March 1st, 2010

A Revelation: Make a Meal of Hummus!

Last week I left you with a taste of Canada while I was tasting New Orleans. Now that I’m back, you’re probably expecting a post about beignets (our first food stop was Cafe Du Monde!), gumbo (I enjoyed a version made with duck), boudin (I had some at Green Goddess, a wonderful off-the-beaten-path cafe) or some other delicious NOLA specialty. But, instead, I’ve come back with a Mediterranean-inspired quick dinner idea!

My sister and I had big plans to go shopping and out to dinner one night, but were thwarted by uncooperative children who kept me at the hotel way longer than expected. So, instead, she took me to a favorite local spot for a late dinner, some wine and catch up conversation. She did the ordering—I was just happy to be out with her!—and then out came our appetizer, a deliciously loaded hummus platter.

I didn’t think much of it until I started digging in. Creamy hummus topped with chopped cukes, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, roasted garlic (chunky whole cloves!) and shredded rotisserie chicken. Served with warm high-quality pita, the dish was hearty enough to be our main meal. And then it came to me—what a wonderful, healthy, QUICK family dinner (for everyone 8+ months). Why hadn’t I thought of this before?!

So there you have it. I come back to you from New Orleans not with a cajun treat, but with a Mediterranean dinner inspiration. Go figure! With beans, animal protein (optional!) and salad all rolled into one, it’s just too good an idea not to pass along to y’all. Have you made something like this before? Think you’ll try it? I’m going to this week. It’s a perfect just-back-from-vacation-there’s-nothing-in-the fridge meal!

7 Responses

  1. Rosie says:

    Luckily, my just-turned-two-year old loves hummus but any suggestions on how I can get her to not just lick it off of whatever it is dipped in? Doesn’t matter what it is: crudites, pita triangles or crackers-she licks it off every time. I make it from scratch so I don’t worry so much about it not being healthy but I’d love it for be a way to get some additional veggies or grains in her diet. Any advice is appreciated!

    Thanks, Rosie

  2. stacie says:

    I remember that! My ChowBaby went through a similar phase. While I understand you’re hoping that hummus can help encourage consumption of other good-for-you stuff like veggies, I wouldn’t stress it too much. Our kids are good at getting what they need. And hummus–even on its own–is no shabby snack. One idea, though, is to finely chop or shred bell peppers, cukes and/or carrots and mix them into the hummus. Let us know if this works, or if you discover any other techniques!

  3. Rosie says:

    Good idea-thank you!

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  5. Tricia says:

    Great idea re chopping or shredding, but you could also just puree the veggies right in with the beans! I have a recipe for hummus with spinach here: http://drinkofwater.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/green-hummus/ P.S. Great web site! My cousin who’s a friend of yours turned me on to it.

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