This post will contain two recipes, an easy hummus, and my family favorite, homemade guacamole. These are both easy to whip up, quick to serve, pleasing to everyone, healthy, AND will keep in the fridge after your guests have gone home!! They DO require a few ingredients that are not normally found around my kitchen (which breaks a little from the whole "on a dime" theme), but if company is coming, buying one or two strange items shouldn't be out of the question or out of the budget. So without further ado.....
2 ripe avocados (ripe ones should give a little to pressure, not to be too mushy, but not rock hard.)
*Note on avocados: Some people are intimidated by this little green bugger, they are really quite easy to tackle. Simple cut them in half and, to remove the seed, use a knife, bring the blade down sharply into the seed at a paralell, making sure it is firmly embedded, and twist, like a faucet handle. The seed should come right out, easy as pie. (does that make sense? it's hard to explain) Then simply scoop out the nice soft flesh with a spoon.
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 scallions or 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (trust me, its necessary)
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced.
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
Chop avocado, mash half of pieces with fork or potato masher.
Mix everything else on a bowl, That's all you do!
Serve with tortilla chips.
Keeps a couple days in the fridge. This dip may discolor after bing in the fridge, but don't worry, it's still fine to eat, just give it a stir.
Easy Pleasin' Hummus
1 20 oz. can chickpeas, drained
1/4 c. tahini (sesame paste) <--- This is found in the mediterranean section of your grocery store.
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
dash of cumin, cayenne
Combine all ingredients in food processor, puree until forms a thick paste. Serve with pita chips, toasted baguette, chips, or crackers. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.