Thursday, August 31, 2006
Food Processor Double Feature
Today I was really hungry so I automaticly went to the refrigerator and reached for the bread. The plan was to toast it and eat it with some chunky peanut butter. When I went to look for the peanut butter, I found tahini (seasame paste) which reminded me that I have a recipe for hummus waiting to be made. It's my first time making hummus so I did not know hwat to expect. It came out so yummy and creamy.
1 small garlic glove
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15 oz. can, drained and rinsed)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/4 cup tahini (seasame paste)
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (1 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (red pepper)
Put garlic, chickpeas, and lemon juice in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add the tahini, parsley, salt, and cayenne and proccess until smooth and creamy. Store in a tightly covered container in the refridgerater.
I cut a pita in half and toaster it. Then I added hummus, tomatoes, and cucumber. So much better than having peanut butter again.
Kate's new and improved black bean burgers
My original recipe
1/4 cup grated onion
1/4 cup grated red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon (or 1/2 for very spicy burgers) each of dried red pepper, cumin and chili powder
1 teaspoon each of oregano and basil
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 15.5 oz. can black beans
2 tablespoons of water
3/4 cup of wheat germ
After grating the red pepper and onion set them aside in a medium bowl. Combine the garlic, spices, almonds, sunflower seeds, and oil in a food processor and pulse until texture resembles bread crumbs. Transfer mixture to the bowl. Put the black beans and water in the food processor and process until smooth. Add this mixture to the bowl along with the wheat germ. Mix (preferably with your hands) completely. Separate into five balls and shape into patties. Make sure the patties are not too thin or they will fall apart. Grill for 8 minutes on each side, or until slightly browned. Enjoy with your favorite burger fixings.
This recipe-revamp was caused by a mistake made me blending the ingredients out of order and then adding water to the bean part. The final product was a wet mess so I looked for bread crumbs to throw in. I could not find any bread crumbs but I grabbed some wheat germ. I thought, why not? This was the greatest mistake of my life. They taste so much better and are way less crumbly.