Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Peanut Butter Hummus

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get snack fatigue. Trying to come up with new exciting and healthy ideas for the boy (and me!) can be exhausting, and even irritating. Faced with a near constant barrage of “I’m hungryyy!” every five minutes when the kid just ate is enough to drive anyone insane and drain all creative abilities. Thankfully my Mom has an arsenal of healthy snack ideas from when my brother and I were young-- and this one comes from her!

Hummas is great because it meets my healthy snack requirements, and you can dip a whole bunch of different vegetables into it, which makes it an easy way to get kids eating veggies and encourages them to try new ones. Hayden loves it with cucumber and carrots. This recipe is a great alternative if you don't have tahini paste on hand, although tahini paste works just as well.

I'm going to be posting more healthy snack ideas, and I'd love to hear yours, too!

from my mom

4 cloves garlic
1 can chick-peas, drained
¼ cup peanut butter (or tahini paste)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil (actually I use more!)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cumin (again I use more)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)

Mince garlic in food processor, add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings. *

*Maybe a bit more lemon juice, water and/or more olive oil.  I usually add while the processor is on.

Brush pita bread with olive oil and broil until lightly toasted or serve with vegetables, or bread.


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