Pumpkin and White Bean Hummus

By Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services Team

Photo By Cooking Light
Photo By Cooking Light

Happy Fall! Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte doesn’t have to be the only festive food you try this season–this pumpkin hummus might be the perfect addition to your next gathering or family snack time.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

2 tbsp tahini

2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/8 tsp salt

1 (15-oz) can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained

2 garlic cloves, chopped

Directions:

Place all ingredients into food processor, process until smooth (~30 seconds).  Serve and enjoy with pita chips or crunchy veggies!

 

Original Recipe by Cooking Light can be found here.

Walnut-Stuffed Apples

With the start of Winter fast approaching, we’ve been searching for few more Fall recipes to savor. We recently saw this wonderful recipe on Cooking Light for Walnut-Stuffed Apples and we had to share!

Photo Courtesy of Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples, cored
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider

 

Preparation

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, stirring to combine. Peel top third of each apple; place apples in an electric slow cooker. Spoon walnut mixture into cavity of each apple.

Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup brown sugar, and apple cider in a small bowl, stirring to combine. Pour over apples. Cover with lid; cook on LOW 2 3/4 hours. Remove the apples with a slotted spoon. Spoon 1/4 cup cooking liquid over each serving.

 

The recipe and photo featured in this post were provided by Cooking Light. To read the original recipe please click here.

Halloween Recipe Round-Up

With Halloween less than 2 weeks away, we’ve been searching for some festive recipes and activities to get into the spirit. Luckily there are tons of fun ideas on the internet! Here’s a few that we especially enjoyed:

Banana Ghosts from Weelicious

All you need for this festive snack is some bananas, chocolate chips, and/or raisins! They’re super cute and serve as a healthy after school snack. (Psst! Check out their tangerine pumpkins, too.)

Photo Courtesy of Cooking Light

Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies from Cooking Light

This recipe is a bit more labor intensive than the last, but it serves as a great weekend activity to get the family together in the kitchen!

Photo courtesy of Litehouse Herbs

Litehouse Foods’ Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes from Litehouse Foods

Have a cupcake decorating party and let your kids decorate their pumpkin cupcakes with Halloween themes! This pumpkin spice cupcake recipe from Litehouse Foods makes a great addition to a Halloween party.

For more great ideas, check out CNN’s guide to Healthy Halloween Recipes by clicking here.

Fun with Fall Flavors!

Fun with Fall Flavors!

With Halloween around the corner and the weather cooling down, there’s nothing better than mixing the wonderful flavors of fall into all your cooking! Chia pudding is a delicious and nutritious breakfast, but here I’ve switched it up and used Qi’a superfood blend, a combination of chia, buckwheat, and hemp seeds, to make a harvest breakfast pudding great for warming bellies on cold mornings!  

Photo courtesy of Natures Path

Qi’a Pudding
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Qi’a Superfood Mix
  • ½ cup almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Preparation

Combine Qi’a, almond milk, and pumpkin puree; let stand for five-ten minutes. In blender, mix Qi’a mixture, spices, and vanilla and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

Veggie Chili with Butternut Squash

With the cold weather quickly approaching, we’ve been getting our traditional fall recipes out and ready for action. And I’ll admit that I could not wait to share this delicious and simple vegetarian chili dish with an extra nutritional punch with you!

photo courtesy of DulaNotes.com

Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients:

1 medium red onion, diced
1 can canellinni beans
1 can black beans
1/2 medium butternut squash, chopped
16 oz crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Optional: diced carrots, frozen corn, or peas.

Directions:

  1. Heat large stockpot with olive oil. Once pot is warm enough, add onion, squash, bay leaf, chili and garlic powder. Stir occasionally.
  2. Once the onion is fragrant, add the beans. Stir occasionally.
  3. After 5 minutes, add the crushed tomatoes and optional vegetables.
  4. Cover with lid and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes. Making sure to stir every few minutes to prevent sticking.
  5. Serve in bowl and enjoy!

Note: please remove bay leaf before serving. 

Do you have a favorite chili dish? Any fun ingredients you like to add to it? We’d love to see!