Hummus Stuffed Dates

Dates stuffed with hummus – you think it is weird? I don’t know about you, but I just love it – it is nutty and sweet! Unique and very easy to prepare.

It is unbelievable how time flies so fast. I was just thinking of what meals to prepare for Ramadan and now, I am sharing you something for Eid Eats. Eid Eats is an Eid party hosted by the wonderful Henna @ My Ninja Naan and Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies. It is a yearly party where Muslim bloggers gather together to share something for Eid – whatever they want to serve for their loved ones. It maybe a traditional recipe or not.

I don’t know much the recipes my Mom used to serve for us – I was just happy helping with the chopping and of course, eating. 😀 So for this year’s party, I am taking a different direction and I am sharing something I’d like my family to have – Hummus Stuffed Dates. Yes? No?

I have just accidental discovered this one when I was breaking my fast and I had dates and hummus in front of me. I ate a piece of date and while chewing, I also took a spoonful of hummus. And I was like “Oh! That was good!” I finally stuffed the date with hummus and ate again, just to make sure I was not out of my mind. It was indeed really good! So here I am sharing these lovely stuffed dates.

The dates are simply stuffed with hummus – you can use store-bought or homemade. (I have this smooth hummus if you’d like to check it out.) I cheated here and I used the boxed hummus my boss gave me. The taste was like nutty and sweet – it was amazing! This is best during the same day they are stuffed. I suggest that you stuff only what you want to serve and keep pitted dates ready for stuffing later on.

To all those who are observing Ramadan, I pray that you had a healthy one and advance Eid Mubarak!

I am also sharing these at this week’s Fiesta Friday #177 where me and Ai @ Ai Made It For You are co-hosting. Thank you, Angie, for this wonderful party!

Hummus Stuffed Dates

Ingredients:

  • 24 dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup hummus
  • Pistachio, chopped, optional

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the pitted dates, slicing in half, but not all the way thru – this is just to prepare the dates for the hummus.
  2. Stuff with hummus.
  3. Top with chopped pistachio (if using).

 

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Gochujang Hummus

Take your classic hummus to the next level with Gochujang – one of best new combos!

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If you know me well, then you also know about my undying love for hummus… and my dying gochujang. 😀 I’ve been avoiding suicidal attempts that might take place anytime inside the cupboard and the fridge. I do not want such bloody scene! I don’t think you want me reporting such case, right?

So… hummus met gochujang… and they lived happy ever after… inside my tummy! 😛

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The gochujang gave an extraordinary spice and taste to the classic hummus. It was uh-mahzing! The gochujang can go from 1 tbsp to 2 tbsp – depending on how spicy you want the hummus to be. I think I used 2 tbsp and I am telling you – I polished off the whole plate. My cousin even asked me “Are you going to eat the whole thing yourself?” And I proudly said “Yes!”. Ohhh! It was so good! I enjoyed it with pita bread!

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And with all the holiday eating you’ve had, I thought of bringing a light dish to this week’s Fiesta Friday #152 – the final party for 2016. How amazing that I am co-hosting with Ginger this week, closing Fiesta Friday party for the year. And let me mention that I did co-host the first FF party this year, too. Yay! Opening and ending the FF party this year – how lovely!

Link up your best treats for our final FF party for 2016. Let’s celebrate together!

Happy 2017 to you, lovely people! I wish you a blessed, healthy 2017. I am so grateful for your amazing friendship! See you next year! 😉 

Gochujang Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, not drained (optional: you can reserve 1 heaping tbsp for serving later)
  • 3 cloves garlic, skins removed
  • 1/3 cup tahini (1/2 cup tahini if you don’t want to skin the chickpeas)
  • 1-2 tbsp gochujang
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To serve (optional):

  • Olive oil
  • Few pieces chickpeas
  • Roughly chopped parsley

Instructions:

SKINNING THE CHICKPEAS IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SKIN THE CHICKPEAS, SKIP INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 1-3. 

  1. Separate the chickpeas and its water. Reserve the chickpeas water for later.
  2. In a shallow dish, place your drained chickpeas and remove the skin. Hold one chickpea with your index finger and thumb and it will easily pop out. Repeat until all skins have been removed. This will take about 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also place the drained chickpeas in a bowl and add water. Getting handful of chickpeas, rub them together using your both hands. Some skins will be easily removed, but some will still stay. You can pour out the water with the skins. Since some of the skins are still intact, you can do the same process until most of the skins have been removed.
  3. Wash the skinned chickpeas and drain.
  4. Place the chickpeas in a heatproof bowl and put back the reserved chickpeas water.
  5. Add the garlic cloves and microwave on medium-high for 5 minutes. Let cool.
  6. In a food processor or blender, add in the microwaved chickpeas with garlic along with lemon juice, salt, tahini and 1 tbsp gochujang. While the food processor/blender is mixing, add in olive oil. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Adjust the seasoning at this point, if desired. If you prefer the hummus to be more spicy, add another 1 tbsp of gochujang.
  7. Transfer into container and place in the fridge for at least one hour to thicken and develop the flavor. (I placed mine overnight)
  8. To serve, drizzle more olive oil, chickpeas and roughly chopped parsley. Serve with your favorite crackers, veggies or pita bread.

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Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Hi, guys!

How have you been doing? I know some people are too happy with the weather these days. Pretty flowers, sunny day and all spring related is everywhere. Hmm, who doesn’t want that? I mean, unless you want to be frozen for the rest of your life. 😛

I only feel one thing today – I feel so happy and thrilled that I am co-hosting this week’s Fiesta Friday with the lovely Apsara of Eating Well Diary. My co-host has a lovely blog full of delicious recipes. You might want to give her a visit and start a chitchat with her if you haven’t already.

Are you ready to party? I am. I’ll be at Fiesta Friday # 110 with the talented Angie, my fellow co-host, Apsara and the amazing FF crowd. If you are new to Fiesta Friday, please read the guidelines. What are you waiting for? 😀


Baked sweet potatoes topped with roasted chickpeas, a killer garlic herb sauce and parsley-tomato garnish. Healthy. Vegan. Gluten Free. 

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So this sweet tooth craves for something healthy once in a while. And sometimes, a craving for a certain ingredient leads to a crazy search for recipes.

This is the continuation of the chickpeas craving I had weeks back. I have to say that I am thankful for that craving because that brought me to finding this mouth-watering recipe.

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The recipe might sound fancy, but it is easy to prepare. This is suitable for vegan and gluten-free eaters. And I don’t think that I have to mention that this is healthy. But I just did, didn’t I? 😀

Roasting the sweet potatoes and the chickpeas is the torturing part, but the good thing is you can prepare your sauce and topping while the oven is doing its thing. Now, I must warn you about the sauce – it is superb! And I am serious! I think it will be a pretty dressing, too.

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Let’s get on to the recipe, shall we?

Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes (about 140 g each) or 2 of about 22o g each
  • 1 15-ounce tinned chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • A pinch of cumin powder
  • A pinch of coriander powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of paprika
  • A pinch of salt

For the garlic herb sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hummus (want to try my Easy Microwave Hummus?)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tsp fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Water, to thin the sauce
  • Water or unsweetened almond milk to thin

For the toppings: 

  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line 2 baking sheet (or 1 large that will fit both chickpeas and potatoes) with foil and set aside.
  2. Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes. Cut in half length wise.
  3. In a bowl, place your washed and drain chickpeas and add olive oil and the rest of the spices. Place in the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Rub little olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place cut side down on another baking sheet (or same baking sheet with the chickpeas when there’s enough space).
  5. Roast the sweet potatoes and chickpeas for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. When they are fork-tender, they are done. The chickpeas might cook faster, so keep an eye on them.

Meanwhile, let us prepare the sauce and the topping.

  1. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce except water.
  2. Slowly, add water and see if the texture is fine with you. You just want your sauce to be pourable. Do a taste test and adjust the seasoning if desired. Keep until ready to be used.
  3. For the topping, mix everything in another bowl and set aside to marinate.

To serve,

  1. Flip the potatoes, flesh side up and smash down the insides with a fork or spoon. Just a little.
  2. Top with chickpeas, sauce and the tomato-parsley topping.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes:

If you are roasting the chickpeas and sweet potatoes together, it would be easier to place the chickpeas in a separate foil (since there is a possibility that they would cook quicker than the potatoes) with the sides overhanging so it would be easier to take them out. So it’s like you created a square aluminum baking foil. 😀

In the garlic herb sauce, tahini can be used instead of hummus, but make sure so adjust the ingredients until it tastes good to you. 

Source Recipe: Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes by Minimalist Baker

Happy Fiesta Friday!

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Easy Microwave Hummus

Chickpeas skins removed and microwaved for smoother and creamier hummus – you’ll want to eat this straight from the container

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Did you experience craving for something and you just can’t let it pass? It’s not a chocolate craving this time. 😀

I’ve been on a chickpeas kick lately and I’ve searching like crazy for recipes that includes chickpeas. I am not sure how many recipes I have seen and saved. I wanted to make them all in one time, but I am only human who gets tired… so I’d go with the easiest first.

When I hear the word chickpeas, the first thing that comes to my mind is hummus. I’ve been very much in love with hummus, but we don’t see each other that much. There’s only me to blame. My mouth starts to water whenever I see a creamy hummus. There’s a special connection between me and hummus, by the way, that only both of us can understand. 😀

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Being said that I had this bad craving, I did not settle for store-bought or ready-made one – I wanted to make my own.

Making hummus with the canned chickpeas will not take that long, but I wanted to do a little something with regards to the texture. I prefer not-too-grainy hummus. I’ve read that removing the skin will make it creamier and microwaving will make it smoother. I wanted creamier and smoother hummus, so I did both.

Easy Microwave Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, not drained (optional: you can reserve 1 heaping tbsp for serving later)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste (start with 1/2 tsp)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To serve (optional):

  • Olive oil
  • Few pieces chickpeas
  • Paprika
  • Roughly chopped parsley

Instructions:

  1. Separate the chickpeas and its water. Reserve the chickpeas water for later.
  2. In a shallow dish, place your drained chickpeas and remove the skin. Hold one chickpea with your index finger and thumb and it will easily pop out. Repeat until all skins have been removed. This will take about 20 minutes. (You can do this while watching your favorite TV show or movie.)
  3. Wash the skinned chickpeas and drain.
  4. Place the chickpeas in a heatproof bowl and put back the reserved chickpeas water.
  5. Add the garlic cloves and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Let cool.
  6. In a food processor or blender, add in the microwaved chickpeas with garlic along with lemon juice, salt and tahini. While the food processor/blender is mixing, add in olive oil. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Adjust the seasoning at this point, if desired.
  7. Transfer into container and place in the fridge for thicken up and develop flavor.
  8. To serve, drizzle more olive oil, chickpeas, roughly chopped parsley and paprika. Serve with your favorite crackers, veggies or pita bread.

Source recipe: Best Ever 5 Minute Microwave Hummus by Minimalist Baker

Notes:

Skinning the chickpeas is totally optional. If you don’t prefer to skin the chickpeas, I suggest you go with 1/2 cup tahini as per the source recipe.

If you prefer to skin the chickpeas, 1/3 cup of tahini is just the right amount to avoid the hummus to be thin.

But then again, your version, your preference. 😉

I really love how this came out – just the way I wanted – creamy and smooth! I literally ate this straight from the container. So so good! Maybe I’ll try using dried chickpeas next time and compare it with using canned one. Hmmm… 😀

Happy Fiesta Friday # 107 to everyone! So… what do you think of this one, Angie? Hmm, how about you, Margy and Su? Thanks for attending to all of us, lovely people!

Wishing you a day full of smiles! 😀 😀 😀

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