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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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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Feta

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If you like tart and tangy, savory and salty flavors, then this is a salad you may want to try! I decided to make this when my friend Greg gave me some cucumbers from his garden. You can’t go wrong combining cucumbers with tomatoes, but when you add in some feta cheese and Kalamata olives, that really gives this salad a special zing! The “dressing” in this salad is very simple…just some lemon juice and olive oil. So there are lots of healthy ingredients in this. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can chop up larger tomatoes into chunks and that should work fine. If you have a garden, it’s a great way to use all those cucumbers and tomatoes you’re growing this summer!

TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD WITH FETA by NancyC

Makes about 5 servings

  • 1 pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 lb.)
  • 2 small to medium cucumbers, diced into 1/2″ chunks (about 2 cups diced)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (slice both the white onion part and green stems)
  • 1 cup pitted and sliced or halved Kalamata olives
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

In large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the thyme, salt, pepper, and feta cheese.

Add in the cucumber, green onions, and olives; toss with the tomato/feta cheese mixture, tossing everything together well (you can let this mixture sit at room temperature up to 1 hour before serving). Just before serving, add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss everything together well. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

I love using fresh veggies from the garden or farmer’s market in summer recipes! Are you growing any veggies this summer?

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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?

Rosemary Garlic White Bean Dip

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This white bean dip was one of those happy accidents that happen every so often. I thought I had bought a can of garbanzo beans on my last trip to the grocery store, which I use for making hummus, but discovered instead that I had mistakenly bought a can of cannellini beans! So instead of hummus, I made some white bean dip. I hadn’t ever made this kind of dip before, but I’ve purchased it many times and have always liked it. So this was the perfect time to try making my own! I came up with this recipe, using olive oil and lemon juice like I do when I make hummus.

I thought some garlic and rosemary would be great in this white bean dip, too. I love the garlic-rosemary combination, and lemon juice gives the dip a nice zing. I also used two cloves of garlic but if you just want a light garlic flavor, one clove may be enough for you. This recipe makes a little over a cup, so if  you need a bigger batch you’ll want to double the recipe.

ROSEMARY GARLIC WHITE BEAN DIP by NancyCreative

Makes 1 heaping cup

  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can Cannellini Beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice (if using fresh, you’ll need 1 to 2 lemons)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Rosemary, minced (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • additional fresh or dried Rosemary for garnish

Combine  beans, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and minced Rosemary in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Spoon dip into a small bowl and garnish with fresh or dried Rosemary. Serve with fresh veggies, crusty bread, or crackers.

I really like this white bean dip–I think I’ll be making it pretty regularly, along with the hummus that I love to make! Have you made white bean dip before?

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Black Olive Hummus

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I have another hummus recipe for you! I often make a basic hummus recipe, but I’ve also made Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, Black Bean Hummus, and Pumpkin Hummus. So this time I thought I’d try an Olive Hummus, because I love olives, especially Kalamata olives! I found a recipe at About.com that I tweaked a little, adding a little more lemon juice, some garlic, and more olives.

BLACK OLIVE HUMMUS by NancyCreative, adapted from About.com

Makes about

  • 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–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
  • Optional: 1 to 2 Tablespoons water if a thinner consistency is desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • whole or sliced black olives for garnish

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, pita chips, or veggies–I especially like it with celery sticks! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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

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