If you like hummus, this is a great way to serve it as a casual meal! This Hummus Pizza uses your favorite store-bought or homemade hummus as the base, instead of tomato sauce, and is topped with lots of healthy goodies like cucumber slices, marinated artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, cherry or grape tomatoes, green onions, and feta cheese. These flavors are all great together and it’s kinda nice eating a pizza that’s good for you! Continue reading
One of the things I love about this salsa is that it’s such a summery recipe and I really do love the summer season—even if it can get a little too hot at times! This salsa is made with some of my favorite fruits and veggies…strawberries, avocado, and cucumber! It’s a Continue reading
Something cool and creamy sounds good on a hot day, doesn’t it? You might be thinking “ice cream,” but I’m actually talking about this Creamy Cucumber Salad! I really like cucumber salads and I especially like the creamy dressing in this one! It’s made with Continue reading
It’s nice to have something simple and healthy to eat in the summer. Something a little lighter that doesn’t take too much effort so you can spend more of your time enjoying other fun summer things, especially since there’s not much of summer left!
This is a super-easy sandwich I love and if you have a garden and are growing your own tomatoes and cucumbers, it’s the perfect thing to use them in! All you need are half of an avocado, a little lemon juice, a slice of tomato and some cucumber slices…and a little dash of sea salt. It makes a great summer lunch if you like to eat light during the hot weather!
AVOCADO MASH WITH TOMATO AND CUCUMBER by NancyC
Makes 1 open-faced sandwich
- 1 slice of your favorite bread (I used a whole grain bread slice)
- 1/2 of a large avocado
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 6 cucumber slices (from a medium-size cucumber)
- 1 tomato slice (from a large tomato)
- dash of sea salt, if desired
In a small bowl, mash the avocado half with the lemon juice until creamy and spread evenly on the slice of bread. Over this, arrange 3 cucumber slices in a row on the upper top third of the bread slice. Cut the tomato slice in half and arrange the two halves next to each other in the middle third of the bread slice, slightly overlapping the cucumber slices. Arrange the last 3 cucumber slices in the bottom third area of the bread, slightly overlapping the tomato slices. Add a sprinkle of sea salt, if desired over the cucumber and tomato slices. Serve immediately.
When the weather gets hot and humid, I hate to turn my oven on. So I make lots of sandwiches and salads! What do you like making when it’s too hot to bake?
If you’ve ever grown cucumbers in your garden, there’s a good chance you end up with more than you know what to do with! So here’s a recipe you can use some of those cucumbers in. If you’ve never tried making hummus before, this would be a great time to try it out–you can whip it up in a blender or food processor–it’s very easy to make! This hummus has a mild cucumber and dill flavor–if you really like dill, you might want to add in a little more for a stronger flavor.
CUCUMBER DILL HUMMUS by NancyC
Makes about 1 3/4 cups
- 1 (15-ounce) can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), rinsed and drained
- Half of a medium-size cucumber, washed, peeled, and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1 teaspoon dried dill or 1 Tablespoon fresh dill (for a stronger dill flavor, add a little more)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- optional garnishes: a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of fresh or dried dill, a sprinkle of paprika, 1 1/2 Tablespoons finely chopped cucumber
In a high-speed blender or food processor, add the Garbanzo beans, cucumber, and lemon juice; blend until smooth. Add in the olive oil, tahini, dill, salt, paprika, and minced garlic; blend all ingredients until smooth.
Spoon hummus into a small serving bowl and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of fresh or dried dill, a sprinkle of paprika, and/or some finely chopped cucumber. Serve with toasted pita bread, crackers, or veggies–cucumber slices are great with this! Cover and refrigerate any leftover hummus for up to 5 days.
It’s hard to believe there are just a few weeks left of summer! I’m really going to miss those long, sunny days and the abundance of home-grown fresh fruits and veggies. Have you grown any cucumbers in your garden this year?
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