Are you bored of classic hummus? If yes, I have a good news for you, because today I would love to share with you 20 and more ideas for hummus recipe different every time and why we should eat legumes regularly.
Hummus is very favourite among people, it’s gluten-free, vegan & plant-based, diary-free, it’s super healthy, nutrient and really easy to do. No need to cook it (if you buy a can of chickpea), it’s a no mess meal and all you need to do is just to blend all ingredients in a food processor and your dinner is ready. What I want to focus on, is to give you an overview why this dish is so healthy, how it nourishes your body and to give you some ideas for hummus recipe, so every time you serve a different meal.
Legumes as a super-food
Legumes are generaly considered as a super food. They are significant source of protein, fiber, carbohydrates and minerals, such as iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium and many many others. All these minerals are very improtant for your body and many researches tell us, that we should consume legumes on a regular base. When we speak about legumes, we speak about chickpea, lentils, soy, beans but also peanuts.
So, honestly, how often do you eat legumes? Do you consume them on a regular base? I was so amazed when I started reading more about their super-power and this was also the reason why I started focusing this blog only on gluten-free recipes all made with legumes.
Benefits of legume daily intake
If you google legumes and nutrients, you will find a lot of information about it. You will be very surprised how healthy and packed they are with vitamins and minerals. So instead of buying some suplements for hair or nails, you should first try to include them into your daily menu. My hair quality was and still is bad, due to wrong diet habits in the past. But as a result of eating legumes on a daily base in the last year and together with a short-term supporting role of vitamin suplements, my hair got dramatically improved since then.
But hair and nails are not the only ones that benefits from legumes. Regular and often intake of legumes is associated also with lower risk of many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, fatty liver, cardiovascular health problems, and may lower colesterol too. They are rich in antioxidants and its fiber and healthy starches make us feel satiated and full, which may prevent overeating and even help with weight loss.
If you are not used to eat legumes, you should introduce them into your diet slowly, such as eating them one or two times per week. Later on, when you don’t feel any discomfort, you can include them into your menu more often. You will see how your body will get used to them, and every day intake will not be any problem for you.
Bored of chickpea hummus? Make it different every time
Classic hummus is made with chickpea. And yes, it’s very delicious. But if you eat it too often, you just get bored. Have you ever tried to make hummus from beans or lentils? Its super delicious too! I love using adzuki beans, for example. In such case, it’s not easy to find them ready in a can, but even cooking them at home does not require a lot of work. Click here to see my adzuki hummus recipe.
And how to cook them?
You need to soak legumes usually from 8 to 12 hours. Depends on the type, normally you do from 8 to 12 hours. It however depends on you and your schedule of the day. I often put them in water in the morning, before leaving to work. So after, when I come back, they are soaked and ready for cooking. Or, I soak them night before and leave them in a fridge. In this case also, I cook them the other day I come home from work. Time of cooking depends again and might differ from beans to beans. It usually takes from 1 to 2 hours.
20 and more ideas for hummus recipe
I started my title with 20 ideas for hummus recipe. I know it’s not true. There are much more of them! You dont believe? Just see all these options below for ingredients that make every hummus different. Here below you can see some other legumes, so instead of chickpea, try to make it with one of these:
- adzuki beans
- white beans
- black beans
- red beans – they might be sweet for someone but you can try them too
- fava beans
Hummus recipe is very easy. You blend chickpea or other beans with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, some salt and tahini sauce. But, why not to try to include some spices, such as:
- cumin powder or seeds
- coriander powder or seeds
- fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, coriander, or even mint… why not?
- turmeric powder (remember just 1/4 of tsp only)
- little bit of cinnamon
- sometimes I also add parmesan and fresh parsley to create an Italian version of hummus
- or any other
Wait…, we haven’t finished here. Don’t forget about veggies, veggies veggies! Just drop into blender and blend all together with one of these options:
- fresh spinach or kale, see my spinach recipe
- celery stalks
- garlic – it’s the classic ingredient
- dry tomatoes
- roasted pumpkin
- or anything else you like
Simplicity is the key
Please, do not put all these spices together in one hummus. Choose one or two each time you make it and blend it it with one of the vegetables.
Let me know if you want more hummus recipe for these new combinations! I will be happy to share them with you!
What to serve hummus with
Ok. We have spoken how to prepare it. But you do think hummus should be eaten only with some fresh veggies?
- put it together on your plate with some meat, I love it with beef steak for example,
- add some spoons of hummus on the veggies/salad in a bowl
- together with rice, quinoa, potatoes and vegetables
- roasted or grilled veggies – such as eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, bell-pepper, broccoli or cauliflower – it matches just perfectly
- or on a plate with lots of vegetable such as carrots, celery stalks, tomatoes, bell peppers
- some crackers of breadsticks together with veggies above matches perfectly too!
Let me know about your experiments with these ideas for hummus recipe
If you are curious about some other gluten-free and healthy recipes, have a look at the recipe index.
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