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Spring Fest: 5 Fresh Takes on Hummus

While we’re waiting on perfect peas to come into season, fudge it with mashed (chick)peas. These clever takes on hummus are light for spring entertaining and will make great use of crudites as they come into season. Here are recipes for classic hummus plus four variations that are ideal for using seasonal ingredients.

1. Hummus bi Tahini (pictured above)
This classic hummus is topped with a sauce made from tahini, the sesame-seed paste that is nearly ubiquitous in Middle Eastern cooking. Although preparing hummus from dry beans demands extra work, the authentic, flavorful results are well worth the effort.

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Meatless Monday: Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Wraps can be deceiving. They usually sound super healthy but are often stuffed with not-so-great ingredients that are usually doused with way too much sauce or dressing.That’s why I prefer to make my own.

For a quick dinner tonight and excellent lunch tomorrow, try Ellie’s hummus and grilled vegetable wrap. The tender zucchini gets matched against crisp bell peppers, toasted pine nuts and a handful of baby spinach to create a wonderful contrast of textures. It’s not fancy and doesn’t demand much thought or effort, but it’s a satisfying Monday meal that will have you feeling great and ready for the week ahead.

You can throw in just about anything, so use this recipe as a guideline. Substitute your favorite veggies (I like to use crunchy ones here), use your favorite flavored hummus, or swap in walnuts or almonds. There’s no reason to spend a bunch of extra money. This is a fabulous way to clean out your fridge.

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Super Food Nerds: In Pursuit of Hummus

Hi, I’m Jonathan, librarian, Super Food Nerd, and man in the grips of an obsession — an obsession with chickpeas. Or rather with hummus, the highest end a chickpea can aspire to.

In New York City’s Chelsea Market, several floors below Food Network and Cooking Channel’s offices, there is a lunch counter for Ronnybrook Milk Bar, famed for its ice cream. For those in the know, however, there is only one thing to order: hummus with egg. The Milk Bar, it turns out, is helmed by a bonafide hamsani (Middle Eastern hummus vendor), Aylon Hadar, originally from the outskirts of Tel Aviv; a man who, I am absolutely certain, turns out some of the absolute best hummus in NYC.

Aylon’s hummus is everything store-bought hummus is not: light as mousse, smooth as pudding. It is served just a bit warm and made fresh daily, both customary in the Middle East. Aylon begins with a shockingly large quantity of hummus, spread in a concave layer across a rimmed plate. A generous quantity of olive oil is then poured into the center. Atop this, he drizzles a thin white tahini sauce, and finishes with a splash of color in the form of sweet paprika and chopped parsley. The final result is layered, sophisticated, beautiful; a far cry from dense, monochromatic store-bought hummus.

So, with Aylon’s hummus as my grail, I attempted to hack his recipe. Here are some lessons I learned along the way.

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Meatless Monday: Obsessed With Hummus

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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

How much hummus is too much hummus? Whatever the threshold is for normal people, take that number, double it, and you’ll see the approximate amount of hummus I eat in any given week. It might make me a vegetarian cliche (vegetarians eat nothing but tofu and hummus!) but hummus is so delicious and convenient that I’m not interested in breaking cliche.

How do I love hummus? Let me count the ways . . .

Homemade:
I make homemade hummus most of the time because it’s super easy and takes like 10 minutes. Dave Lieberman’s recipe (pictured above) is a good basic one and you can easily add other stuff to it, like roasted red peppers or a shot of sriracha if you like your hummus fancy or spicy.

Hummus Dip

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