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This space has been quiet and it’s going to be as such for awhile. Too much to do…the tough stuff like camping, amusement park ride riding, playing, skating, biking, laughing, road tripping, trampolining, barbecuing. These important family times are taking precedent. They must. This is our life. Loud. Exuberant. Joyful. Moments, from time to time, will make their way onto the pages and posts in this space…for now though…
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Today, I had the privilege of sharing over at Bucket List Publications.
Head on over and check it out!
I don’t have any photos which is such a blogger no-no. But I had to share this new recipe…or at least (another) new twist on an old favourite.
We all love the hummus don’t we. (That’s right, it’s not a question people. It’s a statement. We. All. Love. The. Hummus.)
Favourites can become mundane after awhile though, can’t they? Yes, even hummus. Not mundane enough that I could ever contemplate ceasing to make it on a semi-weekly basis but every creation needs a little TLC, a make-over if you will, every once in awhile. And for our hummus it was time.
Inspiration struck while BBQ-ing at a cousin’s place recently. She added a little smoked paprika and cumin to her homemade hummus (along with a couple other spices). And wow, did it have kick! Not throw-back-a-glass-of-almond-milk kick but enough to make a Mama snap to attention and ask, what the heck is in that stuff!
Enter above spices.
I got home with great plans to hit the store, grab the smoked paprika (which I have never had on my spice shelf but really should) and blend up a batch. Sadly, the smoked paprika would charge the Mastercard four times what the regular old joe-shmoe paprika would cost.
I couldn’t justify it.
So, I bought a bag of chill powder, paprika, and went home to add cumin to these two additions in hopes of mimicking her incredible dip. (I added about 2-3 tsp of each.)
A little discouraged, I wracked my brain for a way to imitate a side dish I was still re-living. (It was that good. No, I’m not exaggerating.)
I opened and pureed a can several weeks ago and as Rachael instructs us during her commercials, I had spooned what I didn’t need into a little ziplock and froze it nice and flat in the freezer.
I added about 1/2 – 3/4 tsp of the pureed chipotle to the already-spiced-with-paprika-garlic salt-chili-powder hummus. I didn’t want it overpowering and wanted the small children to enjoy it, too! Plus, I could always add more.
Oh. My. Gracious.
If you do nothing else productive this week, do this.
Chipotle Hummus is where it’s at.
Not too unlike chipotle mayo (um, yum!) it packs a punch not only in the flavour department but moreover in the land of health and nutrition. It was fantastic with our cut veggies but also with whole grain organic brown rice cakes. Incredible!
Recently, I challenged my other half with a lifestyle change: eliminate grains. There was no great need but I included in my challenge, words something like “I think you would love a few pounds without lifting a finger”.
He took the bait!
Diagnosed with a wheat and corn allergy several years ago, I have done my best to avoid most carbs. Indulging from time to time would leave me suffering, so my diet was mainly Paleo…but I was alone in this lifestyle. I was also not as committed as I should have been.
After reading Wheat Belly (Dr William Davis), I now had the research and literature to encourage me! Eliminating grains and sugars temporarily wouldn’t be that hard, would it? Several months later, many little lifestyle changes culminated into a more healthy lifestyle and fifteen pounds less of my man! He’s a rockstar.
One of the seemingly biggest hurdles would be breakfast. As in many households, time does not abound here in the mornings. I had to devise a quick make-ahead breakfast that he would both enjoy and enjoy quickly. Enter Wheat Belly. I found a recipe at the tail end of the book which we have now significantly tailored to suit our family and our taste buds – and of course the new Paleo-ish lifestyle. He loves it because of the taste and the fact that it keeps him going. I love it because I can make it quickly, it doesn’t break the bank, it’s super healthy and full of protein, and the house smells like a cinnamon rolls while it’s baking. The kids think it’s fantastic with a little almond or coconut milk, too! The other reason I am drawn to it? No measuring…which means our little people (there are three of them in this house) can help. Heck, they could make it alone if I let them!
I’ve included measurements as a guideline but no one batch of our granola is like another. A small child’s hand can be equivalent to two tablespoons or as much as a quarter cup. Let your tastebuds guide your measuring skills!
- 3/4 cup organic flax meal
- 3/4 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raisins (or other non-sweetened dried fruit)
- 1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup organic sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup organic sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 3/4 cup raw organic chopped walnuts or almonds or cashews (more if you like!)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or liquid coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey (maple syrup would be great here or unsweetened organic apple juice)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in a 9×11 pyrex baking dish. Stir to mix. Drizzle oil and honey (or substitute) over top and mix until evenly coated. If the granola seems slightly dry, add a little more oil or honey – whichever you prefer. Don’t over saturate…those are unnecessary calories and the granola will only become harder to remove once baked! Pat the mixture down in the pyrex dish, gently. Pop it in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove granola from the oven and allow it to cool for an hour. Use a knife to slide along the bottom of the dish and break up the granola.
Small changes add up. Changing an eating and dietary lifestyle can be hard, even if it’s for the better. Setting small goals such as adding more protein to breakfast and excluding carbs is such an easy way to start. It sets you up for the day and starts you out on the right foot.