Heirloom Spinach & Artichoke Hummus

I made this hummus for the superbowl, but it was such a huge hit I have to share it! The dip is red because I used red heirloom spinach.   If you look closely you can see the purple spinach in my photo.


I love hummus because it has so many uses.  You can use it simply as a dip, to flavor a dry chicken breast, as a mix in for your tuna salad, as a condiment on a sandwich or pita or if you like it as much as I do you can eat it with a spoon…don’t tell.

If you have a food processor or a Vitamix this recipe is a breeze! It will take about 15 minutes total to put together, I then let it cool and set overnight in the fridge.  You could definitely serve the hummus right away if you are in a pinch :0)


2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
5oz fresh spinach (I used red spinach)
1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts, drained
2 cans (15oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and peeled
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin


Start by sauteing the olive oil, garlic and spinach.  While that is cooling you can begin to process the garbanzo beans, adding in the rest of the ingredients one at time and pulsing until you have a smooth consistency.  I added the spinach last.

Go ahead and give it a whirl!


Video Review: Double Down with Amy Dixon and Paul Katami

It has been a while since my last review, so I am very excited to gush about Amy Dixon and Paul Katami’s latest collaboration. If you have seen my reviews in the past you know I am a fan of both Amy and Paul’s workout DVDs.

Doubledown is a 50 minute combination of total body strength and cardiovascular plyometric exercises. The circuit set up is unusual, but in a good way. Each circuit consists of two minutes of total body exercises and two minutes of cardio work. So that is four minutes per circuit with 8 circuits. The two minute strength segment is split up into two parts. Paul starts with one exercise for one minute, then in the second minute you “doubledown” and add onto the move. This gets your heart pumping and the targeted muscle group(s) burning. Once you complete Paul’s two minutes, Amy takes over the cardio portion of the circuit. Her circuit is split into three 40 second intervals. With each interval the intensity increases. This gives you a little time to recover from Paul’s intervals before you start gurgling your heart again with high impact plyometrics.

I did this workout twice last week. The first time alone and the second time with my HIIT sister. Both times I was amazed by how fast this workout goes by. It is a shot in the arm, then you are off to shower and continue with your day. I did have to add some of my own stretching after the video to attack my legs a little better. I often find videos don’t give the legs enough attention when it comes to stretching.

If you bore easily with workout DVDs and want to burn some fat and calories in a short amount of time I definitely recommend this DVD. I purchased the digital download for just $15, which is a steal for how often I will do this DVD in future years. As a workout DVD whore I have recently been turned off by the videos being put out. They are getting too short and lack creativity. My faith is restored.

I give this workout 5 stars for sure. I hope there is Doubledown 2 coming out soon…