5 Creative Spins on Hummus

Here are five delicious recipes that take your hummus to the next level.
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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

I was raised on classic hummus and was thrilled when the chickpea-based spread was embraced in the United States. Over the past few years, however, I’ve seen hummus made from many other creative and healthful ingredients. Here are five delicious recipes that take hummus to the next level.

Give your hummus a boost of vitamin C by adding roasted red bell peppers.

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Green bites, pieces of chicken and a green dip on a green plate

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Add Mexican-inspired flavors like avocado, jalapeno, lemon juice and cilantro to doctor up your next batch of hummus.

Baby soybeans (AKA edamame) can be used in place of chickpeas for a protein-packed version of the spread.

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Giada forgoes the garbanzo beans and uses white cannellini beans instead! Combined with roasted eggplant, it’s a flavor combination that can’t be beat.

Besides adding a gorgeous purplish hue, beets add vitamins A, C, K, folate, magnesium and potassium to this spin on chickpea hummus.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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