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Healthy Tips

HURRAY FOR HUMMUS

You’ve probably served it as dip, a sandwich spread, and even a tangy filling for a whole-wheat wrap or lettuce roll-up. But this savory Mediterranean-style spread, typically made with chickpeas and extra-virgin olive oil, and spiked with garlic and lemon juice, is even more versatile than you might think. Hummus can be spread on toast in place of butter or used instead of tomato sauce for a grilled veggie pizza made with a whole-wheat pita. A good source of healthy fat, protein, and fiber, hummus can be eaten on raw cut- up vegetables. You can have it with whole grain crackers, wedges of warm pita bread, or a whole-wheat flour tortilla.

   Hummus can be kept simple or dressed up.  Here are a few simple ways to enjoy it:

  • Spread hummus on a whole-wheat flour tortilla, top with chopped roasted vegetables, and bake brieflY at 400° F until hot.
  • Spread white fish fillets with a little hummus before you bake them.

  • Hollow out ripe, juicy cherry tomatoes and fill with hummus, garnish with a parsley sprig and enjoy as a snack!
  • Deviled eggs for parties - hard-boil 8 eggs, cool, then halve, and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks with 1/4 cup hummus and 1 tablespoon extra- virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper, cumin, cayenne, or other spices of your choice. Stuff into the hollowed-out egg halves and top with paprika. Enjoy two halves as a snack                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   -Tips by Fran Boardman