Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Healthy Snacking !

Need a healthy snack? Tis the season for pumpkin and all things fall! Pumpkin is not only delicious, but it is also such a versatile vegetable that it is often used in sweets such as cookies and cakes, as well as in savory dishes such as ravioli, soups… and today in a hummus dip! This Spicy Pumpkin Hummus has an awesome combination of flavors from the pumpkin, chickpeas and tahini paste, and with just the right amount of of spices. It’s smooth consistency makes it a perfect dip for veggies, pita chips, apple slices, etc., or it can be a perfect addition to your favorite wrap, and can even be spread on top of grilled chicken or fish! There are so many possibilities so make it and enjoy!
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 cup canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2 TB sesame tahini paste
1 clove garlic
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (adjust up or down depending upon desired level of spiciness)
3/4 tsp. cumin
5 tsp. olive oil
4 tsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
red pepper flakes (garnish, optional)
How to Prepare
1. Put pumpkin and chickpeas into a food processor, and process until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients to food processor and process again until smooth.
3. Scoop into a bowl and garnish with red pepper flakes (optional). Dig in!
Per 1/3 cup (recipe makes 6 servings): 130 calories, 3 grams protein, 13 grams carbohydrates (4 grams fiber), 7.5 grams fat
Keeping your body in shape is hard work and, yes, it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that you choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you new recipes each and every week! It’s all about being creative with good-for-you foods!

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