I want to share a true story with you.
I haven't been making a lot of homemade hummus lately. I'm not really sure why since we eat a ton of it... actually maybe that's why. Anyways, I've been buying hummus from Costco and both my kids really like it. I was gifted a massive amount of squash from a few different friends and one of the squash I had actually not used before. These little beauties are called Patty Pan.
They're light in flavour but they create serious creaminess when blended.
So I created this incredible hummus using patty pan. I asked my daughter to try it. Her answer, "ewwww. No, it looks weird." I was serious taken a back as this child has an incredible palate and tries most foods (except avocado, she refuses to eat avocado).
I said to her "I'll give you $.25 if you try a spoonful" (yes, I did this and I am grateful I did). Her eye's brightened and she took to the challenge. One spoonful in the mouth and she said "Can eat the rest of it?"
"You mean the entire bowl?"
"YES! It's so good."
"How about with some cucumber?"
That is how good this hummus is... eating the entire bowl with a spoon worthy. Oh and just to clarify, this hummus doesn't look weird. Kids are just really funny sometimes. And when kids are used to eating something out of a container, like say store bought hummus, they forget how good the homemade stuff really is. And that's why I endorse paying your child no more than $.25 to try something that is nutrient dense and worthy of licking the bowl clean (not all the time, but sometimes ;)).
- 1 medium patty pan squash (approx. 1 1/4 cups), peeled, deseeded and cut.
- 1 14oz can artichokes in water, drained
- 1 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp sea salt
- Throw all prepared ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Blending in a high powered blender might get you a better consistency, though both work great.
This hummus freezes beautifully, so feel free to portion and freeze for a later date.
This is just one of the many ways to use this hummus. In this dish, I had white fish, oven fries, red peppers on a bed of greens and topped with this hummus. The ways to use this hummus are truly endless.
What are your favourite ways to use hummus? Feel free to comment below.