May 13th is National Hummus Day! Celebrate with this Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip. Disclosure: I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
While it is perfectly acceptable to simply open a container of Sabra hummus and dive right in, to celebrate National Hummus Day, did you know hummus is very versatile in the kitchen?
Hummus = Happiness
I’ve recently been loving adding hummus to dressing and marinades. It adds great flavor and helps thicken it to create a creamy dressing. I recently made a lemon hummus tahini dressing for a grilled caesar salad recipe. So good!
Hummus is also an interesting idea for a coating in place of your typical dredging mixture. Next time you bread chicken cutlets, skip the milk and egg mixture and roll in a thin layer of hummus, then coat in a crunchy topping.
Don’t stop there! Hummus is also great in dip recipes to replace saturated fats with a heart-healthy plant-based protein hummus. A traditional warm spinach dip has at least one or a mixture of these calorically dense ingredients: cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream. This Cheesy Hummus Spinach dip is just as creamy with swapping in hummus instead.
What is your favorite Sabra hummus flavor? My top three favorites are the classic, roasted red pepper, and olive tapenade. I recently saw a lemon twist flavor that I definitely need to try.
A classic B.L.T. with a little twist! Adding the “A” (avocado) and a creamy spread takes this average BLT up a notch. Don’t skip out on quality ingredients when you assemble this sandwich. I received free samples of Sabra Spreads mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Have you seen the new Sabra spreads hit the shelves at your local grocery store? I was excited when Sabra sent me all three flavors to experiment with in the kitchen. The flavors are honey mustard, garlic herb, and sea salt and cracked pepper. I had so many recipe ideas running through my head. These spreads will definitely be making an appearance here in the future. With these fresh ingredients and flavors the new Sabra spreads will become a staple condiment in my refrigerator. When it comes to a BLT, you need quality ingredients. I decided just a BLT just wouldn’t suffice and needed a little extra flavor. I turned it into a B.A.L.T. with slices of avocado. I love sandwiches when you can really taste all ingredients in every layer.
To build your perfect B.A.L.T. you have to start out with quality bread. I like a hearty whole wheat bread. Next, comes the bacon. Not all bacon is created equally. Look for pork shoulder bacon, it is a much leaner choice. Pork shoulder comes from a leaner part of the pig (the shoulder) which contains less fat than pork belly, which majority of bacon comes from. Then comes the avocado. You can mash it. I decided to keep it as slices. Whatever you like best! The lettuce I chose was a Boston bib lettuce. The leaves are tender. If you prefer more of a crunch, go for romaine. Of course, this jersey girl has to choose a juicy plump jersey tomato sliced on top.
The part that ties it all together is the Sabra spread. This is a much healthier choice than adding mayo as a condiment. The new Sabra spreads contain 75% less fat than mayo and are convenient for sandwiches now that it is in a squeeze bottle. Of course you can add any of the new flavors, but I wanted to keep it in the simple side and added the sea salt and cracked black pepper.
Kick up the flavor and feel good about eating these Mediterranean Hummus Wraps at your next tailgate party.
“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
In the fall, football lovers Sunday’s are dedicated to football. There is always a rivalry on Sunday (or Thursday and Mondays – so much football!) in my house. I am a big NY Giants fan and Adrian is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. But we have one big thing in common.. we don’t like the Dallas Cowboys. We have gone to a few Giants/Eagles game together which has been fun, but always at Metlife stadium (where the giants play, if ya didn’t know). When you are on Giants turf and you’re wearing Eagles gear you will get taunted haha!
This year Adrian and I are playing in a survivor pool. Pick a different winner of one pro football game each week. Win, and live to pick again the next week. Lose, and you are eliminated. We are hanging in there so far. We picked the Jets this week to win. Cross your fingers for us! The pool started with 30+. Now there are only 15 people left.
With football viewing comes snacks. Dating a dietitian is a good guarantee that healthy snacks be included. Typical football grub like wings, creamy dips, pizza, etc. which can leave you feeling weighed down. Many of those food are heavy with saturated fats.
I’m going a little Mediterranean with this recipe to trim back on saturated fats and include heart healthy unsaturated fats instead. Sabra is the Official Dips Sponsor of the NFL which is fitting that hummus is our power player for this recipe. With its combination of chickpeas, sesame seeds (tahini) and healthy fats, hummus can be part of an eating pattern for health, including the well established Mediterranean diet.
Nine out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough vegetables each day, including nutrient-rich beans. Sabra is encouraging everyone #TwoSpoons of hummus a day. Just two spoonfuls a day will fulfill your bean recommendation for the week. How easy is that? Hummus can be versatile in your kitchen. Enjoy simply as dip for veggies, use as a spread in place of mayo, use to make a creamy dressing, or even to thicken soups in place of cream.
On a large baking sheet, add the red bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, mixing occasionally.
On each wrap, add 2 tbsp of hummus. Layer the roasted vegetables, katamala olives, and feta cheese. Roll up and cut into 4 pieces. 2 pieces per serving.
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What NFL team are you rooting for? For more tailgating hummus inspiration, check out the recipes below by fellow Recipe Reduxers:
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