Sunday, December 19, 2010

Houston Press Blog

Food Fight: Battle Hummus
June 3, 2010
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No, this isn't your average Food Fight. Plenty of great restaurants in town have excellent hummus. This is grocery store Food Fight, if you will. This is a pressed-for-time, oh-my-word-people-are-coming-over-in-half-an-hour, what-the-hell-am-I-going-serve-them Food Fight.

And that's where grocery store hummus comes in.

If you're like most of America, you don't have have stuff sitting around in your refrigerator on the off chance that people are coming to visit. You might have some basics, though, that you can supplement in a hurry: crackers, baby carrots, maybe even some white wine.

You can put together a great spread of appetizers in a hurry with just those things and a couple of extras you can pick up in five minutes flat at the grocery store: olives from the olive bar, some tangy feta or goat cheese, a few pears to slice up and maybe even some berries if you want a dessert item. But don't forget the hummus.

Hummus has replaced unhealthier items -- like sour cream and onion or spinach-artichoke dips, which taste delicious but are entirely too heavy and artery-clogging -- as the go-to dip of choice these days. It isn't too unfamiliar for your guests yet still retains that slight tinge of the exotic that makes it fun to eat.

But which brands are the best?


Sabra is more expensive than Athenos, but only by a dollar. And it's worth it. If you're truly interested in being frugal, you'll buy your Sabra in bulk at Costco like we do. Of course, a tub never lasts long and we inevitably never have any when guests decide to randomly drop by.

The texture of the finely pureeed Sabra hummus was airy, soft and light yet thick at the same time. There was a citrusy tang to the hummus that played nicely off the nuttiness of the chickpeas, and topped with a little paprika and olive oil you could happily pass this off as homemade. It's clear a lot more effort goes into making Sabra than Athenos.

The Winner

Sabra. Absolutely no contest.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Butterscotch Sundae

Now we're cooking with hummus
December 17, 2010
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Last night we had a few people over for a hummus party sponsored by Sabra. It was the second event I’ve done with HouseParty, and it was fun. We didn’t really party like it was 1999 — no confetti or paranoia about Y2K — but we did have hummus-stuffed chicken. I’d never made any sort of stuffed chicken, and I’d never cooked with hummus before. It was surprisingly good.
Monday: Leftover hummus-stuffed chicken
I made a lot of chicken yesterday, and I’m pleased to have enough left for dinner tonight. I am not often pleased to have leftovers, because I don’t always like to eat them. And then they sit in the fridge making me feel guilty for days, until I ignore them long enough for them to turn into a science experiment and then Rockford throws them away. But this was a really tasty dish, and I’m looking forward to having it again tonight. Here’s the recipe:
Hummus-Stuffed Chicken
Recipe from Sabra
1/2 cup Sabra hummus — I used the “Luscious Lemon” variety, and it gave the chicken a great lemony flavor
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 5-6 ounces each, tenderloins removed
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
4 large eggs, egg whites only
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

Place trimmed chicken breast in a large zippered plastic bag. Pound with a meat pounder or a rolling pin until 1/4-inch thick. Repeat with all chicken breasts; each breast should be about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.
Lay the chicken breasts smooth-side down on work surface and season with salt and pepper. Spread evenly about 2 tablespoons hummus on the chicken breasts leaving about 1/2-inch border all around. Roll each chicken breast and wrap each rolled breast in a sheet of aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Twist the ends like a candy wrapper and chill in the refrigerator about 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using 3 pie plates or shallow dishes, pour the flour in one, lightly whisk the egg whites and water in the other and place the breadcrumbs in the other. Unwrap the chicken breasts roll in the flour (shake off excess), then submerge in the egg whites (let the excess drip off) and then place in the breadcrumbs, use your fingers to press the breadcrumbs so that they stick.

Heat 1/4-cup olive oil in a large non-stick skillet until shimmering, about 4 minutes. Place the rolled chicken breasts in the oil, seam side down. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes on all sides. Put the chicken breasts (seam side down) in a baking dish and cook about 25 minutes or until thermometer registers 175 degrees. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Using a sharp knife, slice on a bias into 4 or 5 pieces.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cooking Vegan

Sabra Spinach and Artichoke Hummus
December 13, 2010
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Sabra Spinach and Artichoke Hummus and Ritz crackers.

We always love finding stuff in the supermarket that just happens to be vegan, and my husband has a knack for finding winners. This hummus is amazing, and as far as I can tell contains no non-vegan ingredients. It’s just a perfect blend of flavors. And regular Ritz crackers happen to be vegan as well. (So is the Meijer brand Applause crackers.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

At Home Moma

Sabra House Party
November 16, 2010
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Sabra House Party Today, Yeah!

I am having my Sabra Hummus House Party today, and I am so excited because I love Sabra, and I also love an excuse to have a get together with my friends.

My party pack included 4 coupons for Free Sabra Hummus, 1 coupon free Bag of Stacie's Pita chips, a World Music CD, A Spreading Spoon, Recipe Holder, Trivet Stone, plus 16 Recipe Cards, and 15 Coupons to distribute to attendees.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nutrition ON-THE-GO
November 15, 2010
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Grab these snacks when you are on-the-go or know you will be pressed for time. They are filling and provide beneficial nutrients…no more excuses for fast food!

Sabra Classic Hummus with Pretzels: 260 calories

  • Chickpeas, the main ingredient of Sabra hummus, are a great source of soluble fibers. Soluble fibers may help lower cholesterol by “capturing” the cholesterol and “dragging” it away from the intestines.
  • No cholesterol, no sugar, very low carbs and very low sodium

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Sabra Hummus and Stacy's Pita Chips (Party Host)
November 12, 2010
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I’m excited to say that I was chosen to host another House Party this month! When I heard that the party was sponsored by Sabra I was ecstatic! I love their hummus. We buy at least one container of it per week. In our house we eat it with pita chips, raw veggies, on our sandwiches, and as a dip with pretzels. While there are many brands to choose from, one of our favorites is Sabra.

For hosting this party I received 4 free containers of Sabra hummus and a bag of Stacy’s pita chips. We really enjoy Stacy’s Pita Chips as well. They are made with all natural pitas and contain no artificial flavorings.

Also included in my party pack were a Sabra wooden spoon, Sabra trivet, and a CD with music from around the world! This was the perfect party for me to host because my learning team at school is working on food and nutrition. We had a joint after school meeting to discuss how to teach nutrition and exercise to our students and Sabra healthy snack party!

We had a great time. We ate, shared recipes, talked about healthy living, and relaxed to the music. There were even two people who had never had hummus before! I could hardly believe it. Every single person that came to the party loved the hummus and the pita chips. The overall favorite flavor was the roasted red pepper hummus, which just happens to be my favorite as well. I tried the spinach and artichoke hummus for the first time and thought it was a great alternative to fatty spinach artichoke dip.

In addition to using hummus as a dip I also ended up making hummus chicken salad which was a great variation on the original. There are several yummy entree recipes using hummus as well on the Sabra website. There's also a section on easy ideas for using hummus that has some unique ideas.

Sabra has 15 different varieties of hummus. At just 2 Weight Watchers points per serving it’s the perfect snack for people who are watching their weight but want something satisfying as well. I’m glad that I got the chance to share Sabra hummus with my friends and try a new flavor for myself.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Sabra Hummus Grab & Go
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Sabra pairs its most popular hummus flavors with pretzel crisps in single serve throw-in-your-beach-bag packs. Ideal snack for the yacht chick on the go — low in calories, packed with protein, fiber, and the “good” fats. Flavors: Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper and Classic.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Diets in Review

Hot for Hummus: 5 Varieties We Love
October 21, 2010
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Most of us know that hummus is a creamy dip or spread traditionally made of mashed chick peas, garlic, tahini (sesame) paste and lemon juice. What many of us aren’t aware of is how many varieties of hummus have emerged from home kitchens and some of our favorite food producers, as this Middle Eastern mainstay has become one of the trendiest appetizers in America.

Hummus is more than a just a simple snack: it’s a versatile dip for vegetables, crackers or pita chips and is a delicious substitution for condiments typically high in saturated fats, like sour cream or mayonnaise. The best thing about hummus? If you’re making your own, you can customize it with your favorite flavors and if you’re hitting the grocery store, there is an option for every palate.

Sabra Hummus Singles: Perfect for portion control whether you’re looking to shed poundage or not, single servings of hummus are the perfect snack to pop into your bag for on-the-go lunches or snacks when you’re headed to school or work.

Monday, October 18, 2010


The Calorie Count in Hummus

Oct 18, 2010

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Hummus is a creamy spread made from chickpeas, tahini, oil and various spices and seasonings. It can be used as a dip for vegetables or spread on crackers for a snack. Many varieties and flavors of hummus are sold in the United States. Two well-known producers are Athenos and Sabra, both of which make a line of hummus products that includes original hummus with no added flavors.

Serving Size

The stated serving size for both Athenos Original Hummus and Sabra Classic Hummus is 2 tbsp. You can use that serving size as a frame of reference when considering the calorie count and other nutritional values. Americans often eat food portions that are larger than the serving size, and you will need to factor this in if you do so, the USDA advises. Also consider the calorie count of the food you eat with hummus.


A serving of the Athenos Original Hummus contains 50 calories, 25 of which come from fat, while Sabra Classic Hummus has 70 calories, 55 of which come from fat, according to the products' nutrition facts labels. For a 2,000-calorie diet, a serving of the Athenos hummus represents 2.5 percent of your total daily intake. The Sabra hummus is equal to 3.5 percent.


Athenos Original Hummus contains 3 g of total fat, or 5 percent of the maximum recommended intake. Sabra's Classic Hummus contains 6 g of total fat, or 9 percent of the maximum recommended intake. The Sabra Hummus contains 1 g of saturated fat -- 5 percent of the maximum intake recommendation -- while the Athenos hummus contains no saturated fat. Neither product contains trans fat or cholesterol.


Both hummus products will increase your daily sodium intake. The Sabra hummus has 120 mg of sodium per serving, which is 5 percent of the maximum recommended daily intake. The Athenos hummus has 160 mg per serving, or 7 percent of the maximum intake. Your daily sodium intake should be no more than 2,400 mg to help protect against conditions such as hypertension, the USDA advises.


Hummus contains only a small amount of carbohydrates. A serving of the Athenos hummus has 5 g of total carbohydrates, equal to 2 percent of the recommended daily intake, while the Sabra hummus contains 4 g of total carbs, or 1 percent of the recommended intake. The carbs in the Athenos hummus include less than 1 g of dietary fiber and less than 1 g of sugars, while the Sabra hummus contains 1 g of dietary fiber and no sugar.


Both hummus brands contain a small amount of protein: 2 g per serving in Sabra Classic Hummus and 1 g per serving in Athenos Original Hummus. The USDA's Dietary Guidelines do not set a daily intake recommendation for protein because of its prevalence in the American diet, the FDA reports.

Vitamins and Minerals

Hummus is not a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, but each product does contain a small amount of one nutrient. A 2-tbsp. serving of Sabras Classic Hummus contains 2 percent of the recommended daily intake for iron. The Athenos Original Hummus contains 2 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C in each serving Carbohydrates

Hummus contains only a small amount of carbohydrates. A serving of the Athenos hummus has 5 g of total carbohydrates, equal to 2 percent of the recommended daily intake, while the Sabra hummus contains 4 g of total carbs, or 1 percent of the recommended intake. The carbs in the Athenos hummus include less than 1 g of dietary fiber and less than 1 g of sugars, while the Sabra hummus contains 1 g of dietary fiber and no sugar.


Both hummus brands contain a small amount of protein: 2 g per serving in Sabra Classic Hummus and 1 g per serving in Athenos Original Hummus. The USDA's Dietary Guidelines do not set a daily intake recommendation for protein because of its prevalence in the American diet, the FDA reports.

Vitamins and Minerals

Hummus is not a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, but each product does contain a small amount of one nutrient. A 2-tbsp. serving of Sabras Classic Hummus contains 2 percent of the recommended daily intake for iron. The Athenos Original Hummus contains 2 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C in each serving

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Not Another Healthy Recipe Blog

Product Review: Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
October 14, 2010
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Bell peppers, chickpeas, garlic and tahini. Those are the only ingredients listed for Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on the company's website. I've tried several kinds of hummus and it's my all-time favorite. The garlic is in perfect proportion to the rest of the ingredients. (I find many hummus spreads to have a tad too much garlic in them for my taste.) Tahini is what gives the hummus a creamy texture, not unlike spreadable cheese or peanut butter. My favorite uses for this hummus are:
- spread it on crackers (low-sodium Ritz is a great choice)
- use it as a vegetable dip, especially for grape tomatoes, sliced red pepper and cucumbers

It would make an excellent substitute for cheese in a vegetable quesadilla. (I would suggest roasted or sauteed red pepper, mild onion and mushrooms as a perfect combination.)

I have tried other Sabra hummus flavors: Spinach and Artichoke and Supremly Spicy Hummus. (Both are good, but bear in mind the latter's label isn't lying; it brought tears to my eyes.) I look forward to trying other flavors, but I suspect my favorite won't change.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Domestic Buzz

Go Mediterranean with Sabra
October 13, 2010
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I don’t recall when I tasted hummus for the first time, years ago… all I remember is that it was a revelation. Creamy and smooth; light, yet rich at the same time. There’s nothing else like it. The best thing is that hummus is kid-friendly. My toddler eats it like it’s chocolate pudding, licking it off a spoon. Giving her crackers or pita bread to dip into the hummus is pointless, as she just licks it off until the bread is too soggy to be any good. Sometimes, when I’m not watching, she’ll just use her fingers to get whatever is left in the tub!

There are a few brands of hummus available at the grocery store, but my favorite by far is Sabra. Its hummus doesn’t leave me with a funny aftertaste like one of its competitors, and it’s the perfect consistency. The nice big tub is a huge plus.

Sabra hummus is available in a variety of flavors and convenient sizes – 7oz., 10oz or 14oz. tubs or convenient “To Go” packs. A few of their 13 flavor varieties include:

  • Classic Hummus: High-quality cooked and pureed chickpeas, a touch of garlic and tahini (ground sesame seeds) for a smooth and creamy spread.
  • Hummus with Roasted Pine Nuts: Lightly roasted pine nuts is nestled in Classic Hummus.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Bits of red pepper complement the rich texture of hummus.
  • Chunky Hummus: Grinding is minimized to give the hummus more bite and bold flavor.
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus: An abundance of finely roasted garlic in Classic Hummus.
  • Greek Olive Hummus: Green and Black olives are paired with Classic Hummus.

Not only are Sabra products delicious, they are also nutritious, with no trans-fats or cholesterol. Chickpeas – the main ingredient of Sabra hummus – are a great source of fiber. Some ideas of how to use hummus:

  • Serve hummus and pita bread instead of chips and sour cream.
  • Substitute hummus for mayonnaise in tuna or chicken salad.
  • Substitute hummus for cream cheese or butter on a bagel.
  • Make a hummus sandwich (my girls love this!)
  • Use it to thicken soups.
  • Spread it on prepared pizza dough, top with veggies and cheese, and you’ve got hummus pizza!

Sabra doesn’t just sell hummus, however. They offer a complete line of authentic Mediterranean dips, appetizers and spreads that are perfect for lunch, a tasty snack or entertaining family and friends.

  • Sabra Fresh Dips: Made with creamy Mediterranean–style yogurt, vegetables and spices to make a dip that is healthy enough for an everyday snack. Available in Sauteed Onion, Spicy Pepper, Tzatziki, and Garlic and Herb.
  • Mediterranean Garden Varieties: Italian Caponata, Turkish Salad, Moroccan Matbucha, Babaganoush, and Grilled Eggplant, just to name a few.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oh Amanda

The Pirate Party
October 11, 2010
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Birthday party posts are my fave. And I also dread them. Because I like to give every detail of the party. (I know, you’re shocked by that statement). I want to tell you about each and every decoration, game and food. But I realize that can make for some dull blogging. So, instead, I’ll try (TRY) to put everything into one post. Or maybe I’ll do two. Hmmm….

photoCaptain Hook’s Hummus (Sabra brand with pita)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Elements of Review

Review of the Day: Sabra Hummus
September 30, 2010
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Ok, here's a review that's more of a recommendation. I have tried many different types of hummus. I have found the best one on the market. It's called Sabra. You've probably seen the commercial where the people are supposedly on a Mediterranean vacation, but they are really in their backyard. Because eating Sabra is just like being on a Mediterranean vacation. It's so true. This hummus is creamy, tasty and never too spicy. My favorite flavor is the Roasted Pine Nut, but it comes in other flavors too: Roasted Red Pepper, Classic, Greek Olive and many others. I accidentally picked up the Greek Olive instead of the Pine Nut today, but I don't mind because it's so good. I could eat it right out of the package with a spoon;-) Check out their website and see all the flavors of hummus and other products they have.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Savoring the Thyme

Roasted Garlic Hummus Quesadilla
September 23, 2010
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One of the aspects of my job with Sabra Hummus is to get creative with recipes (not bad thing right?) so I decided this morning that I was going to make a sandwich.

I went to work using leftover whole chicken, a half used red pepper, some reduced fat Athenos Feta and some Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus. I simply spread some hummus on the Flatout Light Italian Wrap and topped with some thin slices of chicken. I then chopped up the red pepper (use a lot for the crunch factor) and some feta.

I then grilled it (on my press) until crispy, allowed it to cool slightly on a cooling rack and then consumed. Naturally my husband and son saw me munching and came a running.

Have you tried using hummus in grilled sandwiches? What recipes do you do most often with hummus?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bite of the Best

Freebies- Win Sabra Hummus
September 16, 2010
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Bite of the Best — in response to many of your requests for free coupons for Sabra Hummus — is now offering a chance to win some.

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made with fresh chickpeas and sesame seed paste (tahini). It’s usually served as an appetizer with warm pita bread or fresh veggies, or eaten as a sandwich spread.

10oz Classic HummusSabra offers a wide variety of flavors including: Classic Hummus, Spinach and Artichoke, Roasted Red Pepper, Greek Olive, Chipotle, Roasted Pine Nut, Hummus with Salsa, Hummus Abu-Goush, Sun-Dried Tomato, Tahini Hummus, Jalapeño, Luscious Lemon, Roasted Garlic, Herbs and Sea Salt and Supremely Spicy.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Give Me the Almond Butter

Dorm Room Delicacies: Snacks

August 28, 2010
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Carrots and Hummus

Tools: fridge

Ingredients: carrots (or other vegetable of choice, I like celery and sugar snap peas), hummus (I like Sabra roasted red pepper hummus)

If you don’t like eating raw vegetables, adding hummus is a really great way to eat more.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


August 26, 2010
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My husband is not a big fan of hummus. He's a hummus snob actually, and will only eat mine (his favorite being sun-dried tomato hummus), but I convinced him that this hummus was like no other he had ever tasted. His response? "You're right. This hummus taste like no other hummus I've ever tasted. I really like it." BINGO! Another way to incorporate more legumes and beans into his diet- and no cooking required. Sabra's hummus is much richer than traditional hummus it is incredibly delicious with crackers, a spread in wraps and pita breads, corn tortillas and with or without veggies. It can be enjoyed as part of dinner or as a snack. My daughter likes the creamy texture, but no the tangy lemon and garlic flavor as much so it may not be a favorite with small children.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lime Life

Hummus Mashed Potatoes
August 23, 2010
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A unique and delicious take on mashed potatoes!

Mashed potatoes are the old standby food. Pretty much everyone likes them and many people absolutely love them. You might even love them so much that you don't think it's possible for them to get any better. But you're wrong. I recently came across a recipe that adds Sabra Hummus to classic mashed potatoes and I'm in love. Mashed potatoes just got even more exciting for me!

You may have tried adding cheese to mashed potatoes before. A little gorgonzola goes a long way in adding some flavor to typical mashed potatoes. But have you ever thought of adding hummus? Probably not. But why not? This recipe is inspired by Sabra, is easy to make and will please any crowd. Not only will hummus mashed potatoes add some extra protein to your side dish, but they'll add a whole lot of flavor.

In fact, these Sabra mashed potatoes could be taken from side dish to main dish. Serve with a side of veggies, and Sabra Hummus mashed potatoes make a completely delicious meal.

What you need:
* 6 Yellow Potatoes (about 5 cups, peeled and cubed)
* 1 1/3 C Sabra Hummus
* 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 1 lemon (cut in 6 wedges)
* 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)

What to do:
1) Peel the potatoes and place in a bowl of water to cover as you peel them. This will prevent discoloration. Cut potatoes into 1 ½ inch cubes and place in a medium-sized pot with enough water to cover and a ¼ t of salt.

2) Bring pot to a boil and simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes, or until a fork goes gently through the potatoes.

3) Drain potatoes and put back into pot over medium heat, until moisture leaves the potatoes and they appear dry (about 3 mins.). Remove from heat.

4) Start mashing the potatoes with a potato masher. Add 1 1/3 C Sabra hummus, 2 T olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

5) Top with fresh parsley and serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze over top.

Serve to a hungry crowd or sit down with a big bowl of Sabra Hummus mashed potatoes all for yourself. You'll never want plain mashed potatoes again!

Recipe by Colombe Jacobsen.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Champagne and Cupcakes

Cheap and Chic
August 18, 2010
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In order to make our trip to Vegas budget-friendly, Lorin and I hit up the grocery store our first morning in Vegas. For $10 each, we had breakfast and lunch for the week! Not bad. Here's what we ate:

Spinach Wrap
Sliced Roasted Turkey
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Sabra is best)
Shredded Carrots
Red Bell Pepper
-Spread Hummus in wrap, layer the rest of the ingredients, wrap up, and ENJOY! Filling and delicious while still letting you feel sexy in your bikini!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lime Life

Grilled Summer Vegetables Hummus Pita Pizza
August 15, 2010
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This hummus pizza won't weigh you down!

We all love pizza, but sometimes pizza during summertime can just feel too heavy. All that cheese and heavy sauce can weigh you down and make you feel like wearing a big t-shirt instead of a bathing suit. But if you're craving pizza, why not try a Grilled Summer Vegetables Hummus Pita Pizza with Sabra Hummus? It's delicious!

This recipe takes the basic idea of pizza, but adds tons of grilled veggies and uses Sabra Hummus instead of cheese and sauce. What does that mean? It means that you get a ton of nutritious veggies and protein. Serve this pizza at your next summer BBQ and your guests will not be disappointed. The Sabra Hummus adds a deliciously satisfying touch to a light, nutritious pizza!

What you need:
* 1 ½ cups summer squash (about 2 medium-sized) yellow and/or green
* 2 vine ripe tomatoes
* 1 red onion
* 3 (6 inch) round pitas
* ¼ cup olive oil
* 1 cup Sabra Classic Hummus
* 2 teaspoons salt
* Black pepper and salt to taste

What to do:

1) Slice summer squash in quarter-inch rounds. Place in bowl and add 2 T olive oil and ¼ t salt.

2) Peel and cut red onion in half. Then slice each half with grain in 1/3 inch wedges. Place in bowl with 1 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt and mix.

3) Cut tomatoes in half and slice in 4-6 half moon wedges each. Place in bowl with 1 T olive oil and ¼ t salt and combine

4) Grill summer squash for about 4 minutes on each side. Grill onions about 5 minutes, rotating once. Grill tomatoes about 5 minutes, rotating once.

5) Warm pita on the grill about 3 minutes on each side. Once warm, remove the pita from the heat and slather with 1/3 C Sabra Hummus

6) Top with all the veggies. Cut into 8 pieces.

Serve at your next summer party or have a nice light summer meal on your own! Now you never have to feel guilty about indulging in pizza again. In fact, the more you eat the more veggies you're getting!

Recipe by Colombe Jacobsen.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lisa, the Health Nut!

Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
August 9, 2010
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One of my new favorite things is hummus. I have not really tried it until this year, and I am so happy I finally did after seeing and hearing great things about it.

So, Sabra sent me a coupon to try a free hummus, and I picked the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. I wasn’t sure really why I had picked that flavor to be honest- I’m not even really a big fan of red peppers! But, it looked interesting and I figured Why Not?

And, after trying it, I am saying to myself Why Not Why Have I Never Tried This Before!?!?

Honestly, this was absolutely DELICIOUS. It is a pale yellow in color, with a center of pieces of red peppers. Super creamy, with a great flavor, I’m almost at a loss how to describe the taste other than delicious. It had a great salty flavor, with bits of garlicy flavor too. What I also liked was that the hummus itself did not have a really powerful red pepper flavor, and I could enhance the red pepper flavor to my preferences simply by mixing some of the middle in with the hummus. Perfection!

Overall, this gets 5 stars. I can CERTAINLY see myself eating this again. I find it very versatile and tasty, and I can’t wait to try other flavors that Sabra has to offer!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jeannie's Obsessions

Sabra Hummus and Stacy's Pita Chips
July 29, 2010
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A few weeks ago I went with Brett to Cosco's and bought 16 individual tubs of my favorite snack Sabra hummus.

I can eat this snack all day everyday and never get tired of it.
I also love eating it with Stacy's Pita Chips.

I started eating hummus when I was in second grade and my family and I lived just outside D.C.

On the weekend we would venture to the Pentagon City Mall which was my first real taste of what an upscale mall looked like.

My parents would buy us an array of food which would always include hummus and pita chips.

It's a snack I am always obsessed about!

John warned me about buying a Cosco size snack saying "It ends up being a race against you and your snack. All you think about is if you can finish the whole thing off before it goes bad or gets stale."

He was right!

I ate those tubs and chips like it was my job.

I am happy to report that they are all gone!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Contest Corner

Sabra Hummus “Taste Intervention” Contest

You may recall that last year I held a fun Sabra Hummus taste-testing party, along with a reader giveaway. If you enjoyed that contest, then you may want to check out Sabra’s new “Taste Intervention” campaign. You can nominate yourself or a friend who you feel is in a “Food rut” for a chance to win a trip to Turkey, a catered dinner party, or a Sabra prize pack of coupons. Click here to learn more and enter – contest ends August 1st.

Readers: Have you ever been in a “Food rut”?

Sabra Hummus are sending me complimentary product coupons to thank me for including them in my contest listings!

Supermarket Savvy

Subjunctive Soup

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Uncompensated Product Review: Sabra Hummus

I love Mediterranean food--such things as tabouleh, falafel, baba ganoush, and shish kabobs. A real favorite of mine is hummus. Restaurant hummus at most Mediterranean places is usually fantastic no matter how lowly the restaurant. Unfortunately, when I've tried to make my own hummus (grinding chick peas is how you start) it usually tastes like ground cardboard.

Now along comes Sabra hummus. I saw their commercial for this favorite Mediterranean treat of mine on television recently. I had never seen a commercial hummus advertised on television before so I decided I'd better try it. Sabra makes their hummus (it's sort of like a dip or a spread) in various flavors. I opted for the lovely spinach and artichoke version.

Here's what I think. Sabra Hummus is definitely better than any hummus I can make. It is not as good as hummus I've had in most middle eastern restaurants. I'm guessing that's because restaurant hummus is free of preservatives and is made fresh daily, whereas Sabra's version is not. Either way, it's hummus! So, if you crave that special delicacy you could do worse than sampling Sabra's.

If you try it, let me know what you think. And just to let you know, this review of Sabra Hummus is my own personal opinion for which I received absolutely no compensation (although, Sabra, I'd love to be your spokesperson, if you're listening.) One more thing--I noticed that Sabra's website is conducting a contest for a trip to Turkey--if you're interested.

My Name is Yona Williams and I Write
July 20, 2010

Contest: Sabra Taste Intervention

There’s a national Taste Intervention contest taking place and Sabra Dipping Company is hoping to offer millions of people a chance to break free from their snacking and food ruts. Wouldn’t you like to win a trip to Turkey to attend culinary school or have Sabra’s chef Colombe Jacobson come to your home for one-on-one coaching?

Sabra wants to know your “food ruts” – like does the majority of your lunches consist of a ham sandwich or do you always snack on toast and jelly in the middle of the night? Whatever you’d like to share – Sabra (and I) would like to know.

As for me, I need to break from the wheat crackers and port wine cheese spread. As for my sweetie, he resorts to peanut butter and jelly on Saltine crackers. You can nominate yourself, friends or loved ones for the contest.


1. What are your “food ruts” – snacks and foods you find yourself continuously eating….

2. Have you ever had Sabra hummus? What’s your favorite flavor?

Answer one or both of these questions for 5 extra entries into any of my current giveaways until July 30. Also, let Sabra hear your thoughts – tweet them your answer [@sabra] using #foodrut at the end. Further details about the Taste Intervention contest can be found here.

Good luck – I hope one of my readers win the contest!

Disclosure: I will receive coupons for free Sabra hummus in exchange for spreading the word about the Taste Intervention, which I will gladly accept because their hummus is delicious! I would never suggest something that I don’t eat myself!

Frugal Grace Giveaways
July 2010

Do you know someone who needs a “Taste Intervention” in the kitchen? (ok, I’ll admit, I DO!) I never liked hummus before – the brands I’ve tried in the past were grainy and frankly, tasted like cardboard. Recently, though, a friend recently introduced me to Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and I LOVE it. I scoop it up with pita chips and feel so much better about snacking healthy these days.

So I was thrilled to learn about the new contest and give-away that Sabra brands is hosting to inspire millions of Americans to expand their food horizons!

Nominate your favorite “foodie-to-be” and they could win Sabra Chef and Taste Intervention party kits or the Grand Prize - a 1 week journey to a Mediterranean cooking school!

Watch the Sabra Taste Intervention commercial, then enter to win – or nominate a worthy friend or family member who truly needs to expand their food horizons!

Visit the newly revamped Sabra website for more info on all
the great Sabra products and recipes!

She Scribes
July 20, 2010

Exciting News!

I have REALLY exciting news that I have wanted to share with my readers since last week. Sadly, with all the work that has been done on my site I wasn’t able to post about it until now.

Some of my readers maybe have seen ads on TV or online for a new contest that Sabra is having called Sabra Taste Intervention. Here is the commercial just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Sabra’s Taste Intervention contest encourages people to either nominate themselves or someone else who is in desperate need of “Taste Intervention”. You know you are in need of an intervention when you and your Chinese food delivery man are on a first name basis. Or when you call to order pizza and the man on the other end of the phone addresses you by name and says “The usual?”. And seriously, if you find yourself eating faux cheese from a can then that is the ultimate sign that you need to spice up your meals.

To enter all you need to do is visit the official website at

There are two options found on the “Nominate” tab. One is to nominate a friend or loved one and the other is to nominate yourself. You can either submit your entry via e-mail or Facebook. Simply write why you (or a friend) is in great need of a “Taste Intervention” and then submit it. If you need some ideas you can browse the current entries found on the site. I have read at least half of them and some of them are pretty funny.

The contest is currently in full swing and ends on August 8, 2010.

You are also allowed to vote five times per day, one vote per person. If you and a few friends enter you could vote for each other.

The grand prize is a trip to Turkey for you and a friend where you will meet up with a Sabra chef and have a culinary adventure sure to awaken your taste buds. The winner will also experience private cooking classes as well as receive food and spices shipped directly to their own so that you can create gourmet masterpieces when you return from your trip.

Second prize consists of a chef coming to your home and prepare an amazing dinner for your family and guests.

Third prize is a Sabra Taste Intervention kit complete with coupons, spices and more.

WHY is this such exciting news you might ask? It’s exciting because there are five nation wide judges final judges and I’m one of them. How COOL is that?

The first round of judging is done by popular vote (whomever gets the most votes from site visitors). The final round of voting goes to the five judges, one of which is yours truly. Move over Judge Judy… make way for Judge Kimberly! LOL!

It is such an honor to be asked to be a judge. I’m going to be included in official press releases and everything. I ♥ it!

To learn more about the contest please visit You can also learn more about Sabar products at

Sabra has offered to give THREE lucky She Scribes readers some Sabra “swag” to get you excited about the contest and to help give you a bit of a “Taste Intervention”. The prize consists of coupons for FREE Sabra products, a t-shirt and a recipe booklet.

To enter please comment on why you (or someone you know) needs a “Taste Intervention”. While you are leaving a comment here please submit it to the official Taste Intervention website and be entered to win the grand prize or one of the other prizes.

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done.

- Follow She Scribes on Twitter (@She_Scribes) and Sabra (@Sabra) and tweet to @Sabra why you are in a food rut. Please include the hashtag #foodrut. Here is an example…

@Sabra I’m in a food rut because I eat Ramen Noodles everyday @She_Scribes #foodrut

-“Like” Sabra on Facebook, Other great videos are found on the Facebook page.

- Subscribe to She Scribes (found on the right side bar).

- “Like” She Scribes on Facebook (Click Here).

This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on August 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen.

Other great giveaways are found under “Win It” on the right side bar.


*I was not compensated in any way for this post. I posted this information and giveaway for the benefit and enjoyment of my readers. Any opinions expressed are my own.

New Age Mama

New Age Mama
July 21, 2010

Sabra Taste Intervention

Do you know someone who needs a taste intervention? Do they eat peanut butter straight from the jar. Do they stop at McDonalds three times a day? If you know someone like this, Sabra would be the perfect solution. Their tasty hummus not only tastes great but is a healthy alternative to fattening snacks. And there are so many ways to use it, you will never get bored.

If someone you know someone who could use an intervention, Sabra wants to hear about it. Check out their website and nominate a friend or yourself. You could win a trip for two to the Mediterranean! While you're at it, make sure to check out their face book page to check out their commercials and so you can stay up to date with all the latest promotions at Sabra.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sabra Taste Intervention

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Sabra on the Air



Chef Colombe Jacobsen, a contestant on Food Network’s Next Food Network Star and host of Conscious Cooking, stirs things up in the kitchen with this no-fuss recipe for hummus chicken salad.

Hummus Chicken Salad
Serves 2
1 cup grilled chicken breast, cubed
1 tablespoon finely diced scallions
2 tablespoons diced celery
2 tablespoons diced red pepper
1 tablespoon water
½ cup Sabra hummus
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Serve in a bowl of radicchio as a salad, on a sandwich, wrap, or as an appetizer with veggies, chips, or pita.

100 easy hummus inspirations
Milpitas Post Staff
Posted: 07/01/2010 09:47:36 AM PDT

Try this recipe by Chef Colombe Jacobsen, and for more ways to add some hummus to your life, check out the 100 Hummus Inspirations at

Hummus-stuffed chicken breasts

Serves 4

1/2 cup hummus

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 large eggs, egg whites only

1 tablespoon water

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs or Panko

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil

Place chicken in a large plastic bag and pound until 1/4 inch thick, about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Lay the chicken breasts smooth side down and season with salt and pepper. Spread about 2 tablespoons of hummus on the chicken, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around.

Roll each chicken breast and wrap in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Twist the ends like a candy wrapper and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using three shallow dishes, pour the flour in one, lightly whisk the egg whites and water in the second and place the breadcrumbs in the third. Unwrap the chicken breasts and, using tongs, roll in the flour, submerge in the egg whites, and then place in the breadcrumbs, using your fingers to press the breadcrumbs so they stick.

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large nonstick skillet until shimmering (about 4 minutes). Place the rolled chicken breasts in the oil, seam side down. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes on all sides. Put the chicken breasts (seam side down) in a baking dish and cook in an oven for about 15 minutes or until thermometer registers 160 degrees. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

Friday, June 25, 2010

We Rate Stuff

Sabra Hummus
June 25, 2010
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Hummus Review
Hummus is a delicious snack I only started to eat in the past few years, but I'm glad I did. It as an exquisite taste and there are a million different versions to try it in, like Supremely Spicy, Roasted Garlic, Sun Dried Tomato, and more. More on the other side.

Hummus was an entirely foreign concept to me a few years ago. I mean I'm 25% Persian so that's kind of ridiculous, but it pretty much also explains why I love it so damn much now. I first tried it at a hookah bar and was basically blown away. If you don't know what Hummus consists of, it's basically chick peas, or garbanzo beans, crushed up into a paste, with various spices and a bit of oil. It's simple to make at home for extremely cheap, and the price in stores isn't too bad. The best part is it's relatively healthy and a great substitute for when I'd otherwise be eating some type of meat.

Now, I've had multiple brands of hummus, store-bought, home-made, etc. Home-made hummus has the advantage of your ability to control the taste and healthiness of it, but for some reason I can never get it to taste as good as Sabra brand hummus. I don't know what they do, but it blows my taste buds away every time I eat it. In fact I'm eating it right now, and it has never tasted better. Sabra has tons of different flavors of hummus, too; for example, my favorites are Supremely Spicy (finely chopped up spanish peppers and spices), Roasted Garlic (finely chopped garlic), and Original. They have lots of exotic flavors like Jalapeño, Luscious Lemon, Chipotle, Hummus with Salsa (can't find it but dying to try it), Greek Olive, and more.

If you've never tasted hummus, it's thick and pasty like a bean dip or something. It's very savory with almost a smokey hint to it. It has an intense taste, which is great. I usually get a container of Sabra hummus and a six pack of Toufayan whole wheat pita bread and boom, there's basically two meals. You can dip whatever you want in it, too; when I get tired of dipping bread in it, I use tortilla chips and it's a whole different taste and textural experience. Hummus is basically a superfood; it's lightweight, relatively healthy, relatively cheap (about $5.28 for the hummus and pita bread where I get it), absolutely delicious, and comes in an enormous variety of flavors. And nobody does it better than Sabra.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vending Times

Sabra Launches Mediterranean Foods Ad Campaign

June 17, 2010
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ASTORIA, NY -- Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, a joint venture between the Strauss Group and the Frito-Lay North America division of PepsiCo, is kicking off a nationwide multimedia advertising campaign to promote its wide variety of vegetarian spreads and dips.

Advertising Age reported that Sabra tested the campaign in five regional markets last year and, based on its success, has expanded it nationwide. Launched last week, it includes television commercials, websites, digital ads, and a presence in social media like Facebook and Twitter, along with other promotions and events.

The campaign proposes to rescue those "in need of a taste intervention" by getting them to try Sabra’s hummus (offered in 15 flavors), babaganoush, ratatouille, Turkish salad and more. Visitors to the campaign website,, can nominate family members and friends who need an intervention to help them "get out of a food rut." The website offers visitors the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes, offering a trip to Turkey as first prize.

The television commercials position Sabra as a delicious way to "taste the Mediterranean without leaving home." They're intended to promote the Sabra line to the growing ranks of Mediterranean-diet enthusiasts who already enjoy the vegetarian classics, and to introduce them to those unfamiliar with the time-honored staple dishes.

Ad Age said Sabra plans to spend "significantly" more on advertising this year than the estimated $3.3 million it spent last year.

The company opened a new $61 million manufacturing plant in Richmond, VA, last month. Plans call for moving all production to Richmond by September, and relocating company headquarters to the area.

All Sabra products are certified kosher, and all its hummus and eggplant items are pareve. They’re offered in a variety of formats including single-serve "grab-and-go packs."