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Charcoal, hemp and crickets add flavorful nutrients to hummus, dressing & more

Catering team Kathleen and Charlie Schaffer are stopping by TODAY to share a few of their favorite healthy recipes featuring surprising, yet nutritious, ingredients.

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Cricket hummus and other recipes with surprising health benefits

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Cricket hummus and other recipes with surprising health benefits

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They show us how to make cheesy arancini with activated charcoal, creamy hummus with cricket powder and a flavorful salad dressing with miso and hemp.

Black Forbidden Rice Arancini
Forbidden Rice Arancini
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30-40 rice balls
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"The color of the black rice with the digestive charcoal is surprising and the flavor is deep and rich so it's fun to see the reaction — and skepticism — on people's faces before they bite it and react to the delicious taste."

Healthy Roasted Cricket Hummus
Kathleen & Charlie Schaffer's Roasted Cricket Hummus
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"Cricket powder lends a nutty flavor to this hummus that compliments the sesame and hemp. Plus, it provides an extra punch of protein."

Hemp-Miso Vinaigrette
Hemp Miso Vinaigrette
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makes 2 cups
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"Hemp is versatile, nutritious and nutty in flavor. I love the flavor of miso — it adds a deep earthiness or 'umami' flavor to recipes."

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