I know I all ready wished you all a Happy New Year but I still can hardly believe it’s 2016! Wow, 10 years ago I ran my first Boston Marathon. What an awesome experience it was but I have to admit, each time I qualified there after was just as rewarding! Although I never made the trip back to Boston for various reasons, I am now married and have an incredibly supportive husband who would love to take me so now all I need to do is re-qualify. And I will, some time soon I hope. In the mean time, I am so lucky and blessed I can still run marathons as I approach my mid fifties.
Again I hope everyone had a relaxing Holiday but I must ask, how you doing with those New Year’s Resolutions? With the new year, comes resolutions. So many people vow to lose weight, run more, get more organized, etc. I’ve never been big into New Years Resolutions, but I do like goals. This year I made some pretty hefty goals both professionally and personally, but one thing that always remains constant from year to year is my focus on being healthy. I love healthy foods, to exercise, and one thing I am working hard on is taking more time for myself. “What does that mean to you?”. This one is hard one for me! Who has time to take 30 minutes to read a book, or go for a walk, meditate, or even take a bubble bath? I do! And so do You?.
Roasted Garlic, Red & Yellow Pepper Hummus
Makes about 2 cups
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve 4 tablespoons of the liquid)
12 oz. jar roasted red peppers or mixed red and yellow, drained (I used this brand)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons tahini paste (or a couple handfuls of sesame seeds if you don’t happen to have it on hand)
1 head of roasted garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used pink Himalayan but kosher is fine)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons pine nuts, for garnish,
1 Tablespoon olive oil, for garnish
If using a Vita-mix, place all of the ingredients into the Vita-mix container in the order listed above and place the lid on tightly. Blend at low speed and gradually increase to high. Blend for 1 minute or until the hummus is smooth. Use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades if needed. If the hummus is too thick, add the reserved garbanzo bean liquid one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.
(If using a food processor or blender, place all of the ingredients into the bowl in the order listed and process until smooth. If needed, add the reserved garbanzo bean liquid one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.)
Place the hummus in a bowl and top with a tablespoon of olive oil and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Serve with blue corn chips, pita chips, pita bread, or cut up vegetables, my favorite of course!