Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paleo Hummus Recipes

I've been trying a couple of different Paleo "Hummus" recipes lately and found one that I really like.  It does have a high amount of sesame seeds, which means a high amount of the wrong Omega's so I would say this is a special occasion or once in a while item.  It makes a wonderful vegetable dip for carrots, celery, red pepper, snap peas, etc.  My kids will wolf down their veggies, as will I with this dip to eat them with.  I made this for a baby shower this past weekend along with a non Paleo ranch dip.  When I am attending functions were food is involved I love to find a Paleo alternative that others won't turn their noses up at (okay at least not to much) and that I know I can enjoy at a party.  My favorite recipe so far is from: Food Lovers Primal Palate, it's their HOT PEPPER HUMMUS, for more of their recipes please visit their site: http://www.primal-palate.com/2010/08/hot-pepper-hummus.html

Hot Pepper Hummus:
  • 2 Medium Zucchini, peeled and quartered
  • 3/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 medium/large cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • Food Processor or High Speed Blender
  1. Peel and chop zucchini and place in food processor.
  2. Add in Tahini, Olive Oil, and fresh lemon juice, and blend.
  3. Add garlic, cumin, and salt, and blend thoroughly.

For the peppers and pine nuts:
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red and green peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • a little salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  1. Saute chopped peppers and red pepper flakes in olive oil until tender.
  2. Lightly toast pine nuts in the toaster oven. (be sure to watch carefully so they do not burn.)
  3. *NOTE from Sheilla*  I don't roast my pine nuts I just throw them in with the peppers and saute them too, they get a little toasted at the same time.
For the eats:
Garnish the hummus with the spicy peppers and pine nuts. Feel free to eat as is, or mix the topping into the hummus. Either way is delicious!

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