For several weeks now over the holiday season, most of us have gorged out on chocolates, candies and numerous decadent treats. We’ve finally reached our fill line and now it’s time to reboot our metabolism with healthier options for New Year’s Eve. There is no better way to close one year and open another than with some wholesome yet delicious foods, snacks, and dips.
No party is complete without a tray of fresh veggies and several dips to choose from. Our favorite dip or spread is hummus, and there are so many versions. You can make hummus from classic to roasted to zesty recipes. We love them all. Hummus is not only delicious, but it’s also good for you. Chickpeas are high in protein, rich in minerals like manganese, high in vitamins like folate, and have lots of fiber.
- 1 15 oz canned chickpeas drained, rinsed
- 3 - 4 tbsp tahini
- 1 - 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 - 2 cloves garlic peeled
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- pinch sea salt and black pepper
- 1/4 cup water - more if you need
- Add all ingredients in your blender and pulse until evenly blended.
- If you want a thinner hummus, just add small amounts of water at a time.
Another of our favorites is Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. It’s just so scrumptious, you can’t stop eating it. Ideal for a vegetable and cracker dip or as a pizza and sandwich spread. It’s full of flavor and is considered a healthy munch food. If you’re looking to make a low-fat version, you can substitute the olive oil for low-fat plain yogurt.
Hummus recipes are aplenty in cookbooks and on the internet. You can find a multitude of different variations that include other vegetables, beans, spices, herbs, lentils and even some fruit options. There are also some exotic recipes that call for unique ingredients, but we like to keep it simple. We’re fond of the basic recipe and make it quite often.
Hummus is such a versatile food; you can take it to work, pack it in a picnic basket or serve it at any function. It’s a party favorite and this New Year’s Eve, we’ll be serving several of our favorite flavors to friends and family.