Eat This Recipe: Hummus

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etr-hummus-featureHummus doesn’t get enough credit. When made at home with the right ingredients, it’s a flavorful, versatile spread packed with fiber, protein and a ton of vitamins. It doesn’t have to be that sad, cement-like excuse for a dip you’ll find sitting untouched on the snack table at your cousin’s graduation party. (Sorry, Aunt Judy – someone HAD to say it.)

When it comes to your meal plan, hummus easily fits in as part of a main dish, like this Hummus Veggie Sandwich, and as a snack, like Olive Hummus with Carrots. All you really need to make hummus is chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste), but as the following recipes prove, hummus is well suited for a variety of flavor profiles. What’s your favorite type of hummus?

Spinach Feta and Dill Hummus – If you’re struggling to add more greens in your diet, this hummus is a good option. The full recipe contains two cups of spinach, but instead of tasting murky as spinach can, the feta and dill round out the flavor nicely.

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Nutritional info: One serving = 22.5g Carbs, 18g Fat, 13.4g Protein, 291.4 Calories

Roasted Beetroot Hummus – This recipe is just as delicious as it is colorful. The rich, earthiness of the beets are balanced well against the lemons. You could even add a little mint to make it even brighter.

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Nutritional info: One serving = 17.3g Carbs, 22.1g Fat, 4.9g Protein, 272.5 Calories

Thai Peanut Hummus & Celery – After trying this, you’ll wonder why you ever gave plain hummus the time of day. Sriracha provides a slight kick of spice while the peanuts, honey, ginger and cilantro give it a true Thai flavor.

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Nutritional info: One serving = 25.7g Carbs, 11.5g Fat, 9.5g Protein, 231.5 Calories

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