Hummus was one of the first “health foods” I fell in love with many moons ago. It was also one of the first recipes I tried from scratch. After realizing how easy it was to make, I was not only hooked on hummus, but could routinely be found carting a tub of my homemade creations to any party I was invited to. People are always impressed when you bring homemade hummus! If you’ve never tried making it before, you’re in for a treat. It’s only a few ingredients and one step. Pop everything into a food processor, blend, and you’re done!
Hummus is loaded with fibre, plant-based protein and healthy fats. It’s an ideal food to fill you up and keep you satisfied without spiking your blood sugar. Obviously, it’s great for dipping, but it’s also fantastic on sandwiches or mixed into soups to give a creamy consistency when skipping dairy. Lately, I’ve been experimenting by blending it with brown rice to make a hearty, dairy-free risotto. Watch out world!
HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN MAKE IMPROVE UPON ALREADY PERFECT HUMMUS
1. BEETROOT HUMMUS
An eye-popping pink that’s actually super-healthy. Beets are nutritional powerhouses. They are loaded with micronutrients and antioxidants and are incredibly liver-supportive. They are also one of the richest sources of glutamine, which is essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract. On top of all that, they have a wonderful sweet flavor that gives this hummus an interesting twist that’ll leave you wanting more.
2. GREEN PEAS HUMMUS
The problem with peas is that the moment they're picked from the pod, their natural sugars start combining and converting into starches. Peas eaten one day out of the pod taste significantly less sweet and more starchy than fresh-picked peas. What does this mean for you? It means that unless you've got a pea plant growing in your backyard, a good, sweet, fresh pea is nearly impossible to come by.
Frozen peas, on the other hand, are rapidly chilled right after shucking, locking their sugars in place. Large vegetables can freeze slowly, encouraging the formation of cell-damaging ice crystals, and ruining their crisp texture. Because of their diminutive size, peas don't suffer from this problem.
3. CREAMY AVOCADO HUMMUS
Here’s how I want to get part of my veggie intake for the day! It’s like guacamole and hummus in one, and it is the smoothest and creamiest hummus I’ve ever had. My whole family loved this, kids included (and that’s saying something, I hated hummus when I was a kid). This can be made in under 10 minutes and it makes for the perfect midday snack. If you make it to take to a party, you likely will be coming home without a drop left. I seriously could not stop eating it and I didn’t have to feel guilty about it since it’s a healthy dip . This definitely beats having potato chips dipped in a mayo loaded ranch dip for an afternoon snack, or that candy bar we like to reach for when we think we are too hungry to wait for dinner. You might just find yourself craving this just as much as guacamole and tortilla chips.
If you’d like the avocado flavor to shine through more you can reduce the tahini slightly but if you want it to have more of a traditional hummus flavor leave it as it is. I did add the cilantro to mine, I just left it off for the pictures so you could see what the hummus looked like better (just in case you were wondering).
4. RED PEPPER HUMMUS
I like to roast my peppers at home as much as I can, but sometimes, I just don’t have the time, so I will buy a jar of the organic ones. Either way, the roasted peppers impart such a lovely sweetness to this hummus and a nice, rich colour. There is a ton of vitamin C and beta-carotene in red peppers, which does become reduced in cooking, but the peppers still retain much of these critical nutrients when roasted and taste uber-delicious.
5.CHEESY DORRITOS HUMMUS
How about a whacky hummus... this one is definitely not for the faint hearted or the purists. Cheesy dorritos hummus is made with an interesting combination of ingredients and that doesnt seem to go well with each other in theory but when combined together it does tastes really good.