Saturday Afternoon Roasted Red Pepper Hummus :)

Hi!

So I just wanted to share my “recipe” for homemade roasted red pepper hummus. The reason for the quotes is because there isn’t really an  exact recipe for it. I had to go to a cookout one day and thought hmm I want to make my own hummus. So I thought of a few key ingredients I wanted to include and went with it. I just tasted as I went along with a few key steps of the process. Well here it goes…

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas

1 can of white beans/cannelloni beans

4-5 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup olive or so, maybe a little less(depends on consistency preference)

1/2 cup caramelized onion equals about 1 large onion uncooked (optional but gives a rich depth of flavor)

about 2 roasted red peppers (I used about half of Trader Joe’s jarred Red and Yellow Roasted Peppers)

Tahinni to taste, In a half batch I made today I used about a tablespoon

1/2-1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (if you have some)

Juice of 1 to 2 lemons ( taste as you go, don’t just dump it all in at once)

Step 1: Drain and rinse the beans, place in a pot of water and heat on stove until they are hot through. After warmed through drain again. The warm beans puree easier, and it seems to make the hummus creamier. If you’re feeling really ambitious you can take a couple handfuls of the beans and deskin them to make the hummus more creamy.

Step 2: Peel and crush garlic. I like to heat the garlic in the olive oil along with the roasted red peppers to warm everything up. Let cook for about 2-3 minutes. Cooking the garlic for a minute or 2 helps take away the harshness it can have.

Step 3: Put the beans, tahinni, garlic, half of the lemon juice and peppers in a bowl, blender, or food processor ( I use an immersion blender and it works like a charm). Start to blend and then taste to see if you want more lemon juice or to see if you want to make it creamier/thinner by adding more of the olive oil. Once you’re content with the taste and texture you’re ready to enjoy!

Have a happy weekend! 🙂

TGIF!

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Woo it’s Friday! Which also means it was pizza day for the kids. The pizza is usually a big hit and it was today too! There were 8 kids that came in and got lunch. I love when the average numbers start increasing. It’s so nice to know that there are more kids getting a lunch! 

The salad bar had nine different options today. Then, on the side of the salad bar there were kale chips, hummus cups, and plum popsicles! Some of the green beans in the salad bar started out purple! 

The purple to green progression of the beans!

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There you have it the magic of mother nature and science. I think it’s safe to assume there is a scientific reason as to why they turn green when heat is applied to them. Ya gotta love science, so interesting! 🙂

Now on to the Salad Bar 

Summer Squash Sauteed, Black Olives, and Cherries

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Roasted Mushrooms and Orange Peppers

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Apples and Bananas Image

The Whole Pretty PictureImage

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Quote for the Day

“My favorite was the pizza!” I guess their favorite won’t always be a veggie, they are kids after all 🙂 I can work on that though!

Thursday!

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Today was a great day! We served 8 kids. I love when the summer gets going and the numbers pick up. It’s so much more fun when there are higher numbers.

We had a nice rainbow-like salad bar today 🙂

(this post is a little different because I did it right on my phone)

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Yay for Wednesdays!

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It feels like the summer is flying by, I can’t believe July is almost half over. Crazy how time flys! Today was a great day, we had 13 kids that we served lunch to today. I officially love Wednesdays because we have a group called the Food Project come in. They are a group of teenagers and a couple adults who come in and work in the garden and around the pantry doing whatever needs to be done. They also do a lot more than that, I’ll leave a link at the bottom if you’re interested about them. The great part is that we get to serve them! They officially “love” me because I feed them every Wednesday. I forgot how much fun teenagers are and how they are a lot more enthusiastic about healthy food!  

We had lots of choices on the salad bar today. In total there were ten different options! Everything from corn on the cob to sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions!

Cantaloupe, Cherries, and Blueberries

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Green Leaf Lettuce

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Chickpea Salad with Purple Beans, Green Beans, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes

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Cherry Tomatoes

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Corn on the Cob

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Olives (These remind me of holidays from my childhood, I would put one on each finger.)

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Cucumber Slices

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Plums, Pears and Apples!

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The Kids from the Food Project 🙂 

Quote of the Day

“These plums are really good!”

Links to the Food Project’s website

http://thefoodproject.org/

 

Two days in one!

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So I forgot my camera at work the other day and wasn’t able to post the pictures, but now it’s a 2 in 1 post 🙂

The past two days have been awesome for numbers, we have had 8 kids both Monday and today!!! That’s so great and makes the lunches so much more fun. 

Today I made turkey meatballs with pasta and sauce. They went over really well! I love when the kids really enjoy the food. They also loved the baked “grilled” cheese sandwiches we served yesterday. Now onto the salad bar pictures…

Monday

Sliced Mushrooms

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Cubed Cantaloupe

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Corn Salad

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Summer Squash Sticks

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Cucumber Slices

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Blueberries

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Red Pepper Sticks

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The Big Picture!  I love how it looks like a  rainbow 🙂 

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Now onto Today (This was taken after 8 kids had their choice of whatever they wanted)

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There was roasted summer squash, sauteed mushrooms, watermelon chunks, blueberries, cherries, cantaloupe chunks, romaine lettuce, corn salad, red pepper sticks, and cucumber slices!

 

Quote of the Day

“The meatballs were wicked good!”

 

Bananas for Friday!

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Again today the roasted cauliflower was requested/was said that it was a favorite! I’m going to have to keep a look out for heads of cauliflower that come into the pantry. For something fun today one of our awesome interns Heather made banana strawberry ice cream. The catch is that it was only frozen bananas and frozen strawberries, so yummy! 

Strawberry & Banana Ice Cream!

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Cherry Tomatoes

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Garden Greens 

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Sauteed Bok Choy 

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Sauteed Onions 

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Mozzarella Cheese Sticks 

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Quote of the Day

 “The ice cream was really good!”

 

 

Today was a rea…

Today was a really good day! We had 5 kids come in for lunch which is a pretty good number of kids. They all loved the main sandwich. It was a chicken and chickpea patty! The salad bar had a lot of roasted items. It’s amazing what roasting can do to a vegetable or a fruit. The special option that if the kids tried they would get a prize was baked peaches. The peaches were simply wedged and baked at 375 until they turned a darker golden brown. They were so tasty and sweet. The kids were all excited to try them, so they could get the prize. Of course :). I’m not really sure what they thought of them though, they weren’t very expressive.

There was also homemade apple sauce and sour plum popsicles! The kids really liked the applesauce. The popsicles went over well but the first words after trying were “Wow these are sour” but then they kept on enjoying them. Now onto the fun stuff…the pictures!

Fresh from the Garden Lettuce

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Cherry Tomatoes

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Baked Peaches

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Sliced Onions

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Roasted Eggplant

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Roasted Zucchini Coins

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Sweet Potato Chips

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Homemade Salsa

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Cabbage Slaw with Sliced Apples in a Balsamic and Oil Vinaigrette

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Some Whole Fruit

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Plum Popsicles and Homemade Applesauce

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And finally the Chicken and Chickpea Patties that were a big hit with the kids!

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Quote of the Day

Me-“So what was your favorite today?”

Kids- “It had to be the chicken patty!”

Michael one of the kids- “My favorite so far has to be the roasted cauliflower though!”

Monday!

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already the third week. Where did the time go? It’s already July, crazy, but anyways. Today we had lots of roasted veggies. There were roasted sweet potato fries, roasted eggplant, and cauliflower. The cauliflower was the winner out of the three. I also harvested some gorgeous lettuce, a carrot, two beets, scallions, herbs, and three cute little snap peas from the garden today 🙂 

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The Salad Bar

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Roasted Eggplant and Romaine with some Garden Lettuce mixed in 

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Chick Pea Salad and Some mixed Whole Fruit

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Kiwi Slices, Roasted Cauliflower (that was almost all gone by the time I got to picture taking!) and a fresh batch of Refrigerator Pickles (I use a Rachel Ray Recipe and it’s delicious!)

 

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The greatest thing to hear today was that kids were taken out to the garden and were so excited to pick carrots and be so surprised that there was something under those long, kind of frill greens. They loved it all! 🙂