Makes 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) Chickpea Spread and 2 cups (500 mL) Creamy Yogurt Cheese
When a meal is this colourful, easy to prepare, and eminently adaptable, how could it not be the best lunch ever? Women in their midlife and beyond need increased levels of vitamin B12. These delicious spreads build the foundations for colourful, nutritional toppings that fill your meal with vitamin B12 benefits.
DID YOU KNOW? Many health professionals will advise taking a supplement to be sure vitamin B needs are met—particularly for vegetarians or vegans.
In food processor or high-speed blender, add chickpeas, yeast, lemon juice, and seasonings. Whirl on and off at high speed until crumbly. Add 1/4 cup (60 mL) water and continue to whirl at high speed, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl with spatula. Add a little more water if needed, until mixture is very smooth and creamy and of spreadable consistency. Transfer to tightly covered container and refrigerate until ready to use. It can be refrigerated for up to a week.
Line fine-meshed sieve with several layers of cheesecloth. Straddle sieve over top of bowl, leaving a generous space between the bottom of the bowl and the sieve. Spoon yogurt into lined sieve. Place in refrigerator for up to 2 days, until yogurt has drained out liquid whey, leaving a thickened yogurt cheese in sieve. Discard whey or store in refrigerator and use for another recipe, such as in baking. Transfer yogurt cheese to clean bowl and stir in remaining ingredients to blend. Transfer to tightly covered container and store in refrigerator for up to a week.
To serve, spread chickpea mixture or seasoned yogurt cheese on sliced bread and garnish with desired toppings.
This recipe is part of the 4 Delectable Recipes That Are Amazing for Women's Health collection.
Pears and chocolate make for a very natural friendship and play together beautifully in this plant-based, dairy-free cake. This cake is dense and rich, with a medley of spices, and enhanced by just a hint of espresso powder, which allows that chocolate flavour to shine through. In addition to slices of pears being laid on top, this cake employs some pear purée to add moisture and sweetness to the slightly nutty texture provided by the whole wheat flour. Pear primer A firm pear such as Bosc, recognizable by its distinctive dusty brown skin, is perfect for this dish. When eaten raw, Bosc pears are crisp and not too sweet. When baked, this variety softens up and its flavours are enhanced, but it maintains its characteristic long-necked, graceful shape. Unlike a Bartlett pear, which turns from green to bright yellow when ripe, Bosc pears don’t change much in colour when ripe. Give it a little nudge with your thumb near the neck of the pear and it will give slightly—that’s how you know you’ve got a ripe one. Compared to other pears, Bosc will still be quite firm.
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