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Zucchini Hummus


#1

Note: This one originally appeared in the <a href="http://velocity.t-nation.com/strength-training-blog/chris-shugart"target=“new”>LiveSpill.

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Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you think, “Gee, these are kinda carby, aren’t they? And those Paleo dudes say to stay away. Should I be eating them?”

Well, I’ve never known someone to get fat from beans alone, but yeah, I can see being careful with them, especially when they find their way onto nachos.

Here’s an amazing new recipe I picked up from somewhere and modified a bit. It’s no-legume hummus, or more precisely, no garbanzo bean (chickpea) hummus. Not that garbanzos are Justin-Bieber evil, but I really like the idea of replacing them with zucchini. And the flavor here is outta this world.

You’ll need a food processor for this one, though a blender and some patience will do the trick too if you work in small batches.

The Stuff

3 zucchinis, peeled and chopped
5 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons pink sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper, to taste
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
1 cup of sunflower seeds
Optional toppings/garnishes: extra virgin olive oil, sesame seeds, parsley

Making the Stuff

Pop all the ingredients except the optional garnishes into the food processor. Blend until fairly smooth (I like mine on the coarse side.) Top with garnishes. Serve with <a href="http://velocity.t-nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_bodybuilding_velocity_recipe/lowcarb_flatbread_pizza_crust"target=“new”>Low-Carb Flatbread or celery.

Enjoy! – Chris


#2

Thanks for posting! I can’t wait to try it. I have six zucchini just dying to be eaten.


#3

i tried this last night with roasted butternut squash and 1/2 can of pumpkin…totally rocks.


#4

[quote]zeik09 wrote:
i tried this last night with roasted butternut squash and 1/2 can of pumpkin…totally rocks.[/quote]

Great idea!


#5

Here’s a sexy action shot. Gotta love the food processor.


#6

the possibilities are endless…so this got me to thinking…what else could i use? i think raw spinach hummus will be the next victim to pass thru my food processor. check it.


#7

So this stuff here… Delicious. I made this up along with the almond flour flatbread for the first time and both are really amazing. I couldn’t believe the flavor, and I was really surprised how filling it was… now that I think about the tahini and the sunflower seeds I guess it’s kind of obvious but still caught me off guard.

I almost took an action shot doing the blender thing, which works really well if you just pulse it on the lowest setting… I assume if you have a blender with a low enough setting you wont need to pulse it but I rock the power blender 5000 apparently.

Thanks for the recipes, they are both awesome. Next up I’m going to try my hand at some of that awesome looking Guac


#8

and the money shot.


#9

[quote]Chased1k wrote:
and the money shot.[/quote]

food porn!!


#10

[quote]Chased1k wrote:
and the money shot.[/quote]

Awesome!


#11

[quote]zeik09 wrote:
the possibilities are endless…so this got me to thinking…what else could i use? i think raw spinach hummus will be the next victim to pass thru my food processor. check it.[/quote]

Keep me posted on the spinach version. That could be a bowl of epic.


#12

Wow. We just made a batch of this stuff - so good. We had to use lime juice instead of lemon, but it was still awesome. Now its time to polish off a giant mound of veggies with hummus while watching Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a good day.


#13

Made it tonight according to spec with some lime juice for part of the lemon juice (I ran out). Most excellent!


#14

Roasted and salted sunflower seeds, or raw?


#15

I use roasted. Salted or not is up to you.