Who isn’t always on the search for a great snack food? Something versatile that can be used for both meals and special occasions? One of my favorite solutions for this conundrum is hummus! Hummus isn’t just a great snack food it also works well as a spread in addition to being perfect for lunch boxes, parties, or special occasions such as birthday parties, baby showers, holidays, and so much more.
Nutritionally, hummus is a great source of protein and fiber and as my recipe incorporates extra virgin olive oil it is also a good source of heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. And why would this be important? Because these nutrients promote satiety and stave off hunger. Powerful antioxidants are provided by the fresh garlic, lemon, and peppers as well as the red pepper, cumin, and parsley flakes. Hummus is a nutrient powerhouse and these nutritive values are boosted when fresh ingredients are used.
Helpful tips: To save time you may use minced garlic and lemon juice from the jar or buy the peppers chopped and frozen. It will still be full of nutrients. A medium lemon should yield approximately a quarter cup of lemon juice. After the peppers were roasted in the oven they were placed in a covered glass dish and set aside. This is because the heat promotes steam which causes the skin to loosen further. This makes them so much easier to peel. Keep in mind the seeds are where the heat is found. I prefer to leave the seeds out of my hummus but if you like yours extra spicy, you are welcome to add a few of the seeds.
Enjoy your Hungry Hummus with pita chips (I plan to try to make homemade whole wheat pita bread soon, stay tuned), veggies such as carrots, celery, or cucumbers, and hummus is much more nutritious as a spread on your sandwich or wrap than mayonnaise.