It’s a big football day in Maryland! The Ravens are playing the Patriots in some important game. Voices will be raised and the standard phrases will be yelled. “That’s why they make the big money!” I will sit daintily on the sofa with my knitting in hand, saying, “Now, now. Calm down, dear.” Ha ha ha!
The men are excited. They asked for chili. I complied. But I wanted to make something that was hearty but not heavy.
As you may know, I do love lentils and I love Indian food. And someone bought a huge bag of pita chips at Costco. I wanted to make something to go with the pita chips but I didn’t want to make plain, old hummus. I happened to have some Tasty Bite Madras Lentils. They are too thin alone to just blend into a dip. But add a can of red beans, and VOILA! Perfect.
Madras Lentil “Hummus”
1 pack of Tasty Bite Madras Lentils
1 15.5 oz can of red kidney beans
Combine and blend until smooth.
This was so delicious! And seriously, how much easier could a snack food be! Serve it with pita chips or carrots and celery, or even better, you could slice up some red peppers and serve it with those!
Lots of big football games coming up! Is your team still in it? Consider adding this to your big football menu.
Original Post: 4/29/13
I recently saw a recipe for White Bean and Roasted Garlic Hummus from The Big Giant Food Basket on Foodie Friends Friday (see button for party on the lower right of this page). I have been intrigued with the idea of using something other than chick peas for hummus and this recipe inspired me.
If you like hummus and you haven’t made it yourself, I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s another fun food to experiment with. Think of all the ways it’s offered in the store. You can do that yourself in minutes at home!
White Bean, Spinach and Basil Hummus
29 oz can of white beans like cannellini
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
fresh basil (a handful should do)
2 handfuls of fresh spinach with the stems removed
1. Put everything but the water in the food processor and process until it’s all combined. It will be thick.
2. Start slowly adding water until it gets to the consistency of Greek yogurt. You will not need more than 1/4 cup.
Serve with fresh veggies, crackers or as a spread on a yummy fresh veggie sandwich. We devoured ours with Triscuits. Have you tried Triscuits lately? They have lots of flavors!
Here are some other ideas for making Hummus:
- Spinach and Feta
- Spicy with your choice of hot pepper
- Red Pepper – stir in the peppers after you have everything else processed
- Sun Dried Tomato – stir those in, too
This is a great summer picnic food since it has no dairy in it so you don’t have to worry so much about spoilage. Of course, if you add cheese, that’s a game changer.
Let me know how you make your hummus! Enjoy!