A healthy and inexpensive lunch

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delicious, easy lunch

This is a great lunch staple in our house and I recently started making it instead of buying it.  While there a good store brands (Sabra, Good Neighbor, Cedars and even Trader Joe’s house brand),  homemade always wins.  I started with Barefoot Contessa’s hummus but my family’s collective particular palate almost always requires changes.

Two cans of chickpeas, drained – reserve the liquid (original recipe called for two cups)

1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt

4 minced cloves of garlic (I have  used minced garlic – gasp, from a jar – and it is fine)

1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)

3 tablespoons of lemon juice ( one lemon – The original recipe uses two lemons and it is glorious, light and bright but my family said “Too lemony” so I adjusted this).

6 tablespoons of water or liquid from chickpeas (I use the chickpea liquid and if you like it more lemony – reduce this to two tablespoons and up the lemon)

Place all in a blender or food processor and purée.  After you have put this in a bowl, you can add Tabasco (8 dashes – guess if I do this) and drizzle with olive oil and toasted pine nuts (yes, this is so pretty). Sprinkle with paprika if desired.  We like it in lunches in a wrap with lettuce or as a dip with almost any bread or cracker on hand.  Nice to send with carrot sticks in a lunch. I have served this along side a roasted eggplant spread and sliced chicken with a great green salad for a lunch.

The Barefoot Contessa is amazing

Am in process of making the chicken with biscuits that my family claims is good enough to serve to the President. Yes, of the United States.  It is that good but it takes forever to make so not a usual mid-week meal (I am an under one hour prep/cook on school days). I cooked the split chicken breasts yesterday and will make the roux and biscuits today. It is also a perfect meal to deliver to a friend in need. You’ll find the recipe here:

Feel free to lower the fat content with 2 % or 1 % milk instead of cream/half and half although it is delicious full fat. Enjoy! Oh, and we are supposed to get snow today and tomorrow – perfect for those days.

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