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Healthy Snack Recipes – Sesame Chews, Asparagus & Mushroom Bruschetta, Hummus

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December 6, 2012 | Published by


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The holiday season seems to be the hardest time to stick to healthy eating habits, with cookie plates and potlucks around every corner. When we eat poorly we tend to feel and operate poorly, and who wants that? Here are some nutritious and delicious recipes to help make the holidays a little healthier.

Sesame Chews

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup sesame seeds

Preparation:

1. Bring honey just to boiling in a pot, then simmer for 10 minutes
2. Remove from heat and stir in sesame seeds
3. Spread mixture onto a non-stick or slightly greased cookie sheet with the back of a spoon (layer should be about 1 cm thick)
4. Refrigerate until hard
5. Break into pieces and store covered in fridge until ready to serve

Asparagus & Mushroom Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 1/4 ounces porcini mushrooms, soaked for half an hour then drained
  • crunchy bread or cracker of your choice (French loaf is traditional)
  • olive oil
  • 18 ounces of asparagus, cooked
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

1. Soak the porcini mushrooms for 30 minutes, then drain
2. Saute onion, garlic, mushrooms and porcine together until the onions are soft and translucent. Allow mixture to cool, then pulsate in a food processor or with a hand/immersion mixer until slightly blended (mushrooms should retain some shape)
3. Cook the asparagus to your liking (4-8 minutes), then drain fully
4. If using bread, slice, brush with olive oil and toast the pieces
5. Spread the mushroom mix on toasted bread/cracker and top with asparagus spears.  Drizzle a little olive oil and garnish with salad leaves or your topping of choice – be creative!

Homemade Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seed paste (tahini)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • black pepper
  • paprika, for garnish

Preparation:

1. Process the chickpeas, garlic, water, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor or with a hand/immersion mixer until smooth – if needed, add a little water or lemon juice at a time until desired consistency
2. Add black pepper or chilli to taste
3. Transfer to a container and refrigerate
4. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika when serving – enjoy!


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