When most people think of hummus, they think of hummus dip, with some veggies or chips on the side for dipping. But hummus is far from limited to just a dipping sauce; it can be a fantastic way to get extra protein in your diet and swap out bad foods for good ones, instantly. Since hummus contains high levels of vitamin C and iron, as well as vitamin B6 and folate, (as well as no cholesterol or saturated fat) many people try to incorporate hummus into their diets as much as possible. If you love hummus, but aren’t sure what else to do with it, check out these 5 recipes with hummus, for some great alternative hummus ideas:
1. Breakfast of Champions
Hummus contains vital amounts of protein and lysine, and can really give your the boost you need in the morning. In fact, two spoon fulls of hummus alone can fulfill your required bean intake for the week. Instead of toast with butter or bagels topped with fatty cream cheese, swap out your spread for hummus spread. There are many different flavors of hummus (roasted red pepper, garlic, black bean, basil pesto hummus, just to name a few), so you won’t ever grow bored with this simple breakfast.
2. Lunch Recipes with Hummus Spread
If you pack your lunch for work, chances are, you bring some sort of sandwich along with you. Hummus can help you feel fuller, without loading up on more bread or mayo. Swap our your mayo, mustard, or dressing for hummus and add a new kick to your tired, old sandwich. Hummus also works great on its own, as a base for a veggie wrap, and even as a salad dressing.
3. Hummus Chicken Salad
The next time you attend a BBQ, cookout, or potluck, whip up a fresh batch of hummus chicken salad. Using hummus, chicken, salt, pepper, celery, peppers, and other vegetables or seasonings to taste, your unique spin on chicken salad is sure to be the hit of the party.
4. Did Someone Say Pizza?
If you love veggie pizzas or are up for trying new types of pizzas, using hummus instead of sauce is an experiment you’re bound to love. Just make sure you add like flavors. If you use red pepper hummus, add some green peppers, onions, and jalapenos. If you’re using garlic and herb hummus, add your favorite protein, mushrooms, green peppers, and olives.
5. Flavorful Chicken or Fish
Add some new flavor to your meals by covering poultry or fish with hummus and adding nuts, olives, or peppers on top before baking. Not only is this a delicious spin on plain chicken or fish, but it will also ensure you feel full for longer, preventing late night snacking.
Recipes with hummus expand before just hummus dip recipes. Try new ways to incorporate this healthy spread in your life.