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DSC01093.1As mentioned in my last post, Evan and I are doing a two week cleanse. It’s been…interesting. We’ve been eating a TON of green things – swiss chard, kale, dandelion greens, spouts, spinach, arugula, romaine, cucumber, celery, green beans, cabbage, sea vegetables, zucchini, and more. Most of the meals have been very good, though there have been a few that we’ll pass on in the future.

We’ve both been having cravings, of course. I’ve been dreaming about a cup of coffee for days… A hot, steaming cup of delicious coffee. I haven’t really been having any particular food cravings. I have stopped browsing Pinterest though. Every time I try, I seem to see a million amazing new recipes that I just want to EAT! Evan, on the other hand, has literally been dreaming about pizza, a burger, and fried seafood. And no, we aren’t starving. We can eat whenever we’re hungry as long as it follows the cleanse guidelines.

We both knew what we were getting into with respect to what we could and could not eat on the cleanse. What we were not ready for was the amount of time required to prepare all of the meals! It’s been rather exhausting. The other day, I actually told Evan that I was tired of cooking. Alas, the countdown is on. Only four days to go…

One of my favorite snacks, even before we started the cleanse, is fresh veggies with hummus. This week, I want to share this great recipe from the cleanse for zucchini hummus. It’s easy to make and will disappear fast!

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You will need zucchini, tahini (ground sesame seeds), fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, and sea salt.

Start by washing 2 medium zucchinis. Remove the ends and chop the rest into approximately 1″ pieces.

DSC01080.1Squeeze 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 2 lemons). Remove the skins from 2 cloves of garlic.

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Next, add the zucchini, lemon juice, garlic cloves, 3/4 cup tahini, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt, and 2 tablespoons cumin to a food processor fitted with an S blade.

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Process until rich and creamy.

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Viola! Enjoy this tasty recipe with your favorite veggies!

Zucchini Hummus

  • Servings: About 3 cups
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Prep time: 10 minutes

2 medium zucchinis, chopped
3/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 tablespoons cumin

1) Wash 2 medium zucchinis. Remove the ends and chop the rest into approximately 1″ pieces. Squeeze 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 2 lemons). Remove the skins from 2 cloves of garlic. Add the zucchini, lemon juice, garlic cloves, 3/4 cup tahini, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt, and 2 tablespoons cumin to a food processor fitted with an S blade. Process until rich and creamy. Enjoy!

*Recipe from “The Conscious Cleanse” by Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez

Appetizers, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian