Black Bean Hummus & Amy’s Kitchen

So, I had some black bean hummus for lunch today. This came about because I realized that I could eat various types of bean dips everyday and never get tired of eating them. Since I eat them on romaine leaves I’m not getting any extra abundance of grains which I generally try to limit so I can continue to lose weight.

Basic Black Bean Hummus Recipe

2 cans black beans (drained and well-rinsed)
2 T. Tahini paste or unsweetend peanut butter
1/4 cup mild salsa
2 T. Lemon juice
1 t. cumin
1 T. chili powder
2 T. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 onion

Throw it all in the food processor or Vita-Mix if you have one and blend until smooth. It tastes great right away or you can chill for a couple of hours to let the flavors blend. I actually add much more lemon juice as much 1/4 cup as I like it to be “a kick in the face,” as my wife notes. I also add 1 t. of Vietnamese style chili-garlic paste so as to sear off my taste buds. I usually add the chili-garlic paste after portioning so as to spare my wife the fire. She doesn’t like her food hot.

You can eat this on or in almost anything. It’s also a great addition to soups to protein pack them. My mother’s always nagging me about getting enough protein because she was raised in the South and down here they LOVE the meat. We really don’t NEED 30-40 g of protein a day, seriously. Not to mention beans and nuts are protein packed and this has both, as does traditional hummus.

On to a tangent!!

Last night on the way home the wife and I were both starving, it being nearly 10 PM and we had not eaten since who knows when. We made a veganizing trip to the local Chick-fil-a. I had a large fruit cup and a large waffle fry. My wife had a side salad, from which she then had to pick processed cheese, and a large waffle fry. This was almost $13 bucks with a large and medium drink, an expensive snack/late night meal. I mentioned the need for emergency food at the house and the idea of a plethora of hummus/bean dip varieties was born.

Today I was reading through Sara Jelley’s Examiner articles and came across an almost fangirl-esque entry on Amy’s Kitchen. I’ve seen these before and even had some enchiladas back in my pre-Vegan days. I went to the website and found 86 different Vegan products. Most of which are available in the Mega-marts of the world!

Let me repeat that they 86 Vegan products.

Many of their products approximate convenience foods that Omnis eat like hot pockets, but with better nutrition and higher quality ingredients.
I am not an advocate for processed foods. I joined the Vegan fold to better my health and shed the extra pounds I’ve been carrying around for most of my life. As such processed foods are on my list of “not very often, if ever” foods. Amy’s makes it easier to sure that the processing isn’t making the food unhealthy and full of chemicals.

Oh and the girl the company is named for writes a pretty good blog, too.

Check out Amy’s Journal.