Homemade Hummus

Inspired by my newly minted daughter-in-law Laura, who’s vegetarian, I’ve begun exploring meatless recipes. I love hummus and found this recipe, which I modified just a bit. Break out the pitas and fresh veggies, but be forewarned … while healthy, this stuff is super addicting. 



  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic (I like garlic, so use 2)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • One 15 ounce can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika


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  • Drain the beans but save the juice
  • Peel the garlic cloves. I cut the garlic cloves into just a couple of pieces and they puree just fine in the blender.
  • In a blender, add the lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, beans, garlic, seasonings and 2 tablespoons of bean juice, in this order
  • Blend on high until smooth
  • Add additional bean juice to achieve desired consistency. I add about 2 tablespoons more.

The recipe actually asks for a food processor, but I don’t have one and my blender does the trick. 

The finished product looked a little bland so I sprinkled some dried cilantro and smoked paprika on top. Until next time … Bon Appetit!

Doggie Hotdish

Lucy gets a heaping 1/2 cup serving of doggie hotdish once a day. It's a pretty simple recipe. She also gets a small serving of Nature's Balance in the morning and before bed. It's a tail-wagger!

The Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lamb or bison
  • 2 cans of veggies (carrots and green beans are use here)
  • 1 package of Uncle Ben's whole grain brown rice
  • 1 sweet potato

The Recipe

  • In a medium sauce pan, simmer 1 pound of ground lamb or bison in water to barely cover.
  • While meat is cooking, drain and rinse two cans of vegetables. I like carrots and green beans.  Save one can to put the meat water in.
  • Microwave one package of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice whole grain brown
  • In a large bowl or container, mix the vegetables and the rice. 
  • When meat is cooked, drain juices into the leftover vegetable can.  When cool, place the can in the freezer.  Once frozen, toss in the garbage.
  • Mix the meat with the veggie/rice mixture and give it all a rough chop
  • You can also add a cooked sweet potato
  • Store some in fridge and freeze the rest

The Final Product!

People ask if Lucy is a puppy - I think the hotdish gives her extra vim and vigor :)