[Blog Takeover] Black Bean Hummus

I’m very excited to have my first Blog Takeover post this weekend! It is from Marjorie of A Pinch of Healthy! She is sharing a delicious looking recipe that I hope you guys will give a try! If you’re interested in doing a Blog Takeover of your own, please go HERE!

Hey y’all!  My name is Marjorie, and I blog over at A Pinch of Healthy.  Thanks to Brooke for allowing me to guest post today!

I am a Weight Watcher, mom, food lover, coffee drinker, YouTuber, blogger and recipe developer. I live in Birmingham, AL with my husband, two year old son and our two dogs.

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I have used Weight Watchers to lose the weight I gained during (and before) pregnancy.  I have lost over 30 pounds since I started Weight Watchers (over 55 total!).

My food philosophy is pretty simple – whole foods most of the time with a particular emphasis on veggies.  I am not perfect, and I do splurge from time to time.  But most of the time I try to go as unprocessed and clean as possible.  I just feel better when I eat this way.

By no means does that mean that I have to deprive myself or eat boring food.   It has to be delicious and enjoyable for me to stick with it.  In fact, the mission of my blog is to make healthy enjoyable for myself and others.

The Recipe

But enough about me!  I’ve got a recipe to share with y’all today: black bean hummus…MMMM!

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Part of the fun of developing recipes is revamping old classics.  Today I take my roasted garlic hummus recipe, and I change up the flavors to give it more of a Latin flare!

Instead of chickpeas, I use black beans.  Instead of lemon juice, I use lime.  And I change up the spices to give it more of a Latin flavor.

While I am not vegan, vegetarian or gluten free, some of my recipes happen to be, like this one.  So file this one away for when you are entertaining the herbivores! ;-)

Ingredients

  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/8 cup tahini sesame butter
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice and zest of half a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients (except cilantro and water) to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Slowly stream in water until desired consistency (you may use more or less, according to preference).
  3. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, and serve with sliced veggies and/or tortilla chips.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.

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This recipe makes approximately eight servings (just under 3 tablespoons) at 2 PointsPlus each on Weight Watchers. PointsPlus were calculated using the recipe builder.  Additional nutritional information was calculated using a nutrition label generator (scroll to the bottom).

If I am serving it for a crowd, I’ll drizzle a little EVOO on top…noms!  It doesn’t take much, only half a teaspoon or so.

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And then I sprinkle the cilantro on top. I serve a little snack tray with veggies and tortilla chips.

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So go make yourself some!

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Be sure and let me know how you like it!

Thanks again to Brooke!  Y’all don’t be strangers.  Here is where you can find me:

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Half Marathon Update

Life has been crazy here lately! A couple of weeks ago I was in New York working on a “super secret” project and this past weekend my gorgeous sister got married!

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Talk about an amazing day! It was gorgeous and perfectly my sister and her man. Oh, we all looked pretty freaking flawless as well! Gotta love hair and makeup people! My speech went awesomely well as well!

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I’m feeling like now that the wedding is over, life can get back to somewhat normal here in the Not On a Diet household. Well, we really don’t do “normal”, but just where things aren’t happening every single weekend of our lives. I feel like I’ve really been struggling in the healthy living aspect of my life because of all the craziness going on. Those goals I set at the beginning of the month…umm….I haven’t stuck with them hardly at all.

But let’s talk about what I have stuck with!

Half-marathon training!

My mom and I are totally on point with it! We’ve been getting our long walks in and even knocked out a 10 mile one on Monday!

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I’m so proud of us for sticking with this! We have learned a lot about walking long distances and that we can do anything we put our minds to. There is one very minor change though.

We had originally planned on doing the Galena Lead Rush on November 1st, but with the expense of the wedding, we have since decided not to do it. With the $55 entry fee and the fact that we’d have to get a hotel, it’s just not reasonable at the moment.

No worries though, we’re still doing a half-marathon. It’s just on our own terms now! Thankfully virtual races exist and we found one via Jost Running to take part in.

It’s the Oktoberfest Half and helps support the Midwest Food Bank! And the medals are pretty awesome!

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We will be doing our half this Saturday the 25th along the Duck Creek Path in Davenport. I’ve mapped it out already and it is going to be an absolutely gorgeous day!

No there won’t be a fancy finish line or people to cheer us along, but we’re okay with that. We know this won’t be out last half! :) We’ve actually already picked out our next!

I’m gearing up with this week by loading my phone up with podcasts to pass the time. And making sure I have some fuel to keep me going along the way! KIND Bars have been our choice so far. So I’m sure I’ll probably stick with those!

I’m excited to say that I’m a half-marathoner after this weekend! I’ll probably have to get one of those stickers for my car now! :)

Any tips for us as we embark on this adventure this weekend?

Blogging Well

There is something pretty awesome going on this weekend and I’m excited to be a part of it!

Blog Well Summit

What exactly is the Blog Well Summit?

Well, it is a virtual conference taking place from October 17th-19th. Which means there is no travel involved and you can watch in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home!

Oh, did I mention that it’s FREE?

This weekend only, you can access the videos with no cost to you!

I’m not the only person taking part in the summit. You can also check out Carla Brinberg, Emily, Roni, and lots of great other bloggers! You’ll get tips on how to make your blog better, what I learned from a viral experience, and SO MUCH MORE! There will be Twitter chats, Google Hangouts, Instagram BINGO, and even a 5k!

It is reminding me a lot of FitBloggin’ without the travel price tag!

Seriously, the wealth of information Rita, Laura, and Lance are giving you guys is amazing!

Again, it’s all yours for free this weekend ONLY!

No worries though, if you want access to all the information afterwards you can for $99 this weekend or $145 after that. You’ll have the videos to watch on your own with that purchase. Again, one heck of a deal for what they’re giving you!

All you have to do is sign up! They will send you an email to welcome you and will be sending you emails throughout the weekend to remind you of the schedule.

I won’t be able to do much attending this weekend as it is a pretty big weekend! My little sister is getting MARRIED!! Ahhhh! I cannot wait to get all dressed up and help my sister and her man celebrate their big day! Guess I better get to writing that speech I have to give! ;)


Will you be attending the Blog Well Summit?

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