Category Archives: Hummus

Seven Layered Greek Hummus Dip

There has been a lot of snuggling going on around here lately.  I mean, up until Monday night I hadn’t seen my puppy in 5 whole days!  That’s a long time, if you ask me.

Mac2

Okayyyy, so maybe he’s not technically a puppy anymore.  In fact, we made a pit stop in Petsmart the other day and he weighed in at a whopping 90 lbs!  Probably seems like a lot (and it is!) but I would’ve bet money he was on the heavier end of the 95-100 lb range.

Mac

Speaking of Big Mac’s….

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And in case you can’t see that microscopic photo…

huge lap dog

I could not stop laughing at this picture!  Probably because of how much it relates to me and Mac.

Seven Layered Greek Hummus Dip

So my oven is still broken, sadly.  But it hasn’t stopped me entirely from cooking or making delicious food.   So today, I have a yummy dip recipe for you!

greek dip 6b

Quite similar to the concept of a layered taco dip, except with all the flavors of a Greek salad chopped up and layered over creamy hummus.  Perfect for scooping up with crispy pita chips!

seven layered greek hummus dip

Ingredients:

1 container hummus (any flavor will work, I used roasted garlic)

About 1/4-1/3 cup of the following:

  • English cucumber, finely chopped
  • Red/orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Scallions, finely chopped (chives or shallots would work too)

1 tbls fresh dill, chopped

Directions:

Spread hummus evenly into a shallow container (I used a pie pan).  Layer cucumber, pepper, olives, feta cheese, and scallions, and sprinkle fresh dill over the top.  Serve with pita chips or crudités.

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As my sister-in-law, Nikki, pointed out a couple weekends ago, it’s a very festive dip!  Not only is it super easy to throw together in 10 min or less, it’s very fresh-tasting and healthy.  It’s an excellent appetizer to make-ahead for a party to incorporate something lighter than your traditional cheese/cream/fat laden dips you normally find at parties.

Enjoy! 🙂

TJ’s Hummus & Ab Circuit

Are you a hummus lover?

trader joes cilantro and jalapeno hummus

If so, you must try this stuff!  Creamy Cilantro and Jalapeno Hummus – I bought it at Trader Joe’s the other day and just opened it up yesterday morning to add to my scrambled eggs.

BFAST22I sauteed up some pre-roasted asparagus, zucchini, summer squash and red onion first before scrambling in a couple eggs.  Once the eggs were cooked through, I stirred in a few spoonfuls of jalapeno cilantro hummus and topped with melty Parmesan cheese.  WOW!

(The only thing I forgot was my beloved avocado. But there will definitely be a next time!)

cilantro jalapeno hummus and flackers

It has just a slight spicy flavor so if you can’t handle a lot of heat, I think you would still enjoy it.  I loved the hummus so much that I immediately dug in as I was preparing dinner.  Half the container gone in one day!

Quick Medicine Ball Ab Circuit

I always like to end a good cardio workout with some core work incorporated into my stretching.  I did the following workout with a medicine ball this week and I was surprisingly sore the next day!  Must’ve done something right. 😉

quick medicine ball ab circuit2

LA Fitness was slacking in the medicine ball department that particular morning and I was left with the choice between either a 9 or 4 lb ball.  I’m glad I chose the heavier of the two because I believe that’s what caused the soreness!  No pain, no gain 😉   My recommendation if you complete this circuit is to pick a challenging weight for yourself since it’s a quick little workout!

I always struggle with remembering the names of these core workouts, so here are some pics I grabbed from the internet for reference.

Russian Twists

russian twist with medicine ball

1 rep counts as touching the left side once and the right side once.

Vertical Sit-Ups with Medicine Ball

vertical sit ups

This is showing the down position.  Raise up into a sit up holding the ball with straight arms while raising it straight up into the air.

Medicine Ball V-Ups

v ups with med ball

This move gets rather difficult, especially if the ball is on the heavier side.  I did a modification by raising one leg at a time instead of both.