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Cilantro Hummus

Here is a recipe for a wonderful hummus I threw together today.  It was a combination of several different recipes to make this one.

  1. 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained; reserve juice
  2. 1 teaspoon cumin
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 6 tbs lemon juice
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 tbs olive oil
  7. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  8. 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.  Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved juice from the can and mix.  You can adjust some of the ingredients to your taste such as the garlic, lemon, cilantro, and cumin.  I think I added maybe about a cup of cilantro and a bit more salt because I used reduced sodium chickpeas.  Other hummus recipes call for tahini but I did not have any and this turned out just as yummy without it!

Serve with vegetables, pita bread, or use on a sandwich.  Enjoy!


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Yesterday I made a yummy soup that I wanted to share with you.  The weather got a little bit cooler so it was nice to have a warm soup.  If you like beans, you may like this soup.

Black Bean Soup

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 large red bell pepper, finely chopped (optional, I didn’t add because I didn’t have it)
  • 1 can vegetable broth (or you could use chicken stock if you wish)
  • 2 cans black beans, undrained (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin or to taste (I use a heaping 1/2 teaspoon)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (I eyeballed store bought lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoon water

Combine the first four (five if you add the red bell pepper) ingredients in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add 1/2 of one can of beans, salt, and cumin.  Allow to cook for 5 minutes more.  Puree soup then add the remaining beans.  Combine cornstarch with water and add to soup if in need of thickening.  Add lemon juice, stir, and serve.

This is an image I found on the web that is close to what this recipe looks like.

You could add sour cream and/or cheese on top if you would like; I have not tried it that way yet.

This is a yummy soup that I thoroughly enjoyed.  My husband, who hates beans, walked in and thought it smelt delicious.  Once he found out it was a black bean soup, he turned his nose.  Silly husband; at least he thought it smelt nice!

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