Showing posts with label chickpea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chickpea. Show all posts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Decadent Dip: Pizza hummus

Have you tried making hummus at home? It is really simple if you have a food processor. Rinse off a can of chickpeas, add flavors and blend until smooth. Healthy, quick and versatile. This is a good "gateway" hummus to get your kids on the hummus bandwagon (or eating beans at all bandwagon), and a sneaky way to get them having more whole grains and raw veggies if you use those as your dippers.

Pizza Hummus
This recipe is adapted from the Food Network 
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 16-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or one tablespoon fresh basil)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (or one tablespoon fresh basil)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning blend (or dash of crushed red pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Place chickpeas and all seasoning into a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. If hummus is too thick, add a bit more water until you reach the desired consistency. 
  2. Serve with raw veggies and whole grain crackers to dip, or as an alternative to mayo on a sandwich or in a wrap. Store extras in the fridge.  
I like to use the squeeze tubes of tomato paste so that I don't waste the rest of the can - look in the pasta section of the grocery store, I didn't find this with the rest of the canned veggies.
Add the oregano, basil and the rest of the seasonings and blend until smooth
Serve pizza hummus with whole grain crackers and raw veggies!
Do you have a food processor? It is a great tool for the home cook; you can easily whip up batches of hummus and pesto, use the grater disk to grate all kinds of veggies or firm fruits (like apples). I have an ancient Cuisinart that is still king of the kitchen - it is an investment. The food processor below is well reviewed and is Amazon prime eligible.

Have you checked out Mrs Dash lately? There are so many blends available and the best part is that they're all salt-free. These blends are a great way to add gobs of flavor without adding a nick of salt. This is the one I used in the above recipe. 

You may also like my recipe for Pad Thai Hummus, Balsamic Black Bean Hummus or my Roasted Carrot a L'orange Hummus. Hooray for hummus!

Question for the reader: What crazy flavor of hummus would you like to try? Leave a comment below and thanks for visiting my blog. 

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Decadent Dip: Pad Thai Hummus

Have you tried making hummus at home yet? It is really simple if you have the right tools: either a food processor or powerful blender. Other than that, it is just a matter of finding good seasonings for a can of beans. Way cheaper than what you buy at the store, more delicious and less packaging. Triple win, right?

Dips are a great way to encourage kids of all ages to eat more raw veggies. When you choose a healthy dip like hummus, you're filling up bellies with fiber and protein too. In the time it takes to dial for take out, you can whip up a batch of Thai inspired hummus.

Pad-Thai Hummus
  • 1 16-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (or more, I don't really like the heat to knock my socks off)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered dried ginger (or 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Thai basil (can substitute cilantro)
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoanut oil (0r substitute olive oil)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons flaked sweetened cocoanut
  • 2-4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons of Thai basil (or substitute cilantro)
  • Crushed peanuts, Thai basil and lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Place all ingredients except for thai basil (or cilantro) and water and blend for a full minute or so.
  2. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired hummus reaches the perfect thickness for you. I used 4 tablespoons, but it is up to you!
  3. Add the basil and pulse the food processor until the leaves are chopped. Adding the basil at the end  leaves pretty specks in the hummus.
  4. Scoop your hummus into a serving dish and garnish with lime wedges, crushed peanuts and Thai basil.  
 A note about garnishes: garnishes should serve two purposes - they add to the overall beauty and presentation of your dish, but they should also be a clue as the flavors in the dish. Since this is an unusual flavor of hummus, I used the garnishes to imply a plate of pad Thai. 

You may also like my Roasted Carrot Hummus a l'Orange and Balsamic Black Bean Hummus. Check 'em out!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Super Sandwiches: Curried chickpea sandwich filling

Back to work or back to school? Does your lunchbox need some inspiration? Or are you spending too much money eating out? Here is one quick sandwich filling that is nutritious and delicious and will keep you energized until dinner. The filling isn't too soupy, so it won't make bread mushy.

Curried chickpea sandwich filling

  • 1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup minced onion (green onion or chives would also be good in this filling)
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • dash of hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas and toss into a mixing bowl. Add yogurt, lemon juice and olive oil and smash using a potato masher or the back of a mixing spoon
  2. Add diced veggies and seasonings; taste, and see if they are just right. If not, add a bit more!
  3. To serve, tuck into a whole grain pita, wrap in a small, whole grain tortilla, scoop onto a bed of leafy greens or dip into with some whole grain crackers.  
Gather your ingredients
Smash chickpeas with a potato masher
Add seasonings and diced veggies

Do you have a potato masher in your kitchen? It is a handy multi-tasker that can handle smashing white and sweet potatoes, help to whip up some refried beans and the above recipe. Use the link below if your kitchen is missing this handy-dandy tool; it is well reviewed and amazon prime eligible.

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