Homemade Spicy Hummus

Homemade hummus is a bold investment. A jar of tahini isn’t cheap, a ~15 oz. jar is around $6. BUT once you’ve invested in that jar, hummus is just a few small steps away! (You can get +15 servings of hummus for one jar of tahini) Overall you can save if you home make your hummus. Plus if you’re like me and Mike, you don’t like/always want the same flavors. So homemaking hummus let’s you control the amount you make. No more wasting hummus or eats flavors you don’t love!

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Fun Fact: Lebanon currently holds the world record for largest plate of hummus, according to local media, Lebanese chefs used 8 tons of boiled hummus, 2 tons of tahini, 2 tons of lemon juice and 154 lbs of olive oil in the dish.

 


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Lemon Thyme Potatoes

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This side dish for dinner is perfect for any party or gathering. Everyone will absolutely love these potatoes.

Cultural Fact: According to the Idaho Potato Museum, the average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.


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Spinach Quiche – with Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg

Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg. So what? You make a mean tofu scramble. You can’t successfully flip omelettes anyways, and you’ve got bananas for any baking you might want to do.

But Quiche. Vegan quiche that’s yumm enough to bring to a brunch with omnis? This recipe is where it’s at yo.

Ditch the egg and still get your quiche on.

Vegan fact: 1 dozen chicken eggs = 6.6 miles driving in a car worth of GHG emissions.  (today’s fact is shamelessly stolen from followyourheart.com/veganegg)

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Zucchini Boats

It’s that time of year again to get your squash on. And if you’re like me, and forgot to harvest your squashes from the garden, you have obnoxiously large zucchini.

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Seriously. Look at that monster. Just a tip! If you can pierce the skin easily with your fingernail the zucchini is still fine. If it’s super tough there’s a chance you let it grow too long. When they’re tough like that I’ll make zucchini bread with it but I wouldn’t use it in a recipe like this one.

 

Fun Fact: The Guinness World Record for zucchini length is 2.52 m (or 8ft 3.3in), measured in 2014 in Canada.

 

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Lime Bruschetta

SONY DSCShockingly you might have guessed that today’s recipe includes tomatoes. My garden is crazy productive right now and I have six tomato plants. This recipe has been a favorite of mine this summer. It’s quick and easy to make and it just tastes like summer to me. Mike and I eat it on a fairly regular basis. We also LOVE the bread I make it on. It’s a garlic roasted ciabatta bread baked fresh every three days and found at my local grocery store. I always hated “garlic bread” growing up. You know that cheap bread with the bright yellow garlic-y super oily sauce that covered the cheap bread? That stuff made me gag. In fact it’s because of that bead that I always thought I HATED garlic. It wasn’t until I went vegan and started using it in recipes that I realized that I actually love the taste of garlic.

This recipe is my take on a classic recipe. Not only is it incredibly easy and delicious, but it’s healthier than traditional bruschetta. I make mine sans olive oil and salt, which is considered a traditional part of burschetta. Can I even call it bruschetta then? That’s up to you. Let me know what you think!

Word Origin: Bruschetta is a noun derived from a Roman verb bruscare which means “to roast over coals”.

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Gratifying Green Soup

Everyone either hates or loves a good green smoothie, but as we move out of smoothie weather and into fall I start looking for something to warm my tummy. This soup recipe is just the thing for you green smoothie lovers!
SONY DSCBecause most of the ingredients can be found locally and fresh near me I like to make this soup at the end of the summer and freeze or can it for the fall and winter months.

This soup is packed with essential vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. It’s high is fiber and protein as well!

Soup History: Evidence of soup dates back as far as 20,000 BC where hot rocks from a fire were placed in the water to heat it.


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Chunky Tomato Sauce

I was honestly surprised at how easy it was to make amazing tomato sauce. Rago and Prego have nothing on homemade sauce.

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This is also the recipe I used when learning how to can. Canning is a little scary because nobody wants botulism, but if you make sure to do it correctly canning is really rewarding. My source for correct canning procedure comes from here. Obviously if you’ve never canned before please read up on it independently as it’s very easy to do improperly.

Canning Fact: The canning process changes lycopene in tomatoes to a more usable form for the body to utilize. Lycopene is a pigment found in many red fruits and vegetables. It is an antioxidant that helps protect cell damage and there is research suggesting it helps prevent some cancers.


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Hearty Tomato Soup

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So, you might be asking yourself why I would post a recipe on hot soup in the middle of the summer. But really, it’s because if you grew tomatoes at all in your garden this year then you’re getting pretty sick of making tomato sauce and salsa. It’s time to mix it up!

This recipe is perfect because all the vegetables are in season and thus are more affordable, then after you make it you can store it in the freezer until fall rolls around.

Personal Fact: I actually successfully grafted a tomato plant this past March. The scion (top part) is an heirloom variety, and the root stock (bottom) is just a regular more hearty variety. It’s currently producing tomatoes the size of softballs in my garden and they’re delicious.


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