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Zucchini Hummus

September 30, 2017
Happy days! We've reached the weekend and am THRILLED!
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I'm celebrating life this weekend by surrounding myself with good people who I love very much 
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We're going on a picnic & I've been tasked with creating some allergy-friendly bits & pieces for some of my friends who need a little @chef_shine help when it comes to delicious dishes they can't eat due to certain food intolerances...
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Take hummus for example - even though chickpeas are a great addition to most diets due to their high protein & fibre content, they're still part of the legume family which includes peanuts & soy beans.
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As you may/may not know, legumes house a common sugar called 'raffinose' which many people have problems breaking down in their body.
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Their high fibre content can also mess with a lot of compromised gut gardens resulting in not-so-nice side effects.
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If you have an intolerance to chickpeas and other legumes, you've probably experienced all kinds of bodily reactions after eating including: excess gas, hives/itching of the skin or a tingling sensation in/around the mouth after eating 
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A couple of friends picnic-ing with me this weekend experience this issue when they eat chickpeas, so I've created a yummy CHICKPEA-FREE HUMMUS so they can have their...errr...hummus & eat it too! 
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I just tested this batch with my neighbours & my (super picky but lovely) doorman & NONE of them could tell it was missing the key ingredient 
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Don't take my word for it though - make & enjoy this too!
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‍Chickpea-free Hummus‍
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✨3 cups peeled, raw zucchini (AKA 'courgette'). Save the peel for veggie stock or a stir fry
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✨1/2 cup hulled tahini
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✨1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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✨1&1/2 tsp cumin
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✨1 large or 2 small cloves fresh garlic
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✨1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
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Whiz everything in a food processor or high speed blender until it resembles drool-worthy creamy, dreamy hummus.
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Taste and adjust to suit your tastebuds. You can add more spices, tahini, garlic or a touch more oil if necessary.
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Eat, enjoy

Happy days! We’ve reached the weekend and am THRILLED! I’m celebrating life this weekend by surrounding myself with good people who I love very much. We’re going on a picnic & I’ve been tasked with creating some allergy-friendly bits & pieces for some of my friends who need a little @chef_shine help when it comes to delicious dishes they can’t eat due to certain food intolerances… Continue Reading…

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