Smoked Butternut Squash Hummus

This fall friendly variation of hummus is packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats and beta-carotene, a breast cancer deterrent, as well as other good-for-you nutrients.

Ingredients:

2-3 cups cubed butternut squash

1/4 cup olive oil, divided

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon honey

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons tahini

2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 garlic cloves

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 400.

2.  In a small bowl combine butternut squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, oregano, honey, salt and pepper.  Toss to combine.

3.  Arrange squash on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender.

4.  Combine squash with remaining ingredients and puree in a food processor.  Add water to think to desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper.

Katie Cavuto MS, RD

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