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Humus is Manly

Guys, don’t be scared of humus.  That’s right I said humus… it sounds a little, how do I say, light-footed?  But in actuality it is a mainstay in my kitchen and has many uses.

Humus is nothing more than puree garbanzo beans and can have many different seasonings and ingredients added to create different types.  The first time I heard about this, I figured it was some high-end health food crap that I could do without.  Turns out it is great!  Although it does have health advantages, it is still a far cry from granola or tofu!

I use humus as my sandwich spread, dip for veggies or chips, in a tortilla as a snack and anywhere else I need a little extra something.  I make it with anything from avocados, jalapeno, red peppers, cucumber, chilies and almost anything else.

Since humus is nothing more than beans ground up, it is really clean and healthy as well as has a decent protein content… and as you know any extra protein in your diet is a great thing.

Making humus is so simple there is no need to buy it already made.  What you need is:

  • one can Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Seasoning of choice (I like Cajun seasoning)

Drain water from the can of beans and save in a bowl.  Dump beans in your ninja or food processor and give them a little grinding.  Add the olive oil and just a bit of the water from the bean can.  Puree until smooth and then add seasonings and give it a stirring.  Taste and season till perfect.  If you want other ingredients add in before the oil and water and grind a bit.  The left over water can be thrown out.

Give this a shot and see what ya think!

New beginnings

As the new year draws closer, I use this time to think back on the year and see what I accomplished and what I dropped the ball on… the later is sometimes greater of the two.  New Years is by far my favorite time of the year because its like a new beginning and the opertunity to learn from mistakes and focus on strengths for the next year.

I am a bit of a nerd and I’m always on the look out for ways to better plan and execute the plans of my dreaming mind.  This helps me to focus on my goals and whats important.  I have made a little progress every year over the last 10 years in my career of letting go of the nonessential and focusing more on the important to me.  I have high hopes of making 2015 the year that I make a big push to finely tune my career so that I can advance there but also focus on the goals of my new little family and be the new father that I want to be.

This article has some very interesting ideas for getting all my poop in a group and preparing for attacking another great year!  Give it a read and see if it can help you as well.

5 Ways Dreamers Can Become Doers.