Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad

Some hearty veggies tossed with warm butter and hot sauce and topped with crispy chickpeas and crumbled blue cheese.

Falafel Taco Boats

Falafel Taco Boats

Spicy homemade falafel in a taco boat with cucumber tomato salad, shredded lettuce, feta, and tzatziki.

Hummus

Hummus

Welcome to hummus week! Every day this week I’m gonna be blasting you guys with new and awesome hummus recipes! Hummus week is brought to you by Sabra. I was recently lucky enough to take a trip to their hummus factory and spent an awesome day meeting new and old friends and learning about hummus. If you want to know more about the trip itself, Nick at Macheesmo (who I met IRL for the first time after being e-friends for over 4 years!) captured it pretty well here.

I couldn’t start hummus week though without actually making a batch from scratch. I’ll tell you guys a few things about making hummus from scratch. The good news is it is crazy cheap and crazy delicious. You can make a decently large batch and split it to make a few different flavors, and it keeps really well. The bad news is it’s a real pain to make and in the end the hummus from Sabra is better anyways. That being said, I had fun making it, and when I say from scratch, I mean super scratch, like making the tahini paste and everything!

Parmesan Baked Beans

Parmesan Baked Beans

As with most families these days, I have some vegetarians in mine. Being the conscious cook, I decided to try and make a vegetarian version of baked beans that would be so delicious that no one would miss the pork or even realize something was different. I based the beans off a hearty Italian tomato sauce, and added every non-meat based version of umami I could think of. Within 5 minutes of getting to the annual 4th of July party, my vegetarian aunt reminded me that she hates beans. Oh well! These beans were worth it anyways.