In the season of “pumpkin, all the things!” I found it appropriate to create yet another pumpkin dish. As I mentioned in previous recipes, 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— hummus dip! My Spicy Pumpkin Hummus has an awesome combination of flavors from the pumpkin, chickpeas and tahini paste, coupled with just the right amount of bite from my blend 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! Enjoy!
Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work… and, yes, it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we 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! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt! It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on, let’s make it happen…
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 (so simple!)
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
100% TASTE, 0% GUILT
Editor’s Note: If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.