Easy Hummus Recipe Your Family Will Love

easy hummus recipe

My son adores hummus, and this easy hummus recipe is a favorite at my house. When I first introduced him to this healthy dip I wasn’t very sure how he would like it. Up to then, he’d had a pretty picky idea about what he liked to eat. But he surprised me and gobbled it right up with pita chips and different veggies. Now, hummus is our go-to snack that we both enjoy. This fresh version of a store bought favorite will blow you away with it’s fresh taste.

Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe

easy hummus recipe







2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained

1/3 cup tahini

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic, halved

1 tbsp olive oil

1 pinch paprika

1 tsp minced fresh parsley


  1. Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.

(Makes 8 Servings)



Easy Penne Pasta Recipe

Easy penne pasta recipe

This easy penne pasta recipe is one you’ll want to try. I have a fairly picky family. My husband wants meat in everything, but I’m good with just a nice pasta sauce on any kind of pasta. My son is more like myself, but he loves meat as well. One of my go to recipes that my family will eat every time is a simple, easy penne pasta recipe. It takes very little time to prep and prepare, so it’s perfect for any time, especially during the busy week days when time is limited and you’re probably not wanting to be in the kitchen very long. You can either prepare it as is, or add any kind of meat that you like. Beef, chicken, shrimp all work great. Of course, you can also alter the recipe by using a different kind of pasta or noodle. The base is so simple and goes well with spaghetti too.

Easy Penne Pasta Recipe

1 (8 ounce) package penne pasta
1 tablespoon basil oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Cook pasta in boiling water until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
Heat basil and olive oils in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic in oil until soft. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in monterey jack, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. When cheese begins to melt, mix in cooked penne pasta. Season with fresh basil.

This easy penne pasta recipe feeds 4.

Easy penne pasta recipe

Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

Ham and White Bean Soup

Ham and White Bean Soup recipe

Easy Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

This is a recipe from my cookbook “Favorite Soup Recipes.” I love ham and beans, especially when there’s really good corn bread to have along with it. Hope you make this soup and enjoy it during the cold weather, or any time.


2 cups dried Great Northern beans

10 cups water

1 (1-1/2 pound) meaty ham bone

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small bay leaf

1 cup potato, peeled and chopped

1 cup minced onion

1 cup thinly sliced celery

1 cup chopped carrots

Salt and pepper to taste


Cover the beans with water in a large pot and let stand overnight. Drain and rinse the beans. Return to the pot and add 10 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 1 hour. Return to low heat and add the ham bone, garlic and bay leaf. Cover and simmer on low, for 2 hours or until the beans are almost tender. Stir in the potato, onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper. Cover and continue to simmer on low for 1 hour. Remove the ham bone. Chop the meat and add to the soup. Heat just to boiling, stirring often. Remove and throw away the bay leaf. Serves 8.

Easy Veggie Stir Fry

veggie stir fry


Make this Easy Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

Serves 4

2 tbsp sesame oil
1 chili, finely chopped
3 1/2 oz pine nuts
1 lb shitake mushrooms
1 onion, sliced
1 lb spinach
11 oz baby corn, halved lengthwise
2 red bell peppers, sliced
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup fresh peas and green beans
3 ½ oz soy sauce

Sauté the chili, pine nuts and garlic in a wok for 30 seconds on high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, spinach, baby corn, peas, beans and red pepper and sauté for 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce and sauté for 1 minute. Serve.

Six Healthy Cooking Ingredients All Families Need in Their Kitchens

healthy olive oil onions and garlic


It is necessary to have healthy ingredients at home that you can use on a regular basis to fix healthy meals for you and your entire family. They should be low in fat, salt and sugar with no added preservatives.

Some of the healthiest cooking ingredients to have in your kitchen include:

1. Olive Oil
Olive oil has no saturated fat and is considered the most healthy oil by many authorities, including, the American Heart Association. It can be used in salads, for baking, and for pan cooking.

2. Non Fat Yogurt
Non-fat yogurt, especially Greek yogurt is a wonderful substitute for recipes that call for mayonnaise, or sour cream. They can be used to thicken a variety of sauces and also make a great snack or breakfast.

3. Onions and Garlic
It is possible to include onions in a number of recipes like soups, salads or in stir-fry. Onions have a very distinctive flavour liked by many people in their salads. They help balance blood sugar for people struggling with this issue, such as, Diabetics and those diagnosed with pre-diabetes. They contain anti-inflammatory benefits for those who struggle with allergies when they include them regularly in their meals. Onions eaten in large amounts provide anti-bacteria properties for the body to fight harmful bacteria that may cause illnesses.

Garlic is related to the onion family and is high in selenium. It helps in reducing blood cholesterol that can cause problems in the heart. It is necessary to allow garlic to rest after chopping before cooking to obtain the maximum health benefits. It increases iron absorption which is essential in the production of red blood cells. Furthermore it is believed to help in the fight against obesity.

4. Tomatoes
Tomatoes whether fresh or in a paste are a must have ingredient. They can be eaten raw in a salad or made into various sauces for a sumptuous meal. The red pigment in tomatoes is called lycopene and promotes the production of collagen for gorgeous firm skin. Lycopene enables one to enjoy a good night sleep healing to the mind, body and soul. Tomatoes are also believed to help the skin fight against sunburn when eaten in abundance. Tomatoes also lower the risk of osteoporosis by strengthening the bones when eaten regularly. They also contain antioxidants necessary in the fight against cancer. Drizzling olive oil on your tomatoes ensures you obtain additional nutritional benefits. Finally, cherry and grape tomatoes are very low in calories, they can be eaten in abundance for snacking and with meals.

5. Herbs
Most fresh herbs contain strong aromas that make a meal enjoyable, and they can be grown on your windowsill and therefore be easily accessible to create healthy and delicious meals.

• Rosemary can be included in soups, for chicken dishes and in your cup of tea.
• Rosemary is believed to help improve the brain health of people who forget easily.
• Parsley is full of minerals and vitamins; additionally it adds color to a salad for a mouth-watering meal.
Ginger is another herb that is good for the digestive health and is believed to settle an upset stomach. It can be dried and used in a tea to relieve a cold becauses it is known to open the sinuses for easier breathing.
• A number of people have used it to relieve pain in a tooth by chewing it. Read more