Lemon White Bean Hummus

There are two things I like to have in my refrigerator at all times – hummus and lemons.  Today I’m putting those two things together in a tasty hummus based on white beans, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice.  I love fresh vegetables. I was lucky in my last food delivery that my carrots, celery, lettuce, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers were available.  I’ll enjoy them while I can.

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Green Smoothie With Cucumber, Celery & Pear

If you have trouble eating enough vegetables, try making a green smoothie filled with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Today’s smoothie has 6 ingredients: nutrient dense greens, lemon juice, freshly grated ginger, pear, celery, and cucumber plus ice water or ice cubes. The vegetables provide chlorophyll and alkaline rich foods which increase red blood cell count, improve circulation, calm inflammation and oxygenate the body.

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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Need a great appetizer filled with fresh fruit flavor? How about a great fruity dessert? Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips is the perfect answer.  Easy to make and loaded with the fruit of the season, fruit salsa is a great party food, dessert, or a snack.  I’m basing my salsa on fresh strawberries with apples and raspberries. Can’t find raspberries? Try a tropical twist with crushed pineapple. Yum! You can also substitute with the fruit of the season – peaches, nectarines, grapes, the list never ends.

 

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Roasted Beets & Feta on Toast With Homemade Za’atar

Za’atar is an ancient blend of spices used throughout the Middle East.  It is the King of spices for savory dishes, and it is available in many supermarkets.  It is a mixture of ground wild thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, salt, marjoram and oregano.  Like many old recipes, there are variations in the amounts and ingredients and disagreements on the “right” version.  If you make your own, you can experiment with the combinations to find the perfect spice blend for your palate. Start with small batches using the recipe below and use it with olive oil on toast.  Don’t be afraid to play around until it’s just right for you.  Sprinkle it on Greek yogurt and spread on toast. Good stuff.  Sprinkle it on bread, dips, dressings, meat, vegetables, rice, potatoes, pasta, soups, and more. It will add to any savory dish.

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