Posted in Appetizers, Side Dishes, Vegetables


Maybe you like hummus or maybe you don’t.  If you are one who does not like hummus, I invite you to try the recipe below.  I have always disliked hummus because it has some foul taste that has never been appealing to me.  However, a long time ago, I tried making my own and you know what?  I found out that like hummus (but only if I make it myself).  So think of this as trying green eggs and ham for the first time and decide for yourself. 

Even if you decide after trying this recipe that you still don’t like it, make sure to serve it to your friends because I know they’ll love it, just as everyone did this past holiday weekend.  You’ll come out looking like a hero for making homemade hummus.


Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 130                                              Fat = 3 grams


2 (15 ounce) cans of chickpeas – rinsed and drained

Juice of ½ lemon

2 cloves garlic

½ cup fat free sour cream

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

¼ teaspoon coriander seeds

¼ teaspoon celery seed

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas thoroughly.
  2. Place chick peas in food processor and puree for 1 minute, scraping down the side.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and puree for 3 – 4 minutes.
  4. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve at room temperature with bread, crackers or vegetables.
Posted in Grilling, Main Courses, Poultry, Vegetables

Life is Good when the weather gets hot…

We had a beautiful day of fun, sun and BBQ eats.  Last night I marinated chicken and this morning assembled the skewers.  Here is Sweet and Spicy Marinated Chicken Skewers…

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers

Serves 6

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 255                                              Fat = 2 grams


½ cup ketchup

¼ cup honey

¼ cup chili sauce

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce*

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 pounds skinless/boneless chicken breasts

12 skewers

2 red bell peppers – cut into 1 inch pieces

2 large sweet onions – cut into 1 inch pieces

2 medium zucchini – cut into 1 inch pieces


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together ketchup, honey, chili sauce, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. 
  2. Cut chicken into 2-inch pieces and add to marinade.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Skewer vegetables and chicken pieces, alternating between onions, zucchini and peppers on each skewer.
  4. Heat grill and add chicken.  Grill for about 5 – 7 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through and serve.

*Can be found in the Asian section of the grocery store.