Celebrate International Hummus Day with a Twist

PHOTO: EMILY COOPER, RD, LD

Editor’s note: Tomorrow, May 13th, is International Hummus Day. If you’re a fan of this healthful spread and dip, below is a recipe to help you celebrate, or you can find more delicious variations here!


So you make a pizza. Veggies, cheese and a smothering of sauce. But does anyone out there actually use the whole jar of pizza sauce? If you answered yes, you, my friend, are a rare breed.

I on the other hand always end up with half a jar of pizza sauce buried deep in the fridge door, discovered a month later when I make the rare reach for a bottle of Worcestershire. Except now it has grown a spiffy white furry coat.

Instead of letting that sad jar never see another disc of dough in its lifetime, why not give it a new spreadable, edible persona?  Most people like pizza and also enjoy hummus, so I thought I would combine the two into one fabulous food.

My recipe is below, but the sky’s the limit to what you could add to this: roasted veggies, fresh herbs, even feta!


Pizza Hummus Recipe

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can drained and rinsed chickpeas
  • ½ 15-ounce jar pizza or marinara sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add all ingredients except diced tomatoes.
  2. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl 1 or 2 times.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and stir in diced tomatoes.
  4. Serve with pita chips, chopped veggies or spread on wrap or sandwich.
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Emily Cooper, RD, LD, is a New Hampshire-based dietitian whose health and wellness blog, Sinful Nutrition, features recipes, fitness, and all things health related. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.