Roasted Red Pepper #HummusMadeEasy Falafel (recipe)

Roasted Red Pepper #HummusMadeEasy Falafel (recipe)

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Have you ever heard of falafel? I hadn’t until a certain ’90s movie with Freddie Prinze Jr. came out and even then, I didn’t really get what falafel was. Fast forward about 10 years and I finally got a chance to try this fried delectable treat made with chickpeas or fava beans. I’m incredibly excited to offer my first original falafel recipe using the #HummusMadeEasy product from Bush’s Beans. I thought making Middle Eastern food would be hard but with this product, it was crazy easy and even more delicious.

I’ve tried various forms including the traditional balls (they look like hushpuppies) and patties that were a vegetarian option in a sandwich I purchased. When I started thinking of ways to use the Hummus Made Easy product, I at first thought I would use the hummus as a dip for falafel or perhaps homemade chips. I then figured out that falafel is made of most of the same ingredients as hummus; it’s just in a different form! Oooohhhhh, this was going to be good. Read More

Sweet meets savory: Southwest Black Bean Hummus Brownie Snack Bars (recipe)

Sweet meets savory: Southwest Black Bean Hummus Brownie Snack Bars (recipe)

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Have you ever made hummus? Better yet, have you ever considered hummus as anything other than a yummy dip? I hadn’t done either until a few weeks ago. I was completely intimidated by what I perceived as a complex and messy process. And tahini? Is it just me, but doesn’t that sound kind of like a tropical island and not a fancy ingredient?

Well then, I heard about this new product from Bush’s Beans that you can find at Walmart. Hummus Made Easy is just that…you add the contents of a (drained) can of beans and the Hummus Made Easy pouch then blend. I just use my hand blender but others use a regular blender or food processor. Not only is it easy to make, the blend has no preservatives. I have more and more sensitivities to that kind of thing so no preservatives is important to me.

#HummusMadeEasy comes in three varieties: Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, and Southwest Black Bean. Most people use black beans with the Southwest and Garbanzo (Chickpea) with the other two. Feel free to use any variety or combination you like.
#HummusMadeEasy comes in three varieties: Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, and Southwest Black Bean. Most people use black beans with the Southwest and Garbanzo (Chickpea) with the other two. Feel free to use any variety or combination you like.

It’s crazy inexpensive, too.

Hummus Made Easy is less than $2 at Walmart and the Bush's canned beans are less than $1 per can. One recipe makes about two cups of hummus. That's two cups of fresh hummus for less than $3 and about five minutes of your time.
Hummus Made Easy is less than $2 at Walmart and the Bush’s canned beans are less than $1 per can. One recipe makes about two cups of hummus. That’s two cups of fresh hummus for less than $3 and less than five minutes of your time.

I bought all three varieties and have enjoyed them immensely. I know I’m being compensated to talk about this product, but there is no compensation for my honest enthusiastic opinion. I would take this hummus over the more expensive brands any day. I really do love it. It’s also inspired me to figure out ways to use hummus in other ways besides “just” dip.

That’s where today’s blog comes in. Yes, I made brownies out of hummus. I figured if more folks are liking Southwest or spicy chocolate (not my favorite flavor profile but many, many people love it), and if using black beans to make brownies a bit higher in protein and healthier overall is a popular thing, why not make Southwest Black Bean Hummus Brownies? Read More

Oven baked hamburgers stuffed with peppers and cheese (recipe)

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We love burgers at our house and we also love peppers and cheese! We got the not-so-wild idea to infuse cheese and peppers in our burgers. Not just stuff, infuse. As in the cheese and sweet peppers are throughout the burger patty, not just a big lump in the middle.

We tried grilling and then tried pan frying but each time, the cheese would burn and make the patties fall apart. We then decided to try one more method and like many situations, the third time was the charm. We baked the burgers and the end result was delicious!

The measurements and time on this are not exact because it really is to your preference. Here is what we did: Read More

Beef and olive enchilada casserole

Beef and olive enchilada casserole

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Beef and olive enchilada casserole is a family favorite around the Smith household. It started with my original beef and olive enchilada recipe and I when I realized you could make the enchiladas into a casserole, I went back and added the instructions to the original blog.

We’ve gotten to where we rarely make the enchiladas unless we’re making (sponsored) Cheesy Pork and Green Chile Enchiladas because we love making the beef enchilada casserole so much! It’s perfect for potlucks or to take to a friend’s house if they are sick. And if you’re not into olives, no problem. Just leave them out.

At the risk of sounding braggy, my husband’s coworkers request I make this every time they have a potluck at work. There have been times that it gets eaten before my husband even reaches the casserole!

Every time I mention on Facebook that we’re making this enchilada casserole I get asked for the recipe. I usually share that old blog post but decided the casserole deserves its own post. So, here you go. As is my usual method, I share all the words of the recipe then share the steps in pictures.  Read More