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Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

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If you have never made homemade hummus, today is the day to start. There is something so deliciously creamy about freshly made hummus that is not comparable to the store bought stuff. Through trial and error I have found that tahini paste is an essential ingredient to making a smooth, luscious hummus and adding that amazing sesame flavor. Mix in a few fresh herbs like garlic, rosemary, thyme and basil for aroma and added flavor. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens the hummus up a bit and adds a nice tanginess.

I have made hummus with an immersion blender and standard food processor and find that both work well to achieve the creaminess. Make sure to take your time blending until it is super creamy. Then go to town dipping away. I love to toast up pita in the oven and slice into triangles for dipping alone with fresh vegetables.

This naturally vegan herbed hummus is a crowd pleaser and makes a large batch perfect for entertaining this holiday season!

Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

10 minutes

10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2-14 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Optional dippers: sliced cucumber, toasted pita, baby carrots, celery

Instructions

  1. Combine chickpeas, lemon juice tahini and herbs/seasonings in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly.
  2. Pour in olive oil and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy, 3-4 minutes.
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Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas

Maple Cinnamon and Almond Chickpeas

If you have ever had those delicious roasted nuts that they sell at carnivals, you will love today’s recipe for Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas. It is a healthy take on those sweet and aromatic nuts. We are using high protein chickpeas and glazing them in real maple syrup for sweetness, then adding almond extract and cinnamon to season them. Your house will smell awesome and you will have a sweet and crunchy snack to curb cravings without reaching for something unhealthy. I recommend doubling the recipe because these won’t last long!

 

Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas

Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Spread out chickpeas and allow them to dry on a paper towel 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Like a baking skeet with foil or parchment paper. Spread chickpeas on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 30 minutes. If chickpeas are not yet crunchy, bake an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Combine maple syrup, cinnamon and almond extract in a bowl. Add hot chickpeas and gently stir to coat.
  6. Spread chickpeas back on baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes longer.
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Maple, Cinnamon, Almond Chickpeas

 

Herbed Chickpea Pizza with Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onion, and Walnuts

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If you follow Fresh and Fit, you know I love taking traditionally not so healthy recipes and making them very nutritious. This herbed chickpea pizza with caramelized onion, brussels sprouts and walnuts is one of those recipes. The high protein and fiber content in the chickpea flour make this a recipe that will fuel your workout instead of ruin your efforts. The recipe makes a personal size pizza, but the density of the crust make it very filling and ideal for sharing.

Herbed Chickpea Pizza with Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onion, and Walnuts

Herbed Chickpea Pizza with Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onion, and Walnuts

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DOUGH
  • 2 c chickpea flour ( I used bob's red mill)
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 c water
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • FOR TOPPING
  • 1 c shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 c sliced white onion
  • 1 c grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/3 c chopped walnuts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine chickpea flour, garlic powder, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and sea salt. Add egg and mix well.
  3. Add water and mix once more. Form into a ball.
  4. Press dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet forming a circle, leaving edges higher.
  5. Bake dough 10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, sauté onions in olive oil for 7 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and sauté 5 minutes longer.
  7. Carefully remove dough from oven. Top with Asiago, onions, shaved Brussels sprouts.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes longer. Top with walnuts. Bake 5 minutes longer.
  9. Top with chili flakes if desired.
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Grilled Peach Chick-Pizza

Grilled Peach ChickPizza Recipe

 

This doughy grilled peach chick-pizza reminds me of a cross between falafel, pizza and a peach tart.  Quite a meal packed into one. It is not super crispy in the center but is sturdy and can easily be picked up. I should also mention that it happens to be high in plant based protein, due to the chickpea flour used in the dough. This is an awesome pizza option for anyone avoiding wheat or suffering from gluten allergies; or if you’re like me, anyone who likes experimenting with different textures and flavors. The size of this pizza is small, but it is deceptively filling. Two people could be very satisfied splitting one. But if you are really hungry, make two and save the leftovers for later.

Grilled Peach Chick-Pizza

Serving Size: 1 small pizza, 6 slices

Grilled Peach Chick-Pizza

Ingredients

  • For the dough
  • 1 and 1/4 c chickpea flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • For topping
  • 1 peach, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 c soft herb goat cheese
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 c greens of choice - I used a mixture of baby kale and spinach.
  • 5-6 basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to 400. Set peach slices on grill cut side down for 5 minutes. Remove.
  2. Sauté onions and bell pepper in 2 tbsp olive oil until tender.
  3. In a large bowl combine chickpea flour, garlic, oregano, sea salt and flaxseed. Add egg and mix well.
  4. Add water and mix once more. Form into a ball.
  5. Press dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving edges higher.
  6. Grill dough 5 minutes.
  7. Spread goat cheese over dough, top with onion, bell peppers, and greens and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. grill another 15-20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil.
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