Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Easter!
Since everyone at the house of Chew Chew Mama has enjoyed way too many peanut and tree nut safe Easter goodies, I decided to post a healthy munchie this Monday. They can’t have chocolate in them all the time, can they?
Today, the Cub and I enjoyed one of our favorite dips – Spinach Hummus. The Cub is actually a great vegetable eater, but the only iron-rich vegetable that he doesn’t love straight up is spinach. So, I occasionally throw it into our hummus and it is always a hit because it gives it an awesome Spring Green Color. Green hummus paired with carrots (just like the Easter Bunny eats!) made a great munchie this afternoon.
I attempted to make a jelly fish, but the cub guessed that it was an octopus…and then a few minutes later he said it was an alien as he exclaimed “Mommy, yook! Chomp toes!” (carrots). Have I mentioned how much I love this boy!
When my husband got home and I showed him the photo, he guessed that it was a crab. So the jury is still out on what shape I actually made…but I think that makes it part of the fun.
The very best part of this munchie is that what ever it was – the Cub ate it all up and asked for more!
So, without rambling on any further, here are the details:
One can of chick peas
4 garlic cloves
sea salt (to taste)
1/4 cup of olive oil
4 tablespoons of plain yogurt (Note: you can substitute the yogurt with Tahini (sesame paste), however some people with peanut allergies are also sensitive to sesame. So get tested for a sesame allergy before you ever jump into sesame paste. In the meantime, stick to what’s safe, the yogurt gives the hummus a much creamier consistency which our Cub loves)
Blend in a blender or food processor until smooth. Then add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of cooked spinach and blend again until smooth. Then enjoy with sliced veggies, crackers, pretzels, chicken (yes, our Cub likes to dip chicken in it) – what ever you like dipping best!
Hummus is easy to make and a great place to add in extra vegetables! One of our other favorites hummus recipes includes broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes, so be sure to experiment with different vegetables and tell me about your creations!
And feel free to take a guess on my hummus creature in the photo above!
Thanks for reading,
Chew Chew Mama