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Dipping and Decisions

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Doesn’t that look nice?

This is a picture of Santorini, Greece. Neither of us have ever been to Greece, but it is definitely on our “Must Go” list. There’s so much culture, it’s warm, and of course, who doesn’t love Greek food? Souvlaki, olives, figs – deeeelicious!

One of the most famous dishes to come out of Greece (besides the yogurt) is Tzatziki, and with good reason! It’s creamy, garlicky, yet still fresh and bright, thanks to the cucumber.  So good. One of our favourite dips, actually. It can sometimes be a tough call between Tzatziki and hummus. Well, that decision just got a whole lot easier – we combined them!

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Tzatziki-hummus, anyone?

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A beautiful blend of two different cultures (middle eastern + Greek), kind of reminds us of our Greek Nachos… we sure do love culture-crossing over here!

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For this dip, we blended tzatziki ingredients into the hummus, though for a simpler version (ahem – cheater! Cheater!) you could also blend some store-bought tzatziki into a plain or roasted garlic hummus.

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However you choose to prepare it, this dip is creamy, refreshing and perfect for when you just can’t make that decision between Tzatziki and Hummus.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Tzatziki – Hummus

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Prep time: 5 min
Total Time: 10min
Makes: ~2c.

Ingredients:

2 c. chick peas
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 c. plain greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
pepper
water, for thinning.

Directions:

In a food processor or high-powered blender, combine all ingredients except the water and the chickpeas. Blend until combined and creamy. Add the chickpeas and blend until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add water to reach desired consistency, if desired.

~twosaucysisters

What’s your favourite – hummus or tzatziki?

Our Dad is Full of Beans!

So the reason why there was no new post yesterday is because we were spending the whole day with this guy:

What a handsome man! 🙂

Seriously don’t know where we’d be without our daddy! He’s always there to support us, emotionally, financially (the champ’s footing most of the bill for school currently!), always trying to keep us laughing and is 100% there for us whenever we need a hug.  He always believes in us.  He’s been there for every race he can get to, and if he can’t be there he’ll be glued to either the live stream (if there is one) or the results page, and is the first to message us after a race! This year, he surprised us at OUA’s in Ottawa – we had no idea he was coming! He’s a big mustang fan 🙂

OUAs In our halloween finery, of course! 

Home-made sign for some encouragement on the drive to Rochester!

He’s also the most amazing, do-it-yourself, mister-fix-it! We can recall the countless number of toys, school projects, necklaces and other random things he’s fixed for us and our brothers over the years. But that’s childs’ play.  He rebuilt our sun room all by himself, and just recently finished re-building our barn! He made his own concrete forms and everything.  According to the guy who came in to pour in the concrete, 9 times out of 10 home-made forms crack and break when he goes to fill them in, but not our dad’s! He’s way too good for that 🙂

Barn Before:

 

Barn After!

Our dad also LOVES Fieros! He has 3 of them! And of course he does most of the work on them all by himself 🙂

 

I think we must get a lot of our own do-it-yourself attitude from him, except ours of course, is in the kitchen! 😉

Every year for Father’s Day, our family comes to our house for a BBQ! Dad fired up the grill  for some chicken thighs rubbed in the “Lick Your Chops” bbq sauce from the Looney Spoons Cookbook (seriously love these girls!), and the fam jam brought over salads, buns, deviled eggs (yummm), drinks and dessert!

Check out that cake! Thanks, Aunt Gina!

Of course, we had to contribute something as well! We wanted something fresh, summery, and super nutritious! So we thought, why not do a bean salad?

Mmmm… bean salad….

Just look at all those colours! 🙂 We actually made a lot more than what is shown (it’s quite the big recipe!) but our family gobbled it right up! This is what was left over. Mental note: take photos before dinner next time! (but left-overs for lunch today – I think so!)

Bean salads are great because they’re an excellent source of protein and have ridiculous amounts of fibre, so they’re low-fat but super filling! They’re also quite versatile and perfect for summer: cool and refreshing. They make a great addition to any bbq or picnic because they’re easily packed up and really inexpensive to make.  Beans are probably one of the cheapest sources of protein out there, and if you’re buying them in cans, the only prep they require is rinsing off the brine.  This salad is best of you let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or over night so that the flavours have time to mingle.

A super scrumptious, light and colourful bean salad that’s (almost) as awesome as our dad! Happy Father’s Day! 🙂

Summer Time Bean Salad

Serves: 10-15, maybe even more!

Prep time: 10min

For the salad:

1 19oz can black beans

1 19 oz can red kidney beans

1 19oz can chickpeas

1 cup frozen cut green/yellow beans, thawed

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/2 medium red onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

For the dressing:

1/4 c. olive oil

1/4 c. lemon juice

1 Tbsp honey

1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard

1 tsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/4 tsp salt

pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.  For the dressing, whisk all ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over salad, stirring to coat.  Allow to chill for at least 30min.

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You know when you see those pre-teen girls at a One Direction concert crying their eyes out over the mere fact that they’re within a 100m radius of their favourite band?

That’s how we feel about hummus. Minus the crying.

Even just the word hummus gets us excited. Really, what’s not to love? A creamy dip/spread/topping that’s good for you, need we say more?

Hummus is a complete protein because of the chick peas + tahini combo, it’s high in fibre (yay chick peas!) and contains healthy fats from the olive oil and the tahini. The great part about making it yourself is that it’ll be lower in sodium.  It’s also incredibly delicious.  We think that should count as a health benefit, too. 🙂

We like to dip pita chips, crackers, veggies, spoons in hummus, spread it on sandwiches, wraps, and pizza, and put it on top of salads and whatever other dishes we think it would add to (…everything?).  Seriously, folks, we eat hummus like it’s our job- luckily this recipe only takes about 5 minutes to make!

So here is our very own hummus recipe, which is low in sodium and high in awesome! 🙂

1. Rinse your chickpeas!

2. Assemble the troops!

3. Put everything in the food processor….

4. Blend! Blend! Blend!

5. EAT.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Total time: 5min

Ingredients:

2 c. chick peas, rinsed. (or one can!)

1/4 c. olive oil

1/4 c. tahini

1/4 c. lemon juice

1/4 c. roasted red peppers

2 Tbsp- 1/4 c water (depending on how thick you would like it)

1 clove garlic (or more, if desired)

1/2 tsp salt

pepper, to taste

cayenne pepper flakes, to taste.

Directions:

Put all ingredients into food processor and whirl until smooth.