TASTY TUESDAY: "Hummus & Chips"

“CHIPS AND DIP”

For the chips…
INGREDIENTS:
Cucumbers
Carrots
Zucchini
INSTRUCTIONS:
Slice the veggies into round chips.
Dips:
MEXICAN LAYERED DIP:
layer of avocado
layer of favorite chunky salsa or pico-de-gallo
layer of cilantro
layer of pine nuts
layer of greek yogurt (optional)
layer of green onions
squeeze lemon and lime all over
salt to taste
“HUMMUS”:
1 cup of steamed cauliflower
1/2 cup of tahini butter
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 -1 squeezed lemon 
salt to taste
***any of your favorite hummus seasonings and add ons:  spicy, roasted peppers, olives, pine nuts…etc.
***another variation I do this recipe is considered more my “ranch dip hummus”.
Instead of olive oil I use coconut cream
instead of lemon about 2 tablespoons of greek yogurt (but this is totally not necessary)
The seasoning is an organic greek blend.
INSTRUCTIONS for Hummus:
Mix together the cauliflower, tahini butter, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor until very smooth.
Add seasonings you like in your traditional hummus, pulse again until fully blended.  Transfer it into the dish you are wanting to serve it in.  Garnish the top with the other items you want.  Let it set and chill for 2-4 hours.  I have found that really brings out the flavors and lets them rest and blend into each other very well.
****My pre-paleo days I loved gatherings with the chips and dips.  I realized it wasn’t the chips so much that I missed as the dips.  I really loved the full flavor of these two types of dips.  The mexican layer dip was easy for me to modify because I love the texture of the nuts versus the beans and the tanginess of the greek yogurt instead of the cheese and the sour cream.  
When I first turned to whole food eating I was still partaking in beans from time to time.  It was during this time I had fallen in love with hummus.  But the more I learned about legumes and what they do to our digestive system and inflammations with our body I realized it made sense why I had some troubles still.
Thus I found some faux recipes that I pretty much just looked at and then created my own.
Then the chips were easy!  That was fun because I realized we all get use to seeing veggies in sticks but what if we cut them the width of the veggie to create a better space to scoop!  Thus, I started showing up to parties with my veggies cut into rounds and a dip to go along!  For me it guaranteed I had something fun to eat too! 😉
***disclaimer:  These are my thoughts, my opinion, my creations…consult a professional for any real health advice!
Now get cooking and have a family game night with some new ways to snack!
hugs and blessings always,
~K 🙂

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