Everyone has their go-to snacks that always keep them happy between meals, but sometimes those snacks can get a bit boring. Do you really want to eat another bag of dried pretzels, or chow through another container of that same old yogurt on your lunch break? One great way to change up your snacking routine is to incorporate a dip, and there’s no better dip to try than hummus!
Hummus can be low calorie, depending on what kind you make, which means you’ll see versions of it all over Pinterest. It provides multiple necessary vitamins and minerals while being an easy snack food. If hummus sounds like something you might be interested in, read up on the many kinds of hummus. The following recipes are sure to make your taste buds happy, while promoting good health, too.
White Bean and Toasted Sesame Hummus
This recipe for hummus shakes things up by removing chickpeas. How is that still hummus, you ask? According to Bryan Picard of The Bite House, soaking and processing white beans will still give you that homemade hummus taste, but this version comes with an additional kick: two teaspoons of hot sauce. Give it a try on your favorite trusty flatbread.
Hummus With Lemon and Spinach
For those moments when you want to add a little zest to your diet, try dipping some cucumber sticks into a lemony spinach hummus. Simply throw together six simple ingredients and you’ll puree your way to a delicious snack. It’ll even keep for a day or two in the fridge if you seal it in an air-tight container. Hummus truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
Vegetable and Hummus Pizza
Maybe it’s not snack time but you still want that familiar hummus taste on something more substantial. Try it on some pizza! This recipe is great for those who don’t have a whole lot of time. You can throw some store-bought hummus on your favorite pizza dough (along with your other tasty ingredients) and call it a day. You won’t even have to cheat on your diet.
Avocados have long been a popular food, but it’s not as well known that you can actually combine them with hummus. This insanely easy recipe will have you reaching for the tortilla chips in no time. Season with a little salt, pepper and cumin and you’re good to go. It’ll prove to be wildly loved at those summer barbeques.
Sometimes in the summer, all you want to do is take a vacation, but it’s not always that easy. Instead, bring the vacation to your kitchen with California sun-dried tomato and basil hummus. Grab your favorite hummus, store-bought or homemade, and mix with basil, olive oil and lemon juice before topping with tomatoes. This side will make you feel like you’re dipping your toes in warm West Coast waters by lunch.
Another popular thing to eat right now is Sriracha, so why limit it to meals? Sriracha hummus will take you five minutes to make and is an incredible snack, and you’ll end up with enough for the family to try. The recipe calls for a ¼ cup of Sriracha for starters, but be careful. You might want to start out with a little less and mix in more after a couple tastes.
Portobello and Caramelized Onion Hummus
Why not step up your dip game by adding some caramelized onions? This hummus recipe will go great with Mexican food, because it has enough kick to get your taste buds going without being too overwhelming. Everything gets pureed, so you won’t have to sacrifice hummus texture for a new flavor.
This recipe is for those who have the time to plan ahead. Sunbutter, like peanut butter but made from sunflower seeds, will leave your hummus with a warm, summery taste. Just a touch of lemon juice will keep you and your guests wanting more, which is great, because this hummus will stay good up to four days in the fridge.
If you struggle to get kids to eat new foods, try this hummus out for size. By combining chickpeas peanut butter, honey and your choice of jam, you’ll have a new, sweet hummus to serve. You can even serve it on a sandwich if you run out of chips or need to make a last minute school lunch. Anyone who tries it will be swinging by for seconds in no time.
Smoky Chipotle Hummus
Everyone has moments where nothing will satisfy like a meal from Chipotle. Sadly, you won’t be able to eat out every time one of those moments hits. That’s when you should try eating chipotle hummus at home. This simple hummus recipe will go great with pita bread and veggies!
Hummus is a great food to know how to make. You can pair it with many different sides or even incorporate it into a main meal. It makes almost any foodie happy, but the key is to know how to add your personal touch to it. When following a new hummus recipe, be sure to know your limits with flavoring. Never add more hot sauce or grape jelly than you’re confident will work.
On the same note, never forget to have fun with it, too. After all, if you’re going to make a food that will make you smile, why not have fun while you do it?