Sun Dried Tomato Hummus Veggie Balls

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I could eat hummus everyday. When I saw this month's Recipe Redux sponsored by Sabra Hummus, I had to join in on the recipe fun. I was excited to come up with a delicious plant-based entree. One of my favorite flavor combos is sun dried tomato with pesto. So one of the new Sabra hummus flavored definitely was calling my name. Introducing "no-meat" balls made with sun dried tomato hummus and veggies on a nice bed of angel hair pasta and pesto sauce. This is a simple recipe that can also be used to make leftovers-- freezer friendly! 

“I received free samples of Sabra mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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Sun Dried Tomato Hummus Veggie Balls

Makes 10-12 veggie balls

Ingredients:

For veggie balls:

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  • 1 cup Sabra Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, divided
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided in ½ and ¼ cups
  • ¼ cup prepared tomato pesto
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves

For pasta:

  • 2 cups cooked angel hair pasta
  • 4 tablespoons pesto sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place Sabra Sun Dried Tomato hummus in a bowl, set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine egg, onion, bread crumbs, oats, cheese, pesto and basil leaves, blend until you have a cookie dough like consistency. Scrape into bowl with hummus and mix well. Form mixture into 2 inch balls.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together ½ cup panko bread crumbs and ¼ cup shredded cheese. Roll each veggie ball in the crumbs, set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan and brown each ball on all sides.
  5. Place veggie balls on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with pesto or marina sauce and pasta of your choice. Enjoy!
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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be

Get your Jam on this Easter!

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Keepin' it simple this year for Easter Sunday!

With my insanely busy (but amazing) schedule with work, school (almost done with that thesis!) and dietetic internship (3.5 more months!), I have been making recipes ahead of time on the one day I sort of have time... Meal Prep Sunday. When I saw this month's Recipe Redux "Easter is April 1. Passover begins March 30.  Whether or not you are celebrating either holiday, show us your favorite family recipes for springtime celebrations." I knew I had to whip up something simple, sweet and distributed among the whole family. Why not make a big batch and gift home-made mixed berry jam this Easter?! All you need are 4 simple things:

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  • Frozen fruit (I used leftover berries I toss in the freezer for smoothies)
  • Pectin
  • Sugar
  • Mason Jars (containers)

Mixed Berry Jam

Yield: 4- 16 oz mason jars

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Ingredients:

  • 7 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1.75 oz container fruit pectin

Directions:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine mixed berries, sugar and pectin. Stir constantly and bring to a boil, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into mason jars and let sit over night. Mixture will start to thicken. 

Serve on a biscuit and enjoy!

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Power Bites

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I am all for pre-prepped meals and snacks that make my day easier as a dietetic intern. So when I saw this month's Recipe Redux theme -- "Did you receive a trendy new cooking gadget as a holiday gift? Or do you have a tried-and-true kitchen tool you couldn’t do without? Show us a healthy recipe highlighting a favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or gizmo"-- I knew I had to highlight my favorite kitchen tool- mini food processor!

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It is a quick and simple tool I use for almost anything.

Lately I have been using it to break down my oats for my oatmeal. I also have used it for shredded carrots for my favorite carrot cake recipe (on the blog soon!). Now I have been continuously making power balls by using the food processor to chop up walnuts, almond, cashews, etc., to make the perfect bite sized power balls.

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For this post I am sharing one of my favorite recipes that includes 5 simple ingredients.

Power Bites

Ingredients:

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  • 2 ounces raw almonds (you can use your favorite nut or a mixture!)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened sunflower butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

1. In a food processor, add almonds. Process until almonds are finely chopped. Add sunflower butter, and maple syrup. Process until a smooth texture comes out that is sticky enough to roll into balls. Add more maple syrup to get sticky consistency.

2. Pour mixture into a bowl and add dried cranberries, chia seeds and chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

3. With about 1 tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. Repeat until all mixture is used then place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour or enjoy immediately.

 

 

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be