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Pumpkin Hummus

Clearly I am hooked on making dips right now because today I bring you the most delicious Pumpkin Hummus recipe.

This Pumpkin Hummus is perfect for a fall appetizer! Serve it with veggie crudité or whole wheat pita bread for a healthy snack! It's vegan & gluten-free, and ready in just 10 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you’re one of those people obsessed with pumpkin-EVERYTHING as soon as fall hits, you’re going to love this hummus. Even if you’re not, I bet you’ll think this Pumpkin Hummus is A++++ (if I do say so myself).

The pumpkin flavor is faint, but you still definitely know it’s there. The addition of cumin and paprika give this hummus a nice punch of spice.

This Pumpkin Hummus is perfect for a fall appetizer! Serve it with veggie crudité or whole wheat pita bread for a healthy snack! It's vegan & gluten-free, and ready in just 10 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Bessie REALLY wanted love and attention while I was making this, so I plopped her on one of the dining room chairs, looking into the kitchen.

Bessie Chair

There was something about sitting where “the humans” sit that made her extra content. She settled in and slept on the chair until I was done cooking.

It’s been almost a year since Travis and I first picked her up from the vet to foster her (we only officially adopted her this past July). We have no clue when her birthday is, so we decided we will celebrate it (yes, we’re those people) on the day in January when we first brought her home. The vets estimate that she is 7-8 years old, but we just like to pretend she is only 2, and hope that she lives a loooooooong time.

OK, back to hummus.

This Pumpkin Hummus is perfect for a fall appetizer! Serve it with veggie crudité or whole wheat pita bread for a healthy snack! It's vegan & gluten-free, and ready in just 10 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Some of you will have all of the ingredients for this hummus in your pantry already. It is very easy to whip up and it lasts in the fridge for about a week. I made a double batch of this hummus for a holiday party, but at the last minute I wasn’t able to attend, so Travis and I ate A LOT of hummus that week. We loved it so much, not a bite of it was wasted!

Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Hummus
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained, skins removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth (about 30 seconds), scraping down the sides as needed. Serve with whole wheat pita and veggie sticks.
 

This Pumpkin Hummus is perfect for a fall appetizer! Serve it with veggie crudité or whole wheat pita bread for a healthy snack! It's vegan & gluten-free, and ready in just 10 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Gluten-Free Snacks

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

I love eating tapas-style because that way I get to try small bites of many different things. More and more restaurants are offering shared small plates instead of larger dishes, and it is always my preference to order this way, as opposed to getting my own entree. This is probably why I always look forward to snacking at the appetizer table during the holiday season – lots and lots of delicious nibbles to try. Although, I will admit, it is very hard for me to exercise self-control with such a variety in front of me, and I often fill up before the main meal. Oops.

Unfortunately, we all know that a delicious spread of cheeses, breads, crackers, and other bite-sized goodies can often be our winter-diet downfall. So many of these appetizers are calorie-heavy and high in fat. Sure, they taste mighty good, but they aren’t the healthiest option.

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe

So when Chobani contacted me about creating a recipe for their #MadeWithChobani campaign, I knew right away I wanted to create a healthy appetizer for the holiday season. I cook and bake with greek yogurt a lot. I especially love using yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream in dips. You get that creamy, tangy taste without all of the unnecessary fat and calories. Plus, when you add greek yogurt to any recipe, you give it a great boost in protein!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe

If you like sun-dried tomatoes, you are going to love this dip. I had all the ingredients in my fridge and chances are you do, too! This recipe requires only four ingredients and comes together in under five minutes, so it is perfect if you are pinched for time!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe

We chowed down on this dip with baked pita chips and carrots sticks. It would also be delicious with sliced bell peppers and warm whole wheat pita. Bring this to your next holiday gathering and people will be begging you for the recipe.

 

I was asked by Chobani to participate in their #MadeWithChobani campaign. This recipe as well as all opinions stated are my own. 

 

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup Chobani nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil (drained)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mash the feta crumbles. Stir in the greek yogurt, olive oil, and sun-dried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita chips, veggie crudites, or warm pita bread.
 

Appetizer Snacks

Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Dip)

The first time I tried Muhammara was at Momed, a modern Mediterranean restaurant in Beverly Hills. I had no idea what it was, so the waitress kindly let us sample some before we placed our order.

It. Was. Incredible.

Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Dip) Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Muhammara, which is quite common in Syrian and Turkish cuisine, is a delicious roasted red pepper dip served with warm pita. This dip has incredible texture thanks to blended walnuts and breadcrumbs. It is thick, vibrant in color, and so perfectly spiced from cumin and red pepper flakes.

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My only issue with Muhammara is that it causes me to lose all self-control. MUST.EAT.ALL.THE.DIP.

Especially when there is warm, doughy pita bread involved…

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Besides toasting the walnuts, there is no cooking time involved, so this dip comes together in under 20 minutes.

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I served mine with warm Whole Wheat Pita and alongside a main meal of Mediterranean-spiced turkey meatballs.

Feel free to use this dip just as you would use hummus: on a sandwich, served with veggies, you name it!

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Travis already insisted that this become a staple in our house. I guarantee you’ll love this just as much as we do.

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Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Dip)
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 7oz Jarred Roasted Red Peppers, rinsed (Alternatively, you can roast 2 large Bell Peppers in your oven)
  • ½ cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Walnuts (Toasted in a small pan on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (Mashed into a paste)
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Molasses (I found mine at Whole Foods)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes (or to taste)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in the bowl of a large food processor. Process for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides. Process again on low, slowly adding the olive oil 1 Tablespoon at a time. Stop after each Tablespoon to check the consistency of the Muhammara. It should be thick and not completely smooth.
  2. Pour the contents into a bowl and either serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to eat. I think it tastes best after it sits for a few hours.
 

Muhammara is one of my favorite appetizers! It's a roasted red pepper dip made with toasted walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Serve it with veggies or whole grain crackers for a healthy snack. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com