Hummus – Your Way

Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans are low in calories, low in fat, a good complex carbohydrate, fairly high in fiber and a good protein source.

If you enjoy hummus and pesto, you may want to try out this recipe!  I used a “Corriander & Cashew” pesto, but you can use any pesto you like (think sun-dried tomato, basil, red pepper, etc).  There are so many new variations out there to try.  I also used canned chickpeas for this recipe.

Try it out with the kids too as a dip for veggies, toasted pita, plain tortilla chips or as a spread for wraps or crackers.

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Although a little time consuming, a good tip when making hummus is to remove the skins from the chickpeas before processing to make a smoother hummus.  Simply pinch the skin and remove.  It will work either way, so if you don’t have the time don’t worry about it.  But I actually find it quite therapeutic myself, and your kiddos may even help (distraction? yes please!)   😉

Ingredients:

1 large garlic clove

1 can (540 ml) of chick peas drained and rinsed (skin’s removed – optional)

Juice from 1 lemon

1 Tbsp Tahini

1 tsp pesto

Pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup – 3/4 cup water

In a food processor, process the garlic until minced.  Add all remaining ingredients plus 1/3 cup of water.  Process and check the consistency.  If it’s not smooth enough add more water until desired consistency is achieved.

Store for up to a few days in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Hydrating Sweet Almond Oil & Sea Salt Facial Scrub

I mixed up this quick facial scrub after I tried to put on some new Mineral Make-up that I bought (free of any bad chemicals).  I’m used to using a liquid foundation, and the pressed powder just didn’t go on nicely for me.

So I wanted to try to get a smoother complexion and nice hydration to see if the make-up would go on better.  After using this scrub at night and putting on the make-up in the morning it seemed to go on much nicer!

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Almond oil is rich in vitamins, helps maintain moisture levels and absorbs fairly quickly without blocking pores and the sea salt is exfoliates the skin (make sure to use fine-grain sea salt).

This scrub will get rid of any flaky or dead skin and give your face a beautiful glow….  a perfect base for make-up.   As I mentioned, try it at night before you go to bed in order to give the oil time to absorb so you’re not looking overly “shiny.”

Mix:

1 Tsp Sea Salt with 1 Tsp Sweet Almond Oil in a small bowl with a spoon until combined.

Scrub lightly all over your face for about 10-20 seconds.  Then using a facecloth and warm water gently wipe off.  Rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.

Sleep tight!

 

Roasted Chick Peas

This is a great snack for little ones !  Simple and nutritious.  Open a can of chick peas, drain, rinse and spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over them and use your hands to coat  them.  Sprinkle with sea salt or your own creation of spices. Sweet?  Savory?  Whatever you or your little ones fancy….

Roast at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, moving them around half way through.  They will be nice and golden brown when done.

They are best eaten right out of the oven when cooled down a bit, but can be stored in an airtight container for a few days.

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