Emily’s Post: Getting Hummus Happy

Easy Kale Hummus

This weekend at our farmer’s market I had the pleasure of having my own table where I had samples of hummus!  I had two different types, a classic hummus and a kale hummus.  I used fresh carrots and radishes for dipping, and I must say it was a success!  It was great to promote a new way to get kale into everyone’s diet.

Kale is known as a nutrient-dense superfood.  It is low in calories yet packed with vitamins and minerals that help fuel your body.  Kale contains powerful antioxidants to help support your overall health, including beta-carotene which your body turns into vitamin A.  It is also high in vitamin K which is vital for your bone health and blood clotting.  Kale is a great source of calcium to help build up your bones and teeth.  Also, kale is high in vitamin C which helps your immune system fight off colds and infection.  In fact, one cup of kale contains as much vitamin C as a whole orange!  My easy kale hummus is another way to incorporate kale into your diet so you can be healthy and happily full.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups kale, de-stemmed
  • 1 can of chickpeas, well-rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Add everything to a food processor or blender and process until smooth
  2. Use as a dip for raw veggies or pita bread, or as a spread on a sandwich
  3. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container

Not sure you are a fan of kale-hummus?  You can use this recipe and take out the kale for a classic plain hummus alternative, or add roasted red peppers for a twist on flavor!

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