May 29, 2017
At yesterday’s cooking class, we had a discussion on what to use as a spread on bread, in place of butter or margarine. For the meal, we had hearty Ezekiel bread along with a choice of two spreads – Sweet Potato Hummus and Olive Tapinade. As promised the recipes for both are below, plus my favorite sweet spread, a sugar free, oil free orange apricot jam.
Sweet Potato Hummus is a staple in our household. Most hummus recipes call for chickpeas, but I prefer to make this one with small white beans (also called navy beans) as they produce a creamier spread. It makes a pretty big batch, so I generally divide the finished hummus into 3 containers and freeze 2 for later use. This is our go to spread on sandwiches and baked potatoes. You won’t miss the butter on your potato. It is good mildly spiced with 1/4 tsp cayenne, but if you like spice as much as we do, go for the full 1 1/2 tsp cayenne.
Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus
- 1 ½ cups baked sweet potato pulp
- 2 cups cooked white beans (or chickpeas)
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- juice of 1 ½ to 2 lemons
- zest of ½ lemon
- ground sea salt, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like it spicier, you can add up to 1 1/2 tsp)
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake a large sweet potato, or 2 small ones, until tender. You can bake it whole, or peel and cut in cubes and place in a covered baking dish. It will take 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size. Once done, peel off the skin if you baked them whole.
Places all of the other ingredients into a food processor (if you’re sensitive to spice, you may want to save the spices for last and add them to taste.) Add water as needed to make it blend well.
Blend well, adding a small amount of water if needed for processing. Taste, add salt and adjust spices to your taste.
If you like olives, this spread is for you. It packs a big punch. However, it takes a bit of work as I have yet to find Kalamata olives that are already pitted. But once you have them pitted, the rest is a piece of cake. This recipe is from the Forks Over Knives Cookbook.
- 1cups Kalamata olives, pitted
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried ground Rosemary
- 1 tsp dried oregano
Place all ingredients in a small food processor and chop until finely ground but not pureed. Great on toasted sprouted whole grain bread.
I love making bread, and The PlantPure Kitchen cookbook by Kim Campbell has a great recipe for whole grain Pumpkin Raisin Yeast Bread that is absolutely delicious. I love it toasted and spread with a thick layer of this whole food jam. Note, if your blender does not have the power to handle this mixture, try soaking the apricots and dates in water or orange juice first, then once softened blend with some orange zest and enough orange juice to get things moving.
Orange Apricot Spread
- 1 large organic orange
- 10 dried apricots
- 2 medjool dates, pitted (optional)
Wash orange and cut into quarters with the peel still on. Place orange in a blender (or food processor), add apricots and dates, if using. Pulse until well combined and pureed. You may have to stop and push the mixture down around the blades a few times before it gets moving.
You can also make a quick and easy berry jam using chia seeds that requires little or no added sweetener. This recipe is a modification of the one from the Oh She Glows Every Day Cookbook by Angela Liddon.
Berry Chia Jam
- 3 to 4 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries or a mixture)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- squeeze of fresh lemon
Mix together berries and maple syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until berries are softened. Remove from heat and mash the berries with a potato masher. Add chia seeds and stir until combined. Return to the stove and simmer for simmer over low to medium heat stirring until the mixture thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and lemon. Let mixture cool and it will thicken more as it cools. The jam will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and also freezes well.
Other easy spread options are nut butters. Be sure to check the ingredients as some nut butters have added oil or sugar which you don’t want or need. A very mild tasting one is raw almond butter.