Saturday, 1 March 2014

St Patrick's Day Recipes: Hummus

I've mentioned before in my post regarding teaching the kiddo letter recognition that between my husband and I, we live in a trilingual household with about four cultural backgrounds. This means that when it comes to holidays, we have to pick and choose which ones we really pay attention to, especially during the winter months. 

Saint Patrick's day is honestly one of those holidays that is not too important to us, but I do love an excuse to cook up some special, themed foods, or fun activities for the kiddo. This year, that is exactly what I will be doing - no big hoopla, but a few new recipes, and a few Saint Patrick's Day themed activities for the munchkin because... because it's fun! 


Today, I am sharing a healthy green hummus recipe with the upcoming holiday in mind. Oh, yes, it's absolutely delicious, toddler approved, and loaded with all sorts of vitamins! 

St Patrick's Day Recipes:

 Green Hummus




Time


15-20 minutes if using canned chick peas
2 hours 15-20 minutes if using dried chick peas 


Serves


This quantity of ingredients makes about one cup of hummus


Ingredients


  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 cups of chickpeas (dried or canned. If using dried, soak them overnight, wash in the morning, and simmer for about one and a half to two hours until they are soft) 
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice from half of a lemon
  • 1/8 cup of water or bouillon 
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: a handful of fresh chives

Instructions


  • Make sure your chickpeas are soft and ready to be blended
  • Get out your garlic, chop of the flat edges, drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil on the exposed side and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius or 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave the skin on. 
  • After the 10 minutes have passed, remove the garlic from the oven and let cool.
  • At this point, the garlic should easily come out of the peel. Remove the peel and discard.
  • Get out your blender or food processor. Add all of the ingredients. 
  • Blend until you get a smooth and creamy texture.  

I love how the avocado and the greek yogurt add some creaminess and extra flavor to the hummus. 

Roasting the garlic in the oven made the garlic flavour slightly milder than raw garlic. This means that it didn't overpower the hummus, but definitely added a lovely depth of flavour. You could also sprinkle some red chili flakes if you like spice, or smoked paprika powder to really add some flavah! 

I love this as a dip or as a spread on a corn tortilla with a hard boiled egg for breakfast. 


A bonus: my toddler loves loves loves it. I wasn't sure how he would feel about the garlic, but this was definitely a win for us! Then again, this is the same kid that will eat a whole avocado on its own, so I guess adding avocado to anything will instantly make him love it. 


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