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Avocado Hummus and a Featured Soup!

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Avocados are so good and since I was making some more homemade hummus, I decided to experiment by making an Avocado Hummus. It came out pretty much like I thought it would–really smooth and creamy, with that great avocado flavor, but also the traditional flavor of hummus mixed in. It makes a great dip, served with pita bread, tortilla chips, or crackers– or spread it on some crusty bread and top it with tomatoes and some crumbled feta cheese for a light lunch! If you like trying different flavors of hummus, you’ll have to make this sometime!

AVOCADO HUMMUS by NancyC

Makes about 3 cups

  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 to 2 fresh cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 avocados, peeled, seeded, and cut into small chunks
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Put all ingredients, except the salt, in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If mixture is too thick, blend in an additional Tablespoon or two of water. Stir in the salt, to taste, if desired, then spoon hummus into a small bowl and serve with pita bread, tortilla chips, or crackers.

I’ve also made Lemon Artichoke Hummus, Black Olive Hummus, Black Bean Hummus, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, Pumpkin Hummus, and a basic Hummus. I never seem to get tired of eating it!

I wanted to mention, too, that I have a healthy soup recipe featured in Raw Food Magazine, in their latest September/October issue!

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It’s a digital magazine filled with lots of healthy recipes and articles on fitness, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle. You can find out more about it at RawFoodMagazine.com.

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You can also find my recipe for Tomato Basil Avocado Soup on my blog right here. It’s an easy, delicious, raw food recipe. Do you use raw food recipes often?

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Lemon Artichoke Hummus

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I love hummus! I love artichokes! So it was obvious that I needed to make an artichoke-flavored hummus! I used a little more lemon juice in this than I usually do when making hummus, so it turned out to be a Lemon Artichoke flavor. I loosely based my recipe from one I saw at Allrecipes, using most of the same ingredients– just different amounts–to get the flavor and creamy consistency I wanted.

This is a great-tasting hummus and I love the artichoke and lemon flavors together–they give the hummus a nice punch! It does need a little salt, too, to enhance the flavor. If you are a hummus fan, you will have to try this one out!

LEMON ARTICHOKE HUMMUS by NancyC

Makes about 2 3/4 cups

  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (or you can use cannellini beans)
  • (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: chopped fresh or dried parsley for garnish

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-power blender. Blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. Spoon into a small bowl and serve with veggies, crackers, or pita bread or chips.

Let’s see now…here are all the other hummus flavors I’ve made so far: Traditional Hummus, Black Olive Hummus, Black Bean Hummus, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, and Pumpkin Hummus. I’m not sure which I like best–I don’t think I’ve had a hummus flavor I didn’t like! What’s your favorite kind of hummus?

Black Olive Hummus

I’m a hummus fan as well as an olive fan. So it’s only natural I’d eventually make this Black Olive Hummus! In addition to the chopped black olives, it also has some lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and a few spices to flavor it up. Serve this hummus with pita bread, crackers, or raw veggies. It makes a great healthy snack or appetizer!

Black Olive Hummus

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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BLACK OLIVE HUMMUS by NancyC
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), drained
2/3 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives (or substitute another kind of black olive—you can also use canned black olives (you would use most of a 4.25-ounce can—not quite all of it)
1/3 cup tahini
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Whole or sliced black olives for garnish
Optional: 1 to 2 Tablespoons water, if a thinner consistency is desired

Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or high-power blender) and blend until creamy and smooth. If consistency is too thick, add a Tablespoon or two of water. Put hummus in a small bowl and garnish with whole or sliced black olives.

Serve hummus with pita bread, crackers, or raw veggies. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com

Are you a fan of hummus like I am? Do you make your own?

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Lemon Raspberry Muffins: Sugar-Crusted or Lemon-Glazed

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Lemon is such a great springtime flavor and this past weekend seemed like the perfect time to make some lemon-flavored muffins!

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I found a recipe on Pinterest that inspired me, and it also inspired one of my friends to convince me to make them so she could taste-test them! 🙂  So I ended up making these Lemon-Raspberry Muffins with some changes of my own. I used Half and Half (light cream) and yogurt to make them a little more rich and creamy and used lemon extract instead of vanilla for a little extra lemony flavor. And I made two batches with different toppings–sugar-crusted, like the original recipe, and lemon-glazed, which gives the muffins an extra zing of lemon flavor. The glaze I used is the one from my Lemon Zucchini Loaf, which is another good recipe if you are a lemon-lover!

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These muffins are so moist and have a light, sweet lemon flavor. And they’re packed with lots of raspberries! If you decide to glaze the muffins (shown in the photo above), adding fresh raspberries as a garnish is a nice touch (just slice the berries in half lengthwise).

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I love this little bowl that holds some of the berries I used-it’s actually a sugar/candy bowl, but it works great for berries, too! It’s part of the Daily Grace Collection by (in)courage, sold on DaySpring.com. The platter, square salad plate and pitcher are also from this collection. I really like the clean simplicity of these pieces and the simple, sweet messages of grace and gratefulness!

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Here’s a close-up of the sugar-crusted muffins. Granulated sugar is all that’s needed as a topping for these. I can’t decide if I like the sugar crust or lemon glaze best…you may just have to try these muffins both ways and see what you think! 🙂

LEMON RASPBERRY MUFFINS: SUGAR CRUSTED OR LEMON-GLAZED by NancyCreative, adapted from Pink Polkadot Creations

Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half (light cream)
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (use frozen raspberries with no sugar or syrup added and do not thaw)
  • For Sugar-Crusted muffins: use 2 to 2 1/2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar for sprinkling on top of muffins before baking
  • For Lemon-Glazed muffins: see Lemon Glaze recipe below; use raspberries cut in half lengthwise as an optional garnish

Heat oven to 400˚F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.

In medium bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups of the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and stir to mix together (this will give you a crumbly-looking mixture).

In another medium bowl, whisk together the Half and Half, yogurt, egg, lemon extract, and lemon juice (you’ll add the lemon zest a little later). Gradually add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined (batter will be lumpy).

In small bowl, toss the raspberries and lemon zest with the remaining flour. Gently fold the berry mixture into the batter.

Divide batter evenly in the 12 muffin cups (they’ll be about 3/4 full). Then here’s what you do, depending on if you want sugar-crusted muffins or lemon-glazed muffins:

For Sugar-Crusted muffins: Using 2 to 3 Tablespoons of sugar, sprinkle tops of muffin batter before baking. Bake at 400˚F for 17 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes before removing the muffins. Then you can serve the muffins warm or let  them cool completely–they taste great both ways!

For Lemon-Glazed muffins: Bake at 400˚F for 17 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove muffins from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Mix Lemon Glaze and drizzle over each muffin, then top with a fresh raspberry half if desired (raspberries should be cut in half lengthwise for garnish).

LEMON GLAZE

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 Tablespoons lemon juice)

In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice until well blended. Spoon glaze over cooled muffins (or loaf). Let glaze set, then serve.

These muffins are great for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack, or even dessert. And since I was in a lemon-raspberry mood, I also made a pitcher of Raspberry Lemonade to go with them. Yum! I’ll share that recipe with you in my next post!

Do you like lemon-flavored goodies, and what is your favorite lemony treat?

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Three Green Tea Toners

Green Tea Toner1 @ NancyCWe’ve all heard how healthy green tea is, with all those antioxidants! So I’ve been drinking it more. But I didn’t realize until lately that it’s also good for your skin, since it has vitamins C and E in it, and makes a great skin toner. I’ve tried making it several different ways, and they’ve all worked well for me. My skin tends to be on dry side, so if you have very oily skin, I’m not sure how well these recipes would work for you. But it’s worth a try–the cost is so minimal to make these, you really don’t have anything to lose! And I like the idea of making my own natural, chemical-free, preservative-free skin care products when I can. Continue reading