Hummus is one of the most basic and widely-known dishes out of the Middle East and while this isn’t a traditional recipe for it, I promise it’s delicious. If you’re not familiar with Middle Eastern food, PLEASE do yourself the favor of becoming friends. My mom is Israeli so I was lucky and blessed enough to grow up eating really delicious food. It’s so fun for me to be able to cook the same dishes for my kids that I ate growing up. They get a bit of a spin sometimes- that’s just what I do. My girls have such an awesome palette- they’ll eat anything! I definitely credit that to the diversity of food that comes out of my kitchen. It’s really fun. :)
Yelp is an app that I love using to find local restaurants. You can do a general search for restaurants and it will bring up everything in your area. Users rate and review businesses, and you get to view all of that information. Before we go out, I’ll spend a few minutes on Yelp, looking for something new to try. If we’re in the mood for a certain cuisine, I’ll search for that. If we’re feeling open, I’ll do a search for restaurants in the area we’re going to be, then I’ll look at the ratings, read reviews to look for suggestions/warnings, and pick something that looks promising. I don’t think Yelp has ever led us astray- we’ve had huge successes with restaurants I’ve found this way! Seriously, some amazing stuff. I even write about it in a series called Found.
Anyway, it’s a really fun way to find new places to eat. I definitely recommend downloading the app and seeing what you discover! Find a high-rated Mediterranean restaurant to visit this weekend. You won’t regret it! :)
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
1 15oz can white beans
1 tbsp tahini (see note below)
2 small cloves garlic
1/4 cup avocado oil
Large handful spinach
1 small lemon, juiced
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
-Drain and rinse beans.
-Add all ingredients to a blender/food processor and blend until smooth.
-Serve chilled with pita or tortilla chips.
I love to add a layer to my sandwiches!
Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds and oil into a paste. 1 cup of sesame seeds to 1/4 oil is the ratio- just put it in your blender/food processor and grind until smooth. It’s super easy! Feel free to lightly toast the sesame seeds beforehand for a more complex flavor.