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Saturday, 28 November 2020 20:56

DIY Hummus Recipes: Fall/Winter Edition

DIY Hummus Recipes: Fall/Winter Edition
During the autumn and winter months and throughout the Holiday season, having friends and family over is one of these seasons' best parts. You may love coming up with what will be on the menu, or it may send you into a spiral of confusion. Whichever way you lean, there's one thing that is simple, delicious, and never disappoints -- hummus. 
Hummus is a healthy dip for fresh, raw veggies, crackers, and can even be a great companion for a dollop of flavour on your meal. You can feel good about serving hummus because it's packed with protein, fibre, and antioxidants, and with how versatile it is, it leaves you with many options. 
Before you swing by the store and grab it ready-made, you may want to think about making your own hummus to impress everyone at the table. Hummus might seem exotic, but it requires very little work. In its most basic form, hummus uses chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil. How you season it from there varies, but there is great potential to go beyond basic hummus and get even more creative.
A way to experiment with this is by creating a hummus bar at your next gathering or even a hummus tasting plate with several varieties of hummus to enjoy. Want to make hummus that's unique for fall and winter flavours? Try these ideas.
- Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus
This one will take a little more time, but it's so worth it. You'll need to roast your butternut squash and some garlic first. Then you can add them to your food processor with fresh minced garlic, chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, parsley, and salt and pepper. To give this a more wintery feel, add cinnamon and cumin. Finish with a touch of smoked paprika.
- Savoury Pumpkin Hummus
Another one that will require some oven-roasting first is pumpkin hummus. Once the pumpkin has been roasted, you'll add it to your food processor with chickpeas, minced garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and a little water to get it into a nice, creamy texture. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a perfect garnish.
- Beet Hummus
Beets are so bright and cheery, perfect for that red holiday look. You can roast them yourself or buy them ready to go. Add the beets, garlic, olive oil, chickpeas, lemon juice, fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and a couple of tablespoons of water to even out the texture. With some roasted almonds and fresh rosemary sprigs, it will have that wow-factor on your table.  
- Sweet Potato Hummus
Try a savoury spin on your sweet potatoes for a winning snack treat this holiday season. You can even cheat by using your microwave for cooking your sweet potato. Once it's ready, blend it with your can of chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, a chipotle pepper, and a couple of tablespoons of water for that creamy texture. Drizzle olive oil on top before serving, and it's ready to be enjoyed.
You can also make regular hummus to contrast with these flavours and see which one everyone gobbles up the fastest. Serving any of these with fresh veggies such as carrots, celery, bell pepper, jicama, broccoli, or snow peas is a fantastic way to get healthy veggies on the table people easily will be excited to pile on their plates. 
Published in Dips & Spreads

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Published in Deanna's Blog
Friday, 05 January 2018 22:36

Healthy Tuna Salad

This can be served with a salad for a gluten free, dairy free lunch. 
Makes 2 Servings
 
Ingredients:
1 can (5 oz) water packed tuna, drained (if you're not worried about the healthy fat content, get the Italian olive oil packed tuna in jars-- the flavour is terrific).
 
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
 
1/2 stalk celery, minced
 
1 finely chopped scallion
 
2 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste
 
Extra virgin olive oil to taste

 
Salt and pepper to taste 
 
Directions:
Pour the tuna in a small mixing bowl. Use a fork to break the tuna chunks into very small pieces.
 
Add the basil, celery and lemon juice to the bowl. Use the fork to stir all the ingredients together till well mixed.
 
Add extra virgin olive oil to moisten the tuna to your liking. I usually use between 1 and 2 tablespoons. Season with salt and pepper to taste; sea salt and freshly ground pepper is best. 
Published in Lunch
Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:42

Coconut Flour Apple Muffin

I love Autumn and apples.  This year I made homemade applesauce and apple butter.  Leaving in Grey County we are so close to the local orchards in Meaford, that I make several trips over each fall to stock up and make applesauce.  While good on its own, I also like to make other apple treats, like these gluten-free, dairy-free muffins.

I'm not big on almond flour, and to be honest it is quite pricey.  Coconut flour is a great alternative if you have the right recipe.  It is also pretty economical when you only use 1/2 cup in a recipe.  Mind you, you must like the coconut flavour for these muffins to be a hit, the flavour is definitely coconut and apple.  Yum!  2 of my favs.

Published in Breakfast
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 19:11

Fruit, Berries & Yogart

Published in slides
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:02

Chocolate Pudding

 
This delightfully smooth pudding substitute is loaded with healthy fats and fibre.  Skip the sugar filled dairy options and create this masterpiece in a few minutes.
 
Blend together:
1 Raw avocado (ripe)
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
Raw Honey or maple syrup about 1 tbsp
1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon (optional)
2-3 tsp of water,  adding slowly while blending to create desired consistency
 
Ready to eat, or chill if you prefer.
Published in Desserts & Treats