Turkey and Hummus-Wrapped Pears

Start the new year off right with an easy-to-make, delicious, healthy and party-ready appetizer: pears wrapped in hummus and turkey.
Related To:

It’s almost 2013 -- make this the year you try new and exciting gluten-free recipes. Why not play on your flavor palate by combining fresh and delicious ingredients? One of my favorites is organic sliced turkey, hummus and pears: it’s not exactly the most common of food combinations but when wrapped together, it can be one of the tastiest!

Pears and hummus are both common go-to gluten-free foods. If you're gluten-free or have Celiac disease, it's important to purchase gluten-free turkey, such as Applegate Farms and gluten-free hummus such as Sabra to ensure you are making a safe and healthy gluten-free meal you can enjoy. Also included in this recipe is one of my favorite fruits, pears, which are deliciously sweet and nutritious, not to mention they are a rich source of essential vitamins and dietary fiber. Still not convinced? If you’re worried the subtle flavors of turkey and hummus may make for a bland meal, you are surely in for a treat. The addition of chili powder ( one of my favorite gluten-free condiments), ground pepper and orange zest will add the satisfying tang you are looking for.

This recipe also serves as a perfect party platter to supply at your New Year’s get-togethers, and will continue to make a perfect snack or appetizer all year round. Now that's something to feel good about!

Turkey and Hummus-Wrapped Pears
Serves 4
Ingredients
8 slices gluten-free turkey, such as Applegate Farms
1/4 cup prepared hummus
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
4 pears, sliced into 4 pieces
Directions

Cut each slice of turkey in half.

In a small bowl, combine hummus, chili powder, pepper and sea salt. Spread chili powder mixture on top of pears and wrap each pear slice with 1/2 slice turkey, securing ends with a toothpick and serve.

Next Up

Have You Tried Teff?

Learn more about this lesser-known grain

Gluten-Free Ricotta-Onion Pizza

Make a pear, arugula and ricotta-topped pizza for a holiday appetizer or as a non-traditional holiday meal.

Ricotta "Sundaes" With Gluten-Free Granola

Instead of curling up with a pint of ice cream, make a lighter "sundae" instead: use creamy low-fat ricotta and your favorite sundae toppings, like dried fruit and chocolate chips.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: Taking the long view of the diets du jour; growing up on raw foods; and having a complicated relationship with diet soda.

Gluten-Free Diets: Good or Bad?

Seems like everyone is buzzing about gluten free. Gluten-free products and diet books are flooding the marketplace and celebrities are swearing by their anti-gluten lifestyles. So what’s this really all about? Does going gluten free hold the key to better health and weight loss success? Get the facts.

Win These Gluten-Free Cookbooks!

We're giving away one copy each of Gluten-Free Cupcakes and The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook to five randomly-selected commenters.

Taste Test: Gluten-Free Stuffings

We ranked the top gluten-free stuffings out there on nutrition, taste and cost. Find out which one to cook on Thanksgiving for your gluten-free family.  

Taste Test: Gluten-Free Crackers

We tasted your favorite brands of gluten-free crackers and picked our favorites.

Winter Mornings Call for Hot Breakfast!

Winter's chill calls for a hot, healthy breakfast. Try these today!