After school snack attack is a real problem around my house. The kids get home from school and in a whirlwind my sort of quiet, somewhat tidy home is strewn with backpacks, shoes, homework, jackets, and noise. The only thing that can calm the after school crazies is to wind down with a snack and maybe some outside time before we tackle homework.
Hummus is a such a great snack because it's full of protein, fiber, and very filling. I usually put out a little cup of peanut butter too. The carrot sticks go in the hummus and the celery in the peanut butter.
What makes the hummus green, you ask?
.....Promise not to tell my kids?
It's spinach (and a little cilantro too)! Yep, and you'd never taste it. My kids love green smoothies so I just tell them it's green hummus and for some reason they don't ask any other questions. This hummus is simple enough to make right in a blender or food processor and the color of the fresh spinach makes it look like a mischievous Leprechaun fixed it for them ;) It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day you want to sneak a little more green in your family's diet.
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp. lime or lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup Sesame Tahini sauce (you can find it here)
- 4 tbsp. olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup packed cilantro
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 + cup water
In a food processor combine the chickpeas, garlic, lime juice and half the water. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and any additional water as you blend until it reaches the thickness you prefer. Serve with veggie sticks, tortilla chips, or my favorite is to use it in place of other condiments on sandwiches or wraps. Yummy!