smokey turmeric hummus

you didn't know you were missing this turmeric hummus from life until now.

turmeric hummus recipe with veggies

How was y’alls weekend? 

We had a very low-key weekend over here because Imani and I are going to Chicago next week!!! Do you have any suggestions for places to visit? (bonus points for extra cute instagramable spots haha!) In preparation for our adventure next week I took this weekend off from exploring and just had some chill time. Running errands, hit up a yoga/barre/cardio class that kicked my butt and has me sitting in bed still sore, as well as grabbing brunch with Kristin at Spoon and Stable – seriously it took me way too long to make it out to S&S after so many people have raved about it to me. We noshed on their Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake which just lemon-y enough and crumbly in just the right way, as well as their Onion Quiche which was as fluffy as a pillow and their Red Wine Poached Eggs which were out of this world yummy. I might have also downed about four cups of coffee along the way but hey, it’s brunch after all. 

this is how to make a delicious and smokey turmeric hummus you will love turmeric hummus

this smokey turmeric hummus is the healthy delicious snack missing from your routine

In between all the crazy life things that are going on in the next two weeks, I’ve been taking a little extra time to try and organize my everydays in a bullet journal. What’s a bullet journal you ask? Well just search #bujo on Instagram and you’ll soon realize that it’s this crazy Type A way to track pretty much anything your heart desires in one little journal/planner/goal tracker. Being that I’m not naturally super Type A, I thought I would give it a shot and see if being a little more intentioned with daily activities would help me feel more organized – one week in and so far so good! I’ve been using mine to track how much water I’m drinking, when I’m working out, etc. etc. Since I’m using this year to focus on wellness, I thought being able to visually see these goals would be helpful – I’ll give y’all an update in a couple weeks to see if I stick to it!

A part of my wellness challenge has been being more mindful of the food I eat, especially when it comes to snacking. We have this drawer at the office that has been dubber “candy drawer” because, as you guessed it, it’s full of candy, and when I’m feeling antsy or snack-y at work you can find my arms deep in the drawer unwrapping some Reese’s Cups or whatever other sweet treat we’ve got in there that day. Part of beating the lure of the candy drawer has been packing yummy things that are actually good for me – like chia pudding to eat in the morning, nuts and fruits, and now this hummus. I’ve got this thing with turmeric – it’s like my favorite spice in the world. It’s earthy but not overpowering and has some kick butt benefits like having anti-inflammatory properties, regulating cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as boosting immunity. I actually read a piece, “How Indian is Your Turmeric Latte” on Food52 this last week, and thought about how interesting it is that turmeric is the new mainstream and hip food – like people have just now discovered it. It’s always been a staple for me and I feel like the secret has been let out into the world which is kinda cool, but also come on y’all – recognize where your food trends actually come from and try to understand the origins of them. 

Being that I couldn’t imagine my world without turmeric, I’ve incorporated it into many of my daily recipes – tossing veggies in a turmeric spice mix, adding an inch of turmeric root into my smoothies, and of course sautΓ©ing foods in it as well. Well here’s another favorite way of mine to get that sunny golden color in my life – hummus. Hummus might in fact be one of the easiest recipes to make in the world. Toss everything together and blend – ta-da! My recipe is smokey and spicy thanks to some smoked paprika and red chili powder, and I could eat it by the truckload. (I wouldn’t actually advise doing that by the way!) So in case you’re looking for something new to try this week, here ya go! Happy last full week of February! (:

a smokey turmeric hummus recipe

smokey turmeric hummus
  1. 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  2. zest 1/2 lemon
  3. juice 1 lemon
  4. 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  5. 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  6. 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  7. 2 cloves of garlic
  8. 2 inches of turmeric root, peeled
  9. 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric
  10. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  11. 1 tbsp tahini paste
  12. 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  13. 5 tbsp olive oil
  14. 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
for garnish
  1. olive oil
  2. cilantro
  3. sesame seeds
  4. sea salt
  1. add all of the ingredients to a high power blender or food processor.
  2. blend until smooth, scraping down the edges while mixing - if the hummus is still a little too thick, add a little extra olive oil until it reaches desired consistency.
  3. serve topped with suggested garnishes or store in an airtight container for up to one week. enjoy!
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chickpea and pomegranate seed salad

Guys I’ve been on such a big reading kick lately. I have that problem where I go out to the store to by x, y, and z, and somehow convince myself to just swing by the book department and “just look” at the new arrivals and then I always leave with at least two books in my cart. I really need help. But in all honesty, can one ever have too many books? Here’s what is currently piled up on my bedside table waiting to be read:

Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Mastering the Art of French Eating – Anh Mah
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

This does not include the pile of cookbooks I have that I still need to read because I am the person that reads cookbooks like a novel. Are there any other books y’all think I should add to my ever-growing list?

I was trying to think of some clever tie-in between books and this salad, but couldn’t find one. [book pages are like ruffage for the mind??] I’ve been trying to bring healthier lunch options to work so I don’t end up buying a croissant and coffee every single day from the coffeeshop across the street. It’s a tough lifeworking across the street from an eatery whose pastries are uber delicious, and to be honest who would really pick a salad over a muffin or slice of pumpkin bread? That’s where this salad comes in.

If I’m going to subject myself to eating a salad:

1. the salad must fill me up
2. the salad must be so freaking flavorful
3. the salad must be quick to make
4. the salad must make everyone else want to try it

I think this bowl of leafy greens meets all of the above requirements. The chickpeas make the salad hearty enough to where it staves off hunger for a while, the chaat masala and tamarind sauce add a punch of flavor, the veggies can be mixed up ahead of time, and everyone who sees it wants to know what’s in the salad and what it tastes like with all the spices mixed in. Check, check, check, and check!

Give it a try and mix up your weekday lunch routine! Happy Tuesday!

chickpea & pomegranate seed salad


1. slice spinach leaves into thin ribbons and place in a serving bowl

2. in a small bowl, mix the diced cucumber, tomato, green onion, and cilantro with 1/4 tsp of the chaat masala

3. in a separate bowl, mix the yogurt and remaining chaat masala 

4. heat up olive oil in skillet to medium heat, then add the ginger and garlic and cook until lightly golden brown. add the drained chickpeas and 1 tbsp tamarind sauce and cook until the chickpeas are tender. let cool

5. once chickpeas are cooled, add to serving bowls. top with the cucumber/tomato mix, drizzle yogurt and remaining tamarind sauce for the dressing. sprinkle salad with pomegranate seeds.

yield: serves 2

time: 10 minutes prep, 10 minutes cook


2 cups spinach leaves, sliced
1 seedless cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 green onion stalk, thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp chaat masala, divided
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 16oz can chickpeas, drained
2 tbsp tamarind chutney, homemade or store-bought, divided
pomegranate seeds

table runner, ceramic bowl, wooden spoons provided by kettle & brine