Roasted Strawberry Bruschetta with Cardamom Scented Hummus and Walnut Lentil Spread

Roasted Strawberry Bruschetta with Cardamom Scented Hummus

A light summer snack that can be made in a flash. It is oil free and dairy free with a sweet taste provided naturally from the strawberries.

Flavours: Sweet strawberries offset by tart vinegar and earthy onions served layered on creamy hummus spiced up with cardamom and anise and vanilla.

Benefits: This is low fat and oil free, high in fiber, calcium, protein and is high in vitamin C and folate.

Yield: 16 slices

Total Time: 35 minutes

Equipment: Sharp knife, mixing bowl, parchment paper, large roaster pan, zester, food processor

Ingredients

Bruschetta

16 oz (400 g) fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced or chopped

¼ cup (15 g) onion, chopped

2 tbsp aged dark balsamic vinegar

6 large basil leaves, chopped

½ tsp lemon zest

½ tsp tamari or sea salt

16 slices sourdough or whole wheat bread or use rye crackers

16 small basil leaves

Hummus

1 cup (170 g) canned white beans, drained

2 tbsp tahini

½ tsp anise, ground

½ tsp cardamom

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup to ¾ cup water

Instructions

Bruschetta

Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).

Place the strawberries, onions and vinegar into a bowl and toss to coat. Place the mixture in a parchment paper lined roasting pan in a single layer. Roast for 10 minutes. Pour the strawberries and onions back into a bowl and add the lemon zest, tamari and the chopped basil into the mixture. Mix lightly. Set aside.

Hummus

Add all ingredients into the food processor except the water. Puree for 30 to 60 seconds and add water slowly until desired consistency is achieved.

Assemble Bruschetta

Toast bread and cut into small slices, about 1 inch (3 cm) and spread the hummus on the bread. Place the strawberry mixture on top and add small basil leaves for garnish.

Roasted Strawberry Bruschetta Nutritional Facts

 

Walnut Lentil Spread

This is a fast snack that is healthy and tasty.

Flavours: Garlic and oregano flavours this thick spread with cilantro topping.

Benefits: Source of vitamin E, copper and phosphorus from walnuts and high levels of B vitamins from lentils topped off with lots of fibre. 

Yield: 2 cups, 12 servings

Total Time: 20 minutes

Equipment: Skillet, food processor, bowls

 

Ingredients

1 red onion, 1 cup ( 52 g) chopped

4 cloves garlic, pressed

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp tamari

1 ½ cup (113 g) cooked lentils, any colour

½ cup (50 g) walnuts

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, leaves separated

 

Instructions

Add tamari to a skillet heated to a medium-low temperature. Add the onions, garlic, oregano into the pan and sauté and add 1 tbsp of water at a time to cook the mixture until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add enough water to prevent sticking.

Transfer the mixture to the food processor and add all other ingredients except the cilantro. Process until smooth. Place mixture into a bowl and stir in ¾ of the cilantro. Save other leaves for garnish when serving. Serve on toasted bread or crackers.

Walnut Lentil Spread Nutritional Facts