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Budda Bowl

½ cup olive oil, divided
½ a sweet potato, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 zucchini, diced
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
¼ cup tahini
2 large avocados, sliced in half and pits removed
Lemon juice
½ cup cooked quinoa

  Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, toss ¼ cup olive oil, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Roast vegetables in a baking tray until tender and golden brown, about 40 minutes.

In a small food processor, combine remaining olive oil, tahini, flesh of 1 avocado and lemon juice; blend. If needed add small amounts of water to thin dressing.

Heat grill to medium-high. Brush flesh of remaining avocado with oil, place cut side down onto grill to char, remove. Cool; remove skin and slice.

Divide quinoa, vegetables and avocado into 2 bowls. Drizzle with avocado tahini. Makes 2 servings.

Recipe courtesy of Del Rey Avocado, RV Aquacates, West park Avocado, Mission Produce

Pumpkin Hummus

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seed kernels, or more to taste
1 pinch paprika

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  Pulse lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add garbanzo beans and olive oil and pulse until smooth. Add pumpkin, cumin, and cayenne pepper; process until well blended. Transfer hummus to a container with a lid and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Fold pumpkin seeds into hummus; garnish with paprika.

Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes

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