Red Pepper Hummus & My Wish For You

Before I get into my hummus recipe I developed last night with the help of my beautiful daughter, I want to share a very personal piece of myself with you today. In September of 2010 my dad passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after fighting for a year to beat it. It was 1 week before his 52nd birthday, and he was the person I was closest to in the whole world. Losing him was the biggest loss I ever felt, even to this day.
What, you might ask, is causing me to bring this up? Well, as the 13th of September nears, and my heart once again realizes how far I am from being healed from that sort of deep grief, I am again visited with the fear surrounding someone I love so dearly being ill in a way that scares the life out of me, and having no control over life.
My brother, who is only a few years older than me, got the news today that he needs open-heart surgery to repair a congenital defect called Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease. He needs a valve replacement surgery. He is in his thirties. He is my big brother, and this terrifies me.  It’s so hard to explain to my children what is going on and when they ask me to promise nothing could go wrong, not be able to say those words. I know the likelihood of anything happening is slim, if that, but its the fact that it exist that scares me.
So I bring this up because it made me think. We all face fears. We face challenges in life that we never see coming, until they knock us on our ass and leave us spinning and having no idea what just happened or how to deal with it. The beauty of plant-based living is that it brings so much healing to the body. I am hoping in the coming months and years to be able to be a positive influence over my big brother. A man, I have always looked up to, and who has not gotten nearly the affirmation of how great he is. 
So here is my wish for you, each of you. Take the time to express how great the people in your life are who matter. If, like me, you have a sibling whose heart is bigger than anyone you know, if you have a boss who is amazing and treats you well, if you are blessed to have another person love you with abandon…tell them. Because its those moments you think are so common and so ordinary that you take away as the memories that keep you afloat when life takes the wind from your sails. Its the moments of sitting in my parents backyard in the last year of my dad’s life that carry me on the bad days. It’s the memory of his smiling at my daughter putting stickers all over him as bandages to heal his cancer that make me smile on the good days.
Love one another, believe in hope, and realize that life is too short and the world is too small to turn your back on others.

Red Pepper Hummus (no added fats!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans; the liquid drained into a bowl
  • 3 tbsp (or to taste) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp roasted red pepper spread (I used Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

  1. Dump beans & all other ingredients into food processor or high powered blender.
  2. Pulse for about 20 seconds to help break up the large chunks.
  3. Blend on high speed until mostly combined.
  4. Add a little of the reserved liquid from the beans until you get the desired consistency. I think I used about 3/4 of the total from both cans. Just be careful not to make it too liquid.
  5. Enjoy!! 
This keeps well in the fridge for a solid week, although it never lasts that long. You can also make this without the roast red pepper spread or add other things such as roasted eggplant, olive tapenade, or other yummy flavors.  Also, by using the liquid from the cans you are able to NOT use any oils or added fats. Now it’s super duper healthy!!