Aloé Eats: Super Snacks with The Core

HELLO summer snack pack…

We have you covered for your next girls picnic or that platter you need to bring to your Christmas lunch! Delicious, wholesome treats that will send your (or your visitors) taste buds soaring!

Introducing Sam’s very own Pumpkin Spiced Almond Hummus, Roasted Capsicum and Cashew Dip & Amaranth Seeded Crackers for your viewing pleasure!

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Pumpkin Spiced Almond Hummus

Ingredients for your shopping list:

1 large pumpkin diced
3 roasted garlic cloves
1 cup almonds soaked for up to 5 hours 1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees, layer a baking tray with baking paper and place on the chopped pumpkin and garlic, season with some salt, cumin and a drizzle of olive oil
  2. Cook until soft (around 20 minutes)
  3. Once cooked combine all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until combined
  4. If too thick add a little more olive oil
  5. Blitz until your desired smoothness
  6. Transfer to dish and serve with some fresh cut up veggies, as a topping for crackers or as a yummy side to any dish!

Roasted Capsicum and Cashew Dip

Ingredients for your shopping list:

1 cup roasted cashews
2 capsicums diced and roasted
2 peeled and roasted garlic cloves pinch of salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegarMethod:Place the diced capsicums on a baking tray in a 180 degree preheated oven with the peeled garlic and capsicums.

Method:

  1. Allow to cook for around 15-20 minutes until they are nice and soft, or slightly charred
  2. At the 15 minute mark add in the cashews, until they are slightly browned and nicely roasted
  3. Once cooked, combine the roasted capsicum, garlic and cashews into a blender or food processor with the remaining ingredients and pulse on high 2-3 times until combined.
  4. Blend to your desired consistency and season to taste (it’s nice with a bit of crunch)!
  5. Serve as a yummy dip with some crackers and freshly chopped veggies!

Amaranth Seeded Crackers

Ingredients for your shopping list:

1 cup Amaranth Flour
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup buckwheat seeds
1/3 cup good quality olive oil
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried garlic powder (optional) pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius
  2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl until you have a runny, sticky dough consistency
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and thinly spread out the mixture to cover almost the entire tray
  4. You want the thickness to be no more than 0.5cm and level
  5. Place the tray in the oven at 170 degrees for around 30 minutes
  6. The crackers are ready when it the mixture has brown and is not soft to the touch (with a fork)
  7. Allow to cook for another 15 minutes or so to removed any extra moisture
  8. Remove and allow to cool before breaking the crackers into pieces
  9. Once cooled completely, store in an air tight container at room temperature.

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To accompany these snacks, nothing better than a healthy summer spritzer.

Meet our “Detoxify”

Cucumber, Ginger and Lemongrass

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Benefits:

  • Over summer we tend to drink a little more than we should.. this can lead to an increase in nasties in our system including inflammation in our gut, which further more leads to gut related issues and unsettling problems.
  • Detoxifying our system is ultimately the way to go, this doesn’t mean we have to stop drinking and enjoying ourselves, its all about, yes.. “balance”. Lemongrass and Ginger both have immensely cleansing and healing properties due to their high nutritional count of “anti” compositions.
  • Ginger has become a staple healer, we include it in most things now if we feel an onset of a cold or flu, or just feeling initially sluggish. Beyond the immunity factors ginger helps with easing nausea, stabilising brain function and ladies and can help heal menstrual pain, paired up with lemongrass’s detoxifying actions and calming actions, it really creates a total balance throughout.
  • Combined with the hydrating, and healthy skin prompting actions of cucumber, this drink is perfect to revitalise and rejuvenate ourselves in the summer heat and after a few big nights.

DSC08880.jpgIngredients for your shopping list:

1 medium sized cucumber sliced into rounds

3 cm piece of ginger grated or sliced
1 lemongrass stick finely chopped

VOSS Water

Method:

  1. Prepare all ingredients as directed
  2. Lemongrass can be quite tough, to help break it down, (carefully) crush it with the back of a large kitchen knife until you start to fill the stick soften then begin to chop.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the jar/ container you wish to use, then cover with filtered water.
  4. Allow to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes for the flavours and natural goodness to fill the water.
  5. Enjoy!

NEXT WEEK… Absolutley delicious Raw Matcha Mango Cheesecake Cups!

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