Sep 16 2008

Adding cauliflower & zucchini to hummus

Last night, I tried using some of the Sneaky Chef white puree in a recipe. It turned out surprisingly well!

Even though I just used 1/4 cup of “white puree” with my hummus dip, that’s actually a pretty powerful 1/4 cup. The cauliflower was steamed and the zucchini was raw. I added one teaspoon of lemon juice, as the recipe called, but I didn’t need to add water to my puree. As a result, that 1/4 cup of stuff was much more nutrient-dense than 1/4 cup of cauliflower alone, in my non-expert opinion.

A quarter cup of cauliflower florets will have little air pockets between the florets. When you puree it, you can fit a lot more of it in a smaller amount of space.

I used some of this puree in my “hungry man hummus” recipe, which I found in the Sneaky Chef cookbook. This, along with chickpeas and tofu (not usually in hummus, right?) helped me create a rather nutritious, delicious dip with a decent amount of protein, fiber and vitamins.

Pair that with some celery sticks, carrots and pita, and we’ve got a pretty good snack/meal!

I couldn’t detect the slightest bit of cauliflower or zucchini flavor in this dip. I wish I did a taste test before adding the puree, though. I noticed no difference in texture, color or flavor. In fact, this recipe is just as yummy as some store-bought hummus I’ve tasted recently.

Next time, (and Shane hopes I’ll make this again soon!) I might add more of the puree. Maybe an extra tablespoonful at a time until we reach the point of being able to detect it.

So far, I’m really happy with these results!



5 Responses to “Adding cauliflower & zucchini to hummus”

  1. Thanks for the review! I’ll have to check out this book. I have Deliciously Deceptive and like most of the recipes. Everyone I cook for knows that there are things added, but they have yet to detect them. I know a 1/4 or so isn’t much but when we don’t eat a lot of veggies to begin with any additional is great!

  2. I just noticed your “baby savings” progress bar on the left side. That reminds me to make my own as tracking my progress helps me stay motivated. Thanks!

  3. Yep, I just added it today! I need to have tangible savings goals and I love seeing the progress bar move. This one shouldn’t take too long, hopefully!

  4. That sounds like an excellent idea. Now that we have a real blender, I’m looking forward to making my own hummus. I bet that I can also get Micah to eat a lot more of the veggies he doesn’t like. As long as he can’t taste it, he’s ok. :)

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  5. That sounds fantastic I’m definitely going to give that a shot sometime soon. Thanks for the idea I’d never have thought to use the white in hummus.

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