Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

This Holiday season has been filled with lots of cookies for me so this healthy treat comes in handy.  I love love  looooove my food processor! Hummus is one of my favorite dips to snack on with crackers or vegetables if I’m really trying to be healthy. I usually always have some stocked in my refrigerator at home. I still ask myself why I continue to buy them when I can easily make it at home!  This recipe came about after I had roasted garlic (it was my first time) and you can find the recipe I used HERE from Simply Recipes.  I wasn’t sure how the garlic would come out. BUT it was amazing just as it smelt like roasting in my oven…Roasting garlic is the easiest things you can make and it’s so versatile. This recipe is a great snack and an excellent way to stay healthy! I also like to drizzle olive oil on the top of my hummus and sprinkle salt and pepper before serving. To store the hummus, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Check out my other hummus recipes:

Everything Hummus

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Spicy Garlic Hummus

Chickpea and Black Bean Hummus

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Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

10 minutes

Yield: About 8

Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

This hummus is extra creamy and has an extra health boost with perfectly roasted garlic and fresh spinach!

Ingredients

1 can of garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed

1 cup of spinach; steamed

2 cloves of roasted garlic

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

the juice of 1 small lemon

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine garbanzo beans, spinach, roasted garlic olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Pulse in the food processor until smooth; about 3 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds to ensure smoothness and creaminess. Add more olive oil if necessary to get the consistency you desire. Serve and enjoy this delicious healthy snack!

This can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/12/roasted-garlic-spinach-hummus/

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Pumpkin Maple Cashew Granola

This granola is perfect for fall and makes a great healthy snack. This recipe is filled with flavors of fall. It is also wonderful because it has pumpkin in it! Pumpkin makes fall extra special and I try to incorporate pumpkin into everything that I can–especially since there are only few weeks left where pumpkin is allowed in recipes!
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Pumpkin Maple CashewGranola

Pumpkin Maple CashewGranola

Crunchy, healthy, sweet and perfect for fall!

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1/2-1 cup raw cashews

3 Tbsp sugar

¼ tsp of sea salt

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I also added an extra dish cinnamon)

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp. honey

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the oats, cashews, spices, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the butter, maple syrup, honey and pumpkin puree and whisk. Pour over the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets (or bake in two batches) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Flip with a spatula after the first ten minutes of baking. If you prefer chunkier granola, don’t stir as it breaks up the clusters. Instead, just rotate the pans at the halfway point to ensure even cooking.
  4. Once the granola is golden brown (usually about 25 minutes), remove from oven and let cool completely. It will crisp up as it cools.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container. Should keep fresh for a couple weeks. Enjoy with as cereal, or a yogurt topper, or just as a snack!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/11/pumpkin-maple-cashew-granola/

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Leftover Breakfast Bowl

This bowl can really be for breakfast or lunch. I call this my “leftover breakfast bowl” because 90% of this was from dinner the night before. You can certainly make everything the same day as well. I just loved the idea of combining ingredients that I already had in my refrigerator. Combining all of these nutritious colorful ingredients is a great way to start or power through your day! #TheRecipeRedux

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Leftover Breakfast Bowl

Serving Size: 1 serving

Leftover Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients

1 egg

¼ cup cooked sweet potatoes

¼ cup cooked spinach

¼ cup roasted peppers

1-2 cooked sausage (I used the Sweet Italian Sausage from Trader Joe’s)

Salt and pepper to taste

½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp butter

2 tsp olive oil

Toast; optional

Instructions

  1. To make eggs: In a frying pan on medium heat, melt butter. Crack and egg in a small bowl and whisk until scrambled. Pour in frying pan and sprinkle salt and pepper. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until eggs are fully cooked. Set aside.
  2. To make the cooked spinach: in a frying pan on medium heat, add about 1 tsp olive oil. Add about 2 cups of fresh spinach. Saute until cooked completely, about 5-7 minutes. The spinach will dramatically shrink in size. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. To make sweet potatoes, roasted bell peppers and sausage: drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil. Cube sweet potatoes, slice the bell peppers, and cut sausage into ½ inch pieces. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, flip after the first 20 minutes.
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/10/leftover-breakfast-bowl/



Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Veggie Sandwich

I received free samples of Sabra Spreads 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. #ad

Happy Thursday! Last week Sabra® shipped me 3 samples of their new Sabra® spreads. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package because I love hummus and I love sandwiches so these spreads were perfect for me. I received their 3 new flavors: Honey Mustard, Garlic Herb and Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper. I used the Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Sabra® Spread on my veggie sandwich to add additional flavor—and it did! The flavors on all 3 are bold and they bring on a new take to sandwiches or wraps. Each spread has 75% less fat than the leading mayonnaise brand and has great flavor, NOT fat. The spreads are a bit creamier than a hummus spread so it’s actually perfect for spreading on sandwiches! I also forgot to mention they come in a perfect squeeze bottle that you can just squeeze with no mess which is key for most of us.
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Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Veggie Sandwich

Yield: 1 serving

Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Veggie Sandwich

Fresh cracked pepper sea salt Sabra® Spreads make this sandwich extra delicious. It's packed with tons of fresh veggies to keep you feeling healthy!

Ingredients

2 sliced of whole wheat bread (toasted is optional

2 Tbsp Sabra® Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Spreads

4-6 thin slices of tomato

4-6 thin slices of onions

4-6 thin slices of yellow bell pepper

6 spinach leaves

2 Tbsp micro greens; or sprouts

Sliced avocado; optional

Instructions

  1. Toast your bread (optional). Spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on each piece of bread.
  2. Layer your veggies on top. I layered in the order of: tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, spinach, then micro greens. Avocado makes a great addition to this also!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/10/sea-salt-cracked-pepper-veggie-sandwich/

These Sabra® spreads helped me recreate this heart healthy recipe because I swapped out the usual mayonnaise and mustard that I normally put on my sandwiches. For my hearty veggie sandwich, I used the sea salt and cracked pepper Sabra® Spreads spread (instead of mayonnaise of course). It worked so well with this sandwich because of the salt and pepper flavor that I got in every bite from the spread.  I normally like to add some type of protein to my sandwiches besides veggies but the hummus was plenty for this hearty sandwich–yes, sandwiches can be hearty without meat too! The amount of veggies you can add to your sandwich are endless and you can add any of your favorites. I used some of my favorites that I sliced with my new slicing mandolin. I hope you get a chance to try out at least one of these spreads with my recipe!

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Lasagna Zucchini Boats

I love zucchini boats because there are so many different options to stuff them with! I love lasagna so of course I wanted to stuff these with all of the same decadent flavors as you would get with the classic lasagna with noodles. This healthy twist is perfect without the carbs–believe it or not! They are also great reheated the next day so I would recommend making extra for leftovers.

*It’s important to look for zucchini that are a bit wider in width than usual so you have plenty of room to stuff. It makes a HUGE difference and is very helpful. #theRecipeRedux

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Lasagna Zucchini Boat Lasagna

Lasagna Zucchini Boat Lasagna

Ingredients

4 medium zucchini, sliced into halves through the length

1 cup low fat ricotta cheese

1 large egg

1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

8 oz. lean ground beef or lean ground turkey

4 tsp olive oil, divided

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 3/4 cup marinara sauce

1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a 1/4-inch rim to create boats--set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl stir together ricotta cheese, egg and 1 1/2 Tbsp of the parsley. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stir in 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese--set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tsp of the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pan, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef when stirring, until browned. Stir in marinara sauce and 1 Tbsp of the basil, remove from heat.
  4. To assemble boats, brush both sides of of zucchini lightly with remaining 2 tsp olive oil and place in two baking pans. Divide cheese mixture among zucchini spooning about 2 1/2 Tbsp into each, then spread cheese mixture into and even layer. Divide sauce among zucchini adding a few heaping spoonfuls to each. Cover baking dishes with foil and place in oven side by side and bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle tops with remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella, return to oven and bake until cheese has melted and zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops with with fresh basil and parsley and serve warm.
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/08/lasagna-zucchini-boat-lasagna/

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