Home Made Hummus Recipe
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).
Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.
For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.
Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.
Lean & Tastey Pork Chops
w/ Broccolo & Couscous
4 thick boneless pork chops
2-3 T fresh lemon juice (I would use 3 T, but I really like lemon)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. rubbed sage (or use 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage, use less sage if you’re not crazy about sage)
2 tsp. garlic puree (pureed garlic, also called ground garlic)
2 tsp. dried shallots (I love the dried shallots from Penzeys for marinades, but you could use 1 T minced fresh shallots or 1 tsp. onion powder)
fresh ground pepper to taste, about 1/4 tsp.
If using dried shallots, crush them a bit before adding to marinade. Combine all marinade ingredients in measuring cup. Put pork chops in large ziploc bag, pour marinade in and marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours, but all day is better.
Cooking time will depend on the heat of your grill, but total time is probably less than 15 minutes. Pork chops are done when they feel firm, but not hard, to the touch and are well browned. If you have an instant-read meat thermometer, use it to check for doneness. Serve hot.