Category Archives for Dips & Condiments

Broadbean Hummus Dip

Hummus is always a staple in our fridge but it doesn't always have to be chickpea based. This version is made from fresh broadbeans and is a delicious alternative to your traditional dip whilst still providing you with lots of protein. It is great to have as a snack with veggies, as a spread in your wrap or simply add a dollop to your salad.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen broadbeans
2 tablespoons unhulled tahini
½ lemon juiced
½ cup water reserved from cooking broadbeans
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch sea salt

Method:

First prepare the broadbeans by placing them into a pot of salted boiling water. Return the water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and allow the beans to simmer for 4-5 minutes. Drain the beans, reserving ½ cup of the water to be used later.

Place the beans and all other ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

You may wish to adjust the seasoning as per your taste

Makes 1 cup

Thyme Infused Coconut Dressing

I can't put my finger on it, but for me creamy dressings always make a salad feel more wholesome. I avoid eating dairy so this is where coconut yoghurt makes a really good replacement. The lemon adds such a beautiful 'zing' that it will be delicious on an vegetables you throw together. 

Ingredients:

¼ cup natural coconut yoghurt (no added sugar)
½ lemon juiced
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Place all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until combined.

Add onto any salad you desire or use as a dipping sauce

Makes 1/3 cup

Baba Ganoush

Middle Eastern Cuisine has always been a favourite of mine. The food is so fresh and bursting with flavours. I will always have a freshly made dip in the fridge ready as an option for a snack. A little extra time is needed to make my baba ganoush dip due to the initial roasting of the eggplant, but at the end of it, you will be thankful that you made it.

Ingredients

2 large eggplants, roasted
½ lemon, juiced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons tahini
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Pin prick the eggplant and place on a baking tray in the oven, roasting for 35-45 minutes until the eggplant begins to look sunken.
Place eggplant in a bowl of cold water once removed from oven and wait a few minutes.
Once eggplant has cooled slightly, peel the skin away and add the flesh to a blender.
Add all other ingredients and blend until nice and smooth. Adjust seasoning as required.

Makes approximately 1.5 cups

Hummus Dip

Chickpeas are a great source of plant protein, and when consumed they leave you feeling full and satisfied. The recipe below is a basic hummus recipe and can be easily adapted by adding whatever spices you like to change the flavour. They are also a great condiment to have with healthy Kale chips as you can see in the picture below (recipe to follow soon)!

Ingredients:
1 tin chickpeas (BPA free)
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 lemon, juiced
¼ - ½ cup olive oil

Method:
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender. Start with a smaller quantity of oil and keep adding until you get your desired consistency.
Adjust seasoning to taste.

Note – instead of using tinned chickpeas you can pre-cook 1.5 cups of dried chickpeas that have been soaked for 8 hours.

Makes approximately 1 cup

Tahini Dip

I find Middle Eastern cuisine packed with flavour and is easy to replicate at home. Rarely a week goes by without me making a batch of Tahini dip. It can be used in so many different ways. It can be a great snack with either veggies, falafel or crackers, it can be used to drizzle over salad or meat or even as a simple spread in your sandwich. Tahini is a great alternative to dairy as it is a rich source of calcium and healthy fats.

Ingredients:
¾ cup Unhulled Tahini
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 lemon juiced
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup filtered water

Method:
Place all ingredients into a blend and combine until smooth. You may wish to add more water for a thinner consistency. I usually do this when I want to use the dip as a dressing.
Adjust seasoning as required.

Makes approx. 1 cup