I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and a relaxing spring break! It was the first week that I haven’t written a post since I started the blog in December but even bloggers need a week off once in awhile. Although I have no tales of frolicking on sandy beaches or basking in warm sunshine to speak of, it was a pretty interesting week. As if I don’t already have enough on my plate (no pun intended,) I volunteered to be a backstage mom for 5 straight days and nights during a production for my daughter’s dance company. At the same time I became master gardener (even if only in my mind) as I saved our school garden’s tiny little kale and broccoli plants from frost bite, only to spend the last few days of spring break preparing Easter baskets, egg hunts and brunch at my house. As the saying goes, “no rest for the weary.” How many weeks until summer vacation?
All kidding aside, I feel fortunate that I am able to dedicate much of my time to my family and that includes finding the time to make healthy food to nourish them. When hunger sneaks up on us it’s nice to have an arsenal of snack foods on hand so that we don’t turn to junk food for satisfaction. Hummus is one of those healthy foods I stock in my fridge. It’s satisfying on so many levels. When the body is truly hungry (and I don’t mean bored), it wants real nutrients from real food, not the fake, artificial ingredients found in many packaged and processed foods which does little to satisfy hunger and can actually cause more intense cravings.
I’m going to be honest, I usually don’t make hummus from scratch. I had forgotten how easy and quick it is to make and how delicious it is when using fresh ingredients. I happen to be a huge fan of sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives and the combination of the two together in this hummus is so good! I usually buy fresh olives from a grocery store or specialty deli versus canned since they taste much better. I had some fresh whole grain bread and raw vegetables on hand that day which altogether made for a tasty little lunch. Packed with protein, fiber and iron, I really can’t think of a better way to treat your body to something healthy and delicious during the day!
Sun Dried Tomato & Black Olive Hummus
- 15 oz. container garbanzo beans (in their liquid)
- 3-4 sun dried tomatoes(packed in olive oil)
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives (pitted)
- juice from half a lemon
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley. Serve with crackers, fresh breads or raw vegetables.