Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

Hummus is simple to make at home. The most difficult task is finding tahini at your local store.

Red Pepper Hummus Recipe
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  • 1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. In a food processor or blender, mix the garbanzo beans, olive oil, red bell pepper, tahini, lime juice, water, salt, black. pepper, and garlic powder. Blend until smooth.
  2. If drinking wine, pair with a white wine.


Eggplant Ratatouille Recipe

Super easy and good for you Ratatouille. I made this about a week ago. Great way to sneak in lots of veggies into the meal.

Ingredients and instructions from video:

Eggplant Ratatouille Recipe
Serves: 4
This is an inexpensive veggie dish.
  • 1 large Yellow or Red Pepper, sliced
  • 1 large Zucchini, cubed
  • 2 large Cloves of Garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound Eggplant, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  1. In non-reactive sauce pan add 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 medium onion, chopped. Saute until tender and golden.
  2. Place in the eggplant, add to onions, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook eggplant until it begins to brown about 10 mins.
  4. Add yellow or red Pepper, zucchini, garlic.
  5. Mix in with the rest of the ingredients and cook for a minute.
  6. Stir in a 28 ounce can of chopped tomatoes with juice.
  7. Add fresh thyme.
  8. Heat everything to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, approx. 30 mins.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.
  11. Serve with: french bed or w/a meat dish.


Fresh Pea Soup

Got vegetarians on the holiday dinner guest list? Homemade split pea soup is not only super cheap to make but it is a perfect soup to have on hand in case you have extra guests show up.

Last year, I was making green pea soup at least once every couple of weeks. I had a vegan in the house and this was about the only thing I could make that everyone would eat. After a few months, my husband started protesting about it not having any meat. Well you know what happened next. Here is a quick recipe with a little variation to include ham. Cheap, cheap.


Fresh Pea Soup
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 pound ham bone
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a medium sized pot, start by sauteing onions in oil or bacon grease. Add split peas and remove from heat. At this point you can add the ham bone or chopped ham. Cover ingredients with water then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook then cover until there are no whole peas are left, approximately 2 hours. Check to see if water has evaporated while it is cooking. Add water if needed.
  3. Now all peas should be soft and soupy, remove from heat. Soup will thicken.For a family of four, cost per person depends on if you buy ingredients on sale. But I would guess anywhere from .65-$1.50.

Recipe for last pic.

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