About a week ago I wrote this post, declaring I was on a mission to eliminate pretty much all processed food from the house.
I had really already done that for the most part, but I had started slipping back into the habits of convenience, and I wasn’t feeling good about it.
I also vowed to let the kids and in particular, Number 4, who begs me just about every day, to help out in the kitchen.
So this weekend we made hummus together.
It is so easy, and requires just 5 ingredients:
- chick peas
- roasted peppers
- lemon juice
I gathered all the ingredients (one of the reasons we made this was because I happened to have all of them on hand), and then I had Number 4 Google “hummus recipes.”
We picked one of Ina’s recipes.
There was a quick, 2-minute video on her link, so Number 4 watched it.
We didn’t have all the exact same stuff that Ina had, so we talked about how you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly, and how you can change pretty much any ingredient if you want to.
Then, we got to work.
And Number 4 appears to have experienced just about every emotion throughout the process.
First, she squeezed the lemon into the food processor.
(I let her attempt to cut it first, but after she nearly severed a digit, I decided to hold off on the knife skills for a while).
Next, she added the rest of the stuff and then I showed her how to work the food processor.
(I don’t know why she looked so pained. She really was enjoying herself).
After we mixed everything up, we tasted it.
She said to me, “I think it needs more peppers.”
This, coming from a girl who just a few minutes before told me that they looked disgusting.
I told her how you can just rip them apart with your hands, rather than using a knife (and preserving her fingers).
She processed that for a little while and then we had another taste.
She looked at me and said, “Take THAT, People who buy your hummus at the store!”
She loved it.
And then, she enjoyed what she had just made with some carrots.
She was happy, and I felt really good about what I was feeding her.
Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Cooking With Number 4 where we show you how to make homemade Goldfish.
(They are addictive).
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