Get the last of the fresh herbs in while you can with this fresh and super simple recipe! It’s honestly so easy a cave man can do it. And I think this may even qualify for the paleo diet?!
I had friends coming over and literally had no finger food ready, so I went pantry-diving. Chic peas? Check. Basil about to go bad? Check. So many lemons I couldn’t possibly use them all myself? Check. All of my friends like hummus, so why not give it a whirl? Like literally, whirl it in a food processor. (I crack myself up…)
1 can of chic peas
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
2 lemons (1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of zest)
1 tbsp of olive oil
Break out the food processor (or mortar and pestle) and pour in all of the ingredients. Puree until smooth. That’s it! Seriously. But I mean, don’t forget to service it with pita chips (I’m addicted to Stacy’s sea salt pita chips). Or you can stuff it in to a cucumber for a healthier snack like we did here.
Chic peas/hummus is such a versatile ingredient, get creative! Mix your own flavors (red pepper and lemon, anyone?) and let us know what you come up with! Tweet it to us @damn_delish.
Let’s get back to the basics here. Summer is just 90 days away, we need to start eating right. I don’t know what this Paleo stuff is, I mean I have a vague idea…Its a throwback meal plan in which you eat twigs & berries? FALSE. Its actually a legit lifestyle change and although I may have bought a box of green tea and convinced myself I will make it to the gym at least 2x this week. Let’s be real. Unless it tastes good, I am not going to be sticking to it. Oh and it can’t waste a ton of my precious time either so ya, there’s those stipulations as well 🙂 Anyway, I found the best fit. Quick enough for my whiney tired self to use no excuse not to make (double negative folks, stay with me), as well as, the fact it uses trendy stuff like kale and is gluten free (Shout out to a miss Caitlin Matt, lovely GF blog follower). Tell me you don’t love the fact its 4 ingredients and takes 20 minutes to make. Stop with the excuses & try this puppy out…
1 pound sausage (I did Turkey vs. Pork and I also made sure it was hot Italian so the fennel seeds & other spices were already in there).
1 bunch organic kale (1/2 the bag)
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
(I added a lil bit of minced garlic. Technically not needed since the sausage was mixed with spices, but I like to jazz stuff up).
Remove sausage from its casing and brown in a large pan. Add the diced onion and continue cooking on medium until the onions are soft. Remove the spine from the kale and chop into bite size pieces. (In order to avoid this work, because god forbid I don’t take short cuts, I bought the pre chopped & washed stuff from Trader Joe’s, its in the salad section). Then, add the kale to the pan with the sausage and onions and stir and cook until it turns bright green and softens to your taste. (Between 5-10 minutes) Remove sausage and kale mixture from the heat, stir in the chopped red bell pepper. Serve warm & feel proud of the fact you are so chic that you are eating kale, are gluten free, and partaking in a Paleo diet. Every single food buzz word for 2014, way to be a grade A trendsetter for the day.