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Habibi’s Dips Giveaway!

Okay, so we’re well into the new year. How are your healthy new year’s resolutions coming along?

This coming weekend will no doubt be a great reason for us all to eat our body weight in chocolate, and not feel guilty for it, but let’s talk healthy options, anyways, for both before and after.

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It’s worthy to note that dark chocolate really is good for you–so you shouldn’t feel guilty eating that anyway. It really is the world’s most perfect food. But the world’s second most perfect food, for me, is hummus.

It’s kind of amazing. It’s made from chickpeas, which are a wonderful, inexpensive and vegetarian source of protein. And it’s really a blank slate. Hummus is creamy, and you can use it in a ton of ways. You can also add all kinds of spices and flavourings to it, and it will take those flavours on, changing its profile from spicy to sweet to daring.

The nice folks at Habibi’s (which is a local manufacturer of Hummus), sent me a ton of their stuff, and I’ve been scarfing it down every which way. They have a wide variety of flavour options, and they also sell baba ganoush (a wonderful, smoky-tasting roasted eggplant dip/spread) and tzatziki (a cooling yogurt-based dip with lemon and dill), as well as tahini (a sesame seed paste).

habibis hummus

I’ve been making wraps with my hummus: you just schmear a bunch of it on a tortilla, add whatever vegetables turn you on (shredded carrots, lettuce, cucumber, sprouts, I also like to throw in some olives), wrap it up, and off you go. I have also been taking some time on the weekend to prep vegetables, and then I put them in containers that have a side separate container for the hummus. You could also do this in a mason jar: you just put the hummus in the bottom of the jar, and then load it up with veggies, standing vertically. These make great grab-and-go snacks.

I’m giving away a gift basket of Habibi’s Dips, worth $30. You’ll get to sample all of their different flavours.

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To enter, comment below and answer one of the two following questions: 

  • What’s your favourite way to enjoy hummus? 
  • What flavour of Habibi’s are you most excited to try? 

You can get an extra contest entry by tweeting: 

You must reside in the Lower Mainland. I’ll draw one person at random at the end of day on Monday, February 16.

Good luck!! May the odds be ever in your favour.

 

Edamame Hummus (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I am fortunate enough to live on Canada’s Pacific rim. Here, because of the ocean, and our proximity to China and Japan, we get to enjoy a huge variety of delicious, and often cheap, sushi. I love sushi, and I eat it at least once a week.

Edamame is another gift from Asia. This tasty young soybean bean is often served as a kind of bar snack: it’s salty and something you eat with your fingers. The vast majority (99%) of all the edamame we eat in North America comes from China. Until now.

Top right, Jacob MacKellar, "Prince Farming." Bottom right, the edamame he picked for me from his farm in Ontario. Left, the final result...

Top right, Jacob MacKellar, “Prince Farming.” Bottom right, the edamame he picked for me from his farm in Ontario. Left, the final result…

Jacob MacKellar is a 26-year-old farmer from Ontario, and he’s the first Edamame farmer in Canada. Canada’s own “Prince Farming” has committed to Edamame that is 100% Canadian grown and harvested. In addition, his Edamame are non-GMO (or genetically modified. On their website, they say, “Non-GMO indicates that we do not use genetically altered soybean seeds, nor do we modified the structure of the bean at any point in our research, development and production process.”

These tasty li’l beans are also super good for you! Like all beans, they have lots of fibre, are low in fat, and rock the protein.

Many people like to serve them just as they are–blanched in boiling water for about 5 minutes, and then sprinkled liberally with salt. You just pop them out of the shells and enjoy.

I decide to do something a little more complex with mine, and turn them into a hummus. Hummus is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It’s vegan, gluten free, and is full of protein. You can serve it as a dip, or you can put it in a sandwich or a wrap. This is my version, made with Edamame instead of chickpeas. It creates this beautiful, bright-green coloured dip that you can enjoy in so many different ways.

edamame hummus

Edamame Hummus

(adapted from Oh My Veggies)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup cooked, shelled edamame beans (I’m using MacKellar Farms’)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced, or a whole head of garlic, roasted
  • 2 tbsps fresh herbs: cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method: 

Throw all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Let sit for an hour or so, and then serve with your favourite chips or raw vegetables.

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