Sunday, June 5, 2011

Picnic Food: Chilled Cucumber Soup with Mint and Spiced Hummus

Today was heavenly weather outside so I decided a picnic was needed. This post is part 1 of 2 and contains 2 of the recipes on the picnic menu: chilled cucumber soup with mint and spiced hummus. I paired these with some crudites, berry herbal iced tea (infused with fresh berries) and Pamela's peanut butter cookies...the entree will be posted next :). I hope this inspires you to get outdoors...

Here is how:
1. The chilled cucumber soup with mint:
    a. Place in a blender or food processor:
- 2 cups of plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups English cucumbers (peeled, seeded and chopped)
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 4 Tbs. fresh mint leaves chopped
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
    b. Puree until smooth and season with additional salt if needed. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves.

2. The spiced hummus:
    a. In a food processor combine:
- 1 (15 oz.) can of garbanzo beans
- 1/4 cup of tahini
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of crushed garlic
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (chopped)
- 1 plum tomato (peeled, seeded and chopped)
- 2 scallions chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    b. Puree until smooth.

Here is to healthy, creative picnics..and of course the OUTDOORS!! xo


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