*This post is sponsored by Bush’s Best, but all opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experiences. And also, I loved it! #HummusMadeEasy
**It’s available in Walmart with … the beans. And if you were a 12 year old boy, you’d have something to say about beans. #boymom
I’m a busy mom. I could list all the ways that I’m busy, but that would bore you to tears, I’m sure. And I know that you’re busy, too. But there’s this problem in my house: The people who live here want to eat all of the time. All of it. They eat and then come back for more. Again and again. And they want to only eat the things they like. AKA junk. Because whatever magical cheese dust they coat Cheetos and Doritos with is highly addictive and soo not healthy.
One of the few healthy foods I’ve gotten my picky children to eat and enjoy is hummus. And guess what? I looove hummus. It definitely qualifies as one of my favorite things. So that’s a win.
This year has brought me once again back to the realization that bread is no longer my friend in more definitive ways than ever. I could also bore you with all of those details, but I’m sure you don’t want to hear them either, especially since they involve the digestive tract. Ewww. I’ve thought about going completely Paleo, but for now, I’m just working on cutting out the wheat and gluten. And man is that tricky because it shows up in all kinds of crazy places. Kale and I are tight, yo. Kale is always a safe choice. But I’m tired of Kale.
What do you think of first when you think of hummus? Pita. Pita bread, pita chips, pita crackers. I love pita, but can’t have it anymore…the bonus is I’ve dropped a few pounds. I’ve been learning some creative (and remembering some basic) ways to incorporate some of my favorite things back into my diet. Also, I’m pretty sure that even if they make a GF pita bread, I don’t want to eat it. I’m not a fan of the “copycat” bread products for the most part. Plus they’re so expensive!
I normally buy premade hummus because it’s easy and because Tahini is expensive to keep on hand. So I was thrilled when I saw that Bush’s Best just released these fantastic hummus packets and even more thrilled when I got the opportunity to help promote this new product. Add one to a can of beans in the blender and a minute later you’re eating hummus. The best part is the ingredients are all legit and pronounceable. Salt, tahini, garlic, etc. No icky preservatives. I love this option because I can buy the ingredients to keep on hand and make it when I need a quick snack or something to take to a gathering.
So. Without further ado…
Five Ways to Eat Hummus without Pita Bread
Black Bean Hummus Mexican Pizza
This one got rave reviews from my girl and it was so simple. I used gluten free corn tostada shells and stacked the ingredients in this order:
- Tostada shell
- A generous layer of southwestern black bean hummus. You could also add some taco meat to make it more hearty.
- Garnish with tomatoes and green onions after cooking if desired.
I baked it for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. So easy and delish! No whining from the peanut gallery about this one for sure.
Classic Hummus and Veggies
Yes, I know. It’s basic, but let me tell you a little twist. I made up a batch of classic hummus with cannelloni beans. They made a slightly milder and much creamier hummus that was perfect for veggie dipping. It’s a great way to get in some veggies along with a healthy dose of protein and fiber. Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart, you know. My son tells me so…along with other words that might rhyme with heart. Because boys.
Cucumber or Zucchini Hummus Boats
I saw these beautiful super-thinly-sliced cucumber strips wrapped around hummus with pretty toothpicks in them on Pinterest. I love girly foods, but I looked at that and decided I just couldn’t be bothered to fuss with something like that. But cutting a cucumber in half long ways (I love the English cucumbers because they’re not as watery and the skin isn’t all waxy and thick) and adding a nice thick layer of sundried tomato hummus is totally my speed.
I think it would also be fantastic with zucchini as an alternative. I really enjoy the flavor and crunch of raw zucchini with hummus. If you’ve never tried it, you totally should.
Hummus and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
I love mushrooms with an everlasting and undying love. I haven’t met a non-poisonous mushroom that I didn’t love. Stuffed mushrooms often contain bread crumbs, so I played around to find an alternative. I ended up using about equal parts of sundried tomato hummus and parmesan cheese. After pulling out the mushroom stems, I filled them with the parmesan and hummus mixture and baked them at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. (I didn’t want them to dry out.) Then I garnished them with crumbled bacon and diced tomatoes. These were delicious. Oh my yum! I polished off all 8 for lunch today along with a big green salad.
Hummus and GF Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
You guys, the black bean hummus from Bush’s Best is amazing! It’s so creamy and has just a tiny little hint of a kick. I’m sure you could totally kick up the heat with some Sriracha sauce if spicy is your thing. I’m so not a spicy girl. I could have sat and eaten this whole bowl of hummus by myself. I’m sure I would have regretted it, but it took restraint to wrap it up and save some for tomorrow. You could absolutely sub it for refried beans in pretty much any casserole or Mexican dish and it would be a delicious alternative. Eat it hot or cold. I even saw that somebody used it to make black bean brownies. I really don’t think there’s a wrong thing to do with this stuff, other than to let it get shoved to the back of the refrigerator and forgotten. Don’t do that.
There you have it…5 ways to eat hummus without pita bread. Or any bread. If you’re low-carb dieting or gluten free, these are some great snacking options from ingredients that you can keep on hand in your pantry, which is always a win in my book.
What’s your favorite way to eat hummus?