Monthly Archives: September 2013

Edamame Hummus with Garlic, Cumin & Parsley

By: Angela Keyser, HQO Marketing Manager

Hummus is a delicious, gluten-free snack that is easy to make and can be paired with a number of foods from pita chips to carrot sticks.  It’s also a flavorful spread to add to sandwiches.

Hummus is usually made with chickpeas and a variety of herbs and spices from Mediterranean to spicy Mexican flavors.  You can even make it with other bases like sweet potatoes, beets or edamame.  Here’s an absolutely spectacular-tasting recipe I learned from my days at The Soyfoods Council.  It’s so flavorful and beautiful, a great snack or appetizer to serve anytime of year.

Edamame Hummus with Garlic, Curry and Parsley

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1-1/2 cups shelled edamame
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 garlic cloves peeled
1/2 cup parsley leaves
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons water                     3 tablespoons lemon juice

Step 1: Place edamame in microwave safe bowl w/ a tablespoon or two of water. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes.

Step 2: Place olive oil, garlic, salt & cumin in food processor and pulse until blended well.

Step 3: Add edamame, tahini, lemon juice & parsley to food processor and purée. Slowly add water until desired consistency is met.

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

By: Angela Keyser, HQO Marketing Manager

2013_Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn Cover PicPopcorn is one of the hottest snacks these days. It’s full of fiber, gluten-free, is quick to make and a convenient on-the-go snack.  If you’re looking for a delicious twist on your favorite popcorn recipe, try adding one of your favorite herbs or spices.  It’s really easy and adds a huge amount of flavor. Here’s one of my favorite new recipes, Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn. I dare say, it’s some of the best popcorn I’ve ever tried!

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

1/2 cup popping corn
1-2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
Finely chopped garlic glove
Salt & Pepper to taste
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Step 1: Place butter & rosemary in microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave (approx 30 seconds).
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Step 2: Add popcorn kernels and stir to evenly coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap & punch a few SMALL holes in the top to allow steam to escape. (Caution: I made the holes too big and the popcorn started to escape as it popped!)Note: I had a last-minute idea to add a clove of finely chopped garlic to the bowl. I highly recommend doing it if you have some on hand.

 
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Step 3: Microwave on high for anywhere from 3 minutes and 30 seconds to 5 minutes – depending on your microwave. Watch carefully and stop the microwave once the corn is all popped (more than 2-3 seconds between pops).
 
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Step 4: Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. (The stuff in the can apparently works the best for this application but I only had the real thing. It was just as good!) Oh, and I added a dash of salt & freshly cracked pepper after tasting and it was just what the popcorn needed for absolute perfection! I love this recipe!!!!
 
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Step 5: Enjoy!
 
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Organic Indian Chickpea Poppers

Organic Indian Chickpea Poppers

This is a delicious and healthy snack idea, one the whole family will be sure to enjoy!

You’ll need:
(1) 15oz can of organic chickpeas
Olive Oil
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala

Begin by draining your chickpeas and patting them dry with a paper towel. Then, preheat your oven to 400F. Place your dry chickpeas on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil. Using your 3 indian spice blend, lightly dust the chickpeas and place them in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the chickpeas, allow to cool and serve. These make a great, healthy snack!