lunch of choice

I try to keep things pretty simple around here. Its not too difficult, since Bella Eats truly is a reflection of mine and Brian’s life. We both work full 40-50 hour weeks, getting home around 6:30 each evening ready for a glass of wine and a quick, delicious meal. By the time we change out of our work clothes, play with the pups and perform a little garden maintenance, its nearly 7:00 and the sun is starting to sink behind the trees. To avoid eating at ridiculously late hours (which does still happen on occasion) we must keep our weekly dinners as uncomplicated as possible.

Hummus Merge 1

I take pride in the fact that we don’t keep a lot of pre-packaged food in our house. If you open our freezer you’ll find some vegetables, a TON of fruit (blackberries from our garden and peach slices from the local orchard), some veggie scraps and a pork shoulder bone waiting to be made into broth, homemade everything bagels, a few varieties of muffins and a loan box of Kashi 7-Grain Waffles (a vice – I love them). What you won’t find are Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine or Skillet Sensations dinners. I firmly believe that everybody has time to make a quick, healthy and delicious meal for themselves and their family, if you just keep your fridge and pantry stocked with some key items. I won’t list those items in this post (are you even interested?!?) but I will give you links to a few of the quick, simple meals we’ve made in the past:

Vegetable Fried Rice
Trio of Salads and Whole Wheat Flatbread
Pasta with Sausage and Greens
Crockpot Minestrone
Chicken Tostadas
Raw Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables


This simple approach to evening meals extends to lunch as well. On most days, Brian and I will come home to eat. We are lucky enough to live just 2.5 miles from the office where we work (yes, together!) and enjoy the afternoon break from our computers almost as much as our dogs enjoy being let out for some mid-day fetch. Sometimes we’ll have leftovers from the night before, but more often we’ll make ham sandwiches or simple PB + J’s with our plethora of jam. Lunch at home is relaxing and much less expensive than anything we could purchase from the many restaurants downtown.


Lately, my lunch of choice has been tomato and hummus sandwiches served on rustic bread, occasionally with a slice of high-quality ham from Double H Farm or some cured meat from Feast. But really, all you need is the good bread, fresh summer tomatoes and homemade hummus to make a very satisfying sandwich. This is special hummus though, blended with mustard flavored by spicy chipotle peppers.   The mustard I used is a Saucy Mama product, and I think it has been our absolute favorite of all the condiments sent to us for the recipe contest I am participating in. We’re almost out, and will definitely be purchasing more when it is available in our area. I love that it still holds the tanginess of the classic yellow spread, but adds a spice very unlike the creole and dijon mustards we typically have on our refrigerator door.


Maybe I shouldn’t call this condiment hummus, since it does not contain any tahini. Perhaps “chickpea spread” is more appropriate.  No matter what you call it, I hope you’ll make it.  Its simple, quick, healthy – and more than likely you’ve got all of the ingredients on hand.  If you try other mustards, please let me know how they turn out. I’ve been pretty hooked on this one and haven’t been able to stray…

Chipotle Mustard Hummus


  • 1 (15oz) can of garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Saucy Mama Chipotle Mustard, or other spicy mustard
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place garbonzo beans, mustard and lemon juice in the small bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times to chop garbonzo beans.  Scrape down sides of bowl.  Turn processor on and slowly add olive oil while continuing to process.  Turn off processor and scrape down sides of bowl.  Process again, continuously, for 2-3 minutes until you have a smooth, creamy consistency.
  2. Serve on tomato sandwiches or enjoy alone with crackers.


Also, I have two more bottles of Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade to give away! To my two readers who won the last give-away, your sauce is coming. I promise. For some reason I’ve had a difficult time making it to the post office lately…  If you are interested in trying out this great sauce, leave a comment before my next post.



41 responses to “lunch of choice

  1. holy cow girl! that hummus looks to die for! Thanks for posting your recipe! 🙂

  2. I too, believe the simplicity of home prepared meals compares to nothing ever found in a box, fast food line or vending machine. My husband and I are both very fortunate as well to live within a mile of work to come home at lunch. I’d have it no other way. Most of our lunches are filled with very similar to yours- grown up nut butter and homemade jam sandwiches on hearty bread or hummus, yes lots of hummus! I need to track down that mustard to try your recipe, it sounds delicious!! 🙂

  3. Yay for round 2 of this fantastic giveaway. Okay second time’s a charm…hope I win this time around.


  4. That sauce looks delicious!

  5. I love simple meals. Most of the time I find them more satisfying than more complicated meals.

  6. LOOOVELY eats and sauces! 🙂

  7. my husband and i work together too, and come home for lunch together as well! i’ve also been eating A LOT of hummus, tomatoes, and flatbread lately. I’d love to try some of that mustard in my chickpea spread.

  8. I have a bottle of this and I am so making it.

    I want to make a joke about an “afternoon delight” which you can also enjoy with you lunches at home but that seems a little off color but yet funny so I am doing it. 🙂

    PS you better win something in this contest 🙂

  9. I love your eats! The simplicity is what makes me always come back for more.

  10. Lizzy – Thank you! And welcome!

    Whitney – haha! Totally appreciated. 🙂

    Shelby – Why thank you! That is my hope…

  11. that hummus sounds and looks delicious! and i’d love to try that marinade!

  12. Chipotle is my favorite word.

  13. Yum!! Your simple dinner looks delicious! I love ‘simple’, especially in the hot summer months!!! 🙂


  14. I think even I could handle this! Sounds delicious!!! And yes – i would love to hear your staple list.


  15. I love your recipe, and your life with your husband sounds wonderful! I’m newly married (two weeks as of this coming Sunday) and would love a bottle of this sauce!

    P.S. I would also like to read about your staples list! =D

  16. ooh, those sauces sound awesome! We love getting new sauces, mustards, and marinades to try out.

    I’m going to have to try this hummus recipe, but I’ll have to use one of our mustards. What a great sounding combination!

  17. Oh my friend, what a lovely lunch (and how nice that you two are able share it). I appreciate how you celebrate the season on such a simple way. And the chipotle mustard would be such a great addition to the chickpeas!

  18. homemade hummus…i haven’t done that in a while…thanks for reminding me!

  19. That sauce looks great! And thanks for the links to the quick dinners!

  20. Oh how I wish I could convince my boyfriend of this! I sit down on Sunday and plan the whole weeks meals, and prepare most things ahead of time. He on the other hand, usually go for fast food at least once a day. That mustard looks amazing, can’t wait to buy a bottle and give it a try!

  21. ahh i just got a food processor and would LOVE to make this hummus! delicious!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I would love to try Saucy Mama!

  23. I would love to try some Saucy Mama! I love cooking for my boyfriend and myself – we eat a home cooked dinner almost every night! Thanks!

  24. i would love to win!

  25. oneordinaryday

    I love having hummus for lunch too, but I usu. grill up a pita pocket and cut it into triangles. I love the idea of some crusty bread and a tomato, esp. since my counter is full of tomatoes right now!

  26. Yum! Perfect way to make hummus when there’s no tahini in the house. Those Saucy Mama products sound awesome.

  27. I would love to try some saucy mama!

  28. I’ve been trying to save money and pack my own lunches lately…I’ll definitely be trying that chickpea spread.

  29. Oooh, looks delicious!

  30. I’d love to try that sauce.

  31. Okay…your pictures are just too good! You make me want to lick the computer screen 🙂

  32. I love all things spicy and would love to try the marinade! Also, thanks for linking back to some of your easy, home-made meals! I’ll be trying them soon!

  33. I love Hummus on sandwiches!! I would love to try out this recipe with the sauce!!

  34. of course… two of my favorite things, hummus and mustard. Why wouldn’t I have thought to mix them together? lunch looks fabulous!

  35. I definitely used to have a problem with the frozen meals (Lean Cuisine). It was just easier to grab a meal out of the freezer and take to work or cook for dinner, and I thought I was doing better by not eating fast food. But one day, while eating my lunch at work, I sat there and really tasted the food. And I hated how fake and processed everything tasted. I realized that I could easily make something (even if just a sandwich or a wrap), that was 100x tastier and healthier. Since that revelation, I haven’t touched a freezer meal.

  36. We both work too, so weeknights have to be easy! Love your hummus recipe!

  37. Yum yum yum — I have made hummus at home before and would love to try out your recipes…it looks delish!

  38. What a beautiful sandwich! And that hummus sounds amazing, I love making my own!

  39. That sauce would be great for grilled chicken

  40. Um, I ate this exact meal yesterday, too. I SWEAR I’m not stalking you…but I feel like I should be. 🙂

    Also, I’ve said it before, but your photography gets more gorgeous by the second. How are you getting all of the natural light lately? Do you come home for lunch, or are you just a superwoman in the kitchen on the weekends?

  41. Wiggs – Thanks for the photo love, m’dear! My secret is actually both of your suspicions, I take some photos during lunch if I have time (this post, for example) and I also try to be superwoman on the weekends (the tomatoes, rasp. muffins). I’m sad that my evening light is fading fast, but just ordered some photo lights to assist me as we move into winter… 🙂

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