Oil Free, Tahini Free, Low-Fat Easy Hummus

1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained.

2 cloves garlic, chopped. This would have tasted better with 3, but the raw garlic makes me smelly, so I’ll cut this to 1 or use minced next time.

2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
If substituting lime juice, use half as much and make up the liquid difference with water.

1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons of the liquid the canned chickpeas came in. Drain the chickpeas into a cup and draw your liquid from that. You can use water.

Blend into a thick paste, adding liquid if needed. It helps if your blender doesn’t suck like mine does. 

This really didn’t taste like much until I added spices. I added smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, a little chili powder, and salt.

original source: 
 http://engine2diet.com/recipe/engine-2-hummus

Meat Free Monday: Low Fat Oil Free Lentil “Tim” Curry


It’s a Tim curry because I’m Tim, it’s a curry,  and I wrote the recipe. Also, it can’t decide whether it wants to be a mad scientist, and evil clown, or a professional pirate when it grows up.

https://youtu.be/Nrj8EZm9ca8
Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 2 medium potatoes, cooked and diced. Sweet potatoes taste even better than white potatoes,  but both work well
  • 2/3 to 1 cup cooked cut carrots
  • 1/4 to 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • Curry powder and red pepper to taste
  • Salt and black pepper 

Directions:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, cook the potatoes, lentils, and carrots
  2. Simmer the onion,garlic, and red bell pepper in a little water until slightly soft
  3. Stir in the lentils, potatoes, and carrots
  4. Add curry and ground red pepper to taste 
  5. Cook covered on low heat for 10 minutes, until everything is hot, and the flavors have mixed. If it doesn’t treats quite right, add curry, stir, and simmer a few minutes longer.
  6. Add salt and black pepper to taste on the plate. You’ll use a lot less salt that way, and it will taste better.
  7. Eat over rice for best effect

    It’s hard to express how much I like this recipe, so I’ll let a more eloquent Tim do it for me:

    The Brilliance of Moana’s “Shiny”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93lrosBEW-Q

    In one scene, Disney accomplishes so much:

    1. A fun and catchy song

    2. A memorable (if minor) villain

    3. A great action sequence with brilliant visuals

    4. A great reminder/introduction to just how vast the supernatural world is: Tamatoa is bigger than any house Moana has seen,  and he lives in a giant clamshell

    5. Tamatoa’s expression of terror when Maui takes hold of his hook for the first time shows just how powerful and feared Maui was back in the day. It proves that “You’re Welcome” wasn’t just puffery and showing off.

    6. Setup for an ongoing difficulty/twist: Maui’s inability to use his hook’s powers like he used to, and his sense that without his hook, he’s nothing.

    7. The sense that Maui isn’t the only one who thinks he’s nothing without his hook: Tamatoa agrees.

    8. Demonstration of Moana’s fear when faced with the supernatural world, then her courage to recover, and her resourcefulness to trick Tamatoa

    9. Revelation the Maui was abandoned at some point, feels alone, and does great deeds for humans mostly to feel wanted and accepted

    10. Moana saves Maui, which elevates her to his level, and puts them on more equal footing.

    All in less than four minutes.

    As they say on Firefly, “Shiny.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFpgtYJLVW4

    Wanna see something else shiny?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knlw6kFP_RU

    A Prince of a Kitchen Knife

    So, in keeping with the philosophy of fewer,  better things (especially things I use a lot), I finally stopped using our old and woefully insufficient knives and ordered this violet beauty. 

    It’s a Zyliss Santoku. It’s assign entry level blade: $11, with only a 5 year warranty,  but it still makes a world of difference whether I’m cutting onions our ripe tomatoes.

    And best of all, it’s purple! I feel like singing Prince songs while I’m cooking. Hey, here’s one now:

     https://youtu.be/vHxmctgKFL8

    Meat Free Monday: Cooking for the week

    So yesterday I did some cooking. And once I have the kitchen going, I like to take full advantage. 

    The big pot holds lentils. 

    I later used some of the lentils to make a curry with carrots and potatoes and onion and garlic. I didn’t follow anybody else’s recipe, so I guess you could call it a … Tim curry …


    The black pot holds garden noodles, rotini and penne made with vegetable flour.

     The smaller lidded pot holds rice, 

    The smallest pot has a red sauce with onion, mushrooms, garlic and basil.

    This won’t hold our whole household for a week without some additional cooking and mixing, but it lays a decent framework of ingredients.

    Hey, Congressman Palazzo: The EPA Does More to Fight Crime than the FBI!

    This is called the “Lead Hypothesis,” and research had found the same correlations not only across the US, putting Giuliani’s “broken windows” theory to rest, but across the world, putting Freakonomics’ “Roe v. Wade/abortion solves crime” theory down.

    Kevin Drum’s Mother Jones article gathers the evidence in one really readable piece, and the evidence is strong.

    It wasn’t mass incarceration or abortion that stopped America’s thirty year crime wave. It was banning lead paint and gas.


    And now, my congressman, Steve Palazzo, and a handful of other corporate reps want to eliminate the E.P.A., which would almost certainly create a “race to the bottom” as states compete to bring in businesses by giving exemptions to environmental protections, or gutting them entirely.

    If you like the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, you’ll love the new, EPA-less America.