For our practical exam this week we worked with a partner to make an entrée and an appetizer using no cream, butter, cheese, or salt. My partner, Jazman, took the entrée and I took the appetizer. Hummus just sounded good and it's naturally pretty healthy but I wanted to do something different with it. Our region this week was the Southwest so I tried to go with that. I cooked up some black beans and roasted a piece of an onion, half a yellow bell pepper, four garlic cloves, and a serrano pepper. I pureed all of that with a TON of cilantro (my chef instructor loves it as much as I do so I got away with it), about a third of a tomato, some pieces of green onion that I swiped when someone else wasn't looking ;) , olive oil, lime juice, and a spice mixture that included chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, pepper, and granulated garlic. My hummus has a little bit of a kick and is very yummy! Chef loved it. He said it was a "fun twist". I also made whole-wheat pita chips that are sprinkled with some of the same spice mix. I am taking leftovers home to munch over the weekend.