Pumpkin hummus with cauliflower topping

I wasn’t sure how this was going to go down to be honest. But when my husband (fuss pot 010) said it was a thumbs up, I was pretty chuffed!

We had this with a slow cooked garlic stuffed lamb. The meal was wholesome, fresh and lots of colour.

The pumpkin is great in winter as it is packed with vitamin C, helping to ward off the cold and flu.

 

This recipe comes from the cookbook Community and it’s a must try. Simple. Healthy. Winter warmer. And delicious!

Serves 4-6

 

Ingredients

2 cauliflowers (about 2kg) cut into florets

4 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

500g cooked butter beans (about 2 cans), drained

1 cup flat parsley chopped

1 cup coriander leaves chopped

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

 

 

Pumpkin hommus

750g butternut pumpkin peeled and cut into 2cm pieces

2 tbsp tahini

1 garlic clove grated

1 tsp sea salt

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp natural yogurt (I use natural coconut yogurt)

Pepper

 

Method

Pumpkin hummus – place pumpkin in saucepan with a splash of water and salt. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15-20 min., Don’t let it run out of water.  The pumpkin is ready when it is soft and falling apart. Let cool

 

Combine pumpkin, tahini, garlic, salt, oil, cumin and lemon juice and whisk to make smooth. Stir in yogurt. Adjust seasoning but adding more salt and pepper, oil or lemon as you need.

 

Roast the cauliflower in the over until dark brown. Coat it in olive oil with salt and pepper and roast at 180 degrees.

 

Heat a pan and add garlic, cumin, coriander and salt and cook for 10sec to release the flavours. Then add the butter beans and stir to coat in the spices. Cook for 5-6 minutes, shaking the pan often until the butter beans go crispy on both sides.

 

Combine the cauliflower and butter beans with the herbs. On a large dish, spread out the pumpkin hummus, then spoon the cauliflower mixture on top and then top with pumpkin seeds.

 

Enjoy

 

Janet x

Orange and Turmeric Cake

Another stella recipe from Sofie Van Kempen. This chick knows how to make some seriously yummy and low sugar food!

I am in love with this cake. It leaves you feeling light and satisfied. I have orange trees at home so I was over the moon to be able to use my own, fresh oranges for this one.

So easy to make and it doesn’t need any icing, it’s good on it’s own. Of course I had a piece fresh out of the oven, and it’s just too good warm!

And in Winter, we need more turmeric to help ward off the colds and flues. So this cake is an all round winner 🙂

 

Servings: 16-20  // prep time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 whole oranges
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup honey (depending how sweet you want it)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp turmeric (fresh or ground)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence or powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 170’C and line a cake/slice tin with baking paper, set aside.
  2. Boil whole oranges in a pot on the stove for 1 hour, drain and allow to cool.
  3. Blend oranges in a food processor, then add eggs, honey, vanilla, turmeric and blend again.
  4. Mix through almond meal and baking powder until combined.
  5. Pour batter into tray it will be quite wet and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes in the oven until golden brown. Check with a skewer.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin and store in the fridge for up to a week.

NOTE: this is a moist cake (don’t you love that word) so expect it to come out a little wetter then usual cakes. Also you could try flax eggs as a replacement for ‘egg’ in this recipe.

 

Enjoy 🙂