It’s an octopus, it’s an alien…it doesn’t matter, he’s devouring it!

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:

The Hummus

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

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