One of the questions I’m frequently asked is what kind of foods are good as a healthy snack or easy light lunch. Dips with lots of veg crudités can be an excellent choice, especially if home made, and light on creamy ingredients. This one is a corker, based on tahini, so it’s creamy, rich and fresh.

Using a sesame seed paste instead of chickpeas adds an additional nutrient profile when chickpeas (as a salad or main meal side dish) feature in your weekly eating, as they should in a varied diet. Tahini is an amazing source of crucial nutrients in significant proportions like magnesium, calcium and iron, with a balanced polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat content. Veg like courgettes or roasted aubergine flesh create texture and get in some more good stuff, with coriander, lime and garlic adding an exotic flavour edge. Dip away with pitta strips, crudités, cherry tomatoes, and greens like tenderstem broccoli or asparagus (lightly steamed or raw) Bursting with flavour and nutrients, you can’t get a much better snack than this….

Tahini and Coriander Hummus

75g tahini
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 large courgette, chopped (the scooped out flesh of a roasted aubergine could be used here, or use both)
50 mls of oil (organic rapeseed, extra virgin olive oil or a mixture)
juice of 2 limes
a large bunch of coriander, chopped

Place all the ingredients in a blender, whizz up until smooth, season to taste, and enjoy!

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