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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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Baked Mozzarella Bruschetta – Constable Odo’s Recipe

7 Apr

Who else celebrated First Contact Day on Sunday?! Not sure what it is? Why, it’s a Star Trek holiday, of course! April 5 is, in 48 years, the first instance an alien race makes contact with humans on earth. And it’s totally something to celebrate.

And party we did! Chris and I hosted a small Star Trek themed dinner party, featuring drinks, dishes and desserts you might find in some of the alien races’ cultures. We even “Trekked” up the apartment to display “Red Alert” on every possible device we own.

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Red lights, red candles, and RED ALERT!

We drank tea, Earl Grey, hot; Romulan Ale (phew, strong!) and Klingon Blood (aka berry) wine. And began our meal with an appetizer from Deep Space Nine’s changeling, Constable Odo, courtesy of Chris’s Star Trek Cookbook. Well, my version was slightly different, but don’t tell Odo – he’s not a fan of breaking the rules!

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Make this cheesy, tomato-y bruschetta for your next dinner party, regardless the theme! Stay tuned for more Star Trek recipes from the party.

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Yellow tomatoes, because we all know the red tomatoes, err shirts, die first!

Baked Mozzarella Bruschetta

Makes 12 bruschetta

  • 1 day-old French baguette, at least 15 inches long
  • 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 vine-ripened plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp basil olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Slice 12 pieces off the baguette. They should be about 1 inch thick (discard ends of the baguette, or snack on them, or use them for breadcrumbs). Place slices on the lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle mozzarella on top of the slices.

Chop tomatoes and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle oil and vinegar on top, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

Spoon tomato mixture onto bread slices.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. The bread should look toasty and the tomatoes should be neatly the consistency of jam.

Serve hot with fresh basil if desired.

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