So I dove in this month and started a Whole30 eating plan. Which means a lot of yummy party favorites are off limits for me for thirty days!
Now ’tis the season for game day parties, and other events like birthdays, so I’ve tried to be proactive in creating party foods to bring or serve that are both Whole30 compliant and tasty for everyone.
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Hummus and pita chips are one of my party favorites, but as both are off limits in the Whole30 plan, I decided to create my own version for party snacks! My paleo pumpkin hummus was tasty enough, even my kids were dipping into it!
It’s not a complicated recipe, although I need to give you some direction about finding the ingredients. So, I stopped into my local Big Y supermarket to get pumpkin, cauliflower and tahini (because that’s basically all you need!).
Fresh pumpkin is seasonal, and so if you don’t have a stray pumpkin floating around from Thanksgiving, you’re going to want to find the canned variety. I found organic pumpkin puree (no spices or sugar added) in the baking section with the other pie fillings.
The other item you may not know where to find is tahini. Tahini is basically just sesame seeds pureed into a smooth consistency. You’ll find tahini in the peanut butter and jelly section of the store. Just note that before using, you’ll open the can to discover about an inch or two of oil, and then the cake of sesame seed puree underneath. Pry all this out, plop it in the blender, and mix away until it’s like runny peanut butter. Put it into a glass jar and store in the fridge to keep oils from separating.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cauliflower, chopped and steam-cooked until fairly soft
- 1 tsp tahini
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black or white pepper (white gives a more delicate flavor and you won't see specks in your food)
- paprika - optional, for decor
- After steaming the cauliflower and blending the tahini, you'll be ready to make your pumpkin hummus.
- Place steamed cauliflower florets into a blender or food processor. Pulse until very small, like couscous.
- Add 1 cup of pumpkin puree and blend until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
- Taste test - you may prefer more garlic, salt or tahini.
- Sprinkle some paprika on top for color!
I enjoy this dip with my new “chips” – carrot sticks, celery, and cucumber sliced diagonally. My kids still like the pretzel sticks though! So you can modify the “chips” options for various styles of eating habits to make this one of the most healthful game day snacks at the party!
Not only is it super easy to throw this dip together either the night before or day of the big game, but it keeps for several days too if you have leftovers (I bet you won’t though!).
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I’ve shared my healthful party favorites for game day snacks with you all! Now tell me how you celebrate the big game, or share a party favorite recipe of your own!