Spicy Thai Peanut Hummus. Vegan. GF.

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Spicy Thai Peanut Hummus.

First, happy December!  Are you ready for the onslaught of holiday parties, shopping, school events and family?  I’m going to be focusing on posting many recipes that will make your holidays a bit easier – perfect make-ahead dishes, healthy snacking or the perfect homemade gift ideas.  Check back often for all the goodies!

Lately, I’ll admit, I’ve been quite fond of hummus.  I mean I always loved hummus but for some reason lately, I cannot live without it.  It’s an easy protein.  I thin it out with water or lime juice and use in as as dressing on my salads, eat it as a dip, top homemade tortillas in it, raw green beans are my favorite!  I also have been taking Romaine leaves, washed and smearing hummus on top – wrapping like a taco.  My husband uses it on his sandwiches in lieu of Dijon or dressing.  It’s one of those versatile foods that is incredibly versatile.

I have a client that has a penchant for spicy food like I do.  I’m excited for her to try this recipe.  Just enough kick to satisfy your heat seeker.  Not a fan of spicy foods?  Remove the jalapeño seeds for a mild version.  This recipe is perfect to whip up and have in your fridge when a snack craving hits.  Post workout or to take to a holiday party.

Ingredients:

2 cups of chickpeas
2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons of salted peanuts
1/4 cup of the chickpea liquid
1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
2-4 tablespoons of water, as needed
2 inch nub of fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 jalapeño, diced (remove seeds if you prefer no heat)
2 tablespoons of lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Method:

Add all of your ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor.  Blend until creamy.  If the hummus doesn’t blend due to it being too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out.

I topped with a drizzle of hot sauce and some diced jalapeños.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze.

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fitness_update

Sunday: 10.5 outdoor miles
Monday: 60m elliptical, 45 treadmill, upper body weights/core
Tuesday: 9 outdoor, rainy & windy miles.
Wednesday: Rest day.
Thursday: 17 outdoor, very early morning miles (longest run since surgery)

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