Need a quick dip for entertaining or just healthy snacks around the house? Try this nut-free hummus recipe—all the yumminess, no tahini. Kids can help!

Susan posted the other day about the challenges of maintaining a social life when you have small children. One of the ways I keep up with friends is through activities like book club. Susan started our club, and Tela also is a member. We get together, eat and chat – sometimes about the book we were supposed to read, but more often about life in general.

I’m hosting the next book club meeting, which takes place on a Thursday after a full day of work. It’s not a problem, though, because I’ve got a lot of quick and easy munchie recipes I can whip up. Today I thought I’d share my recipe for hummus.

My nut-free hummus recipe is made without tahini since I rarely have it handy and some of my friends have children with severe nut allergies. The fun thing about a recipe like this is that the kids can help, too. All you have to do is pop a few things into the food processor, and you’re good to go.

Nut Free Hummus Recipe

Ingredients:

  • One or two cans of chick peas (depending how big your crowd is), drained
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Two to three cloves of garlic (depending how much you like garlic)
  • A few good “glugs” of olive oil

Directions:

  • Put chick peas, lemon juice, garlic cloves and olive oil into food processor
  • Blend ingredients until they turn into a paste
  • Continue to add oil, garlic and lemon juice until you get the taste and consistency you want
  • Put hummus into a bowl and garnish with chopped parsley, if you like
  • Serve with fresh veggies and pita bread triangles

Need a quick dip for entertaining or just healthy snacks around the house? Try this nut-free hummus recipe—all the yumminess, no tahini. Kids can help!

The Simplest of Steamed Veggies

Tela here, and I’d like to rave about new Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies. My new mom-friend Amy had suggested them for O since he is all about feeding himself these days (and has the teeth to do it). So this weekend I headed to the store to buy some and lo and behold–they were on sale! $1 a bag. I grabbed as many as I thought I could shove in my freezer and headed down the road. Later that day, I tried a bag. Can you say easy, and GOOD? Just pop these bad-boy bags in the microwave for about 5 minutes, and voila! Delicious, good-for-you frozen vegetables that don’t taste like the typical frozen vegetable–they actually have taste. This weekend O and I tried some broccoli and peas. Next on the agenda are the green beans. We’ll let you know how it goes.

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