Sunday, May 15, 2011

Simply Sweet Ingredient Challenge: Hummus

This week's Simply Sweet Ingredient Challenge was to make hummus! Such an easy, but so fun and creative way to make a tasty treat that you can use as a dip, a condiment, a garnish, or fun tasting dish! 

I couldn't help myself and made a little trio of Triscuit toppers that J and I gobbled up several nights in a row as an after dinner snack! 
(sorry for the poor pictures... I left my camera at home so iPhone photography it is!)

The first of the trio: 
Spicy Black Bean Hummus

  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 heaping scoops of jarred jalapeno slices
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to garnish
  1. Drain the black beans of their liquid and pour it down the drain. 
  2. Add all other ingredients into a food processor and pulse away. 
  3. Add salt and pepper (or even jalapeno or red pepper flakes) as you like. 
  4. Enjoy! 
*Simply Sweet to Note: Chill it in the fridge and it firms up a little nicer than the warm soupiness you may originally end up with.

The second of the trio: 
Spicy Cilantro Lime Hummus
  • 1/3 cup cilantro 
  • 1 lime, both its juice and zest
  • 1 15 ounce can of cannelloni beans 
  • 2 heaping scoops of jarred jalapenos, sliced 
  • Drizzle of olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • Red pepper flakes (to garnish and taste)

  1. Drain the cannelloni beans of their liquid and pour it down the drain, then drop the beans in the food processor. 
  2. Zest the limes then cut in half and juice in the food processor.
  3. Add all other ingredients and pulse away. 
  4. Add jalapeno or red pepper flakes as you like. 
  5. Enjoy! 

 And finally, the delicious recipe I debuted here!
(It's my first made all by myself recipe so I'm sort of proud!)


  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic 
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (plus some to drizzle on top!) 
  • 1/2 of a really juicy lemon
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 bunch of basil 
  • A handful of sun dried tomatoes (mine weren't in oil, but if so just drain)
  1. Place the feta cheese, goat cheese, and garlic in a bowl. 
  2. Sprinkle with pepper and add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. 
  3. Mix together with a spoon (sort of smashing the cheese together into a paste). 
  4. On a cutting board mince the basil into finely chopped bits. 
  5. Layer basil on top of the cheese in the bottom of the bowl. 
  6. Chop the sun dried tomatoes on a cutting board into smaller pieces. 
  7. Sprinkle these on top of the basil and cheese. 
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and dash with pepper. 
  9. Use pita chips or triscuits to scoop up the tasty topping. 
  10. Enjoy!
Now for the other recipe from my Mama Bird... Check her sun-dried tomato hummus recipe here. This is absolutely irresistible and loved by all (especially J!). 

And the next challenge's ingredient... 
(drum roll please) 

Their season is thriving and they are so wonderfully tasty... So cook away with these tasty fruits!


Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

these all look delicious!!

*Allie* said... Best Blogger Tips

MMM yummy!!

Someone told me about this hummus recipe once. It's great if you don't have tahini:

1 can chickpeas
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 clove garlic
Lemon (optional)
Add liquid from the can of chickpeas as needed.

This one is delicious as a dip with celery sticks :-)

Zoe said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmmmm! I like food with a bit of heat, so the spicy cilantro lime hummus has my tastebuds watering. Sorry I missed out on this challenge, but I am already brainstorming strawberry recipes ;)