A few months ago my sister introduced me to the hummus brand, Delighted By. Have you heard of it? Delighted By makes dessert hummus flavors like Brownie Batter and Snickerdoodle that are absolutely delicious and made with clean ingredients. Dessert hummus? Now why didn’t I think of that?! You probably don’t associate chickpeas with chocolate or anything else sweet for that matter, and it may strike you as gross, but trust me when I tell you that you’d never know chickpeas are the main ingredient in this dip. Seriously, my mind was blown when I first tasted it.
With Easter coming up next week and with so much emphasis on chocolate for the holiday, I wanted to try recreating the Brownie Batter hummus because I think it makes for a perfect sweet treat to serve at any Easter festivities. It tastes rich and decadent, but since it’s made from a short list of healthy and wholesome ingredients, it’s a rather healthy way to indulge! With chickpeas as the base, you get a nice serving of protein and fiber, which isn’t usually a hallmark of a chocolatey dessert.
My creation was a total experiment because I didn’t know how much of each ingredient to use and had to do some educated guessing, but after a little trial and error, I was very happy with the end result. It’s smooth and creamy with a rich chocolate flavor that reminds me of chocolate mousse. It goes great as a dip for sliced fruit, and is equally good spread on crackers. I’ve even had it with celery and carrots and I think it’s delish that way too. You could also just eat it off a spoon, which I have to admit I’ve done on more than one occasion!
- 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons almond milk (I used unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place chickpeas, coconut oil, water, and almond milk in a food processor and pulse until smooth and blended.
- Add sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt, and blend again.
- Chill and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I do eat fish on occasion but I haven’t had canned tuna in years. I actually can’t remember the last time I had it and I don’t usually miss it, to be honest. There have been times during this pregnancy that I’ve craved a tuna sandwich though, this week in particular, and I wanted to find a satisfying alternative. Enter chickpea salad! For me, the appeal of tuna salad is less about the tuna and more about the creamy, crunchy, salty combination. Chickpeas can have this consistency too, if combined with the right mix of ingredients.
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Spring is technically a week from now but it snowed here yesterday so soup is still very much in the regular rotation. Rather than make a tried and true soup this week, I decided to try something a little different and I’m so glad I did! I think I’ve found my new favorite soup recipe. If you’re a fan of Mexican tortilla soup, you have to try this one! Most traditional recipes call for chicken, but this version is insanely flavorful and delicious sans meat. It consists simply of black beans, tomatoes, veggies, and spices. I was honestly surprised at how good it was, but I guess I shouldn’t have been because it has lots of fresh cilantro, which I adore. I think the key to the flavor is the cilantro and lime juice. I was in heaven from the aroma of cilantro and lime in my kitchen and I could almost feel summer. There’s just something about that combination that makes me think of fresh guac, margaritas, and sunshine! Continue reading “Veggie Tortilla Soup (Vegan & Gluten-Free)”
Just a few short months ago I posted about our first snow of the season and how magical and exciting it was. That feels like forever ago now and after many snowy days since, I’m officially over winter! We had yet another snowstorm on Wednesday and it caused power outages and school closings across the state and beyond. This is less than a week after another nor’easter took out power lines all over the area. Enough already winter! Can we get a break? Seriously though…. Continue reading “Tofu & Vegetable Curry (Vegan & Gluten-Free)”
Some weeks I’m good about meal planning. Others, not so much. During those weeks when I haven’t planned out what we’re going to have for dinner each night, I inevitably find myself staring into the refrigerator, trying to come up with a wholesome, balanced meal with whatever food we have left. This was me last night. I’m sure others out there can relate! It can be tempting to order out in situations like this, and when we lived in NYC, we often did (more than I’d like to admit!), but now that we’re living in the suburbs and adhering to a tighter budget, I’m trying to cook at home the majority of the time. Fortunately, it’s usually not very difficult to piece a meal together since I keep lots of veggies and whole grains on hand at all times. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity! And it’s always worth it. Continue reading “Veggie Fajita Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free)”
I don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling majorly uninspired lately. This time of year tends to have that effect on me. After all the excitement of the holidays, the cold and dreary weather starts to get really old and all I long for is warmth and sun. At least the days are getting longer now and we’re starting to get spurts of warm weather. Today it’s going to be over 60 degrees and it’s forecasted to be above 50 most of the week, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel!
On a different note, today I thought I’d share what I’m currently loving from Costco. I always find it helpful when others share what they like to buy from various stores because sometimes I discover new favorite products that way, so I hope this is equally helpful! It would be great if we could do all our shopping at a single place, but different stores carry different products that suit our needs, so I find it’s worth it to make the trip to multiple stores. We usually hit up Costco about once a month to stock up on our mainstays. Before joining Costco, I was skeptical that they would have enough of the healthy, minimally-processed products I like to buy, but I was pleasantly surprised to see just how much they have to offer. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m loving from Costco right now! Continue reading “Current Costco Favorites”
Good morning and happy Valentine’s Day! Are you doing anything special? Truthfully I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day and I don’t have any plans to celebrate this year, but in honor of the day, I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy heart-healthy smoothie. A smoothie is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day, but there’s really no better way to show yourself or your family a little love than by making something delicious and nutritious that does the body good. Am I right? Continue reading “Heart-Healthy Raspberry Chia Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten Free)”
So somehow it’s Friday again already. I’m not complaining because it’s my favorite day of the week (well maybe after Saturday). I’m just wondering where the days went! This week seemed to go by in a blur for some reason. Anyone else?
Anyway, I’m popping in today to share one of my favorite new-to-me recipes, courtesy of my mother-in-law, Carol. When Carol came to visit us shortly after we had Jackson (back in 2016), she made a pasta dish for dinner one night that completely knocked my socks off. It was essentially just pasta tossed with sauteed vegetables that were seasoned with olive oil, spices, and lemon juice. If it sounds super basic, that’s because it is, but don’t let that fool you! The flavor is fantastic. I was honestly surprised at how much I liked it because I’m typically much more of a tomato sauce person when it comes to pasta and never choose to order an olive oil-based dish when I go to restaurants. I liked it so much, though, that I’ve now added the recipe to my shortlist of standbys, and I request it every time Carol comes to stay with us! Continue reading “Lentil Pasta Primavera (Vegan & Gluten Free)”
I’ve been dealing with an annoying sinus infection for the past few days (oh the joys of pregnancy!) and, in addition to lots of tea and soup, I’ve been craving baked goods like crazy. Go figure. I had a few bananas that were on their last leg, so I decided to whip up some fresh muffins. To satisfy my desire for comfort food, I wanted to try a version that includes peanut butter. Peanut butter is one of my all-time favorite foods, so anything with peanut butter as a main ingredient is guaranteed to be a treat! Continue reading “Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins (Gluten & Dairy Free)”
It’s pizza Friday over here in our house, my fave day of the week! Anyone else share this tradition? It’s something I just recently started up because I’ve been craving pizza like crazy during my pregnancy, but I think it may just stick around. There was a time when I avoided pizza like the plague, but I love it so much and life’s too short, so it’s back in my life in regular rotation again. I choose to mostly make it myself now though because, for one, it’s actually pretty simple, and two, I like to have control over the ingredients that go into it. Otherwise I wind up feeling stuffed, bloated, and lethargic. Continue reading “Mushroom, Kale, & White Bean Pizza (Vegan)”