Sweet Beet Hummus

Here’s a tasty spin on the classic hummus platter…I opted to toss in fresh beets for a sweet flavor without the added sugar.  Beets are a wonderful source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese…This beautiful Beet Hummus is incredibly tasty and pairs well as a dip for crudites, fruits or crackers as well as an amazing spread on sandwiches and bagels.

Ingredients

  • 5 large beets, scrubbed, cooked and cubed
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor; pulse until smooth.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy with gluten free crackers, pretzels and crudites.
  • Enjoy!

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Zucchini n’ Avocado Hummus

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Last night I created a masterpiece.  I took a look in my pantry and fridge to see what ingredients I had to play with… a perfect combination of a ripe avocado, fresh zucchini from my corner vegetable stand, a small bag of carrots and an onion.  I glanced over at my food processor and suddenly a light bulb went off in my head: Homemade Hummus! What a fabulous  idea, I thought.  Yum.

As you all know, I love my sweet and salty combination, therefore I decided to toss in a dash of agave nectar and chili powder for the perfect palate pleasing treat!  I served myself this tasty appetizer aside my gluten free rice chips and sweet potato wedges.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 Zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 Avocado, peeled, cored and mashed
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup Sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Warm water
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, shredded

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine lemon juice, water and tahini; puree until smooth consistency.
  • Slowly add mashed avocado, shredded carrots and shredded zucchini; continue to puree.
  • Add chopped onion, agave nectar and chili powder; puree until desired smooth consistency.
  • Transfer into serving dishes.
  • Enjoy with your favorite whole grain chips, pitas, crackers or raw vegetables.

Lox n’ Tofutti Cream Cheese

This has recently become one of my favorite go-to snacks. I purchased lox last week at a gourmet market here in Manhattan and decided to give ’em a whirl…turns out they’re delicious and pack a healthy dose of heart-friendly Omega 3’s!

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I enjoy this snack with my Tofutti Dairy-Free Cream Cheese, lemon flavored hummus or a dollop of Greek yogurt.  However, if you are not lactose intolerant (as I am)…opt for a low fat ricotta cheese or cottage cheese instead.  Each of these options pack a nice dose of protein and a serving of dairy!  Furthermore, the addition of the dried cherries add a nice sweet punch to each bite, again feel free to experiment and try dried cranberries, dried pears or golden raisins.  It’s amazing how switching one simple ingredient can alter the taste of this healthy and easy to prepare go-to snack.

Ingredients

  • Lox
  • Tofutti (Dairy Free) Cream Cheese, Hummus or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Your Choice: Bran Crackers, Whole Grain Toast, Gluten-Free Pita Wedges
  • Dried Cherries
  • Fresh Dill

Directions

  • Top each cracker/toast/pita with a dollop of Greek yogurt or cream cheese, followed by a slice of lox.
  • Sprinkle with dried cherries and fresh dill.
  • Enjoy!

Collard Wraps

Today for lunch, I packed my special Collard Wraps…they were the perfect way to kick off the 1st day of September.  Fresh, local veggies stuffed inside collards with a delicious and tangy dipping sauce…yum…is your mouth watering yet?

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Ingredients

Collard Wraps:

  • 6 Large Collard Green Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. Hummus (Any Flavor of Choice)
  • 1 tsp. Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled and pieced out of skin
  • 1 cup Sprouts
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of lime juice
  • Dash of balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of Dulse flakes
  • Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Agave Nectar

Directions

  • Steam collards for 1 minute. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine nutritional yeast, lime juice, hummus, chili powder, Nu-Salt, pepper, dulse flakes, flax seeds and balsamic vinegar. Mix well.
  • Spoon mixture into the center of each collard leaf.  Spread evenly.
  • Top each leaf with mushrooms, avocado, cucumbers, sprouts, sun-dried tomatoes and grapefruit pieces.
  • Wrap the leaf like a burrito and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • For dipping sauce: In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, agave nectar and tomato paste; mix well.  Set aside in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Enjoy the collard wraps dipped into the yogurt dipping sauce.
  • Yum!

Edamame Hummus

This recipe is on the agenda for tonight…I just bought a nice big bag of frozen edamame and I cannot wait to make this tasty hummus! I enjoy this hummus as a spread on my wraps, sandwiches, pitas, muffins, and nori, as a topping on my salads, baked fish and eggs and as a dip for my crackers and raw veggies. There are endless ways to enjoy this delicious and healthy hummus…get creative and have fun by opening up your fridge and cabinets to see what you have in the house…you just may find a new way to enjoy edamame  outside of your favorite sushi restaurant!  I assure you–you will!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Nu-Salt, to taste

Directions

  • Steam edamame for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine edamame, lemon juice, garlic, oil and a dash of Nu-Salt in a food processor.  Pulse for several minutes; stir occasionally.  Add the water slowly and continue to pulse.
  • Enjoy as a dip for your favorite vegetables or as a spread in lieu of mayonnaise on sandwiches, pitas and muffins.

Baked Tuna Peppers

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This recipe is easy to prepare and tastes delicious.  Simply fill a bell pepper with tuna salad and bake!

Ingredients

  • 4 Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow, Orange, Green)
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. hummus
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
  • Dash of Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325
  • Combine canned tuna, Greek yogurt, hummus, chopped celery, dried cranberries and shredded carrots.  Mix well.
  • Add tuna mixture to hollowed out bell peppers
  • Top with crushed peanuts
  • Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Product Review: Wildwood Pasta, Probiotic Hummus, Soy Milk and Soy Yogurt

Thank you to Wildwood Foods for sending me a wonderful package of their organic Probiotic Hummus, Soy Yogurt, Soy Milk and Pasta.  These were delicious and the added probiotics in the hummus, yogurt and milk made my our tummy’s happy! We love that good bacteria—thanks Wildwood Foods.


Probiotic Hummus

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Wildwood’s Probiotic Hummus comes in the following flavors: Classic, Low Fat Classic, Indian Spice, Raspberry Chipotle, Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy Cayenne.  My favorite was the Indian Spice mixed with my morning eggs and gluten-free crackers; my clients loved the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus in their lunch sandwiches!


Probiotic Soy Yogurt

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Wildwood’s Probiotic Soy Yogurt comes in the following flavors: Blueberry, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla and Plain.  I enjoyed each of these flavors; my clients and I also froze some of the yogurt and enjoyed them as healthy ‘ice cream’ treats!


Probiotic Soy Milk

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Wildwoods’ Probiotic Soy Milk comes in Pomegranate, Blueberry and Vanilla.  My clients and I used the Pomegranate in baking recipes for waffels and pancakes…the vanilla was delicious in our morning oatmeal and cereal!

Pasta

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Wildwood’s Pasta Slim is available in Fettuccine and Spaghetti.  My clients and I used the pasta in a white clam sauce recipe as well as in a classic red sauce and meat ball dish.  The light, soft noodles were quite tasty and I’ll be sure to purchase these again.

Thank you again to Wildwood Foods for these delicious products.  Be sure to check out Wildwood Foods for more products such as Soy Milk Creamer, Regular Soy Milk, Sprouted Tofu, Dips, Sauces, Tofu Veggie Burgers and Tempeh.  I loved all of these products and I know my clients and I will be purchasing WildWood products in the future.

Wildwood was kind enough to send me some great coupons for their products.  If you are interested in trying their products, please contact me and leave a comment–I’ll be sure to send you a coupon for the product of your choice!