What to Eat With (and In) Hummus October 14, 2016

by Jacqueline Parisi Eat
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    We cordially invite you to double dip deep into these four creamy and colorful hummus bowls. Continue reading to discover the special ingredient in each recipe plus genius ideas for what to eat with hummus. 

    Bust out the chickpeas, dust off your blender, and kiss store bought dips goodbye. It’s homemade hummus time.

    Although the base for this thick Middle Eastern spread is standard — cooked chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and olive or sesame oil — it lends itself to an infinite amount of creativity. Some swear by a generous swirl of tahini or a kick of zest, while others can’t fathom the dip without herbs.

    One afternoon a few weeks ago, we asked our chefs to work their magic on this tangy, protein-packed dip. The result? Four vibrant hummus recipes that cover (almost) all the colors of the rainbow thanks to the addition of a little something special in each one.

    And remember! You can’t go wrong, so feel free to experiment by adding or removing whatever you want. You’re the boss. Now say that out loud: I’M THE BOSS. That’s more like it.

    Roasted Beet Hummus

    Blend 1 small roasted beet in a food processor until smooth. Then, add 1 15-oz can mostly drained chickpeas, zest and juice of one large lemon, 2 large garlic cloves, 2 Tablespoons tahini, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend while slowly drizzling in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.

    READ MORE: Luscious Beet Brownies  (yes, brownies.)

    Carrot Hummus

    Blend 1 15-oz can mostly drained chickpeas, 1 pound cooked carrots, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 2 garlic gloves, 3 Tablespoons tahini (optional), 3 Tablespoons harissa paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, and 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.

     Turmeric Hummus

    Blend 1 15-oz can most drained chickpeas, 1.5 teaspoons turmeric, juice of half a large lemon, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

    READ MORE: 4 Healing Recipes with Turmeric

    Green Pea Hummus

    Blend 1/2 cup mostly drained chickpeas, 1 cup green peas, 2 cloves garlic, 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

    Pin and print out this handy guide, bring it with you to the grocery store, and stock up!

    Now that you know what to put in hummus, let’s talk about what to eat with hummus. After all, a dip is only as good as its accompaniment. So take a cue from our chefs and don’t settle for your ordinary corn chips. Instead, stock (and color coordinate) your platter with everything from root vegetable chips to raw carrots, peppers, grape tomatoes, broccoli, and celery.

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