Our appetites are still small and nit-picky going into Fall since the summer season had us trained for healthy eating. Dig into a light and easy appetizer with one of our favorite hummus recipes and ditch the overly full feeling. Pile on the toppings to turn this foundational staple into a simple creation to suit any mood.
Health Benefits of Chickpeas
Whenever we get on a recipe kick, we focus on the health benefits of key ingredients—in this case, the chickpea. One of the best things about hummus recipes is that they can actually aid with digestion. Chickpeas are high in dietary fiber and soluble fibers are so good for keeping your body feeling naturally cleansed. Serve up snack-sized portions during your next party and your guests can fill up without feeling overly stuffed.
Perfect for sharing, you can make several batches of hummus and change up the toppings to provide some variety. We like to present hummus recipes with homemade pita chips lining the platter. Use vegetables in season this month to give your body the nutrients it craves. Add toppings like banana peppers, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese for a seaside escape in your mouth.
Add Fall Flavors
Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are mild enough that they work well with a multitude of flavors. We like hummus recipes that include health-boosting ingredients like squash or avocado. Butternut squash and chickpeas are both known to assist with weight loss. They are both low-calorie so you can dig in and feel full without overly gorging yourself.
Fruity and Fancy
You can also ditch the savory ingredients for something a little sweeter. Add berries and seasonal fruits to your hummus recipes to lighten things up a bit. We also like recipes that combine spicy jalapeno for some serious flavor explosion. A great alternative to our blackberry salad, this combo is not for the faint of heart!
Don’t forget to use leftover hummus as a spread! Make extra big batches of hummus recipes so you can continue to enjoy the creamy spread on toast or sandwiches. This would make an excellent foundation for any avocado toast.
Best Science Project in the Kitchen
Hummus is so easy to experiment with and it’s very difficult to make a mistake with it. Homemade hummus is super easy and requires little to no effort. Get out your food processor, add a few key ingredients and then you’ve got a proper canvas to paint on. These recipes are great to start the creative juices flowing.