Spring Recipes With Your New Favorite Kitchen Tool

By: Pain Management Center of Houston | Published 04/13/2021

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We are in full Spring in Texas! Which really means… lots of sunshine, blooming flowers, and a couple of windy weekends. This weather calls for some cool appetizers. We’ve gathered a few recipes that require one nifty kitchen tool to blend ‘em all together! 

Have you ever used a hand blender? Also known as an immersion blender, this tool can stand in for bulky countertop blenders when you’re needing a quick blend! Another plus… it is so much easier to clean. Here are a couple of hand blender options worth looking into!

Now let’s put it to work! 

For starters… How about a quick Salsa Verde?

Ingredients

  • 10 tomatillos de-husked and quartered
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and sliced in half
  • 2 garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 1 poblano chile seeded and sliced in half
  • 1/3 fresh cilantro stems removed
  • 2 tbsp lime juice approx. 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to high and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place the tomatillos, jalapeño, poblano, and unpeeled garlic cloves on the baking sheet and place into the oven to broil for 5-10 minutes, or until nicely charred.
  3. Transfer everything to a blender, along with fresh cilantro leaves, lime juice, and sea salt.
  4. Blend with a hand blender until smooth.

Nothing says Spring like a Homemade Hummus!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice approx. 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons water as needed
  • paprika for garnish
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds for topping

Instructions

  1. In a deep bowl, add the drained chickpeas or garbanzo beans, freshly squeezed lemon juice, tahini, a small clove of garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, sea salt, and tamari.
  2. Blend together until smooth. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water as needed to help form consistency.
  3. To make the toasted sesame seeds, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Toss for 4-6 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  4. Serve the hummus with a drizzle of olive oil on top, the toasted sesame seeds and sprinkle of paprika.

 

Comment below if you’d like to see more seasonal recipes! 

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