Sun Dried Tomato Hummus!

When it comes to choices in appetizers, hummus is a favorite at our house. We especially love this Sun Dried Tomato Hummus. It’s fabulous and only takes five minutes to make!
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THE STORY OF HUMMUS:

Hummus is a staple food from the Mediterranean and  middle east. And like all staple foods it has a history. Back in the day when people had to travel long distances on foot or animal they had to carry their food with them. It needed to be lightweight, nutrient dense and easy to make….dried chick peas, otherwise known as garbanzo beans fit the bill. When travelers arrived to their destination they could soak the dried chick peas in water, mash with olive oil, add a little lemon juice and sea salt and they had a protein packed meal loaded with energy producing healthy fats!

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Adding  Flavor To Hummus:

We are big fans of plain hummus. It’s totally a fan favorite. But sometimes we love to toss in some additions to take the flavor profile up a notch. Check out my gorgeous brilliant pink Roasted Beet Hummus as well as  the black bean and roasted red bell pepper variations on my Trio Platter! 

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Sun Dried Tomato Hummus: Perfect Alone or as Part of a Platter!

This hummus can certainly stand on it’s own served with a simple assortment of veggies or pita. But I also love it as one component of my Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter. Trust me, this platter is a hit at any party.

The Recipe: Sun Dried Tomato Hummus!

Tips and what you will need: you need a food processor to make hummus, and as always you need a good knife! If you want to turn this into a complete meal salad, click here.

Recipes for Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Hummus is perfect for dipping with pita and a variety veggies!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Medeterranean, Middle eastern
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, party recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Ingredients
For Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
  • 1 16 oz can garbanzo beans, no liquid
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil and herbs (and more for garnish)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (start with 1/3 and add more if needed, I usually add)
  • juice of 1/2 a small lemon
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoons roasted pine nuts (for garnish)
  • Serve with sliced Persian cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, flatbreads, pita chips, tortilla chips etc.
Instructions
For hummus:
  1. Place drained garbanzo beans and sun dried tomatoes in the food processor. Give it a whirl. 

  2. Add lemon juice through the drizzle feature on top of the machine and process. Add olive oil. Process, add a pinch of sea salt. Check the consistency and add more olive oil a little at a time if needed. When hummus is the right consistency, taste. Add more salt of necessary.

  3. Place in a bowl and garnish with chopped sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and/or pine nuts. Serve with sliced Persian cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, flatbreads, pita chips, tortilla chips etc.

 

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Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl (with Grain Free Option!)

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am about the arrival of spring! I am sure many of you feel the same way after this unusually harsh and long winter. Let’s kick spring into high gear with this Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl with Grain Free Option!
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Isn’t This Just So Pretty!?

Just as healthy as it is beautiful, this pasta dish is loaded with veggies, greens and fresh herbs! To put this pasta salad over the top we drizzle it with a delicious sweet and spicy asian almond butter dressing made with hints of ginger and sriracha!

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The Pasta Choices: Including a Delicious Grain Free Option!

When it comes to pasta, to each their own. You can use your favorite traditional spaghetti, or  gluten free spaghetti, but for this version I went completely grain free using Cali’flour Foods pasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

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The Perfect Vegetarian Bowl Recipe or BBQ Side Dish!

This recipe makes the perfect meatless Monday vegetarian dinner or beautiful side dish to any protein. It also makes a beautiful presentation on any BBQ or picnic table. Of course,  you could just toss in some warm rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp! Whatever floats your bloat.

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The Recipe: Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl (Grain Free Option!)

Tips and what you need: for best results cook pasta to package instructions. You will need a stock pot, and a colander. If you want to try GRAIN FREE CALI”FLOUR FOODS PASTA <—click!

5 from 17 votes
Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A fresh and fabulous take on spaghetti! If you wish to add protein to this meal, grilled shrimp, rotisserie chicken, or thinly sliced steak all work well!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: #spaghetti, #spring roll, gluten free, pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into "matchsticks"
  • 2 cups seedless cucumbers, slice and cut into half moons
  • 4 green onions (scallions) sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup each loosely packed cilantro, mint leaves and basil leaves
  • handful mixed baby greens
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice or apple cider vinegar or
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • optional garnishes: sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, or peanuts
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. While waiting for water and pasta to cook, prep veggies and herbs

Make Sauce:
  1. Whisk together almond butter, oil, honey, lime, sriracha, salt, ginger and garlic. Mix until well blended, set aside

Put it all together!
  1. When pasta is cooked, strain in a colander, do not rinse. In a large bowl toss noodles with carrots, cucumbers, scallions, shallot, herb leaves and half the dressing. Serve in bowls over mixed greens, with additional dressing to taste. Garnish with additional options if desired. Serve!

 

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Easy Mango Salsa!

Mangos are in season! You know why? Because mangos are always in season here in the United States. We’re lucky to have access to many different varieties of mangos, and because they each have their own unique seasons, we can enjoy mangos and this Easy Mango Salsa all year long.
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Mango Tips:

1. Ripe mangos should be firm but have a little ‘give’ when lightly pressed, like a ripe but firm avocado. Keep unripe mangos on the counter at room temperature. Mangos shouldn’t be refrigerated before they are ripe.
2. Mangos will continue to ripen at room temperature, becoming sweeter and softer over several days.
3.To speed up ripening process, place mangos in a paper bag  and roll the bag closed.
4.Once ripe, mangos should be moved to the refrigerator, which will slow down the ripening process. Whole, ripe mangos may be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator.
5. Mangos can be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to six months.
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THE SALSA!:

If you are able, make this salsa the morning of the day you plan on serving it. That gives the  flavors need a chance to meld…but if you forget to plan ahead, no worries! It will still be delicious served right away.

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LEARN TO WORK WITH CHILI PEPPERS!

This salsa does contain Serrano chilis. Chili peppers are hot little thangs so you’re going to want to know how to handle them safely, luckily I can help you with that! Click to learn How to Handle a Hot Chili Pepper.

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Serving Suggestions:

We love this sweet and spicy mango salsa on fish, like this tropical salmon….

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…and we love it on our Spicy Lime Chicken

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…or our pulled pork tacos. Of course this salsa is great on plain old tortilla chips too!

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The Recipe: Easy Mango Salsa!

What you need: a good knife! Click to learn How to Handle a Hot Chili Pepper.

5 from 17 votes
Mango Salsa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Sweet and tangy with a blast of heat.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: kid-friendly recipes, party recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 large mango, peeled, cored and diced
  • ¼ of a medium red onion. finely diced
  • 2 tsp cilantro, freshly chopped
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 serrano chili, finely minced (use as much or little as you wish)
  • ½ of a small red bell pepper, diced
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except serrano chili and toss. Add serrano a 1/2 teaspoon at a time, stirring between additions until desired heat is achieved. Cover and refrigerate till serving.

 

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Pappardelle with Wilted Greens (Gluten Free Option)

We moved from Southern California to Gig Harbor Washington last week. Moving (as I am sure you know) pretty much dismantles your life. Regular exercise, good sleep, and healthy eating all get thrown out the window for a few weeks. That said, I took measures to insure we have healthy dinners our first few weeks in the new house by ordering meals from Sun Basket meal delivery. And they have allowed me to share their recipe for Pappardelle with Wilted Greens with you!
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I completely look forward to the day my Sun Basket box arrives on my doorstep! Each box contains three nights of fresh, healthy, gourmet meals.

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All you have to do is open up the box, pull out the ingredients, do a little slicing and dicing and 20-30 minutes later you enjoy an incredibly delicious meal. Another perk, you don’t have to go to the store! And honestly, having  Sun Basket  delivery is cheaper than if we went to the store and bought everything ourselves

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WHAT’S NEW WITH SUN BASKET IN 2019?

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Let’s Talk About This Meal!

Tossed with hearty greens, rich hazelnuts, and salty ricotta salata, this quick vegetarian dinner comes together in about 20 minutes. In spring you can take advantage of fresh peas, and the rest of the year you can use thawed frozen peas, either way this meal will be a fresh, light favorite!

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MAKING THIS MEAL GLUTEN FREE AND JUST AS GOOD!

If you live without gluten you don’t have to miss out on exceptional pasta! Jovial Foods makes the best gluten free pasta around. I am lucky enough to live by a store that carries it, but if you aren’t you can order it here!

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The Recipe:Pappardelle with Wilted Greens

Tips and what you need: When cooking pasta there are only a few things to remember:
1. Follow pasta box cooking instructions, they usually are right on.
2. Salt the water for flavor.
3. To keep pasta from sticking be sure to have lots of water in your pot, at least several inches above the pasta to allow room for expansion, and
4. stir frequently. You will need .a stock pot, a colander and microplane for grating parmesan.

5 from 6 votes
Pappardelle with Wilted Greens
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Tossed with hearty greens, rich hazelnuts, and salty ricotta salata, this quick vegetarian dinner comes together in about 20 minutes. In spring you can take advantage of fresh peas, and the rest of the year you can use thawed frozen peas, either way this meal will be a fresh, light favorite!

Course: dinner
Keyword: gluten free, pappardelle, pasta, vegetarian
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 580 kcal
Author: Sun Basket Meal Delivery
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces papperdelle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 organic shallots
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 ounces fresh baby spinach, arugula or baby kale
  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen peas (if using fresh, steam or boil until soft. If using frozen thaw before use)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 ounces ricotta salata
Instructions
Cook the Pasta
  1. Bring a medium sauce pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pappardelle and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender (follow package instructions for cooking time). Drain the pappardelle, reserving ¼ cup pasta cooking water. Return the pappardelle to the pot; drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons oil and toss to keep the noodles from sticking.

While water heats and pappardelle cooks, prepare the remaining ingredients and cook the vegetables.
  1. Peel and finely chop enough shallots to measure ¼ cup 

    Zest and juice the lemon, keeping the zest and juice separate.

    Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.

    Using the bottom of a bowl or cup, lightly crush the hazelnuts for garnish.

Cook the vegetables; finish the pasta
  1. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots and as many chile flakes as you like, season generously with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots start to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach and peas and cook until the spinach is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the pappardelle, reserved pasta cooking water, lemon zest, and parsley.

  2. Remove from the heat and stir in half the Parmesan, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons butter or 1 tablespoon olive oil. (Set aside the remaining Parmesan for serving.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve!
  1. Transfer the pappardelle to individual bowls, crumble the ricotta salata over the top, and garnish with the hazelnuts. Serve the remaining Parmesan on the side.

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Easy Chunky Guacamole

Guacamole…what is there to say other than it makes just about everything taste better. Being from California, we eat guacamole like other people eat butter, we slather that stuff on everything including toast. And this Easy Chunky Guacamole is always our family favorite!
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Easy and Full of Healthy Fats!

An avocado a day keeps the doctor away, that is a fact. Or not, I will let you decide. But mash an avocado with a little garlic, pico de gallo, olive oil and a little sea salt and I promise no one, not even the doctor will want to stay away:)

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How to Pick a Ripe Avocado:

Generally speaking, you want an avocado that is firm (not hard) but has a little ‘give’. But when it comes to making guacamole, avocados can be a bit softer. If you can’t wait for avocados to ripen on the counter naturally, place them in a paper bag with an apple or banana to speed up the process. Learn how to core and slice an avocado here.

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Use Store Bought Pico de Gallo or Homemade!

This easy recipe requires nothing more than tossing chunks of ripe avocado with a little olive oil, garlic and pico de gallo. You can use store bought or my homemade version! Either way your guacamole will be a hit!

 

Serving Suggestions…

Serve with fish tacos, pulled pork tacos, butternut squash tostadas, sweet potato fries, or these caramelized veggie quesadillas!

 

The Recipe: Easy Chunky Guacamole

What you need: a good knife! Click to learn How to Handle a Hot Chili Pepper.

5 from 1 vote
Easy Chunky Guacamole
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Less is more! Keep it simple and fresh!

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: crowd pleaser, kid-friendly recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiiker
Ingredients
  • 3 avocados peeled and diced
  • Juice of half a lime
  • ½ cup Traditional Pico de Gallo (you can use store bought or my recipe linked above) recipe above
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Serrano chili minced (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Squeeze lime juice over diced avocados. Add traditional pico de gallo, garlic, oil, sea salt and gently toss.