Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Iron-Rich Spinach & Parsley Green Houmous - vegan & free from gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, egg.


How vibrant is this bowl of loveliness? It is a wonderfully luscious iron-rich, Spinach and Parsley Green Houmous.

We eat gallons of houmous at GF HQ, but sometimes the basic recipe can get a little 'same old same old'. Fortunately, the blend of chickpeas and tahini lends itself to an incredible versatility of flavour combinations and pretty much anything can be thrown at it in effort to tickle the tastebuds.

Back in August last year, I ventured to make my first home-made houmous..... deliciously fringed with a hint of nuttiness from the use of walnut oil and spiced with paprika and cumin. The biggest revelation though, was how easy it was to make and I began to ask myself why I eat so much of the commercially-produced stuff.


Whilst I confess, as a busy Mum with a full time job, the super-convenient supermarket houmous pots still sneak into my basket, when time is on my side, I have enjoyed making my own and experimenting with new flavours and ingredients. The recipe that I share here is one of those experiments....... and it came from wanting my houmous to be green.

Well green I got. Bright bright green! With a combination of spinach and parsley, this houmous is not only beautiful, but also really healthy and packed full of nutrients known to improve vitality and energy levels. The high levels of iron found in both these leaves improve the quality of your blood, by helping with the effective transport of oxygen round the body. Both are also fantastic sources of vitamins A, K, C and folic acid too, essential for maintaining bone health, good immunity, healthy skin and bones. And because they are used raw, none of the goodness has been lost to the cooking pot.


If it sounds too good to be true, wait until you taste it. This houmous is smooth and rich, with a back-hit of garlic and lemon. Perfect with tortilla chips, crackers, as a dip for crudités or eaten with delicious gluten free toast made using my Revolutionary GF Brown Bread recipe.

Spinach is coming into full season right now, so make the most of it! It's also a perfect recipe for St Patrick's Day......



I am sharing my Green Houmous with the following :


Meat Free Mondays with Tinned Tomatoes.

Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice.







Simple & in Season with Feeding Boys

Eat Your Greens with Allotment 2 Kitchen and The VegHog.



Cook Blog Share - this week with Hijacked By Twins.

Simply Seasonal with Hijacked By Twins.







Sunday Fitness & Food with Ilka's Blog and Marathons & Motivation.


Spinach & Parsley Houmous

Ingredients

1 can chickpeas - rinsed & drained
90g tahini
55 ml extra virgin olive oil
40 ml lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 large clove garlic (coarsely chopped)
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
good grind black pepper
80g baby spinach leaves (washed)
20g flat-leaf parsley
approx 5 tablespoons (75 ml) cold water

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender, except the water.
  2. Adding the water a tablespoon at a time, blend at high power until the houmous is smooth. Add a drop more water to 'loosen' if you need to.
  3. Enjoy with toast, tortilla chips, etc.
Gluten Free Alchemist © 2013-17 unless otherwise indicated

14 comments:

  1. happy st pat's day - seeing this glorious green dip cheered me up after walking through our high street and reflecting on how little the people around me celebrate st pat's day and I don't have much energy for it today but will try and make something green for dinner

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    1. Thanks Johanna. It was certainly very green. But it tasted great too x

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  2. This looks fabulous you clever lady! A lovely vibrant green...looks super good for you!

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  3. Wow that is Lush! Proper Welsh word. Love how vibrant the green is. Happy St Patrick's Day. This part of Wales shows no signs of celebrating it which makes me a little sad, but today brought back good memories of when i lived in Glasgow and the streets were buzzing. Thanks also for sharing with #EatYourGreens

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    1. Thanks Shaheen. Shame it's not celebrated much in your part of the world (although I think the celebrations get less everywhere year on year..... except may be in Ireland...). x

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  4. This looks absolutely amazing! I love the taste of parsley and have really been feeling like I need more iron in my diet lately so I will definitely try this.

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  5. that looks epic.. i've been quite addicted to hummus recently but haven't quite got round to making my own. Your recipe sounds great and that colour.. wow!

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    1. Thanks Dom. Houmous can be very addictive. Home-made means you can be as creative as you like...... hence the very very green! x

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  6. Ooooh Kate, yes please! This looks and sounds so good, this needs to be made! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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  7. What a gorgeous colour! I used to make houmous all the time and then I got lazy and started buying it instead. I love the flavours you've got in this one and yes, you really do have to make it yourself to get it like this. I'll have to have another go at it soon. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

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    1. Thanks Corina. Whenever I make houmous I question why I ever buy it as it is so easy..... but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day x

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