Nov 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
We will have a house full of family this weekend
I cannot wait to see my sweet nephews 
and my brother and sister in law!
I am so thankful for family!!! 
Here is a yummy recipe I plan to try this weekend
We are all big hummus fans

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 can organic white beans (cannellini or other), drained and rinsed
1 cup pure organic pumpkin 
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (try not to substitute lemon juice, the lime flavor really works here)
1 medium-large clove garlic (adjust to taste)
1 tsp sea salt
1 – 2 tbsp tahini (to taste)
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp (rounded) ground allspice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (if you don’t have smoked paprika, use another 1/4 tsp cumin – then go out and get yourself some smoked paprika!!)
1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (see note for toasting; reserve about 2-3 tbsp for garnish)
In a food processor add all ingredients except pumpkin seeds (and starting with 1 tbsp tahini).  Puree until very smooth.  Taste, and if you’d like to add addditional garlic or spices, add a little (and if you’d like a richer tahini flavor, add the other tablespoon).  Then, add most of the pumpkin seeds (reserving a couple of tbsps), and pulse through.  Transfer mixture to a serving dish, and top with remaining pumpkin seeds.  Serve with whole-grain pita breads, tortilla chips, warm whole-grain bread, etc.
Beans Note: The combination of chickpeas and white beans makes this hummus a little creamier than using just chickpeas alone.
Pumpkin Seeds Note:  When I toast nuts and seeds, I do so in larger batches so that I have them ready to use another time.  So, consider toasting about a cup or more.  To toast pumpkin seeds, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I use my toaster oven and a small baking tray).  Bake at 400 for several minutes until they turn a golden color and you can smell a nutty aroma.  This won’t take long, maybe about 5-7 minutes, possibly longer depending on your oven.  Just be sure to watch them after about 6-7 minutes, as they can burn quickly.

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