Happy International Hummus Day! Who loves hummus? Hummus is my go-to snacking, grazing food. Particularly when I am in the throes of a heavy writing or creative project, I grab hummus and keep going which is why I have multiple variations. No tahini needed, although you can feel free to add it. I like it both ways although when I am making it homemade, I tend to skip the tahini. Pitas, cucumber rounds, broccoli bites, celery stalks, grapes, there are plenty of delicious and healthy delivery systems.
Chickpeas are an all natural, easy, economical Superfood. They are packed with complex carbohydrates (good for diabetics!), high protein and fiber, and they help balance cholesterol. Now we know why chickpeas are a common occurrence in the Mediterranean diet. Chickpeas also have high levels of iron, zinc, folate, phosphorus, and B vitamins which are really important for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Add more chickpeas to your diet for increased energy and nutritional benefits.
An easy way to get more chickpeas goodness? Hummus, of course …
Homemade beet hummus took me about three minutes to make and it was a huge hit when I served it at Christmas. Of course, the color is an eye-catching beet red and I garnished with green pepitas. Since it was last minute, I cheated and used canned organic beets, but I made it later with fresh roasted beets and “swoon” is a good description.
Avocado Hummus – I had two Hass avocados that needed using and a can of garbanzo beans sitting on the counter. Two garlic cloves, juice of one lemon, and two minutes in the food processor later, I had a fabulous healthy snack that made my body do a Happy Hungry Goddess dance! At Whole Foods, I snagged the BOGO Veggie Chips from 365 (NON-GMO Certified too) and I got my salty crunch for 30% less fat and NO GMO’s. Sorted.
Lemon Basil Hummus is heaven in a bowl. I had this gorgeous bunch of basil from the Green Market and turning it into a no tahini hummus seemed like the most sensible action. Quick hummus recipes are simple and addictive – are you hooked yet? You should also try roasted Chickpeas which are like popcorn that is really good for you – sprinkle come spices and roast them!
Parsnip Hummus with Tahini – I made this for Thanksgiving since hummus with a seasonal flair seemed like a great idea. Parsnips are naturally sweet so it offsets the more bitter tahini perfectly. I popped some pine nuts and Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top and it was delicious! Serve with some grilled carrots, tiny heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and grapes for a worthy feast at the holidays or anytime.
Lemon and Turmeric Hummus with tahini makes this a bright hummus recipe! The fresh turmeric took the flavor to the next level and fresh veggies were the go-to for snacking on this hummus.
What are your favorite hummus recipes?