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We are a huge fan of hummus. We can easily eat one 8-ounce package a day. We often make a meal of hummus and crudités. It’s a nutritious* meal when we don’t want to cook or eat anything more elaborate.
But there’s so much more to do with this versatile spread than dipping vegetables or pita chips, or garnishing falafel. Here are some of the ways we’ve used it. Feel free to add your own!
20+ WAYS TO USE HUMMUS BEYOND DIPPING
Hummus For Breakfast
In an omelet with diced tomatoes, olives, bell pepper, onions, mushrooms or other favorite.
On a breakfast tostada, topped with sautéed greens and a fried egg.
In scrambled eggs or omelets: Stir a spoonful of hummus into the beaten eggs.
On an English muffin sandwich with fried, scrambled or hard-boiled eggs and some raw spinach or arugula leaves.
On toast or bagels, instead of butter or cream cheese.
Serve crunchy hummus cucumber cups with wine or cocktails. Photo courtesy Eat Well Enjoy Life.
*Hummus is loaded with vitamins and minerals: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc; vitamins B6, C, E, folate, K and thiamin (B1); plus 20 essential amino acids. It is low glycemic. Calories are 27 per tablespoon, according to Caloriecount.about.com.
Use hummus on a sandwich instead of mustard or mayo, and check out these 20+ variations on a hummus sandwich.
Hummus For Lunch Or Dinner
As a healthier sandwich spread, instead of mayo (or mix some mayo into the hummus). Check out our 20+ ways to make a hummus sandwich.
In tuna, chicken or egg salad instead of mayo.
On a turkey burger or veggie burger.
On flatbread or pizza, with artichoke hearts, mozzarella or jack cheese, olives or sautéed vegetables—bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes. Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes; top with fresh herbs.
As a garnish for grilled or roasted fish, lamb, pork, portabello mushrooms or poultry. Alternatively, spread a light coat of garlic hummus, olive oil and sea salt over the protein before cooking.
As a sauce for kebabs.
In a vegetable pasta salad, instead of mayonnaise.
As a sauce for hot pasta: toss with hummus and season with cracked black pepper and fresh chives or parsley.
As a salad dressing: Mix with vinegar, and salt and pepper.
On a crouton (toast a slice of baguette) with a salad or bowl of soup.
Hummus For Appetizers & Snacks
On a mixed appetizer plate: Mediterranean inspired with babaganoush, tabbouleh, feta and Greek olives; or with conventional favorites like pickled beets and other pickled vegetables, three bean salad, deviled eggs, etc.
In deviled eggs: Mix the yolks with hummus instead of mayo; or stuff them entirely with hummus.
As a filling for an avocado half.
In stuffed mushrooms and any variety of hors d’oeuvre.
Dessert hummus (recipes).
Hummus ice cream (recipe).
Hummus For Dessert
These should keep you in hummus heaven for a while.
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