready to whirl!

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So while these pics might look like any old hummus… I promise you, this stuff is special.  Try it out!

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Or… try another one of my favorite dips!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers

This week I made my very first from SCRATCH veggie burger.  I also made an orzo pasta salad.  And I also made dinner that night too.  This was all about an hour after going for a run for my longest distance ever- 7 miles (1 hour and 3 min!).  What an exciting day.  I don’t know what got into me but I like it.

Dave, Donny and I are running the Broad Street race in Philly next month.  Well, they are running it and I am going to attempt to run it.  I have always had the most trouble with running and have never done a race or anything like this before.  I decided I wanted to give it a try and here I am, running 7 miles outside on the Schuylkill River Trail.  It has been difficult training, since I re-injured my back a few weeks ago and was forced to “lay low” on the exercise front for a while.  Now I’m hoping the 7 mile run this week put me back in gear and I’m ready to go for 10 on Broad!

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Let’s be honest people… I might be running 7 miles now, but I totally look like Phoebe when I do it.

With my running out of the way for the day, I was dead set on making these Veggie Burgers from the How Sweet It Is Blog.  I thought I had everything I needed at home, but it turns out I was fresh out of White Beans… so I replaced the White Beans with Black Beans and got goin’.

Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers

Makes: 4 Burgers

Ingredients:

1 can Black Beans (15oz), drained and rinsed

1/2 cup Quinoa, cooked

1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers, chopped (I used homemade but if you use jarred make sure you pat them dry first)

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Large Egg, beaten

1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Dried Basil, Smoked Paprika, Pepper, Salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon each)

1 Tablespoon Flour

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (or other oil, I’m using Grapeseed Oil right now)

Toppings: Toasted Bun, Bacon, Red Peppers, Mayo, Ketchup, Jalapenos, whatever you’d like!

Directions:

1.  Mash the beans coarsely with a potato masher or fork.  Stir in quinoa, garlic, and roasted reds and mix well to combine.  Add the Panko, Seasonings, and Egg.  Mix with clean hands to moisten and combine.  Add the flour in and continue to mix well.

2.  Form into four equally sized balls.  Smush a little and form into patties but make sure the sides are formed as well to keep them together while they cook.

3.  Heat a large skillet over med-high heat and add the oil.  Once the oil is hot (you can test by just a drop of water to see if it sizzles), add the quinoa burgers carefully.  Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until they are crisped up.

Recipe Adapted from:  How Sweet It Is

Nutrition per Serving

Calories: 221

Fat: 9g

Protein: 9g

Fiber: 6g

Carbs: 26g

Sugar: 2g

It was so hard to not eat these burgers immediately!  I had made them for lunch so once they cooled off a bit on some paper towels, I wrapped them up in foil and saved them for Dave and I to eat the following day.  They heated up really well in the microwave and were even still crispy on the outside!

Pre-Mixing

Pre-Mixing

The patties are pretty big!  Ready to be fried.

The patties are pretty big! Ready to be fried.

 

I could not believe how delicious these burgers were.  I have tried veggie burgers in the past, you know, the frozen Boca Burger kind.  They are fine but these are delicious.  They are big and hearty and have great flavor.

Next time, these will be topped with some avocado and sriracha mayo… or even some cheddar cheese & bacon!  YUM!

Four Burgers ready to be packed up for lunch :)

Four Burgers ready to be packed up for lunch 🙂

Slice of delicious Quinoa Burger!

Slice of delicious Quinoa Burger!

 

B+W Bean Quesadillas w/ Avocado Ranch Dip

Hi friends!  On Fridays around here… I always like to say “Happy Friday” to everyone at work, the blog, and well… anyone I talk to!  What am I supposed to say on Mondays… “sorry it’s Monday” or “I know how much today sucks for you too”?  UGH!  Mondays are the WORST around here!

Just about the only thing I’ve been liking Mondays for lately has been sharing fun & new meatless recipes with all of you!  I have been enjoying jumping on this blogging bandwagon of Meatless Mondays… it typically saves me some moolah & lightens up my meal for that day.  Are you in on Meatless Mondays yet?

Today’s meatless recipe was so much fun to make.  I felt really fancy making HOMEMADE ranch dipping sauce.  The best part of it all is that this meal was so simple to make, that I only needed to buy an avocado for it.  I had everything else already at home.  Love it!  I barely adapted this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Jessica from How Sweet It Is.  She not only makes some delicious food, but she takes gorgeous photos too!  This recipe was a great find from her blog.

Black & White Bean Quesadillas w/ Avocado Ranch Dip

Serves: 2 for dinner, 4 for lunch or snack

Ingredients:
(for the Quesadillas)
1 cup Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
2 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese (or you can use shredded)
8 small Corn Tortillas
Olive Oil for the pan
Hot Sauce Optional for topping
(for the Avocado Ranch Dip)
1 ripe Avocado
1/3 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Olive Oil (reduced fat) Mayo
2 Tablespoons Parsley (I use freeze dried, you can use fresh or 1T dried)
1 Tablespoon Dried Dill (or 2T if you have fresh)
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (orig. calls for white but I was all out!)
1/2 teaspoon Hot Hungarian Paprika (use Smoked if you don’t have this)
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
1. In a bowl, mash together Black Beans & Cannellini beans with a fork.
2. Heat a large pan, skillet, or flat griddle over medium heat. Add a Tablespoon or so of Olive Oil (just to coat). Once the oil is hot (a minute or so), depending on the size of your pan, place 2 or 4 corn tortillas down on the oil. Cover each with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. Add a heaping Tablespoon-1/4 cup full of the bean mixture and top with 1/2 slice of Pepperjack Cheese. Take another corn tortilla and place ontop, gently pressing down to smush the bean mixture evenly. (Repeat with other tortillas) Cook until the bottom tortilla is golden brown, then gently flip and cook the other side for 2-4 more minutes until that side is also browning.
3. For the Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy, scraping down the sides several times as needed. Taste and season more if needed. You can store this dipping sauce in a sealed container for an extra day or two for other recipes if you’d like!

Recipe adapted from Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

So, while the ingredient list here is a little on the long side- don’t get intimidated.  Like, seriously.  It’s mostly stuff you have in your pantry or spice cabinet.  You could also of course, just skip the sauce all together and just use store bought ranch… but that wouldn’t be as rewarding and impressive as making your own.  Try it!

I have a few comments about this one- besides telling you how fabulously amazing these were. (THESE WERE FABULOUSLY AMAZING!!)

1.  Keep in mind that I have been trying to be healthy and lose weight.  While this recipe isn’t the top of any dieting how-to, you should remember this when looking at my recipes.  I cut down on cheese.  I use whole wheat, whole grain, low fat, etc. versions of everything.  I’m sure this recipe would be seriously more fabulously amazing with some extra cheese.   Try it if you’d like!

2.  I typically try to modify recipes not only to make them healthier when possible, but to try to use ingredients I already have in my house.  For this recipe, the small corn tortillas were fine… but if you have large wraps or burrito wraps in your house- go ahead, use them!

3.  I remember from school that you should always have at least three points when you are making lists or numbering… so it only felt right to do that here.  I really only have those two things to say.  🙂

4.  Okay, maybe I should also tell you that you have to try this for your own Meatless Monday and ENJOY!

B&W... not to be confused with the milkshake!

B&W… not to be confused with the milkshake!

This is all I needed for the dip... I had it all at home already.  (Don't you LOVE my moo-cow salt and pepper shakers?? My Mommom bought them for me :) )

This is all I needed for the dip… I had it all at home already. (Don’t you LOVE my moo-cow salt and pepper shakers?? My Mommom bought them for me 🙂 )

Everything into the food processor to be whipped up into your homemade dip

Everything into the food processor to be whipped up into your homemade dip

Nom nom nom!  Delicious quesadillas.

Nom nom nom! Delicious quesadillas.

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Dave bought me these gorgeous purple flowers from TJ's this week :)

Dave bought me these gorgeous purple flowers from TJ’s this week 🙂

They make my kitchen look so pretty!!

They make my kitchen look so pretty!!

 

Or…. try one of these other Meatless Monday Recipes!

Butternut Squash Tacos

Butternut Squash Tacos

Portobello Mushroom Burgers w/ Balsamic Glaze

Portobello Mushroom Burgers w/ Balsamic Glaze

Chickpea & Vegetable Curry (Crockpot!)

Chickpea & Vegetable Curry (Crockpot!)

 

 

 

Easy Whipped Feta

Lately I’ve been trying to “jazz up” our week night dinners.  I’ll either try a new interesting recipe… bake some beer bread… or in this case whip up some, well, whipped feta!

I was inspired to make this simple side from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Jessica from How Sweet It Is (…to be loved by you!  Go ahead, sing the song… you know you were already doing it in your head) who had me drooling at her post about it a few weeks ago.

The recipe is so simple, there is hardly any room for adjustments… except instead of using real whipped cream cheese, I decided to try out my new obsession:  Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese.  It is a combination of Cream Cheese and Greek Yogurt, creating a new product higher in protein and lower in fat than typical cream cheese.  LOVE.  We tried it for the first time this weekend spread over some toast and it is just so good.  I’m a convert.

Highly recommended people!

Highly recommended people!

Well, see for yourself and try this one out… Greek Cream Cheese or not… it’s going to WOW you!

Whipped Feta

Recipe slightly adapted from:  How Sweet It Is

Ingredients:

8 oz Feta, crumbled

3-4 oz Whipped Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese (or reg. whipped!)

Optional: Olive Oil, Parsley, Red Pepper Flakes, Italian or Greek Seasoning, etc.

Directions:

1.  Toss the crumbled feta into a food processor and blend until the pieces are very small.  Add cream cheese.  Blend for another 3-5 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.  

2.  Serve with a sliced baguette & the optional garnish I suggested, roasted tomatoes, garlic, or really anything!

The whipped feta is awesome.  I served this alongside an Italian meal I cooked for friends (Chicken Parm, WW Pasta, Green Beans) with some sliced baguette and topped with a tiny drizzle of EVOO, parsley, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning.

Soooo yummy.
Soooo yummy.
Close-Up!

Close-Up!

The whipped feta and roasted grape tomatoes were an A+ combination.

The whipped feta and roasted grape tomatoes were an A+ combination.

The only hiccup in this recipe for ME personally, is that my “food processor” is just an attachment to my juicer, which is on it’s way out I’m sorry to say :(.  Halfway through my blending, the motor stopped running so I had to be happy with the consistency I was left with after about 2 minutes (stopping and scraping maybe 5-6 times.).  It was still fabulous, but I’d love to make this again and do it even more whipped.

Some other “Cheesy” Recipes to spice up your weeknight menu:

Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Bread

Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Bread

Blue Cheese Spinach Orzo

Blue Cheese Spinach Orzo

Southwest Chicken Melts w/ Roasted Poblanos & Avocado

Southwest Chicken Melts w/ Roasted Poblanos & Avocado