Quick, easy, and great with everything from veggies to pita bread or spread on sandwiches, hummus is a fiber and protein-packed powerhouse!

Hummus

Ingredients

2 cups cooked or canned organic chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
1/3 cup Tahini (sesame seed paste)
1-2 large garlic cloves, minced
Juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

Preparation

If using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse thoroughly until water is clear. Puree chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon, one tablespoon of the olive oil, and cumin in food processor or blender. Scrape down sides of bowl and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Process to desired consistency, and continue to add more oil or lemon juice (and water, if you prefer) and continue to blend. Once blended to desired consistency, spread in shallow dish and drizzle olive oil over the top. Place kalamata olives and sprigs of parsley on the hummus, for garnish. Makes approximately 2 1/3 cups.

*Image courtesy of Green Earth Bazaar.

Spring Cleaning Tips from Martha Stewart

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the idea is overwhelming and the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. While spring cleaning will never become effortless, below are some suggestions from Martha Stewart to help you get started and make things a little more manageable including eight steps to perfectly clean windows.

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Eight Steps to Perfectly Clean Windows

1. Schedule the project Choose a time when the sun is not shining directly on windows. Its hot rays can cause the cleaning solution to dry, which will result in streaks.

2. Clean the surface With a soft-bristle brush, dust away cobwebs and loose dirt from windows and frames. Don’t forget hinges, sills, and tracks. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands, especially if the frames are old and splintery.

3. Make the cleaning solution Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part hot water.

4. Prevent a mess Before cleaning the inside of each window, place an absorbent terry-cloth towel along the windowsill to catch drips.

5. Wet the glass Using a sponge, wet (but don’t drench) the windowpane with the vinegar-and-water solution, and rub away the dirt. As much as possible, keep the solution from coming into contact with the window frames.

6. Prime a squeegee Wet the rubber blade; a dry one will skip.

7. Wipe the glass Starting at an upper corner of the pane, draw the squeegee down in a straight, confident stroke. Wipe the rubber edge of the squeegee with a sponge or a lint-free cloth. Return to the top and repeat, slightly overlapping the first stroke. Finish by pulling the squeegee across the bottom of the window. Dry the sill.

8. Clean the frames Wipe surfaces using a cloth dampened with a non-ammomia all-purpose cleaner and water. Rinse them thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth to remove cleaning solution, and dry immediately by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.

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A healthy version of a family favorite – chewy oats combined with wheat germ and flax seed, combined with raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla for sweetness, this version of oatmeal cookies is absolutely heavenly! Adapted from Aunt Patty’s Organic Oatmeal Cookies Recipe, check out all of her super tasty recipes online at www.auntpattys.com.

Organic Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
3/4 cup organic butter
1/4 cup water
1 organic egg

1 tsp. organic cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla
3 cups organic oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/8 cup flax seed
1 cup organic unbleached flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. water
1 1/2 cups organic raisins

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Combine sugar, butter, egg, water, and vanilla until creamy. Combine oats, flour, flax seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, soda, and salt. Blend with wet mixture. Add raisins and water. Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes until lightly brown. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

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A unique twist for dinner tonight, sweet potatoes combined with curry, fresh ginger and coconut milk. Another delicious recipe from Catherine Newman on DisneyFamily.com, this dish is chock full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Sweet Potato Curry with Tofu

Ingredients
1 pound extra-firm tofu
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided use
1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 1-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled, smashed with the side of a heavy knife, and minced
3 teaspoons curry powder
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 pound sweet potatoes (2 medium), peeled and diced
1 cup green peas (frozen is fine)
Kosher salt
Chopped cilantro and roasted peanuts for garnish

Preparation

Press the tofu to dry it a bit: wrap it in a clean dish towel, and set a heavy pot on it while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a wide skillet over medium-low heat and sauté the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds or so, until just fragrant. Stir in the curry powder, then add the coconut milk, tomato paste, and water, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring.

Add the sweet potatoes and stir, then cover the pan and cook over low heat, at a gentle simmer, until the sweet potatoes are tender (around 15 minutes).

Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick pan and slice the tofu into 3/4-inch cubes. Fry the tofu for 10 minutes, turning it to brown as many sides as possible (don’t try to brown them all — just a few is fine).

Add the tofu and the green peas to the pan of sweet potatoes, and simmer it uncovered for 5 minutes to blend the flavors, cook the peas, and thicken the sauce.

Taste for salt (you may need to add a lot or a little, depending on whether there’s salt in your curry powder) and serve with rice, garnished with chopped cilantro and peanuts. Serves 4-6.

See all recipes from Catherine Newman’s “Dalai Mama Dishes” blog.