07 December 2016

Making Your Own Hummus

Photo of the ingredients to make hummus
Ingredients to make hummus
Here is the recipe I use to make our own hummus. My wife loves to take this for her lunch. If you pair it with some Naan Bread, you have yourself a delicious meal.

What you need:

  • 1/3 Cup of Tahini (follow this link for the easy recipe)
  • 1 Can of Black beans
  • 1 Can of Garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt (add more if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 Cup Olive oil
  • 1 TB Lipton's onion soup mix (Optional)(Follow the link to get the recipe)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese (Optional)
  • Food Processor (note: if you do not have one, you can use a blender instead. Although, it will be a little more difficult making sure all the ingredients get blended smoothly)
Putting it Together:
  • Add tahini to food processor
  • Using a sieve, drain the black beans and rinse them until the water runs clear. Add to food processor
photo of black beans being rinsed and drained
Black beans being rinsed and drained
  • Using a sieve, drain the garbanzo beans and rinse. Add to food processor
  • Add lemon juice, salt, and paprika
  • Process until smooth
  • Slowly add the olive oil until it reaches a smooth consistency or the consistency you prefer
Photo of hummus being processed
Hummus being processed

  • If you are going to add the onion soup mix and/or parmesan cheese, do this first, before adding more salt
  • Taste and add additional salt, soup mix, or parmesan cheese, as per your taste
  • Place in bowl and store in refrigerator
  • The flavors will enhance as it sets
Photo of hummus in the bowl and ready to eat
Hummus in the bowl and ready to eat

01 December 2016

Tahini Recipe

photo of the ingredients used in the tahini recipe
Ingredients for tahini

While there are a variety of uses for tahini, I usually just use it as a base in my hummus recipe. While you can spend $6.50 or more to get 16 ounces of if from the store, you can make your own and customize it to your taste. The recipe that follows is a basic tahini recipe and you can add other flavors to get the taste you desire. for just a fraction of the cost. As with my Lipton Onion Soup Mix recipe, I used items I got from the bulk bin at our grocery store (Winco). The cost of one pound of sesame seeds at Winco was $3.83. For this price,  you get a massive amount, since sesame seeds weight next to nothing. You can easily make this recipe 3 or more times. In addition, if you make your own hamburger buns, the sesame seeds make a great topper to them. Well, enough talk.

What you need:
  • 4 Cups: Sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup: Olive oil

Putting it Together:

The first thing you will want to do is toast the sesame seeds. I find it easiest to first line a cookie pan with parchment paper.
  • Set oven to 350 degrees
  • Add the four cups of sesame seeds to the parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread evenly
Photo of sesame seeds on parchment-lined cookie sheet
Sesame seeds on parchment-lined cookie sheet

  • Put in oven for 5 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, stir the seeds to mix them up
  • Put in oven an additional 5 minutes
  • After a total of 10 minutes in the oven, remove and check the seeds. They should be slightly browned. If not, return to oven and check every 2 minutes or so.
  • Once you begin to smell the sesame seeds, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool

Once cooled, place in food processer (do this slowly, because they like to jump EVERYWHERE!!)
  • Process in food processer until well crushed
  • Slowly begin to add the oil
  • Continue adding the olive oil until the sesame seeds come together to form a paste

Photo of tahini being processed
Tahini coming together

  • Place in a mason jar and store in the refrigerator
Photo of tahini in a jar
Tahini ready for the refrigerator

Note: This is a basic tahini recipe. There are other recipes that have you add 3-5 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and salt. If you desire to try this, then add the garlic and lemon juice before you begin to add the olive oil. Feel free to experiment, adjust this recipe to your own tastes, and have fun!!

29 November 2016

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe

Here is a recipe for making Lipton Onion Soup Mix.

Lipton Onion Soup Mix
Lipton Onion Soup Mix

While you can always go to the store and spend anywhere from $1.50 to $3.00 for a few ounces of the original, this recipe can save you a bunch of money without sacrificing taste. I use this in my Chicken with Rice recipe and also in my hummus, soups, and dips, just to name a few.  Now, while there are many styles of this recipe out there, this is the one that I found that tastes the best .This makes quite a lot, so you'll need to store it in an airtight container. The following recipe was made using ingredients from the bulk bin of our supermarket.

ingredients for Lipton onion soup mix
Ingredients needed to make the mix (direct from the bulk bin)

What you need:
  • 3/4 Cup: Minced onion (onion flakes)
  • 1/3 Cup: Beef bullion
  • 4 tsp: Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp: Celery seeds (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp: Sugar  
 What to do:
  • Add all the ingredients into a bowl

Lipton onion soup mix ingredients in a bowl
Ingredients before being mixed

  • Mix using a whisk or your fingers
Ingredients after being mixed
Ingredients after being mixed

  • Transfer to a jar
Lipton Onion Soup Mix in a jar
Lipton Onion Soup Mix in a jar

Since the ingredients have a tendency to settle, be sure to give the jar a good shake before using.


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