Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Hummus

Mondays are the first day in the regular work week, of which I am a member.  But for some people, my husband for example, Monday might actually be Friday or Saturday.  This week, Monday was my first day of the work week, and the first day off for my husband.  Whenever his schedule and my schedule collide its hard to keep to the routine.

For example, Monday night after the work day I stopped by the barn and fed Pepper, then headed home.  I was tired, hot and not at all hungry.  My husband had just woken up a few hours before and he wasn’t hungry either.  I had planned out a whole weeks worth of menus, but no sense in making dinner if we weren’t going to eat it.  Then I remembered that I had bought the ingredients to make hummus, yum, a perfect snack without making a whole meal.

My hummus is a little bit different than most peoples.  It starts with the same basic ingredients: 1 can of chick peas, 3 garlic cloves, salt, pepper, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.  But then I also add a can of artichoke hearts.  Mix this in a food processor until your desired consistency (I like mine a little bit on the chunky side).  Last, but not least, add 2 – 3 roasted red peppers.  Mix just a few spins on the food processor, you want the red pepper to be chunky still, and oooh laa laa there you have my favorite hummus!  Drizzle olive oil, cracked pepper and sea salt on top and serve with lightly toasted pitas cut into triangles.  The perfect alternative to dinner on a not so routine night!

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