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BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions

5 Jun

I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This summer weather is perfect for get-togethers outdoors. Whether at a beer garden or the backyard, I love relaxing in the warmth with a nice cold drink, and plenty of snacks.

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My go-to is usually raw veggies and bean dip, chips and salsa, and fresh fruit. But to mix it up a bit, I developed this savory, hearty appetizer that’s perfect for gatherings inside or out. And it features Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers, which have a wonderfully light, crispy texture and noticeable flavor of quinoa, rye and sweet potato! They’re an ideal base for this super-simple BBQ chickpea spread, which are dressed up with easy quick pickled red onions.

The result is a tasty appetizer that is great for entertaining, or just an afternoon snack on the balcony!

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BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions

Serves 8

Begin by making the pickles. Bring a pot of water to boil – you’ll need this to blanch the onion. Halve and peel the onion, then thinly slice each half. Place the sliced onions in a colander and slowly pour the boiling water over all the onions. Let them drain and cool for a few minutes.

In a wide-mouth jar, stir together the vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns. Transfer the blanched onions to the jar and stir, to make sure all the onions are submerged.

Cover with the lid and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, up to two weeks.

Place the rinsed and drained chickpeas in a large bowl. Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to crush the chickpeas – you want most of the beans to be smashed, but some whole beans are fine. The ideal texture will resemble canned, flaked tuna.

Add the BBQ sauce of your choice to the chickpeas and stir well to completely coat. Depending on the consistency of your sauce, you may need to add a few tablespoons; the result should be a mixture that can hold together on a cracker.

Refrigerate if not using immediately.

To serve, place the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers on a serving platter. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the BBQ Chickpea Spread onto each cracker. Garnish with 2-3 pickled onion slices.

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Whole Wheat Hummus Flatbread Crackers

11 May

I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

There are SO MANY crackers out there that appear healthy and delicious. But upon closer inspection, most of these have a crazy amount of unpronounceable ingredients that are apparently only there to keep the crackers shelf stable.

Well, that might be all well and good, and some would argue that those ingredients are plant-based to a degree, but that’s just not good enough for me.

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I want crackers and flatbreads that I can feel good about! Which is why I devised this stupidly simple recipe using just THREE ingredients. Yes, three!! Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus provides all the moistness and flavor, whole wheat flour provides some complex carbs, and water pulls it all together.

Ok, water is hardly an ingredient, but like in Scrabble, a two-letter word doesn’t count, so I refuse to count a two-ingredient recipe as a recipe!

As such, enjoy these wholesome, family-friendly, and snack-worthy flatbread crackers. What’s a flatbread cracker? Well, you can either maintain a flatbread mouthfeel OR you can bake them even longer for a crispy cracker. And if you want a different flavor? Go for it! Sabra makes 14 varieties of hummus, so you can go wild! They make an excellent vegan snack to celebrate National Hummus Day, which is May 13. You could totally even dip these in more hummus, because this plant-based dip is all sorts of protein happiness!

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Whole Wheat Hummus Crackers

Makes about 40 crackers

  • 10 tbsp Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C warm water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and grease well.

In a bowl, mix together the hummus, flour and water. Stir together with a spoon until a pliable dough forms. Add more water or flour as needed to achieve the right dough texture – it should begin to ball up quickly.

Transfer the dough to the center of the greased parchment and place another piece of parchment on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until even and  thin. The thinner, the better! Remove the tap piece of parchment and bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

Remove and let cool five minutes on the baking sheet a few minutes. Then, using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice the cracker sheet into square crackers (or rectangles, triangles, whatever you desire!). You don’t need to cut all the way through – just enough to perforate the cracker sheet.

If you want more of a flatbread, let cool completely and then break apart at the perforations.

If you want more of a crisp cracker, cut the sheet all the way through and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes. Then, cool completely.

Transfer crackers to a metal tin or glass container. Store in the fridge and eat within five days.

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Red Pepper Hummus Potato Salad

10 May

I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Confession time: I’m having a hard time with running. Not exactly a physical issue – my body seems fine and I’m not experiencing any pain – but a mental one. I simply don’t love it at the moment. All the good endorphins of a solid workout, the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a hard run, and even just the bragging rights of a weekend long run…I don’t find joy in any of that right now. And it sucks!

I think part of my problem is that I have been doing most of my running on a treadmill since November. Yes, it’s warm enough to run outside when it’s 50 degrees, but layering up in May isn’t exactly motivating.

And I don’t want to do any other workouts, either. Yoga seems a chore, the weight machines at the gym seem daunting and pointless, and even walking isn’t terribly interesting to me.

Despite all this, I’m still pushing through, mostly sticking to my training plan, and aim to complete another half marathon at the end of June. I think once that’s done with, I’ll take a short break from running and really focus on something else – perhaps a month of yoga, or improving my salsa dancing skills.

If you have any ideas as to how to kick this feeling, let me know in the comments or via social media!

Either way, fueling for a workout, whether I want to do it or not, is still super crucial. And what’s better to come home to than a prepared, simple potato salad?

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I know – that sounds totally absurd. Potato salad after a workout? Isn’t that filled with fat and simple carbs? Au contraire! One medium red-skinned potato contains 153 calories, 3 grams protein, less than 1 gram fat, 34 grams carbs (necessary after a workout!), and 3 grams fiber. This same potato provides 35% of your daily recommended vitamin C, 19% of B6, 12% folate, and many essential minerals. “These B vitamins aid in energy metabolism, cell growth and repair, keeping skin and nerves healthy, and they help prevent certain neural-tube birth defects in babies.” (Livestrong.com)

This salad pairs red potatoes with protein- and fiber-rich hummus, plus crunchy, fresh bell pepper! Simple as that. It’s also a timely way to celebrate National Hummus Day, which is May 13. As a plant-based protein, hummus is a great vegan way to increase your protein intake in a natural, delicious way!

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Red Pepper Hummus Potato Salad

Serves 4

  • 5 medium red potatoes
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 container Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

Boil the potatoes in enough water to cover them, for 35 minutes. Remove to a plate and let the potatoes cool – long enough so you can handle them.

Peel the potatoes and chop them into small, bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl with the diced bell pepper.

Mix the hummus together in its container, to incorporate the roasted red bell pepper topping throughout. Scoop about 3/4 of the hummus on top of the potatoes and peppers. Add the red wine vinegar.

Use a large spoon or spatula to mix the potato salad, making sure the hummus coats all the potatoes. Season with sea salt and black pepper, to taste.

Transfer to a serving dish and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight. Serve chilled, but don’t worry if you bring this to a warm outdoors cookout – the lack of dairy products and eggs in this potato salad means that it can sit out safely for several hours.

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