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Hummus

Once you make your own hummus you will never want to buy the packaged stuff again. It’s quick and easy and super delicious. Oh and NO PRESERVATES, Bonus!

Chick peas also known as garbanzo beans are very good for you. Did you know that chick peas have a high magnesium and potassium content? They are also full of fiber, folate and iron. I make a bag or two of dry chick peas every week and use them in my Chocolate Meal Replacement Smoothie. So I always have the fresh cooked ones on hand. But you can use them from the can too. 

Classic hummus recipes call for tahini which is sesame seed butter, but if you don’t have any, that’s okay, because this stuff tastes amazing without it!

I like to serve it with veggies as pictured above. We used to eat it with pita chips, but that just got to be too fattening. So now, I serve it with lower carb combinations, veggie burgers, cooked vegetables or stir in a couple tablespoons into soup to make it more thick and creamy.

Simple Hummus Recipe:

1 15-ounce can of chickpeas drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves of minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and seasoning to taste
1/4 cup 
tahini (optional) 

In a food processor, or high powered blender (I use Blendtec) add all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. It is necessary to scrape the edges once or twice during the process and you may want to add a little more olive oil or a splash of water if needed. I find the that the longer you process it, the creamier it will be, so it’s worth giving it an extra few minutes once everything looks well combined. Enjoy!

Keep hummus in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.

While you enjoy your delicious hummus, take a mini vacation in your mind with my private island painting. 
Relax
 Look deeply into the trees
 Feel the gentle breeze
 Smell the salt air
 hear the seagulls cawing
 and the waves crashing
Feel the sun on your face… 
ahhhhh!  
Now, you can get this feeling anytime 
when you have this 
Wall Tapestry
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Private Island Carry all pouch
All the above are products with my art work made and shipped by Society6. They also make this image on towels, purses, tote bags, mugs, phone cases, clocks and more. Just follow this link, scroll down and take a look around. If you need help finding a specific product, contact me and I will send you a link. If you have a special request, I can most likely make it happen 🙂
You can also get an original painting just like this painted by me in a variety of sizes starting at $75. take a look at the details in my shop Custom Paintings.
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Homemade Veggie Burgers

I often rely on frozen store bought veggie burgers, they are convenient and some are very tasty. While they are a better alternative to meat, they are highly processed and have some questionable ingredients.  So I’ve come up with my own burgers which are super healthy, high in fiber and delicious. No, they don’t taste like meat, so get that out of your head, if you think of them as traditional burgers you might be disappointed.

This recipe makes about 18 burgers, so I freeze them to have a great satisfying meal anytime. For dinner I like to serve them with sauteed onions and mushrooms with melted veggie cheese on top or serve with a salad and some guacamole at lunch time.

Ingredients:

2 cups Lentils cooked and drained (I sometimes use chick peas or other beans)
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 large vidalia chopped onion 2 cups

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 red bell pepper diced
4 flax eggs (Each flax egg is one tablespoon ground flax seeds to three tablespoons water)
1 can water chestnuts drained and chopped
1 cup white Mushrooms chopped
1 Shredded carrot
1/2 cup veggie shreds cheese
3 tablespoons Braggs Amino Acids
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons organic ketchup
2 cloves of garlic chopped

*1 cup breadcrumbs

*Breadcrumbs or ground almonds/walnuts or wheat germ or uncooked oats  – I mix a few of these ingredients, based on what I have on hand

Blend ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. If mixture is too wet add more *breadcrumbs.
Shape into patties. I use about a 1/4 per pattie.

Bake on a lightly oiled cookie sheet at 350º or I found parchment paper to be easier, because they do stick a little.
Flip them after 15 minutes. They are very soft, so if the come apart a bit, no problem, you can just reshape them with your spatula.

Bake for another 10- 15 minutes.

At this point I melt veggie cheese on a the ones I am serving and I let the rest cool before freezing.

While you are eating these burgers, you can look at my cow paintings and feel totally guilt-free. They are lovely animals aren’t they?
These two paintings “Have A Cow” and “Cow A Bunga” were sold, but I sell them as prints in My Shop

I can also make an original for you from $75., check out the details here:
Custom Orders

 

Have a Cow Print

 

Cow A Bunga Print

 

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Roasted Red Peppers

Delicious, quick and easy recipe. Red peppers baked in the oven with artichoke hearts and veggie cheese can be an appetizer, light lunch with salad, or as a side dish with dinner.
Ingredients
4-5 red peppers halved, seeded and cored
1 14 ounce can of artichoke hearts drained and chopped
3 ounces of mozzarella type vegan cheese
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
Optional ingredients to add as a garnish: chopped olives, capers, fresh oregano, lemon.
Directions
Set oven for 350ºF.  Lightly oil a large baking dish and place the peppers face down.
 Add the artichoke hearts, cheese, garlic and seasonings.
Pour on the wine and olive oil.
bake for about 35-45 minutes until nicely brown.
 I served these for dinner with Quinoa and a salad.
It was delish and the leftovers were great too.
Speaking of red peppers, here is one of my red abstract paintings:
Pillows
Also on clocks, beach towels, cards, posters, stickers, drawstring bags, pouches, wall tapestries, duvet covers, t-shirts, phone cases, travel mugs, notebooks and more.  Look at all the products on Society 6 Red Square Abstract Painting and Red Bubble Red Square Abstract Painting
If you need help finding something, email me and I will send you a link. Thank you for browsing 🙂
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Chocolate Meal Replacement Smoothie

This ultra thick shake is packed with magnesium, calcium, protein, omega 3’s and potassium and it gives me just about all of the nutrients needed to keep me feeling healthy, alert and strong all day long.My recipe varies depending what I have on hand, so I’ll give you a basic one and substitutions are listed below.
Ingredients
1 ripe banana
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet
chocolate chips
1/2 cup cooked, chilled Chick Peas (I cook a batch from dried once a week)
4 cups raw spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/8 cup raw almonds

Blend all ingredients on the highest setting and then blend a second time with about 1 cup of ice, if it’s too thick add a little water to reach desired consistency.

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This recipe makes a super thick double serving, so I drink half today and save half for tomorrow. It usually gets thicker in the fridge, so I add water to thin it a bit.

SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Banana – 1/2 Avocado
Almond Milk – any milk or water
Chick peas – white beans or any type of beans, I prefer cooking my own dried beans, but canned may be used also
Spinach – Romaine Lettuce, kale
Chocolate Chips – Cocoa Powder
Raw Almonds – Walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews
Chia Seeds- Flax seeds or Hemp seeds.
Feel free to play around with the ingredients, you may also add some maple syrup or raw honey to make it sweeter.
Enjoy your shake and let me know how you like it.
While you’re drinking it, check out my ‘Joyous’ painting on
cool stuff for the home.
Joyus mug
Joyus shower
Joyus bench

Joyous Bench on Society 6

All the above are products with my art work made and shipped by Society6. They also make this image on towels, purses, tote bags, bedding, phone cases, clocks and more. Just follow this link, scroll down and take a look around. If you need help finding a specific product, contact me and I will send you a link. If you have a special request, I can most likely make it happen 🙂

You can also get this original painting in my Etsy shop for $365. Take a look at the details here: Original Joyous painting on canvas.
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