May 2015 Theme: DIY Kitchen Essentials

What favorite kitchen staples do you now make from scratch – but in the past you purchased? Show us your best DIY recipe for keeping cupboards, fridge or freezer stocked with healthy basics. Think homemade frozen waffles, salad dressing, broth or other kitchen essentials.

There are a lot of things better homemade such as salad dressing, veggie burgers, and granola just to name a few. I love when you make things homemade you have control of the ingredients used and you can avoid unnecessary additives found in some store bought products. Plus, if I’m being honest, it makes me feel fancy when I can claim something as homemade as it makes me feel all domestic and a little bit like Martha Stewart. I kid….Kind of.

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Hummus is something that often times I will buy at the store purely for convenience but really that seems silly considering it takes no time at all to make up a batch at home. In this recipe edamame replaces the chickpeas for a spin on a classic hummus recipe. Not only is this hummus easy to put together but it’s healthy too . Edamame is a great source of protein making this spread a wonderful addition to a sandwich or snack.

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The flavor combinations for hummus are endless and it’s always fun to try something new. It’s great as a sandwhich spread, a dip for chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Add some pizzazz to it by topping with additional edamame and sesame seeds.

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Edamame Hummus
 
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Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups thawed frozen Edamame
  • 3 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Optional Toppings: Additional Edamame, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Directions
  1. Add edamame to a pot of water; bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain water.
  2. Add edamame to a food processor and process until it begins to smooth, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Add in the garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil and process again until smooth.
  4. Add salt to taste and process again until combined.
  5. Scoop into a serving bowl. Garnish with additional edamame and toasted sesame seeds.
  6. Serve with crackers, pita chips,and/or veggie sticks.