I forget it’s not normal for 3 year olds to love things like edamame and hummus. My daughter was pretending to eat with my brother-in-law and when he asked what she was eating, she shouted ‘hummus!’ Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than creating healthy recipes craved by my family.
Healthy eating can be fulfilling, satisfying, and indulging. Trust me… I love food and eating way too much to torture myself with flavorless eats. Also, go ahead and snack! If you’re hungry (legitimately hungry not bored), eat away! I eat frequently throughout the day and never waste time counting calories because I choose to eat nutrition packed options like this Edamame Hummus.
Deliciously flavored ground up garbanzo beans, otherwise known as hummus, is becoming more and more popular. It’s great with veggies and chips or even spread on sandwiches instead of mayo. A main ingredient for traditional hummus is tahini. It’s ground sesame seeds with consistency of peanut butter and has a similar nutty taste. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor so I make my hummus without it. I make my Basic Hummus without tahini also.
Since we’re talking about ingredients, let’s talk about my obsession with garbanzo beans! They are mild in flavor, but add rockin’ nutrients and great texture. Word of caution… garbanzo beans are addicting in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Flourless Chocolate Cookies. You’ll actually be encouraging your kids to sneak one of these cookies before dinner. Anyway, stock up on garbanzo beans. You’ll want extra on hand after you try these recipes.
Crunchy and creamy make a great couple. Whether it’s crunchy fresh vegetables or FSTG Multigrain chips, I like to dig down and get a big scoop of hummus. I mean a serious big, messy scoop which gets all over my fingers requiring me to lick my fingers along with my 3 year old daughter.
Here are some of the ingredients I use.. ya know, just to make healthy eating even easier for you.
- 1 (15 oz can) organic garbanzo beans with liquid
- 16 oz frozen bag of organic shelled edamame, thawed
- 1/2 cup olive oil (add additional 1-2 Tbs for thinner consistency)
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice or 1 large lemon
- 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
- 1 Tbs minced garlic
- 1 Tbs cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional if you want a little spice)
In a Vitamix blender, add ingredients according to order listed. Blend on medium speed for about 45 seconds until smooth.
For thinner consistency, add 1 Tbs of olive oil until desired consistency reached.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill prior to serving. Enjoy with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, or your chip.