Hummus, A Staple Ingredient
Hummus is a household staple for me because I love it and use it all the time. I use hummus so much that I wanted to share with you some of the ways I use it around the house. It’s vegan, gluten free, no sugar, healthy, kid friendly, picky eater friendly. It’s practically perfect.
I do make my own hummus, which is really pretty easy and delicious. I’ll be posting a recipe soon on how to make a base hummus and some variations so stay tuned for that.
But I also buy store bought. To me, it’s not a cop out. My rule for buying things vs. making them from scratch is that if it either makes me less anxious or is as good or better than something I can make myself, buy it. Who cares? For my own food prep, I usually have other things going on and making hummus every week just isn’t on my list of things I absolutely want to do every time. I also host a lot of dinners, and store bought hummus is one less thing I have to think about, which means more time for the other components I’m cooking, and more visiting with my friends. Here are some of my go-to options for store bought hummus:
Get Creative With Your Hummus
You know hummus & carrots and hummus & pretzels, but there are so many more things you can do with it that maybe you didn’t realize.
Hummus bowls for dinner. Spread out a big scoop of hummus at the bottom of a bowl. Add any combination of: greens, grains (rice/quinoa), roasted vegetables, meat (not necessary), tzatziki sauce, hot sauce, onions, cucumbers, pickles, roasted garlic.
Use it to thicken things. Once I was in a pinch with making a soup and didn’t have anything to thicken it up. I poked around the fridge and saw hummus in there. After scooping a big spoonful into my soup and giving it a few stirs, it thickened to just the consistency I was looking for, and added a bit of creaminess that you don’t get from other thickeners.
Individual packs for on the go. Kirkland brand individual packs are my favorite. We take them to work or pack on road trips and don’t have to worry about wasting any from a large tub.
Appetizer platter for hosting. I love to host dinners, and one of my life-saving tips is to always have out a hummus platter. It’s easy to get behind in the kitchen, and a hummus platter is perfect as something for folks to munch on without ruining their dinner appetite. Often times, I’ll use store bought humus to save myself from stressing out about having to make too many things. I do a simple arrangement on a large platter, putting the hummus in the middle and make a well in the middle to fill with good olive oil. Maybe I’ll sprinkle some zatar or cumin on top and then serve it with carrots, zucchini, red bell peppers, pickled vegetables, olives, piquillo peppers, etc.
Make a dressing. It’s thick already, I sometimes mix hummus in a small bowl with a little balsamic vinegar and water to make a really quick, really flavorful dressing.
Variation for deviled eggs. Egg yolk + hummus? Yes please. Maybe add a little extra lemon juice to give it a nice zing. Or add a kalamata olive on top.
Up your sandwich game. You don’t need meat when you’ve got hummus. Or if you want meat, hummus tastes great with it. One of my favorite sandwiches or wraps is hummus, avocado, sliced apple (for crunch) and a fried egg.
Make lettuce tacos. For a lunch or light dinner, you can spread hummus on bib lettuce and add something like grilled shrimp and my super easy broccoli slaw.
Eat a spoonful of it. Who says you have to put it on something. It’s good just by itself too. I also do this with dark chocolate hummus if I’m craving a something sweet.
Dessert hummus platter. Alongside pretzels, strawberries, sliced apples, or whatever you like. This is a great option for when you’re hosting and don’t want to spend a lot of time on a dessert option. Or if you need to bring a dessert to something and don’t have time to bake. It’s one of those types of desserts that’s great for any gathering because it’s not bad for you. A lot of people can enjoy it, even if they’re trying to watch their diet, eat light, or whatever.
I hope this inspires you to use hummus in new ways, or at least makes you want to put it on your grocery list. And I’d love to hear from you about your favorite ways to use hummus.