Goat Cheese with Cumin and Mint

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I am part of something new and exciting this week.  Seven fellow food writers are joining together for a “Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner Party”  and you are invited to attend!  Each of us will be offering recipes every day this week comprising an entire holiday meal. You will have several options for each category, depending on taste and food combinations.  Yesterday we started with beverages at Whole Life Nutrition and Gluten Free Organics.  Today I will be presenting an appetizer, along with two more from Book of Yum and Gluten Free Organics.

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Hummus for All Seasons

I am constantly playing with variations of hummus.  This middle-eastern spread is such an easy and versatile dish, not to mention high in fiber and protein (but you know I will;-). In my recent “Healthy Holiday Appetizers” class at Whole Foods, I shared a hummus recipe using roasted red peppers, for color and a twist in flavor. I have used pumpkin and kale as additives, curry and black beans…all depending on what’s in season.  But today I thought we’d start with this foundation adding a little extra lemon for a boost of vitamin C…and zip to every bite.

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Cilantro and Arugula Pesto

There is much to celebrate this week.  Summer solstice, Father’s Day, and the end of school (not for me yet.) Even though the days are now getting shorter, summer solstice is a wonderful transition of seasons. My herb garden is loving the switch from spring to summer, especially the basil and chives.  And herbs provide so much more than just wonderful flavors.  They offer a full array of health benefits and act as ‘booster foods’ when combined with butter or olive oil as vibrant summer toppings…

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Mediterranean Guacamole

Guacamole is one of those foods that doesn’t photograph well, but then it doesn’t last long, either.  This dish came about as I was playing with different flavors while trying to expand a classic favorite.  The extra ingredients offer more fiber, protein and texture. Scoop out an avocado and save the shell as a serving dish.  Mix together as follows…

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