Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Skinny and Clean: Homemade Hummus with Pepperidge Farm's NEW Baked Naturals

Now that the wedding is over, I have a couple of choices...I can start shoving myself full of pasta, cake and cookies or I can keep up this trend of eating healthy and exercising to get ready for the summer. I am going back to running tomorrow, and with some of our wedding prizes like the NInja 3 in 1 and a clean, empty and organized refrigerator that was a wedding surprise from my cleaning lady...I am ready to start fresh with three meals of healthy and homemade goodness. Summer is so easy to make some of your favorite dishes that are great when you come home for lunch or after work.

We are just settling in and I wanted to make something last night while we waited for dinner.One of the easiest things to do when your cabinets are bare is hummus. You can shake it up with sun dried tomatoes or use black beans instead of chickpeas but I tend to just go old school. In just a couple of minutes you have something wonderful to snack on.

Ingredients
2 (15 oz) cans Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
2 tablespoons Tahini-(a little pricy but it will last a while)
1-4 (or more) cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
½ teaspoon Sea Salt (add more or less according to your taste)
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
4-6 tablespoons Water

Instructions
Add the chickpeas, tahini, garlic powder, lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil to the bowl of your food processor
Run to break up the chickpeas
With the food processor running, stream the water in, starting with 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) then adding more if needed to lighten and get smoother

You can eat with celery or carrots or any vegetable but I am a little addicted to this guilt free chip that is new to Pepperidge Farm's line-up. They are gluten free and delicious, and they come in Simply Tortilla and Nacho Cheese. My husband (eeeks the first time I wrote that) said the Nacho ones were AWESOME and I have to agree with the Simply Tortilla.

  

Pepperidge Farm’s first gluten-free addition to its Baked Naturals lineup – Simply Tortilla and Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips. Made with quality ingredients like stone ground corn and 16g whole grain per serving, Baked Naturals Tortilla Chips contain 43 percent less fat than the leading tortilla chip (4.5g total fat/28g serving compared to 8g total fat/28g serving)—a great-tasting, wholesome addition to any fiesta. Pin It
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